I’m not really even sure what to say about Amsterdam, which is odd because I loved it so much. We didn’t do anything particularly amazing or adventurous. There’s nothing that stands high above the rest of our experiences beyond the comfort of being there. It kind of felt like home – and reminded us quite a lot of Portland – which made being in the city easy and (mostly) relaxing. We walked the canals, ate delicious food, drank good beer and wine, and took our days relatively slow. The rain came and went pushing us inside on more occasions than we’d usually like, but looking back on it now the rain made us slow down a bit. It gave us pause and permission to be inside and allowed us to just “be” and not constantly “do.”
Our days usually revolved around what we were going to eat and when (naturally), and we even were able to cook breakfast at our place a few times! We stayed further out of the main center of Amsterdam and we loved it. We were close enough to walk everywhere but away from the crowds. Our street was lined with shops, restaurants, and a couple of grocery stores, and our small room had a balcony that we got to use when the sun peaked it’s head out.
I became obsessed with the canals and the buildings, taking way too many pictures, which you’ll see below. And I thought Portland had a lot of bike commuters but Amsterdam showed me otherwise. Everyone bikes there and you better stay out of their way or they’ll run you over and curse you with cancer. We stuck mostly to walking with the exception of the peddle boat that we took through the canals one afternoon (and loved). It was so fun to see the city from the water.
Good food was pretty easy to find in Amsterdam. We went to Foodhallen, an indoor food hall converted from the old train station, a couple of times because the options were plenty and the food was delicious. We couldn’t pass up fries (who can?) so we enjoyed a paper cone filled with fried taters on a couple occasions. We also tried come local craft beer in Amsterdam and Haarlem, and went to the loveliest natural wine bar one afternoon just before the rain started coming down. Our bellies were full and happy, our tastebuds satisfied, and I can’t wait to go back someday.
Stephanie and I grew up together and hadn’t seen one another since high school. She’s living in Amsterdam for the year working as an Au Pair so we got to catch up over beers and get the lowdown on Amsterdam from her.
Caught in the rain during our walking tour.
Flowers at the Albert Cuypmarkt, a street market in the De Pijp neighborhood.
All smiles after we got off the peddle bikes.
Tiny houses, Amsterdam style.
Those yellow doors!
Views of the canal from the peddle bike.
The World Press Photo Exhibition was fantastic.
The Rijksmuseum and a people filled I Amsterdam sign.
Our day trip to Haarlem was kind of blah, but we got to see this windmill have local craft beer at Jopen
Left: Afternoon snack from Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx. Best fries we had in Amsterdam.
Right: Picked up some fries as we strolled to our apartment right after arriving at central station.
A beautiful place to spend a rainy afternoon sipping on natural wines.
Gamay Noir + Castelvetrano Olives
Cappuccino from Scandinavian Embassy.
Cinnamon bun from Scandinavian Embassy. I don’t usually like cinnamon buns but this was delicious.
Breakfast toasts with miso, avocado, eggs, olives, and feta from Coffee and Coconuts, a former cinema in the 20’s converted to a multi-level restaurant/coffee shop.
FEBO, a fast food/vending machine mash up.
The Meets – I loved the decor, and the food was simple and healthy. We ate here for dinner and breakfast.
My main man.
Breakfast at The Meets! Kale fritata, toast, and salad.
Craft beer from Jopen, an old church converted into a brewery.
Fresh stroopwafel! Hot molasses-y syrup sandwiched between waffel-like wafers.
Sweet potato fries topped with truffle mayo, arugula, and sunflower seeds. Perfectly salty, full of flavor, and the only sweet potato fries I want to eat for the rest of my life. These were an appetizer to burgers and more fries (#allthefriedfood).
The second time we went to Foodhallen we picked up this mezze plate. Those falafel were solid.
Chocolate coffee, chocolate hazelnut, and raspberry pistachio tarts from Delicious Tarts at Foodhallen.
IPA and bitterballen (basically fried gravy) at Tapzuid.
One more canal photo for good measure!