48 Hours in Amsterdam

48 hours in amsterdam

If any of you were unaware, I love Amsterdam. I mean, who doesn’t though? It’s a big city with a small town charm. Although it’s a great idea to just stay in Amsterdam forever, a lot of people only have a few days to take in all of the city’s delights. If you only have a couple days at your dispense, here’s how I’d do 48 hours in Amsterdam.

Day 1

Anne Frank House. Begin your day at 9 am with a visit to the Anne Frank House. This is best done in the morning to avoid the crazy lines particularly in peak season. I would even recommend purchasing tickets online. I’ll admit, I skipped this last time I was in Amsterdam but after reading her diary, I’ve added it to my itinerary for this years visit.

Bloemenmarkt market. Bloemenmarkt is one of the most gorgeous flower markets in Amsterdam and only a short walk from the Anne Frank house. Even if you’re not there to buy anything, there’s all kinds of flowers and plants in little shops floating on the canal.

I Amsterdam letters. You can’t go to Amsterdam and not take that iconic photo with the “I Amsterdam” letters. My best tip? Head there early. Once the crowds start it is nearly impossible to score a good spot with everyone flooding the photo. Also, the amount of injuries caused with people climbing over each other during peak times is a little worrying.

Rent a bike. Hire a bike from either MacBike or Yellow Bike (the reputable bike stores in Amsterdam) and join in everyone else peddling around.

stroopwafel via awesomeamsterdam.com
stroopwafel via awesomeamsterdam.com

Shopping. The two main shopping streets in Amsterdam’s city centre are the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. Whilst you’re on Leidesetraat, check out the Ice Bakery, a NUTELLA bakery (I die every time). Also nearby is The Pancake Bakery which is where you must try stroopwafels!

I would also recommend heading to Jordaan. It is a more authentic taste of the city with lots of shopping areas, plus the Noordermarkt market runs every Saturday. It’s a lovely place to grab some dinner, too!

Red light district. You saw it coming, right? I’m still astounded how this street is still in business but nevertheless, it is still so fascinating to see. You have everything from sex museums to live sex shows, so take your pick while you’re there. Once you’ve had enough, there’s plenty of bars to enjoy the rest of your night at. And of course, once you’re done, you simply must try Patatje Oorlog from any “snackbar”. The most delicious fries you’ll ever taste.

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Pro tip: try to refrain from using your phone or taking any photos of the women because the security will literally take your phone and throw it in the river. True story.

Day 2

Visit the museums. Visit one of the city’s most popular museums, like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, or Stedelijk Museum, and even the Heineken Experience (totally still counts as a museum).

Picnic in the park. For lunch, grab some food, a bottle of wine, and head down to one of the many spacious parks like Vondelpark, Oosterpark, Westerpark, Sarphatipark or Amsterdamse Bos. It’s one of my favourite things to do (especially after a long morning at the museums).

Cruise the canals. A canal cruise is a great way to get acquainted with the city. A few of the most notable canal cruise operators include LoversCanal and Holland International.

Visit a “coffee shop.” You know the ones I’m talking about. A lot of tourists flock to Amsterdam for the reason alone to smoke because of the city’s carefree, relaxed nature. If it’s not your thing, don’t worry, there’s much more the city has to offer. You might want to eat cheese form De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam (cheese is a really, really big deal over there), or head to a street market like Albert Cuypmarkt.

Dutch dinner. Since you’re in the Netherlands, you might want to try a traditional Dutch restaurant for dinner. Here’s the top 10 in the city. Alternatively, there are many restaurants in and around Dam square that are quite popular.

A night in the town. If you’ve got energy to spare, there are countless numbers of bars and clubs in Amsterdam. Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in the city, at least when it comes to nightlife and clubbing.

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  • missgetaway

    Oh I’ve always wanted to go to Amsterdam. Your guide looks fantastic – cannot wait to go there soon :)

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • Amsterdam is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, you’ve pretty much planned out my entire trip when I eventually go! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  • As a Dutchie I can only confirm that Amsterdam should definitely be on everyone’s travel wishlist! Something I still want to do is visit the ‘hofjes’, they are small hidden courtyards and supposedly super pretty if you know where to find them. A shame that I still didn’t do this since I work in Amsterdam haha!
    – X Marloes

  • I love Amsterdam! Live one hour traveling from the city but I always discover new places and addresses, love it!

  • Noise in Wonderland

    I went to Amsterdam a few years ago and i actually did a lot of the things on this list, which makes me happy. It’s definitely a place everyone should put on their travel bucket list.

    Amy
    thenoiseinwonderland.blogspot.com.au

  • I’m saving this post for when I finally book a trip to Amsterdam. Thanks!

    Ella xx

    truthfullyella.co.uk

  • Amsterdam is high on my list to visit. It looks perfect for a weekend break.

    Rachel | http://www.currentlyrachel.com

  • Molly Simpson

    I was hoping to go to Amsterdam soon and this post has just convinced me! Molly x
    http://www.mollipop.co.uk

  • Would love to have a weekend trip to Amsterdam with the girls for my birthday :)
    https://cherieedle.blogspot.com/

  • Amsterdam looks absolutely beautiful and charming! <3

    Ashley
    http://www.ashleyelizabethbeauty.com

  • I love your guide!! I’ve visited Amsterdam a few times in the past couple of years and it’s always been one of my favorite cities in Europe!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

  • Such a pretty city! I definitely want to go someday. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • I’m from the Netherlands and I love Amsterdam too! I love the things you mentioned in this post. I haven’t done everything yet even though I’ve been living in the Netherlands all my life. I really need to go to the Anne Frank house! I heard so many good things about it. :)

    x Val from Valerie Randomness

  • Pretty city! Sounds like you had a lot of fun! I hope to visit one day! :)

    http://www.llindatt.blogspot.com

  • Such gorgeous photographs. I absolutely LOVED Amsterdam, one of the best places I’ve ever visited.

    xx lacoconoire.com

  • Kate Flint

    I recently visited and loved Amsterdam! Was only there for four days and it’s a bit of a haze ;) but had an amazing time. Highlight for me was Anne Frank’s House. I had goosebumps the entire time.

    Kate | themintedblog.com

  • Justine

    You are a lifesaver, literally! This is perfect for when I go for exactly two days to Amsterdam later this year! Thanks so much for posting :)

    http://www.thefifthlife.com

  • I’ve been reading so much about Amsterdam lately. This post is making me even more excited to get planning!

  • Amy

    Amsterdam is 100% one of the places I’d love to visit over the next couple of years. Thank you for all the pointers – this post is definitely going to be saved!

    Amy xx
    https://amykathleensite.wordpress.com/

  • Zara

    I love this blog and have been following and reading for ages but I’ve noticed lately that this blog posts almost identical posts to World of Wanderlust!? Thought it was just coincidence at first but it keeps happening!?

    • Hi Zara, thanks for your kind words! which posts do you mean? I find my travel post/topic inspiration from websites such as travel + leisure, lonely planet & cntraveller – they have all done posts on bucket lists, fairy tale towns, 20 trips in your 20s, underrated destinations, secret small towns, most colorful places, etc. I think it’s where the majority of travel bloggers find their inspiration from, which is why some posts may seem similar!

      • Zara

        Hi Angela. Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound accusatory. Just a few posts lately have followed a World of Wanderlust posts and have been almost identical in content, but maybe it is just a coincidence. I love your blog and read all your posts, it was just an observation.

        • No need to apologise, you didn’t at all! Thanks so much for being a reader of Sunday Chapter – I appreciate it more than anything :)