We’re going to take you on a 24 hour whistle stop tour of Amsterdam.
Introducing you all to the coolest places to eat, the prettiest sights to see and the best routes to cycle!
We had a spare weekend a few months ago so decided to hop on a flight to the city of bicycles for a couple of nights away.
We love Amsterdam, there’s such a varied and eclectic mix of things to see and do whilst you’re there so each and every visit is unique.
If you’re only staying for two nights, like we did, then hopefully this blog post will help you squeeze all the best bits into one fun-filled day!
We started our day right with a delicious brunch at The Corner Bakery.
We’d seen a lot of Instagrammers head to this place and we’re not going to lie… it was the photographs of the phenomenal milkshakes that sold it for us!
This place gets busy so be prepared to wait a little.
We didn’t mind though as we got a comfy spot outside where we could people watch and sit in the sunshine for a few minutes with a latte.
It only took half an hour to be welcomed into the dining area and shown to our table.
The decor is a delight, lots of cute little Amsterdam inspired treasures and trinkets adorning the walls and countertops.
The brunch menu is incredible and it was seriously hard to choose just one thing!
We opted for smashed avocado with courgette and smoked salmon (for him!).
And eggs royale with the most delicious and lemony hollandaise sauce drizzled over the top (for her!).
On the side we order two of their epic milkshakes.
Ice cold and made with rich ice-cream they are piled high with freshly whipped cream, fruit loops, marshmallows, sprinkles and even a doughnut for good measure.
We weren’t sure if we’d be able to finish off these monsters alongside our delicious brunch but we made short work of it!
From the placemats and peonies on the tables to the fur throws on the benches outside this place is a must visit if you’re ever in Amsterdam.
With our bellies filled we grabbed a bike and cycled around the canals, there is honestly nothing better to do whilst in Amsterdam.
There are so many beautiful sights to take in around the canals and also around the side streets too, you’ll definitely want to take a couple of hours to properly explore.
Whilst you have the bikes, be sure to take a quick cycle around Vondelpark too. There’s plenty of pretty lakes, bridges and spots to lay back in the grass and soak in the sun.
We dropped off our bikes and grabbed a train to Zaanse Schans, somewhere you’ll want to visit whilst in Amsterdam, the train only takes around 30 minutes so it’s not too much of a detour from the centre.
Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life.
It’s such an unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops.
There’s so much to see and do; the traditional bakery museum where you can enjoy the smell of freshly baked bread, the clogs warehouse where you can try a few on for size, and our personal favourite was the cheese factory (for obvious reasons!).
There are also so many quaint and beautiful windmills dotted around too, ready for you to explore.
You’ll probably want to spend a good couple of hours here, to really get your fill of it.
Once you’ve finished soaking in all the green wooden cladding and soaring sails of the windmills, head back into central Amsterdam and try out Winkel 43 for the best apple pie you’re ever likely to taste.
Although be prepared to queue!
There are so many amazing sights to see and places to eat in Amsterdam but we hope our little 24 hour guide has inspired you to hop to the Netherlands for a couple of nights to explore this vibrant and exciting city!