Okay! So, I don't mean to head into the New Year with another city guide, but seeing as this little trip was in November, I wanted to post it sooner rather than later so I hope that's ok! I headed over to Amsterdam with a few of my best girl friends for a few days with KLM in November, and took a lot of time getting to know the city and discover lots of hidden gems to share with you all (all whilst stumbling across Demi Lovato's hotel and not waiting for her outside, and spending a lot of in-room time giggling until we had mini six-packs. Ahem) I couldn't believe how quick it was to travel to the city (45 minutes FYI- which is nearly quicker than my journey into central London) so if you do get a chance, I definitely recommend a visit! Now on to the places...

Stay:
Hotel V Nesplein Amsterdam Hotel V Nesplein Amsterdam Hotel V Nesplein:
For our first night in the city, we stayed in the beautiful Hotel V Nesplein- which is a very short walk from the very centre of town and beautiful flower markets. The room (although a standard double) was incredibly spacious and modern, and perfect for some girlie sleepover time- with the beds making for a wonderfully sound nights sleep after a busy old day of exploring. My favourite part of the hotel was the gorgeous restaurant downstairs, The Lobby, which boasted one of the tastiest breakfasts (and also lunch and dinner), and included everything from delicious poached eggs, cinnamon French toast and everything in between. Spoilt for choice? Never!

Visit: Nes 49, 1012 KD Amsterdam
Hotel Albus Amsterdam Albus Hotel:
Our second night in the city was spent in the cosy Albus Hotel, tucked away on a busy street- right in the centre of town- ideal for rolling out of bed and straight into the action! Although a little smaller than Hotel V, this place was clean, simple and incredibly welcoming (plus, we certainly look advantage of the amazing room service from the top rated downstairs restaurant- ordering brownies and treats for late night pick-me-ups)! The staff were incredibly helpful, and if you're after a central place to stay look no further.

Visit: Vijzelstraat 49, 1017 HE Amsterdam

Shop:
Anna + Nina Amsterdam Anna + Nina Amsterdam Anna + Nina Amsterdam Anna + Nina:
Anna + Nina was without a doubt one of my favourite shops in the city, and after visiting both branches- it took a lot of self restraint to not wipe my debit card and take the whole shop home with me (I'm not sure the luggage allowance would have allowed it sadly)...! Filled with beautiful crockery, stationary from my one true love's Rifle Paper Co and beautiful books and trinkets; this place is a girlie heaven filled with everything from gifts to home ware, and lots of loveliness in between.

Visit: Gerard Doustraat 94, 1072 VX Amsterdam

Droog Amsterdam Droog:
Upon one of our afternoon explores, we stumbled across ice-cool concept store Droog- home to minimalistic home pieces, recipe and art books and new independent beauty brands that I was excited to stumble across. Although this place is a little more suited to those with an eye for quirky design and something a little more clean cut, there were so many gorgeous books (including some slick recipe ones)- I could have easily spent a couple of hours just reading through.

Visit: Staalstraat 7-A, 1011 JJ Amsterdam

Vanroselen Chocolates Amsterdam Vanroselen Chocolate:
What girl can say no to walking past a chocolate shop that looks this cosy? Not many, that's for sure! On our last day we stumbled across Vanroselen, and spent a good half an hour browsing through the shelves stacked with Willy Wonka style bars, and some of the most intricately designed chocolate I've ever laid eyes on. On top of that the shop owner was absolutely delightful, and chatted to us for ages about the products, and even searched for things that weren't on the floor- perfect for treats to take home!

Visit: Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 72, 1017 DH Amsterdam

Maison Rika Amsterdam Maison Rika:
A little clothes and accessories shop near Toos and Roos (they have two stores opposite one another, with Maison Rika actually doubling up as a wee guesthouse overlooking the canals and Rika being the main clothing store), Maison Rika sits pretty next to the canals, and boasts everything from art and fashion books, stationary and home ware pieces- ready for you to take home. The staff are also exceptionally friendly, and happy to offer any last minute local recommendations for any other Dutch novices' like ourselves!

Visit: Oude Spiegelstraat 9, 1016 BM Amsterdam

Love Stories Amsterdam Love Stories Amsterdam Love Stories:
Another one of my favourite picks, Love Stories is a stones throw away from Rika, and sits beautifully next to the canal- while holding host to some of the most beautiful underwear I've ever seen. With everything from delicate lace, stars and silk prints- this shop is the perfect place to spoil yourself, with all purchases coming in a story-book style box- which is definitely the cherry on top!

