16 HOURS IN AMSTERDAM




Amsterdam is bursting with amazing things to see and do. Packed with museums, art galleries and even a botanical garden, this is a city where you'll never be stuck to find somewhere new to explore. I've put together this post, featuring my favorite places I visited whilst in Amsterdam last weekend. I still don't know how I managed to squeeze all this into just one day!





I did a little research on places to visit before my trip, so I had a rough plan to follow whilst over in the city. The first search had to involve food, hence the google- 'Best Apple Pie in Amsterdam'. This google actually threw up some promising results, this is how I discovered Winkel 43, renowned for their signature pie dish. I was starving after my early wake-up call, so this place was just what I needed to set me up for the day.

I can promise you this is no claim to fame, it's the real thing, not like 'the worlds best cup of coffee' in Elf! Their pie is amazing! Arriving, still warm in the middle, with a huge dollop of thick cream on top. I'd died and gone to apple pie heaven.

📍Winkel 43, Noordermarkt 43, 1015 NA








The weather in Amsterdam wasn't the best when we first arrived. Nobody wants to be wandering around in the rain, so it was a case of getting from A-B, with a beer stop in between to dodge the showers. No complaining there! We stumbled on a few good bars throughout the day, but my favourite has to be this little gem!







Louis bar takes the title for the smallest bar in the city. I found this bar when trying to find the bar from the Amstel advert, which sadly turns out to be fictional! Another reason not to believe everything you see on TV! Louis Bar was way better, firstly this place actually existed. We walked into the bar to find the smallest room imaginable, packed full of Stones fans with 'Satisfaction' blasting from the speakers. My sort of bar!

Louis bar is definitely worth a visit even if you only stay for one. It's a proper old pub, packed to the ceiling with knick-knacks and memorabilia. Climbing the stairs in there is like climbing a ladder, it's the steepest staircase I have ever come by, you wouldn't want to fall down that after a few shandies!

📍Café de Dam/Louis Bar, Damstraat 4, 1012 JM






I'll take this opportunity to explain the outfit. As I was heading to the gig later in the evening, I knew I had to channel some Mr. Richards vibes. I went for my Zara leopard print coat, which I wore over my Keith Richards t-shirt - Who the fuck is Mick Jagger. Paired with my signature staple black jeans, black suede boots (big mistake in the rain) and finally my new sexy hat. I think it made for quite a cool look, and it was great to spot other Stones fans whilst in the city wearing Rolling Stones gear too.

I love walking around exploring a new city, although I've been to Amsterdam before, it was so long ago everything seemed new again. Walking through the tight small streets, over bridges and canals, Amsterdam is undeniably beautiful in the Autumn. I even spotted a few classic cars, which looked at home on the cobbled streets.









After huge slices of apple pies and countless beers, we headed to Amsterdam's botanical gardens. This was another place I really wanted to check out, just to mix it up a little. I'm glad I did as this place was awesome! Wandering around its grounds and exploring the huge greenhouses, the botanical gardens was a sweet way to spend an afternoon.

📍Botanical Gardens Plantage, Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD



The classic tourist spot of Amsterdam is just behind the Stedelijk museum, this is where you'll find the 'I amsterdam' sign for that obligatory tourist photograph. Sadly we were running late, we didn't have time to go into the museum, but I've left the details below if you want to add it to your list.

📍Stedelijk Museum/ I am Amsterdam sign, 1071 DJ










We did, however, have the time to visit a museum called Foam. This museum is a little less known as the other bigger museums in the city, yet I think it's one of the best. It spans over three floors and had some awesome photographs capturing moments in time throughout history.

📍Foam Photography Museum Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS (Entrance fee 11 Euro.)









We finished the daytime in Amsterdam by heading to an amazingly tasty bistro for dinner. It was very special indeed, this was a little out of the way in a small neighbourhood of the city. Another place I found thanks to Instagram. I'd highly recommend this restaurant as the food was so tasty & filling!

📍Hummus Bistro Westerstraat 136, 1015 MP

Check out my vlog about my day in Amsterdam too.







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