Having only ever visited Amsterdam previously, getting to know other parts of the Netherlands this month was quite a (cold, but wonderful) treat. Until earlier this year, the most I knew about Rotterdam was everything The Beautiful South had taught me (read: not a lot bar some lyrics that my dad gets intense pleasure from repeating during any impending visits), and The Hague was somewhere completely new to me altogether. So, although it was short but sweet, I've pinned down some of my favourite hubs from each place, to hope to maybe inspire any future visits!


'We will shortly be arriving at Rotterdam The Hague airport'...

Our first stop was a night in The Hague, the '5 minute city' (as several people referred to it to during our stay)- with near to everything (including the beautiful blue coastline) being all but a 5 minute ride away (which makes a 20 minute walk along Oxford Street feel very long indeed). The city is the home the the Dutch royal family, government and embassies- making, as you may imagine, the architecture incredibly beautiful and regal (great for those Instagram shots when the buildings look like perfect dolls houses)- and it's history rich and hugely fascinating. As well as nods to incredible culture, The Hague boasts a brilliant art and design scene, with The Mauritshuis gallery home to golden age artwork, including Rembrandt and a certain Girl With The Pearl Earring (with it's decor reminiscent to the beautiful Wallace collection, too)...


But let's talk food! We also squeezed in a dinner at the amazing Mama Kelly, which is every bit as amazing as it's branding and typography let's on to (yup, I'm that guy). With it's menu being based around a Lobster/Chicken option (similar to Burger & Lobster), everything on the menu is freshly homemade- and accompanied with an interior to rival it's second-to-none sticky toffee pudding- there's no wonder this place is booked up every evening. Finally, if you're looking for a place to rest your head in The Hague Marriott Hotel couldn't have been more perfect. Although I've mentioned before about big hotels feeling a little corporate and old fashioned, this central hub was everything other than that. With each bedroom decked out in Scandi-inspired minimal furniture (there's some serious #lampgoals here, if you're interested)- the hotel rooms oozed a boutique feeling with the comfort of a large hotel (knowing you can grab some room service, or a drink at the equally beautiful bar is always a charm)- and I'd seriously recommend a visit to anyone planning a little weekend around The Netherlands.


Next, was a trip to Rotterdam- certainly a more modern city (there's plenty of more new and contemporary buildings here), but another thriving city in design- and one absolutely worth a stop by. I've always solely (and probably a little ignorantly) only considered visiting Amsterdam when in the Netherlands, but knowing how close everything is (you can pretty much get from Rotterdam to Amsterdam by train in a couple of hours)- I'd definitely consider doing a little round tour of Holland next time- and recommend anyone to do the same too. We stayed in The Manhattan Hotel Rotterdam, a Marriott hotel opposite Centraal Station (yup, it's very convenient), but also hugely luxurious, with possibly the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in (so much so, Kristabel and I both stayed in bed for an extra half an hour as to not leave it's 'cloud-like' dreaminess). Also, although a small feature- it's breakfast buffet was possibly one of the loveliest I've had (with a fresh herb garden so you can prepare your own mint tea too- such a cool idea)!


In terms of exploring, lunch was hosted at the delicious Bazar, a North African/Middle Eastern restaurant, boasting incredible sharing plates (think hummus, falafel and fresh Turkish breads) and a wonderful, vibrant atmosphere- perfect for whiling hours away. We also visited pop ups of both Dr Rotterdam (an amazing speakeasy underground bar all themed around traditional prescriptions and remedies with their cocktails, ahem) and The Harbour Club- both of which were pop ups during our visit to the tennis (another part of our adventure), but both have amazing bases in central Rotterdam and are absolutely worth noting down. Now, although I sadly didn't have time to visit the below, I've also added a handful of recommendations to some other must visits below too if you ever fancy swinging by- I'm already planning another visit so I can tick these off!