Visit: Herengracht 296, 1016BX Amsterdam

Kitsch Kitchen Supermercado Amsterdam Kitsch Kitchen Supermercado Amsterdam Kitsch Kitchen:
If you're a bit of a stationary fiend like me, you'll probably get just as excited about Kitsch Kitchen as I did- and quite possibly want to leave with all of the notebooks, prints and ceramic bowls in sight. It's natural, ok! The shop is the ultimate place to pick up anything a little twee, kitsch and playful (the clue's in the name)- so if you're a fan of cute animals, cute stationary and even cuter decor- this one is for you!

Visit: Rozengracht 12, 1016 NB Amsterdam

Juffrouw Splinter Amsterdam Juffrouw Splinter Amsterdam Juffrouw Splinter Amsterdam Juffrow Splinter
For any vintage and retro loving ladies, a visit to Juffrouw Splinter is a must. With shelves loaded up with more antique tea tins than I've ever seen, and endless shelves of china, ornate and ceramic ornaments- this little quirky shop is the perfect place to get lost in and lust over! Sadly I had to leave empty handed (never. bringing. a. little. suitcase. again)- but would recommend popping by.

Visit: Prinsengracht 230, 1016 HE Amsterdam

Snack:
Paper Planes Amsterdam Paper Planes Amsterdam Paper Planes Amsterdam Paper Planes:
Paper Planes is a gorgeous brunch place next to the canals, and was probably one of my favourite places to eat during our time here. Although the menu boasts lots of brunch favourites and delicious sandwiches- I actually opted for a salad, and it was probably one of the tastiest I've ever had- I'm now determined to recreate it at home! Plus, if you want to curl up with your laptop, or a good book- this place has lots of gorgeous areas to work from- if only it were more local ; )!

Visit: Rokin 81, Amesterdam

De Laatste Kruimel Amsterdam De Laatste Kruimel Amsterdam De Laatste Kruimel:
A bustling bakery in central Amsterdam, we stopped off here for some cheeky afternoon treats- and picked up some traditional cakes to keep up our fuel. With windows loaded with everything from French Toast, delicious apple and cinnamon cakes and more quiches than the eye can see (really, I'm serious) this place is a must-stop, and perfect to sit in with a cuppa if you're happy to wait for a table.

Visit: Langebrugsteeg 4, 1012 GB Amsterdam

Toos and Roos Amsterdam Toos & Roos:
If you're after a hideaway that can offer delicious salads, paninis and arguably the best soup in town (as well as catering to gluten free diets) Toos & Roos is the perfect place to hit up for some elevenses. With Dunya and I treating ourselves to the biggest salad on the menu, hummus and fresh bread and the most warming soup ever- we certainly felt ready to brave the cold after curling up for lunch here.

Visit: Berenstraat 28, 1016 GH Amsterdam

Nutella Ice Bakery Amsterdam Nutella Ice Bakery Amsterdam Nutella Ice Bakery:
Now, I know there are some dedicated Nutella eaters out there, so this ones for you, folks! If you fancy stocking up on more Nutella jars than you can shake a spoon at (plus some cute shaped penguin ones), trying a Nutella brownie (or an eclair or some gelato) or even fancy going the whole hog and loading up on some merchandise- this shop is for you. Nutella eaters rejoice!

Visit: Leidsestraat 102, Amsterdam

Wolvenstraat 23 Amsterdam Wolvenstraat 23 Amsterdam Wolvenstraat 23:
It may have been the amazing leafy graphic wallpaper that lured us in (it seems we always have instagram on the brain)- this cafe was the most delicious lunch stop, offering everything from delicious (and extremely filling) open sandwiches, big cheesy pizzas and everything in between. It's also huddled in an area packed with little streets oozing independent shops- so great for spending an afternoon around too.

Visit: Wolvenstraat 23 1016 Amsterdam


As always I'd love to hear any recommendations you have for the city- so please comment below!

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Okay! So, I don't mean to head into the New Year with another city guide, but seeing as this little trip was in November, I wanted to post it sooner rather than later so I hope that's ok! I headed over to Amsterdam with a few of my best girl friends for a few days with KLM in November, and took a lot of time getting to know the city and discover lots of hidden gems to share with you all (all whilst stumbling across Demi Lovato's hotel and not waiting for her outside, and spending a lot of in-room time giggling until we had mini six-packs. Ahem) I couldn't believe how quick it was to travel to the city (45 minutes FYI- which is nearly quicker than my journey into central London) so if you do get a chance, I definitely recommend a visit! Now on to the places...

