One of my favourite cities to visit for a city break is the Dutch capital Amsterdam. Just a short flight from London, it is super easy to get to. Amsterdam is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and also narrow houses. The city is buzzing with an exciting nightlife, fantastic food scene and therefore bringing together the best of the modern world with the history of the city. Cycling and bikes are a crucial characteristic of the city with the locals all travel around via bikes.
We stayed at the Art’otel, located right in the centre of the city which is also opposite the iconic Central Station. The hotel is exceptionally modern featuring the artistic works of Atelier van Lieshout. The art-inspired guest rooms are uniquely stunning for instance each room has a unique piece of art. The room we had was spacious and perfect for our 2-night stay.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Brouwerij is a modern brewery located next to a windmill just slightly outside of Amsterdams city centre. We really loved this place when we went. It was jam-packed and clearly popular with the locals. The interiors of the bar were really cool. In particular, I loved that the walls were decorated with beer mats and beer bottles with an impressive bar in the middle. I also really like the Brouwerij brand, and the various bottle stickers and beer mats look really cool. They were serving the Brouwerij beer with a food stand serving delicious plates of cheese and meat sausages.
We did the brewery tour which I highly recommend. It was excellent value at €6.50 per person and also included a beer. They have one English tour a day at 3.30pm. The brewery isn’t massive, so the tour is quite short. They had a great tour guide with a great sense of humour delivering our tour.
The Heineken Experience Amsterdam
One of Amsterdam’s most famous attractions is the Heineken brewery tour with the Heineken Experience. An interactive tour through the beer giants history with a fantastic tasting room finale. We bought our tickets in advance for the experience. The factory was huge, and as a result, it took us about 3 hours to walk through the whole tour. We saw and learnt everything about the brand, for example how Heineken is made, how Heineken has developed as a brand and what makes it such a unique beer. The tour is only €18 and definitely worth it. To sum up, there is lots to see, and you get to have plenty of beer to drink as part of the experience.
Foodhallen was the highlight of my trip. I discovered Foodhallen through my pre-trip Instagram research. Easily one of the best food markets I’ve ever been too. Foodhallen celebrates flavour and is a household name for food lovers in Amsterdam. Above all, they have over 20 different stands offering high-quality food covering all corners of the world with the cuisine inspiration. An old tram factory converted into a food hall, Foodhallen has a lot of character and is a vibrant venue especially curated with care, spaces with soul and powered by the present.
We visited Foodhallen twice on our trip as there was so much that we want to eat and drink. Our highlights were; Firstly, the dim sum platter from Dim Sum Thing, then the dutch style meatballs from De Ballenbar, the BBQ platter from Rough Kitchen, the small tarts from Petit Gateau and the Spanish Pintxos from Basque Barra de Pintxos. Food Hallen is also well laid out with bars well located throughout the venue. We really enjoyed the drinks on offer and they made some fantastic cocktails. I definitely rate their Espresso Martini! I can’t wait to come back to Amsterdam and revisit Foodhallen
Eetsalon Van Dobben
The oldest sandwich bar in Amsterdam having been open since the 1940s. This place is a must on any Amsterdam trip. The Dutch are known for their croquettes or “Kroket”. Eetsalon Van Dobben serves the most authentic and tastiest ones. With a cool diner feel with the red ceilings and white tiled walls. I also really enjoyed their finely sliced roast beef sandwiches with mustard, an old fashioned favourite.
Other good stops
There is so much to see in Amsterdam. I also really recommend;
- The Cheese Museum
- Nude Burger Club
- The I Amsterdam Sign
- Van Gogh Museum
- Anne Frank House
- A boat cruise on the canals
For more travel recommendations by the Very Hungry Charlotte, see here.