Whether it’s a day trip or a stop-over, Amsterdam is a city brimming with food, sights and activities for you to sink your teeth into, even if it is for just 24 hours!
When you arrive in Amsterdam be sure to locate yourself a 24-hour OV-chipkaart, this covers you across all public transport within the city. The train from Schipol to Centraal, takes no more than half an hour, so you’ll be in the centre quickly. Whilst there is a spoilt for choice amount of breakfast spots to fuel up on across the city, you’ll be hard pressed to finding better options than in the de Pijp area. Surrounded by a smorgasbord of bacon, eggs and all manner of breakfast options, we recommend popping into either Little Collins, a Melbourne inspired brunch restaurant with hearty options or Omelegg, which has been dubbed the city’s best omelette spot. Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwMHdifFyZ-/
Once sufficiently fueled up, mosy on over to Museumplein to take in some culture. Take your pick of venue from the Rijks Museum - the Dutch national museum, Van Gogh museum or our personal favourite the MoCo which is dedicated to cool modern contemporary art which has featured a Banksy collection and has Daniel Arsham lined up in the next year. Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwthjRzAq6R/ If all that culture tuckers you out, make your way towards the Vondelpark to unwind and soak up every bit of Amsterdam city living. People come here to relax, catch-up, do sports and everything in between. If you find yourself to be getting a little peckish, theres a few cafes and restaurants hidden amongst the park’s greenery, pop into ’t Blauwe Theehuis, a two-tiered saucer shaped structure.
As the day winds down, there’s a few options you can take. The foodies can opt to go to the cities famous food hall aptly named Foodhallen, which has a myriad of delicious options or if you opt for more traditional Dutch fare, pop into Moeders, to sink traditional offerings such as homemade meatballs with a pint (or two).
For a slightly more laid-back affair, head back towards Dam Square, initially to take in the squares never ending hustle and bustle but we suggest to grab a portion of fries and take a trip around the cities famous 17th-century canal belt which is situated just beyond the square and begins at Singel. Protected by UNESCO, the waterways form a concentric set of rings and are quite simply stunning during dusk or after dark.