This past September, we headed back to Amsterdam to start off our trip. Collectively between Ryan and I, we’ve visited Amsterdam 5 times and don’t plan to stop. It is, hands-down, our favorite European city with so much to offer. I love the size and ease of Amsterdam, not to mention the beauty of the canals and buildings. It is quintessential Europe.
Because we’ve stayed in Airbnbs and Hotels, we thought it would be fun to try a less-expensive option – a hostel! I’ve had my eyes on Coco Mama for a while because of their cute name (duh) and their marketing & instagram efforts. It just seemed like a really fun place to be and we were thrilled with the price and location. Cocomama was perfectly situated in De Pijp (bohemian, cool area of town) and only one block away from the Albert Cuyp market. Cocomama had bike rentals available + the cutest rooms in the history of hostel rooms.
On our first night, I made reservations at Restaurant Stork. It was a short Uber ride away from our hostel and overlooked the water. Their selection of seafood and beer was excellent. I highly recommend it, especially when it’s warm outside.
The next morning, we headed over to Jordaan district (where we usually stay AND my favorite area of town) for breakfast at G’s. This place is small, but their breakfast be mighty. I had challah french toast and it was silly good. G’s also provides a Boozy Brunch Boat where you can down mimosas all the while riding around town on a canal boat eating brunch.
After brunch, we headed to the adorable book market that pops up each Friday in The Spui (a small square in the city center). It’s held from 10-6 and there are dozens of outdoor stalls filled with antiquarian books. I was in heaven.
That evening, we rode our bikes dinner at Donnie’s Doner (when given the option between pita or turkish bread, choose turkish bread!) where we ate delicious sandwiches and drank Oedipus beer.
The next day, we headed to IJ Hallen flea market – a large, monthly flea market held in Amsterdam Noord. To get there, you can board the 906 ferry service towards NDSM-werf from the backside of Amsterdam Central Station. After that, it’s a 5 minute walk. We spent hours here weaving in and out of the stalls and ended up purchasing a hand-painted educational map of the human skull + vintage locks in primary colors. We proceeded to lug that skull painting through the rest of our trip through Europe…but it was worth it.
After the flea, we headed over to Pllek – a man-made concept beach located very near the IJ Hallen. Awesome Amsterdam described it perfectly by saying, “Pllek is an interesting concept. The restaurant is contructed of used shipping containers stacked to form a C shape, then covered by a high curving roof. The front of the restaurant opens to a beautiful IJ view with picnic tables and a “beach” of tan gravel.” We had beers here before heading back for lunch. It was such an interesting and different morning.
That afternoon, we rode bikes around town and grabbed lunch at Buffet van Odette. It reminded me of Paris except for the gorgeous views of the canals. We finished the day riding bikes to a few of my favorite stores, Kitsch Kitchen, T.I.T.S., Raw Materials, and Property Of…
Our final night, we had drinks at Lotti’s in the lobby of the Hoxton Hotel. The Hoxton Hotel is one of my all-time favorite hotels in London, so when they opened one in Amsterdam, I had to check it out. We had our photos made in the photobooth before heading to dinner at de Pizza Bakkers. We’re pizza freaks.
Our final day before heading out to Berlin consisted of a few beers at Brouwerij ‘t IJ. It’s a brewery housed in one of the only windmills left in Amsterdam Central. I loved the logo so much, I bought a t-shirt as a souvenir. Perfect ending to our stop in Amsterdam. Up next, Berlin!