What do girls do on a weekend getaway to Amsterdam? To list a few important things… Shopping, flowers, candy, champagne, people watching, lots of pictures and selfies 🙂 Stylish galleries and cool bars… Anything else you would do without kids and your other best half. I am talking about the trip where I can take hours just taking a perfect picture of tulips or great shot near one of the million bikes :)… without anyone saying “Are we done yet?”.
One of my favorite cities in the world has it all. Here is the list of best experiences for perfect girls weekend in Amsterdam:
Stylish boutique hotel. Ambassade hotel is walking distance to many cafes, shops and art galleries in wonderful Jordaan neighborhood. Jordaan is delightful, artsy and quiet, it most reminds me of Greenwich village in New York plus charming canals and centuries old cobblestone streets. Ambassade Hotel has beautifully decorated rooms with balconies facing Herengracht canal. Lots of character and amazing old and new Dutch details. And it has airport transfers in Tesla!
In the morning, couple mile run to Bloomenmakt to start the day and stopping by at Delft store for some cute gifts home.
Continue with cold press juice at B.Juice, it’s located between Keisersgracht and Herengracht just steps away from Ambassade hotel on Huidenstraat 13.
Done with a healthy glow and on to some sweets… especially that it is next door to B.Juice. Cute french Pompadour bakery. Selection is mouth watering. I love berry cakes. Cassis (black current) is one of my favorite childhood berries and mousse cake from Pompadour bakery was divine!
Museum of bags and purses is cool. Perfect attraction for fashionistas and curious girls on a weekend in Amsterdam. Even though I am mostly lost in a fancy world, there are so many attractive purses and Ugly collection was memorable – look at all these poor animals.
I am not watching travel channel much (oh…wait, why am I not watching that much?). If you do, Anthony Bourdain’s name is very familiar and he has several great pieces on Amsterdam. Well, couple places he was raving about were truly fantastic.
First of, Upstairs Pancake house. It is located in a typical old 15 century Dutch house. Stairs are steep and add excitement to the whole experience, so are Dutch royal family pictures on the walls and dozens of tea pots on the ceiling. Doesn’t this yummy strawberry pannekoeken (pancake) look like best lunch ever?
For another recommended awesome experience, we headed to De Drie Fleschjes (Three little bottles) on Gravenstraat 18. I wish we had a bar like this here were we can hang out with friends on a happy hour. It is a tiny place, one of those you would come back to again and again to.. Wooden barrels of various drinks on the wall, simple local appetizers, atmosphere is amazing, people talking and enjoying a glass of beer or dutch gin. We came here to try some of that Dutch gin, genevere. The glass is filled to the top, so bow over the bar and drink from the top of your glass.
The area between the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals has an intimate shopping centre known as ‘De 9 Straatjes’ (The 9 Streets). The nine picturesque streets connecting the canals are filled with one-of-a-kind small shops, tea rooms and galleries. In search for Dutch brands, Denham jean store on Runstraat 17-18 is definelty my favorite. Attention to details, simple yet timelessness designs. Edgy and cool. There are so many cool boutiques in Jordaan neighborhood.
Love stories lingerie boutique is super fun, great concept of mix and match styles. Spent too much time in their cute flagship store on Herengracht 296.
Candy store of them all is Jamin! It has multiple locations in Amsterdam. There are walls of bins of colorful gummy candy in all shapes and favors. Perfect gift for kids at home and great with a glass of champagne at great restaurant on Prinsengracht, Proeverij 274.
For last night drinks heading to Andaz lounge. Andaz Hotel deserves a separate post with it’s beautiful design. Dutch history comes alive with modern details and unique garden is stunning. Cocktails menu is elaborate and atmosphere is relaxing.