a weekend in Amsterdam

{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs

cycles, canals, completely swept away

There’s always that odd feeling in my stomach when I leave London. That mix of “I’m missing something” and “I’m not sure I can afford the time to take this trip.” It was when we arrived to the city, did the heavens part of their grey skies and open up a sun that never left our side that I knew it was time to let my city-stressed shoulders relax. It was a quick trip, one that is perfect for a European city break or even a layover. So get your passports ready for a stamp from the Netherlands…!

what I wore

shirt dress c/o BODEN shoes SUPERGA purse c/o BODEN sunglasses c/o BODEN earrings c/o J.LAUREN
leggings LULULEMON collarless shirt c/o BODEN flats CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA
 

{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs {a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs

day one

Our flight arrived mid-morning and by the time we had sorted all our things it was early afternoon. We checked into the brand new and absolutely gorgeous Hotel V Fizeaustraat. The lobby greeted us with warm smiles and the service unparalleled. The space was a combination of industrial elements and human-sized terrariums that allowed for organic and comforting vibes.

We freshened up and made our way to Museumplein. After perusing Van Gogh Museum we decided to grab a coffee and sit on the greens of Vondelpark and people watch. I was traveling with a girlfriend, which meant lots of gossiping and sharing trade secrets.
 

{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs {a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs {a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs

day one, continued…

After the afternoon sun was replaced with a slow setting sunset, we casually strolled around the area and walked over to Moeder’s for dinner. Moeder’s had a very comforting vibe like you were at your mum’s house in the kitchen just waiting for her to bring over a large pot of warmth and goodness. We absolutely loved the Suddervlees, the soft meat just subtly spiced with whole cloves served alongside potatoes and apple sweetened red cabbage. And at the very end, we decided to share the trip dessert with sugary pancakes, a dutch whipped yoghurt parfait and speculaas ice cream.
 

{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs {a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs {a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs

day two

We started with an incredible 2-course breakfast with Hotel V and bottomless Bocca coffee {a must when you visit Amsterdam}. We ventured out to Keizersgracht and took in all the views from each bridge above the canals and walked towards to the Bloemenmarkt, the flower market. Filled with little tulip bulbs and quite an inventory sunflowers and lavender. We weren’t too hungry, but craved a cheeky treat and thus came Van Steple right in our path. The indulgent double chocolate cookies were warm, soft, chewy and everything you would imagine. And then walked along the shopping district before we hopped on a canal cruise to take us through Prinsengracht and Jordaan—easily my favorite neighborhoods to Amsterdam as they are the most picturesque and historical with its quaint cafes and homes.
 

{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs {a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs {a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs

 
 
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
 
 

We headed to Lotti’s Diner for dinner—and just like any Soho House establishment, we entered into this cozy sanctuary. Seated in a wooden oasis that was naturally lit by a skylight, the plush velvet cushions and lots of casual glances at the people surrounding us—it’s what we needed after a long day of touristing. We ordered the grilled octopus and tuna tartare to start, which was a humble brag for the beautiful sea bass and steak that followed after. The show stopper were the cocktails though, just rightfully blended with the freshest ingredients allowing you to taste each layer of what our sips entailed.
 

{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs {a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs

 
 
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
 
 

{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs {a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs

day three

After our last breakfast with Hotel V Fizeaustraat, we headed straight to De Wellen and decided to do a bit of shopping at Nunc, Wind Amsterdam, Søstrene Grenes and Bonbon Boutique. They all had little bits for yourself and the home with just a touch of Dutch flair! In De Wellen, we spent the rest of the time people watching on bridges, grabbing drinks and perusing the little shops for souvenirs before heading to the airport.

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A very special thanks to Hotel V, Soho House’s Lotti’s, and Moeder’s for making this collaboration possible!
 

{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs
{a weekend in Amsterdam} via chevrons & éclairs

  • Ah how awesome! These photos give me wanderlust to Amsterdam <3 Sounds like you had a great trip!

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  • Sarah

    How do you look so chic whilst touring? Hotel V looks gorgeous!!

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    Did I tell you we almost moved to Amsterdam a few years ago? I so wish we had. Seeing this I want to go more than ever. And that fish! AHHH!

    • You didn’t tell me you almost went, but did tell me you wanted to go badly! OMG the city was incredible. I would happily go back to be the recreational babysitter/tour guide haha <3

  • I want to goooo!!

  • Paige Allison

    You, my dear, are an excellent storyteller, and my, what stories you have to tell! In college, I had the choice of studying in Amsterdam (socialist politics) or Paris (art history) and I went with Paris because I had had 17 years of French and wanted to use it. Turns out, when you’re a 5’10 blonde you stick out and everyone spoke English to me no matter what I did. To this day, I wish I’d have gone to Amsterdam instead!

    • Ah thanks! I wish I had more stories from the Red Light District, ya know ; ) Just visit Amsterdam and make sure you give me a heads up!!

  • Your photos never disappoint! I feel like I was there with you. Amsterdam looks seriously amazing.

    • Ah thank you so much, Jaelan! You have no idea how much I’ve been working on my photography, so this means the world <3

  • Molly Hogan

    This post is amazing!! Amsterdam is totally on my bucket list!

    Xx

    Molly

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  • great photos! Your style is impeccable and I really love the scenery!

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  • Nicole Nelson

    The pose in the very first photo, though! 👌🏿 Haha so glad you enjoyed your trip mate. Jordaan was probably one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Amsterdam too. I can’t wait to plan another trip there soon! I’ll definitely have to visit some of the places you recommended, especially Moeder’s – that dessert trio looked amazing 🙂

    • HAHA #boss. Oh man, we did SO MUCH in the short time we were there. I would totally love to go back though and just meander the streets of Jordaan. The little neighborhoods looked so cute.

  • Mademoiselle Coconath

    Loving your photos! Such a great post!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
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