Many people know that I love mountains and nature more than anything else. However sometimes it’s a welcome change to travel to some city instead and enjoy bit of „comfort“ in cozy cafés, galleries and tiny design shops. That’s why I decided to go to Amsterdam with my good friend to finally see its iconic canals and ginger bread houses in person. Yeah, we spent all three days wandering around the city centre, sipping coffee, eating cakes and spending (maybe) too much money on postcards, notebooks with pretty binding, planters and some other rather useless thingies.
Well, that’s not the point of this article. Actually I would like to share with you some of the best places we visited during our stay in this lovely city. There is never enough of Amsterdam guides, right? :)
We arrived to Amsterdam late at night, so naturally our first concern was where to have breakfast the next day. The thing is that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I always enjoy visiting new coffee places just to try something new from their breakfast/brunch menu. And obviously traveling is the best occasion to visit all the trendy cafés people from Instagram and Pinterest recommend.
One of those "instagramable" places was our first stop called Corner Bakery. We went there on Saturday morning which is always quite risky in trendy places like that - apparently everyone from the neighbourhood wanted to have a delicious Saturday brunch in a cool cafeteria. However waiting for a table was worth it.. the café is vegetarian/vegan friendly, so it's not a problem to order crispy granola with fruit and smoothie without wilk. For those who prefer bigger breakfasts, they serve also different types of sandwiches, omelettes, scrumbled eggs etc. :)
Another highly recommended place is Bar Spek. White walls, clean design, good coffee and delicious food - that's why I consider this café one of the best ones in Amsterdam. Try their chia seeds pancakes with blueberry and honey or if you're really hungry, then pick up breakfast of champs that contains overnight oats, huevos rancheros (yaaay, a bit of Spain!), avocado, granola with blueberries and smoothie called green monster.
There's never enough of good coffee. :) I'm very spoilt in this sense, since there are many good coffee spots here in Prague with specialty coffee prepared by experienced baristas. However, we were lucky enough to find a place like that also in Amsterdam (my gratitude goes to Instagram again). So if you enjoy great coffee, make sure to visit Loki - a trendy hipster place with great baristas, cool magazines to read and the most photogenic table you can imagine.
Amsterdam is (quite surprisingly - no offense) a city where you can find a lot of great design shops full of both local and internetional brands. If you're fan of independent designer work, conscious brands and slow fashion, then I have two tips right for you. :)
The Gather Shop offers not just fairtrade fashion, but also handmade accessories, jewellery and homeware from small studios. In short, everything looks absolutely gorgeous in this store.
Sukha Amsterdam is probably the most famous designer studio in Amsterdam. Everything they sell (soft wollen scarves, cardigans, leather bags, blankets, jewellery etc.) is made of natural materials and of course fairtrade. I really recommend to visit this shop even though you don't want to spend much money. The interior is simply perfect.
When visiting Amsterdam you definitely shouldn't miss Wildernis - probably the most famous gardenshop in Europe (at least according to my own Instagram surveillance :)). The curious thing is that you don't have to be necessarily a fan of plants and you would still want to go there and take a picture of its beautiful interior. And another benefit - they serve coffee!
So that's it - a few top places I really enjoyed in Amsterdam. I would love to hear from you which one you like/want to visit the most. Feel free to leave a comment or ask me anything you want.