Stay:
Hotel V Nesplein Amsterdam Hotel V Nesplein Amsterdam Hotel V Nesplein:
For our first night in the city, we stayed in the beautiful Hotel V Nesplein- which is a very short walk from the very centre of town and beautiful flower markets. The room (although a standard double) was incredibly spacious and modern, and perfect for some girlie sleepover time- with the beds making for a wonderfully sound nights sleep after a busy old day of exploring. My favourite part of the hotel was the gorgeous restaurant downstairs, The Lobby, which boasted one of the tastiest breakfasts (and also lunch and dinner), and included everything from delicious poached eggs, cinnamon French toast and everything in between. Spoilt for choice? Never!

Visit: Nes 49, 1012 KD Amsterdam
Hotel Albus Amsterdam Albus Hotel:
Our second night in the city was spent in the cosy Albus Hotel, tucked away on a busy street- right in the centre of town- ideal for rolling out of bed and straight into the action! Although a little smaller than Hotel V, this place was clean, simple and incredibly welcoming (plus, we certainly look advantage of the amazing room service from the top rated downstairs restaurant- ordering brownies and treats for late night pick-me-ups)! The staff were incredibly helpful, and if you're after a central place to stay look no further.

Visit: Vijzelstraat 49, 1017 HE Amsterdam

Shop:
Anna + Nina Amsterdam Anna + Nina Amsterdam Anna + Nina Amsterdam Anna + Nina:
Anna + Nina was without a doubt one of my favourite shops in the city, and after visiting both branches- it took a lot of self restraint to not wipe my debit card and take the whole shop home with me (I'm not sure the luggage allowance would have allowed it sadly)...! Filled with beautiful crockery, stationary from my one true love's Rifle Paper Co and beautiful books and trinkets; this place is a girlie heaven filled with everything from gifts to home ware, and lots of loveliness in between.

Visit: Gerard Doustraat 94, 1072 VX Amsterdam

Droog Amsterdam Droog:
Upon one of our afternoon explores, we stumbled across ice-cool concept store Droog- home to minimalistic home pieces, recipe and art books and new independent beauty brands that I was excited to stumble across. Although this place is a little more suited to those with an eye for quirky design and something a little more clean cut, there were so many gorgeous books (including some slick recipe ones)- I could have easily spent a couple of hours just reading through.

Visit: Staalstraat 7-A, 1011 JJ Amsterdam

Vanroselen Chocolates Amsterdam Vanroselen Chocolate:
What girl can say no to walking past a chocolate shop that looks this cosy? Not many, that's for sure! On our last day we stumbled across Vanroselen, and spent a good half an hour browsing through the shelves stacked with Willy Wonka style bars, and some of the most intricately designed chocolate I've ever laid eyes on. On top of that the shop owner was absolutely delightful, and chatted to us for ages about the products, and even searched for things that weren't on the floor- perfect for treats to take home!

Visit: Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 72, 1017 DH Amsterdam

Maison Rika Amsterdam Maison Rika:
A little clothes and accessories shop near Toos and Roos (they have two stores opposite one another, with Maison Rika actually doubling up as a wee guesthouse overlooking the canals and Rika being the main clothing store), Maison Rika sits pretty next to the canals, and boasts everything from art and fashion books, stationary and home ware pieces- ready for you to take home. The staff are also exceptionally friendly, and happy to offer any last minute local recommendations for any other Dutch novices' like ourselves!

Visit: Oude Spiegelstraat 9, 1016 BM Amsterdam

Love Stories Amsterdam Love Stories Amsterdam Love Stories:
Another one of my favourite picks, Love Stories is a stones throw away from Rika, and sits beautifully next to the canal- while holding host to some of the most beautiful underwear I've ever seen. With everything from delicate lace, stars and silk prints- this shop is the perfect place to spoil yourself, with all purchases coming in a story-book style box- which is definitely the cherry on top!

Visit: Herengracht 296, 1016BX Amsterdam

Kitsch Kitchen Supermercado Amsterdam Kitsch Kitchen Supermercado Amsterdam Kitsch Kitchen:
If you're a bit of a stationary fiend like me, you'll probably get just as excited about Kitsch Kitchen as I did- and quite possibly want to leave with all of the notebooks, prints and ceramic bowls in sight. It's natural, ok! The shop is the ultimate place to pick up anything a little twee, kitsch and playful (the clue's in the name)- so if you're a fan of cute animals, cute stationary and even cuter decor- this one is for you!

Visit: Rozengracht 12, 1016 NB Amsterdam

Juffrouw Splinter Amsterdam Juffrouw Splinter Amsterdam Juffrouw Splinter Amsterdam Juffrow Splinter
For any vintage and retro loving ladies, a visit to Juffrouw Splinter is a must. With shelves loaded up with more antique tea tins than I've ever seen, and endless shelves of china, ornate and ceramic ornaments- this little quirky shop is the perfect place to get lost in and lust over! Sadly I had to leave empty handed (never. bringing. a. little. suitcase. again)- but would recommend popping by.

