Written By : Monique Lapointe
Hey lovelies! A few weeks ago I did a little weekend European trip. First stop ; Amsterdam. Even though I only spent 24 hours in this beautiful city, I was able to do and see so many things. With that being said, I am going to tell you all what to do and how to spend 24 hours in Amsterdam!
Hotels tend to be very expensive in Amsterdam. Katie and I stayed at Hotel Van Gogh. This hotel is great because they offer hostel style shared rooms as well as private rooms. We found it to be extremely clean and the staff was very friendly! Below I have linked the hotel as well as some other reasonably priced accommodations.
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1 P.M : Check-in & Lunch
Lets say you get to Amsterdam at around one in the afternoon. After checking into your hotel, you are probably going to be hungry. So, it’s time for lunch! A restaurant I recommend is ‘Cafe Hans En Grietje’. It is just on a canal and it is super cozy!
2 P.M : I AMSTERDAM Sign & Van Gogh Museum
You didn’t officially go to Amsterdam unless you took a picture in front of the “I AMSTERDAM” sign. If you are an art junkie like me, after taking your tourist photo in front of the famous letters, head on over to the Van Gogh Museum. This museum holds so many of Van Gogh’s paintings as well as exhibitions by different artists.
5 P.M : Anne Frank House
Visiting the Anne Frank House is a must. Sadly, I made the mistake of not booking tickets online so once I got to the house, the line was outrageous. I would definitely recommend buying yours online at least a few days before your trip. It tends to be less packed later on in the daytime. Getting tickets for 5 p.m shouldn’t be an issue as long as you book them online in advance.
6 P.M : Dinner & walking around the Red Light District
Personally, I really liked the Red Light District because you could tell it was liberal, artistic and an area for college students. There are many coffee shops, restaurants and shopping stores. While walking through this unique district, grab a quick dinner and drinks at one of the many restaurants located there.
8 P.M : Visit a coffeeshop
When a lot of people think about Amsterdam, the first thing that comes to mind is coffeeshops. Although there is so much more to do in this beautiful city, if you are interested I would recommend visiting the coffeeshops linked below. These are the more popular, tourist friendly shops.
Fact’s about Coffeeshops : They do not let you smoke tobacco or drink liquor inside. You must be at least 18 years old and have a form of ID on you. No pictures are aloud inside.
11 P.M : NYX Club
Amsterdam is definitely a great city for nightlife! An excellent club to visit is NYX. This club is seriously unlike any other I’ve ever been to. There is about 4 different floors. On each level, you will find a different type of DJ and music being played. From house, r&b, rap to pop, they have it all. Seriously, they even have a DJ in the bathroom! You can go from listening to Tiësto, Beyonce, The Weekend and The Spice girls within seconds.
Fact’s about NYX Club : There is a door entrance fee varying between 11€ to 20€. Ticket’s are available online. You can also rent lockers for your jacket and purse.
10 P.M : Shopping on Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat Street
After checking out of your hotel, head on over to Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat Street for some luxury or street shopping. There are over fifty stores just on this street alone. They have Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry and so many more!
12 P.M – 2 P.M : The Albert Cuyp Market
Every Monday – Saturday, the Albert Cuyp Street Market is open. You can find fruit, fish, fresh veggies, flowers, plants, spices, trendy clothing, jewellery and accessories sold by street merchants and stores! They have over 260 stands and it is to date the largest day market in Europe. It is a great place to go for an afternoon walk with your friends and do a little tourist shopping.
For lunch, you should try out one of the street vendors tapas. They were delicious!
Now that you know where to eat, what to see and where to go in Amsterdam in only 24 hours, is it time for your trip. I hope that you all have a fabulous vacation and enjoy Amsterdam as much as I did!