our city guide | part 2 | day 3 + 4 ….
(part one here)
wednesday : my diary says here long lie & sausage dog breakfast. i do not know what that means so i’ll skip to late morning & ALBERT CUYPSTRAAT MARKET. 100 years old (so i read) & the largest street market in the netherlands. fruit & veg, fresh squeezed juice, rotisserie chicken, tacky clothes & home wares, phone cases, cheap shampoo & a wee man on a stool playing the harmonica terribly, smack bang in the middle of it all. go here for a wander & to buy a dirty dutch retro comic book.
again, this is right in the middle of DE PIJP & just off the street-of-many-a-cool-place as mentioned in part one, eerste van der helststraat. such as…. FLAMINGO – a tiny bar with good beer & good style. go.
next … MASH – on gerard douplein, just across the road. with the best exterior – all white tile – and an interior made completely of plywood – this super tiny bar was some serious hipster-cool shit. with more good beer & a bar snack menu of small plates – which they buy from next door to order – more B I T T E R B A L L S+B E E R. yes.
dinner was at PIZZAKAMMER – on tweede van der helststraat – just up the street. not somewhere on our to go list – but we were hungry & happy to just cross the street on a bar mans recommendation. we walked in and sat right down only to realise that they weren’t open yet and the staff were all having dinner. but – no they didn’t mind. ever accommodating & merry are the dutch hospitality crowd. brilliant pizza and yes, more good beer.
thursday : the morning of OMLEGG. we were desperate to try this place. and it happened to be a 5 minute walk away from our airbnb. a g a i n ! this little cafe serves omelettes. all the omelettes. every omelette. sweary good omelettes. again with an open kitchen & all wood furnishings – decked out in greenery & plants, OMLEGG – on – ferdinand bolstraat – is the best. please go. they are nailing eggs. & it will cure your hangover.
we had planned our last days meals carefully – all our top picks. a full day of eating & drinking only. for lunch we took a tram across the city to DE FOODHALLEN. (head west on tram 17 to ten katestraat). a huge indoor food market inside an old tram warehouse. this place was a m a z i n g . with almost too many street food vendors to choose from & 2 bars in the middle to drink from – you could spend a whole afternoon here eating small dishes, drinking and wandering around. we tried VIET VIEW – super delicious pork belly summer rolls – more bitter balls from DE BALLEN BAR (shrimp, veal & beef – all amazing) – & pies from WILD MOA PIES.
there is n o t h i n g like this in scotland and it is an absolute must-go if you are in amsterdam and like your food. a brilliant brilliant place.
we also bought a box of cakes & tarts from THE LITTLE PATISSERIE which we took to meet pals back in the centre at THE DAMS SMALLEST PUB – go here just to go, and be careful on the worlds narrowest steepest stairs to a toilet.
for our last night, i had picked the restaurant. i had been desperate to try this place. and it turned out to be, again, not far from our airbnb – DE CRAZY KREEFT. you’ll find this place on ferdinand bolstraat. you’ll look at the cartoon branding on the menu , & website, and you’ll maybe think nah, doesn’t look great. john did the same. but i was adamant. and you are all wrong. this place was the shit. a pop up LOBSTER RESTAURANT. serving genuinely delicious & a f f o r d a b l e lobster. cool decor, lovely staff, great menu, amazing food. go. go go go.
friday : we had sore heads & soggy clothes. and the sun was out. typical. but fine. whatever. amsterdam is obviously great whatever the weather.
we went to an amazing new space C T COFFEE + COCONUTS – on ceintuurbaan – built within an old 1920s cinema house called Ceintuur Theater – various floors of perfectly styled seating areas, art & plants. i loved it. so hard. and the coffee was perfect. (read a bit more & see inside over on petite passport)
back to DE WASSERETTE for our last breakfast – then a tram into the centre for a walk around dam square & the canal before our flight home.
there are a huge number of places that we didn’t get a chance to try on this trip. and i hate that we don’t have more photos! it’s so unlike me, but due to the weather – we just didn’t take our camera out. n e x t t i m e !
amsterdam is a really buzzing, forward thinking city – creative people doing some brilliant things, new shops & concept stores opening all the time, & the restaurant/bar industry doesn’t seem to be having any trouble whatsoever. people are out socialising all the time it seemed – and those places doing what they do well, looked to be busy every day. we were there mid-january, the weather was utter crap, most of the tourists seemed to be kicking about the city centre, and yet everywhere we went had a great atmosphere & a crowd. be it a tuesday morning or a wednesday night. very inspiring.
we will definitely go back. we have a list of places to try that we missed – (LE COQ, LOT SIXTY ONE COFFEE &, DE PLANTAGE to name a tiny few) – an airbnb apartment which we would definitely stay in again, & now know that easyjet do some super cheap flights (ours cost £50 each all in) – whats not to go back for!
GO TO A M S T E R D A M ! – c x
*i like to have some places in mind to try before we go to a city – places to eat mostly – walking around you can stumble on some amazing places – but we don’t like to miss out so i used these 2 BRILLIANT blogs to get some ideas beforehand –
YOUR LITTLE BLACK BOOK
both travel & city guides absolutely f u l l of info, cool spaces & new spots to check out. big thanks to you ladies for the tips!
and .. be sure to get yourself a herb lester pocket map too!