Markthal Indoor Market (incredible architecture and hundreds of fresh product stalls and shops) | Margreeth Olsthoorn (Contemporary and minimalist fashion store selling everything from Acne, to young Rotterdam designers) | Kunsthal Rotterdam (great for exhibitions) | GROOS (lifestyle concept store with incredible homeware) | Lilith (all day breakfast bar with amazing pancakes) | The SUE Store (raw and vegan health food cafe and bakery) | VIP (Very Italian Pizza)


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Having only ever visited Amsterdam previously, getting to know other parts of the Netherlands this month was quite a (cold, but wonderful) treat. Until earlier this year, the most I knew about Rotterdam was everything The Beautiful South had taught me (read: not a lot bar some lyrics that my dad gets intense pleasure from repeating during any impending visits), and The Hague was somewhere completely new to me altogether. So, although it was short but sweet, I've pinned down some of my favourite hubs from each place, to hope to maybe inspire any future visits!


'We will shortly be arriving at Rotterdam The Hague airport'...

Our first stop was a night in The Hague, the '5 minute city' (as several people referred to it to during our stay)- with near to everything (including the beautiful blue coastline) being all but a 5 minute ride away (which makes a 20 minute walk along Oxford Street feel very long indeed). The city is the home the the Dutch royal family, government and embassies- making, as you may imagine, the architecture incredibly beautiful and regal (great for those Instagram shots when the buildings look like perfect dolls houses)- and it's history rich and hugely fascinating. As well as nods to incredible culture, The Hague boasts a brilliant art and design scene, with The Mauritshuis gallery home to golden age artwork, including Rembrandt and a certain Girl With The Pearl Earring (with it's decor reminiscent to the beautiful Wallace collection, too)...


But let's talk food! We also squeezed in a dinner at the amazing Mama Kelly, which is every bit as amazing as it's branding and typography let's on to (yup, I'm that guy). With it's menu being based around a Lobster/Chicken option (similar to Burger & Lobster), everything on the menu is freshly homemade- and accompanied with an interior to rival it's second-to-none sticky toffee pudding- there's no wonder this place is booked up every evening. Finally, if you're looking for a place to rest your head in The Hague Marriott Hotel couldn't have been more perfect. Although I've mentioned before about big hotels feeling a little corporate and old fashioned, this central hub was everything other than that. With each bedroom decked out in Scandi-inspired minimal furniture (there's some serious #lampgoals here, if you're interested)- the hotel rooms oozed a boutique feeling with the comfort of a large hotel (knowing you can grab some room service, or a drink at the equally beautiful bar is always a charm)- and I'd seriously recommend a visit to anyone planning a little weekend around The Netherlands.


Next, was a trip to Rotterdam- certainly a more modern city (there's plenty of more new and contemporary buildings here), but another thriving city in design- and one absolutely worth a stop by. I've always solely (and probably a little ignorantly) only considered visiting Amsterdam when in the Netherlands, but knowing how close everything is (you can pretty much get from Rotterdam to Amsterdam by train in a couple of hours)- I'd definitely consider doing a little round tour of Holland next time- and recommend anyone to do the same too. We stayed in The Manhattan Hotel Rotterdam, a Marriott hotel opposite Centraal Station (yup, it's very convenient), but also hugely luxurious, with possibly the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in (so much so, Kristabel and I both stayed in bed for an extra half an hour as to not leave it's 'cloud-like' dreaminess). Also, although a small feature- it's breakfast buffet was possibly one of the loveliest I've had (with a fresh herb garden so you can prepare your own mint tea too- such a cool idea)!


In terms of exploring, lunch was hosted at the delicious Bazar, a North African/Middle Eastern restaurant, boasting incredible sharing plates (think hummus, falafel and fresh Turkish breads) and a wonderful, vibrant atmosphere- perfect for whiling hours away. We also visited pop ups of both Dr Rotterdam (an amazing speakeasy underground bar all themed around traditional prescriptions and remedies with their cocktails, ahem) and The Harbour Club- both of which were pop ups during our visit to the tennis (another part of our adventure), but both have amazing bases in central Rotterdam and are absolutely worth noting down. Now, although I sadly didn't have time to visit the below, I've also added a handful of recommendations to some other must visits below too if you ever fancy swinging by- I'm already planning another visit so I can tick these off!

