I had no expectations when I arrived in Amsterdam, other than the very little I’d heard about the city, which was essentially encompassed by the legal hashish and the red light district, as well as the late night party scene.
What I experienced, however, was quite the opposite. I divulge all my “by day” details of Amsterdam in this blog post. If you plan on visiting Amsterdam anytime soon, be sure to check out these spots for stays and eats.
Wondering where to stay in Amsterdam?
We stayed with Radission Blu Amsterdam, a gorgeous hotel located right in the center of everything. The lobby area, where you’ll also find a restaurant and a bar, is probably one of the most tranquil places I’ve ever been, with a huge light-filled atrium. We actually made use of the on-site gym, though the bikes provided to us (available for rent at 20 Euro/day) made up the most of both our fun and our exercise. Our room, located in the business tower, was just what we needed, with a balcony for enjoying a beer in the sun.
You won’t fall short for great food in Amsterdam, but in case you were interested in something really unique and enjoyable, I’ve got two recommendations for you!
Piadina Bar, which is located slightly outside of the main center, is a great Italy-Amsterdam place where you’ll find a variety of dishes made from Piadina, a healthier alternative to bread. As a slight (or perhaps self-acclaimed) gluten-senstive, I was delighted that these little calzone and sandwich type options were both delicious and energy-promoting.
Alternatively, if you’re really craving a good burger and beer, I’d recommend the Angus Burger and Cornet (a delicious oaked lager) at Koepelcafe, which is located at the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel.
Watch my video below for a little sneak peek of Amsterdam by day, and be sure to follow my Youtube Channel for more travel videos.
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