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a weekend in Amsterdam

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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
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam

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.

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
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam

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.

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
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam

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.

a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam
a weekend in Amsterdam