Amsterdam is probably one of the most stunning places I’ve visited in terms of curb appeal. There wasn’t a single home I wasn’t impressed by, mainly because they all featured expansive windows and intricate doors.
Navigating the city was a bit tricky though because every street looked the same – each lined with beautiful homes and shops. Did you know Amsterdam has 165 canals? Insane!
Most of the canals featured quaint flower shops on the bridge, which was a nice surprise. All in all, it was a wonderful trip and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who loves food and roaming around in beautiful places.
The highlight for me was undoubtedly Anne Frank House. After reading Anne Frank’s Diary back in high school, visiting this museum had been on my bucket list. Walking through the house and seeing the Secret Annex where she and her family had hidden during the second world war was a lot to take in, but I’d highly urge everyone to go. It was heartbreaking, yes, but brilliantly executed. Be sure to book your ticket ahead of time though as it’s almost impossible to get tickets if you’re just walking in.
Anne Frank House was the only museum we managed to go to. I’ve heard great things about the Van Gogh museum so will definitely have to go back and see that at some point in the spring.
I love a good rooftop and this one at the W Hotel located in the heart of Amsterdam’s city centre was a real treat. It’s perfect for grabbing a few drinks and taking in the stunning view of the city.
Afterwards, we ended up grabbing a bite to eat at Cannibal Royale – a cozy little burger joint a few minutes away from the W Hotel. I have to say, this was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had! After that, we got fries at Manneken Pis, which I’m almost certain is from Belgium. Anyway, they were delicious!
Amsterdam is also known for their stroopwafels, which I ate way too much of if I’m being quite honest. No regrets though. Vacation calories don’t count! For the best and most authentic stroopwafels, I’d recommend going to the market as they were the most fresh and well priced. I didn’t get to try the dutch apple pie which I’ve heard to be incredible.