In true ‘did you know we love a city break?’ style, Dan and I recently spent a weekend in Amsterdam. We spent a day in the buzz of Amsterdam and a day wandering through Den Haag. My grandad lives in the Netherlands, too, and we so much fun catching up and laughing a whole lot with him.
And, as with every holiday, 90% of our time there was spent eating. So, in an effort to make myself feel less guilty about spending the majority of my holiday budget on mini Dutch pancakes ( aka poffertjes ) , and in case any of you lovely lot are planning a trip over to the chilled out city itself, I thought I’d put my favourite foodie finds into a blog post!
Let me tell you, we found some absolutely beautiful places…
We got the Eurostar to Amsterdam from London St Pancras, which I’d never done before and would highly recommend. It works pretty much exactly the same way as security and boarding at the airport, but in a fraction of the time. This means one thing only: more time to stock up on Pret A Manger brownies for the trip ( they are seriously incredible ) !
It takes just over three hours to reach Amsterdam Centraal, stopping in Brussels and Rotterdam en route. It’s not often you’re working away on your laptop and each time you look out the window you see a new European city, eh? ( did you know I love travelling? )
The canals make for a very beautiful stroll, but do be warned: Dutch cyclists are absolutely savage. You better be ready to look left then right then left then right then left then right then left then right then left then right then left then right then left then right ( okay, you get the point ) every time you cross even the smallest street!
ANYWAY, just like myself in pretty much any given situation, you arrived for the food. So, as promised, here are my favourite finds from the Amsterdam food scene!
This place is the ultimate Pinterest-worthy, Instagram-ready, blogger-appropriate place I’ve ever seen. Blending beautifully decorated sweet and freshly baked treats with lovingly decorated and wonderfully delicious breakfast bowls ( which are definitely more photogenic than I’ll ever be ) , Pluk’s got the interior-design-for-free-digital-marketing trend down.
But it doesn’t stop at the snacks and smoothies; This place has got you sorted on the lifestyle front too. From the moment you step inside this marble-accented haven, you’ll find yourself immersed in their curated, pastel-lined homeware and stationery and their gold kitchen utensils ( can you tell I’ve just moved apartment? ) .
As you may have seen on my Instagram, I went for the Unicorn Bowl, which tastes just as gorgeous as it looks!
Oh, and they literally have an Instagram courtyard too. I told you they know what’s up!
I’ve come to the conclusion that, whether you’re in Amsterdam for a week or for an hour, Blue Amsterdam is a must-see. Not only are you getting to ( quite literally ) see the entire city whilst you sip your coffee, but you can wander around the 360 degrees-style window that frames the restaurant, so you can check out Amsterdam from every angle!
Oh, and I hope you’re not afraid of heights – it’s a pretty long way up!
I can confirm: the food is just as good as the views ( a pretty bold statement, I know ) . I opted for the traditionally Dutch bitterballen, a round croquette ( which somehow tastes better than any normal croquette despite the fact that it’s the identical premise ) , which is always served with zingy mustard ( when I worked in hospitality that was one of my go-to words to sell food to customers. Would recommend ) . My boyfriend chose the cheesecake, which of course I tried too ( no, he didn’t have a choice ) .
Just five minutes’ walk ( if that! ) from Amsterdam Centraal Station, Prins Heerlijk is an absolute must if you want to try the truly Dutch delight that is poffertjes – mini pancakes fried in butter and sprinkled with icing sugar. They’re crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and you’ll definitely struggle to refrain from ordering a second plate.
I’ve never been in a cafe or restaurant with such a wonderfully happy atmosphere. I can’t even put into words how friendly the staff are here, and how lovely it was to be chatting over poffertjes with my boyfriend while we could hear the chefs having a laugh in the open plan kitchen next to us. We were welcomed with smiles and, of course, made sure to go back the morning before we left to say goodbye.
We might have felt sad to leave, but they still had us smiling while we drank our lattes and told them what we’d been up to on our trip! I’m already excited to head back there next time we’re in Amsterdam.