Markthal Indoor Market (incredible architecture and hundreds of fresh product stalls and shops) | Margreeth Olsthoorn (Contemporary and minimalist fashion store selling everything from Acne, to young Rotterdam designers) | Kunsthal Rotterdam (great for exhibitions) | GROOS (lifestyle concept store with incredible homeware) | Lilith (all day breakfast bar with amazing pancakes) | The SUE Store (raw and vegan health food cafe and bakery) | VIP (Very Italian Pizza)


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28 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos as always! Loved reading through this, although now I feel a much needed break away is in order! Not a bad thing I suppose, haha! x

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  2. To be honest I am just blown away by those bronzey plastic chairs! Hahah! Everything else looks absolutely beautiful of course!

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  3. I definitely am putting The Hague in my bucket list! If it's surrounded by old architecture and history, I'm so in haha. Great post, Liv! x

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  4. It all looks so beautiful! Hope you're having an amazing time.

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  5. The Hague is easily one of the most beautiful towns I've ever visited! This post makes me want to go back to the Netherlands so bad! I adore your photos, they're so beautiful! Love the look of that indoor market <3

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  6. Knew nothing about Rotterdam before this post but it looks truly lovely there

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  7. Knew nothing about Rotterdam before this post but it looks truly lovely there
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  8. hope to visit it asap!

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  9. You visited some nice places, I'll definitely have to check some of them out! I have been following you for a while and I love your blog:) I live in Rotterdam and if you do come and visit again, here's some recommendations from an insider (it's just for food, because I love food):
    - O'Pazzo has the best pizzas I've ever eaten (including the ones in Italy), with super fresh ingredients and a yummy crust. The restaurant has been decorated in a lovely way too.
    - For lunch Guilliano is my favourite place, with incredibly tasty Italian style sandwiches, soups and salads.
    - If you like sushi, Ono is one of the best restaurants in Rotterdam. Brilliant food, great modern atmosphere and a cool location.
    - For a breathtaking view of the river and the Erasmus Bridge, while enjoying some amazing food, you should go to HMB Restaurant. It is very popular, so book your table well in advance, especially if you want to go during the weekend.

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  10. I love your city guides and the photography is always on point!

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  11. Such lovely photos, especially the one with the bicycle! I am so looking forward to discovering more of Netherlands now!

    Cheers xx

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  12. Wow these photos are beautiful. I always love hearing how foreigners experience my country and I'm glad you liked it. Did you know that Rotterdam has a very interesting history? The city centre was bombarded at the beginning of the second world war, which is why almost all the buildings in the city centre are modern. I did a city tour once. I'd really recommend it if you are ever back in the city.

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  13. ugh every photo is a work of art. weirdly, i was researching Rotterdam a couple days ago not realising you'd visited! it looks beautiful and i ADORE The Girl with the Pearl Earring! x

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  14. These are such gorgeous photos! The Netherlands has always been at the top of my bucket list. Definitely bookmarking this for if I ever visit :)

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  15. Absolutely stunning photos, as usual. I've never visited, and I've had no desire to until now. TAKE ME! x

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  16. Love these pictures and it seems like such a memorable trip :) -Maireem

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  17. Next time try Haarlem, it's so pretty

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  18. Gorgeous photos as always! Loved reading through this!

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  19. Looks like you had an amazing time and saw so many beautiful things!
    Weekend breaks are the best.
    Lizzy | by Lizzy x

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  20. DEFINITELY need to visit Amsterdam, these photos and recommendations are awesome! Dreamy beds and good food? I'm sold!

    Lauren x
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  21. It looks so cool there, I would love to go
    xo
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  22. Gorgeous photos. These cities are surely worth a visit. Good post!

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  23. Love the post. Great photos. These cities are surely worth a visit.

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  24. Beautiful photos, the food looks good, the architecture is also so nice!
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  25. Beautiful photos! Sounds like, though short, you had a lovely time! x

    India Charlotte♥

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  26. Your photography is beautiful. I would love to visit Rotterdam, I'll have to add it to my list of many European Destinations!

    Lisa Loves | thegratitudeblog.org

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  27. These photos are beautiful! I'd love to visit the Netherlands.
    xx Alyssa
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