Visit: Prinsengracht 230, 1016 HE Amsterdam

Snack:
Paper Planes Amsterdam Paper Planes Amsterdam Paper Planes Amsterdam Paper Planes:
Paper Planes is a gorgeous brunch place next to the canals, and was probably one of my favourite places to eat during our time here. Although the menu boasts lots of brunch favourites and delicious sandwiches- I actually opted for a salad, and it was probably one of the tastiest I've ever had- I'm now determined to recreate it at home! Plus, if you want to curl up with your laptop, or a good book- this place has lots of gorgeous areas to work from- if only it were more local ; )!

Visit: Rokin 81, Amesterdam

De Laatste Kruimel Amsterdam De Laatste Kruimel Amsterdam De Laatste Kruimel:
A bustling bakery in central Amsterdam, we stopped off here for some cheeky afternoon treats- and picked up some traditional cakes to keep up our fuel. With windows loaded with everything from French Toast, delicious apple and cinnamon cakes and more quiches than the eye can see (really, I'm serious) this place is a must-stop, and perfect to sit in with a cuppa if you're happy to wait for a table.

Visit: Langebrugsteeg 4, 1012 GB Amsterdam

Toos and Roos Amsterdam Toos & Roos:
If you're after a hideaway that can offer delicious salads, paninis and arguably the best soup in town (as well as catering to gluten free diets) Toos & Roos is the perfect place to hit up for some elevenses. With Dunya and I treating ourselves to the biggest salad on the menu, hummus and fresh bread and the most warming soup ever- we certainly felt ready to brave the cold after curling up for lunch here.

Visit: Berenstraat 28, 1016 GH Amsterdam

Nutella Ice Bakery Amsterdam Nutella Ice Bakery Amsterdam Nutella Ice Bakery:
Now, I know there are some dedicated Nutella eaters out there, so this ones for you, folks! If you fancy stocking up on more Nutella jars than you can shake a spoon at (plus some cute shaped penguin ones), trying a Nutella brownie (or an eclair or some gelato) or even fancy going the whole hog and loading up on some merchandise- this shop is for you. Nutella eaters rejoice!

Visit: Leidsestraat 102, Amsterdam

Wolvenstraat 23 Amsterdam Wolvenstraat 23 Amsterdam Wolvenstraat 23:
It may have been the amazing leafy graphic wallpaper that lured us in (it seems we always have instagram on the brain)- this cafe was the most delicious lunch stop, offering everything from delicious (and extremely filling) open sandwiches, big cheesy pizzas and everything in between. It's also huddled in an area packed with little streets oozing independent shops- so great for spending an afternoon around too.

Visit: Wolvenstraat 23 1016 Amsterdam


As always I'd love to hear any recommendations you have for the city- so please comment below!

x

47 comments:

  1. I would love to go to Amsterdam! It's actually not that far away from where I live (Belgium). Those shops are amazing! I think I would take a lot of pictures myself :D Yummy food aswell :D

    Happy 2015!
    Valérie | Scribbles of Valérie

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  2. Hi, such a great post as always! If you'll ever go back to Amsterdam I recommened the Rijksmuseum, it's amazing to see all those paintings from centuries ago. And perhaps a trip through the city on a bicycle? It's a different way to see Amsterdam and the bicycle is something Holland is well known for :)
    love,
    xxc

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  3. i'm going to amsterdam in january so this has been so useful to read!

    love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE ♡

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  4. I'd love to spend an afternoon at Paper Planes while rereading The Fault in Our Stars, and then proceed to eat my feelings at the Nutella Ice Bakery! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  5. Very yummy and cosy post!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

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  6. Beautiful pictures, love this post!

    Steph xx
    http://steeezyxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. I visited Amsterdam last February and would have loved to have read your guide before that trip! You found some adorable little shops and cafes. xx

    A Fashion Tale // UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  8. love the cute vintage shops, wish I got to see more of Amsterdam when I went

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  9. Ah this post makes me so happy! I went to Amsterdam last September for a wee four day trip and it was the most exciting little place ever. Even just wandering around there was something interesting and quirky to look at around every corner.I absolutely loved visiting the flea markets. We went to three while we were there and while there was a lot of tat there were also lots of lovely little treasures too. There were also plenty great vintage shops! Food wise our favourites were Burger Zaken in the Red Light District and Pancakes! Vondelpark was also beautiful to cycle around. We couldn't fit in everything we wanted to do so I'm definitely wanting to go back again so will try some of your suggestions!

