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Knowing my own deep love for Amsterdam, I recently optioned for a long lay-over versus a shorter one just to get to spend the day exploring the city. I thought I would share a few of my favorite activities along with tips on what to do in Amsterdam:
Stay Warm, Bring (Buy) Layers:
First things first, I was a bit cold as the sun started to set. On a previous stay in Amsterdam, I found a great little boutique called The Darling in the 9 Streets so I knew just the place to pick up a warm layer. As expected, this shop did not disappoint. I stopped in and browsed their perfectly curated items once again before picking out this khaki wool sweater. Similar Cardigans From Madewell: here and here
The weather is quite chilly at times and can change quickly so bring layers!
De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets):
The 9 Streets are a MUST! This is my favorite area of Amsterdam. I love getting lost as I wind my way through the 9 Street Canals diving in and out of vintage shops and little design boutiques. The hustle and bustle of foot traffic mixed with delicious cafes and endless retail spaces makes this number one on my list of neighborhoods in Amsterdam. Read More of Our Top 10 Things to do in the 9 Streets: Here
Amsterdam neighborhoods, in particular, the 9 Streets, are filled with great shopping finds. Endless boutiques fill the city so if you have something in particular in mind, make sure to do your research before hand to save time! Oh and grab a juice to boast your immune system for flying. Juice Brother's is a great option.
Take the Metro Around the City:
Speaking of the metro, the simplest way to get around the city is definitely by public transit. You can easily commute from the airport to the city center. Once here, take out a few Euros from the ATM inside the metro center (you need cash for all public transit) and hop on a bus or train. It is convenient, easy to navigate, and doubles as a tour of the city. Read More on Getting Around.
Coffee Shops vs. Coffeeeeee Shops:
Turns out, in Amsterdam, coffee shops aren't coffee shops. What I mean by this is that a "coffee shop" is a weed store most of which don't actually sell coffee. If pot is your thing, then simply search "coffee shop" and you will come across lots of cafe style shops that serve food and drinks and of course weed products. If you are like me and you'd prefer an actual cup of joe in the morning, you will find this a bit more challenging to locate. I came across Lot Sixty One Coffee and fell in love with this place. Read More.
Find an Outdoor Market:
I am a sucker for a cute and quaint stroll through a market. On various days of the week, you can find markets pop up around the city. On this particular day, there was a book fair taking place. Naturally, I hopped off the metro, walked across the street, and mingled with locals in search of the perfect book.
Take a Park Break:
After a full day of walking around, pick up pastries or a second cup of Joe and head to the Museumplein. This area is home to several museums including the Van Gogh museum which I highly recommend (especially if it is really cold outside). Museumplein also boasts large open green spaces and plenty of park benches. It is a great place to take a break and enjoy a quiet moment in the city before jetting off to your next destination!