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Amsterdam! | My top recommendations

I went to Amsterdam a year ago yesterday and had a wonderful time. I thought I would share with you some of my top things to do there, as well as the best things to eat and the greatest things to see.


I look so different. Ha ha.

I actually vlogged whilst I was there, you can watch that here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGtxVUMWRRs&t=350s

I also filmed a haul on my return which you can watch here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Ms3MDy_-E&t=34s



I am not going to go into too much detail about what we did, as you can see that in the videos. Instead, I am just going to share the top 12 things I think you should do/eat/see whilst you are there, and course share a few (or a lot) pictures along the way. Most of these are from my instagram/snapchat, so if you want to keep up to date in the future, you can. My username for both is @tamzinlena



I thought I would also mention that we actually got such a good deal on this trip.

We booked it via Wowcher, and paid £100 each which included both the flight and the hotel for 2 nights. We flew with Easy Jet. Not spon, just thought I'd tell you. The hotel we stayed in was Botel, which was interesting and different! It's essentially a floating boat hotel, and it was fun to stay in! It was actually quite far from central, we had to get a boat across everyday, but we actually all enjoyed this aspect! The boat transfers were free and not too much of a hassle.



1. Not really a recombination, but a point. Avoid the bicycles. Do not get in their path. You will get run over and probably die. Seriously though, those bikes stop for nothing. Be careful! And, don't ride them if you're not confident. Like I said, they don't stop for nothing, they are very fast paced and INTENSE.

2. Eat New York Pizza. All around Amsterdam, there are pizza shops that sell these huge slices of pizza, and let me tell you, they are amazing! If you find a shop, be sure to drop in. It's not that expensive and they offer lots of toppings!


3. If you want something slightly healthier, you NEED to try the falafel place in Dam square. It's called Maoz (vegetarian) and it is amazing, just see the pic below. Do I need to say more?


4. Eat all the desserts. I know this is all food related so far, but trust me, Amsterdam has ALL the offerings.


There are millions of places for Crepes, I went to Yo Tella.


5. Visit the Anne Frank museum. I couldn't recommend this enough. Before I went, I heard very mixed reviews, but I thought it was amazing! So insightful and interesting, and of course emotional, but very worth it.






6. Go shopping! Amsterdam has a great mix of smaller boutique style shops and European chains. You can see exactly what I bought and the places I went in my haul video.

7. Take a stroll to the Fault in our stars bench! If you are a fan of the book or the movie, this is a great thing to do, and of course, a great photo opportunity!


8. Ride a river boat! We did do this but I have no photos. It's so much fun and a great way to see the city, floating down the canals is very dutch!


9. Go to the Hard Rock cafe, but be sure to book. It gets very busy and the wait time can be very long if you don't book in advance. However, it is very nice, expensive, but nice, and an experience.



10. See the AMSTERDAM sign! The lettering is so cool. I wish I had gotten a better photo but it rained so much whilst we were there it was difficult.

11. There is also the Van Gogh museum near by which is a great place to visit too. We went into the shop and picked up a few bits!

12.  Enjoy the little things Amsterdam has to offer. One of which for me was the little cafes and bakeries that were dotted about. This one near our hotel was lovely and overlooked the harbor. It's actually where the below photo was taken that I have posted before.




I really enjoyed putting together this little travel guide. If you would like me to do more in the future, let me know! I would love to go back to Amsterdam, maybe when it won't be raining. Below, I have included a list of other popular things to do in Amsterdam that we didn't do, but may be of interest to you! Oh, and be sure to go to a cheese shop and buy ALL the cheese. You won't regret it. I went and oh my god, it was heaven

- Sex museum 
- Tulip fields! 
- Ice bar 
- Efteling (theme park)
- Madame Tussauds 

There are so many others things to do to, you can always have a gander on Trip Advisor to see if anything appeals! Also, leave your suggestions below so others can use this as a (hopefully helpful) resource! 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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