    Laura | Laurakathren - A little lifestyle blog

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  10. I love Amsterdam, definitely need to visit a few of these places when I next go! x

    India Charlotte♥

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  11. I adore your city guides! Please keep doing them! They're some of my favorites! x

    Blog Marjorie

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  12. I want to go to Amsterdam.... Happy New Year!!

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  13. Thank you so much for these helpful guides - I'm currently trying to choose between visiting Amsterdam and Brussels for (a very belated) birthday present, and this has definitely pushed Amsterdam into the lead!
    Beth x

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  14. I just went to Amsterdam recently as well and I loved the burgers at Burgermeester!

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  15. Great guide. I am planning to visit Amsterdam soon :)
    Happy new year!

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  16. I miss Amsterdam! I need to visit there again!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  17. Thanks for the extremely helpful guide - I'm hoping to go this year!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

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  18. The nutella place looks amazing! I have Dutch roots so am always visiting Amsterdam, but this has definitely given me some new places to try :)


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    B xx

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  19. Great post! Makes me miss Amsterdam! There's a great restaurant called The Mothers- there are hundreds of photos of yes, mums on the walls. Quirky plus the food is good. Worth visiting!

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  20. I'd love to go there this year! Here's hoping x
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  21. May I ask what camera you use? I know the camera is only the start of taking great pictures, but yours are lovely! Great post, once again :)

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    1. Thank you lovely! I use a Canon 5d Mark III xx

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  22. I'm going Amsterdam in June so this is perfect!
    Sophie
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  23. I'm visiting Amsterdam later this year so this post has been extremely helpful - thankyou! :)

    xx angela | the sunday chapter

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  24. Oh my gosh soo adorable and charming. Id love to be there!

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  25. Your city guides are really useful, thank you :)
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  26. This has made me miss Amsterdam so much! It's definitely one of my favourite European cities, and seeing all of these familiar places is really making me want to go back!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

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  27. So helpful, im travelling to amsterdam soon so all tips are welcomed! I cant wait to see the beautiful city myself!!

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  28. I really really really want to visit Amsterdam! Its one of my most wished places to visit!

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  29. I went to Amsterdam a few months ago and loved it! Can't wait to go again and find these little gems you discovered.

    Faye
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  30. Next time you're in Amsterdam check out Puccini Chocolates - http://www.puccinibomboni.com/. They were recommended to me by a local and make some of my favourite chocolates in the world!

    Lotta

    www.eatchicblog.com

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  31. I'm lucky to live an hour away from Amsterdam. Thanks for the recommendations, I will definitely check them all out soon. I would suggest visiting the negen straatjes. There are even more of those cute little shops there and a few of my favourite are there too.
    A visit to Amsterdam will happen soon I guess.

    Eline
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  32. photos simply gorgeous. love it. you have a wonderful blog
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  33. Such a lovely post- I am dying to travel to Amsterdam this year :) I will keep this post in mind! :)

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  34. These guys are pro at their work and they were willing to be flexible in order to help my party planner come in and set up at any time. Their service was superb.

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  35. What a lovely guide! We spent a very nice weekend last year in Amsterdam but we want to come back for more! So I'll save your recommendations! By the way, we stayed at the Hotel V Frederiksplein, the little hispter brother of Hotel V Nesplein, and it was really nice too!
    xx,
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  36. Great post! I loved Amsterdam when I was there, it is such a calm city. Love the pictures of the match boxes and the chocolate, the packaging is awesome! Did you try out the pancake bakery near the Anne Frank museum too? It was sooooo delicious! There needs to be more cinnamon ice cream in the world xo

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  37. Great post ! So happy you posted it since I plan on going to amsterdam this summer
    Xoxo
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  38. Hey Liv, loved this post and totally went to paper planes after hearing about your salad experience! I didn't go for salad in the end but thanks for suggesting it. Loved it <3

    Also lovely to meet you the other day at the bloggers market.

    xx
    www.menapie.com

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  39. I would LOVE to visit Amsterdam! Those photos are absolutely stunning, too!

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  40. it was so funny when you commented at how many stairs the city has.. the portuguese are so used to it they find it odd when they go to other cities and everything is flat <3 your video was gorgeous, I'm happy you enjoyed my city!
    by,
    gracy
    indiatimesshopping.com

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  41. Stumbled across this post after listening to Ctrl Alt Delete podcast at Betty magazines recommendation. I'm going to Amsterdam in a few days and through all my scouring for interesting things to do, I had only heard of Kitsch Kitchen out of everything you've mentioned! Will definitely be visiting some of these places, they look exactly my style :)

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