48 Hours In Amsterdam
48 hours in Amsterdam...
When you think of Amsterdam, a certain image often springs to mind… a typical cliché of red doors, stag do’s and ‘coffeeshops’ but there are many sides to Amsterdam away from the tourist traps that are well worth exploring.
Amsterdam can be sophisticated, believe me.
Spring/autumn is the best time, away from the bigger tourist crowds and great temperatures to explore the city comfortably. We went in February - it was bitterly cold and snowing but made for some idyllic scenes.
Aside from the warren of canal and tree lined streets, quaint bridges and distinct architecture, Amsterdam has the most museums in Europe! Hit the Rijksmuseum for the city's largest artistic and historic collection or the Stedelijk for modern and contemporary art. For those with a bit more of a thirst for beer than art, there is of course the Heineken museum.
Start the day with brunch at Ted’s in Oud-west, a typically local spot with the motto ‘eat diamonds for breakfast and shine all day’ – and that we did! Try out the Eggs Omega, a super healthy start with sourdough, avocado, spinach, salmon and a poached egg. Life is all about balance, so we swilled our breakfast down with a (not so healthy) Bloody Mary. What’s a brunch without booze?
Let's be honest, aside from cheese, the Dutch are hardly famed for their cuisine but one place that has got it right is Castell. This Dutch-Brazilian restaurant has a cosy vibe with communal tables and their barbecue game is lit (literally)! Without a doubt the best pork ribs I’ve ever tasted. This place gets booked up, so make a reservation well in advance.
Whilst we like to keep it sophisticated, sometimes you have to fully let loose and immerse yourself in the Amsterdam vibe. Hit up Supperclub for an experience ‘where like minds find each other and go home with a story at the end of the night’ – Ok, the food here isn’t much to shout about (a set ‘tasting’ menu of five small courses) the bed, the entertainment and overall experience certainly is. After dinner this venue turns into a club!
De Pijp is home to one of Amsterdam's trendiest and vibrant neighbourhoods. For a slice of craft beer heaven head to Brouwerij Troost, this brewery has its own tasting room and is known for its unconventional brewing methods.
For cocktails, try out Twenty Third Bar on Hotel Okuras 23rd floor. Enjoy your expertly mixologist crafted cocktail whilst soaking in panoramic views of the city.
Our top pick is the Hoxton for our weekend stay, check into the fruity room – fit for a mayor! (This was once the majors digs) – take advantage of their free bikes to explore the city. The food and drink options here are headed up by Soho House Group, so you’re definitely in good hands.
For those more money-savvy, AirBnb has some great options with entire places starting from €50pn.
Budget flights start at £29 one-way with Flybe, Jet2 and Easyjet, the Dutch National carrier KLM also offer direct flights from most regional UK airports.