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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