Amsterdam has so much more to offer than smoking weed in cafes and eating stroopwafels although, I did plenty of both of those activities while I was in The Netherlands. Amsterdam is filled with culture and amazing museums and for this reason it is still my 3rd favorite city I’ve traveled to (1 – Cesky Krumlov, 2 – Prague).
Getting there: Both times I visited Amsterdam, I took a 3 hour train from Paris for around 35 euros. Flights from the US can range from $500 to $1,500 depending on time of year and departure airport. Once again, I suggest checking out Wow Airlines for some killer deals ($500 round trip from SFO) You can “stopover” in Reykjavik (Capital of Iceland) on your outbound or return flight. This gives you a chance to visit The Blue Lagoon before or after your vacation. You can also find flights for less than $200 from all major European capitals through any of these airlines: Easyjet, Ryanair, Vueling, WOW and Norwegian.
Coffee Shops to visit:
Smokey Coffee Shop – I stumbled upon this coffee shop and had never heard of it but was pleasantly surprised. It was less crowded than the others I visited and had great service.
Day 1: Besides visiting as many coffee shops as you possibly can, there are a ton of other sites to see. We spent our first day at the Heineken Experience. Tickets to the tour were around 16 euros and included a few tasters along the way and 2 full beers at the end of the tour. The Red Light district is also a must-see, I didn’t spend much time there but definitely worth a visit. Eat: Vapiano – at this restaurant you are given a card and it is buffet style with different stations for pasta, pizza, salads and more. I think we ate at this restaurant 4 times while in Amsterdam…..
Day 2: There are an abundance of museums in Amsterdam to visit. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein (Famous Amsterdam Sign) and Anne Frank House are the most visited sites and museums. Unfortunately, the Van Gogh Museum was under construction during my visit but is still at the top of my list. The Anne Frank House was a life changing experience, don’t go to a coffee shop before visiting. Also, don’t forget to visit the Basilica of St. Nicholas!