Amsterdam Travel Wishlist

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I’m going to Amsterdam! I won flights on the recent Jet2 giveaway and solo hols #2 is happening in February 2017. I’m really excited to be going away by myself again as Amsterdam is a city which I’ve been desperate to go to for a number of years and there are a few things which I want to see. I’m lucky that I know tonnes of people who have already been who have offered advice so far, which is really helpful as whilst there are some attractions I’m keen to see, I want to stay away from chains. I mean, I’m not leaving the country and going to Starbucks as I can get that in Leeds. Saying that, I’ve already booked my hotel and it’s a chain – does anyone else feel like AirBnB is just a little too risky when you’re by yourself? I don’t want to get there and find out that where I’ve booked doesn’t actually exist and that there’s no room at the inn anywhere else.

I have one full day and one half day to fill and here’s what I want to see so far. All advice and recommendations are very much appreciated! Here are my plans so far – as anyone who knows me IRL will probably have already guessed, I’m planning on visiting museums over the red light district and spacecakes will not be on the menu...

Anne Frank’s house
This is a story which has both fascinated and saddened me since I was a child. I remember being told her story back in primary school so I’m really keen to go to the house and see it in person. I’ve also read online that they now do time slots so hopefully I won’t be spending half my trip queueing.

Amsterdam’s Ice Bar
I’ve never been to an ice bar before and whilst I’m aware that yes, there is one in Leeds over winter, I’m visiting Amsterdam in February so I might as well be cold anyway. What’s great about this kind of attraction is that the time slots are fairly short and that’s perfect when you’re by yourself as long time slots can drag on a bit. Also, who wouldn’t want to drink from a cup made of ice?

I Amsterdam Sign
We all need that photo. Obvs.

House of Bols
Well, it would be rude not to have a cocktail or two on holiday so I might as well learn something. It’s only £13 which seems pretty reasonable for a 90min tour plus a drink at the end. I embraced the local culture in Dublin by visiting the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery so it would be a shame to break from this new tradition.

Canal Tour
I’ve been told that the canal tour is firstly great for getting those all important insta shots (priorities) but also a great way of seeing a lot of Amsterdam within about an hour.

So that’s what I have planned for now - any recommendations for restaurants, coffee shops, non-red light district activities, please let me know!


  1. Ahhhh I love Amsterdam! Have the best time you lucky thing x
    Sophie Cliff

  2. YESSS! Amsterdam is my FAVOURITE city of them all. If you need to pick my brain I will be more than happy to help, with 7 visits under my belt I can truly say I feel at home there.
    Anne Franks House is a must, head over to the Leidesplein and Vondelpark for an amazing array of food places (and a damn sight cheaper than near Dam Sq.) There's a gorgeous Thai that we go to, it's so unassuming but it's DELICIOUS!
    Bee |

  3. I'd recommend cycling in Vondelpark! It was great fun, and a really good way to get around the park. Definitely do a Canal trip too, and try the chips with mayo that come in little cones (delcious!) I'm so excited for you, Amsterdam is amazing...

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XXX

  4. Aw how exciting! :)
    I've been but a few years ago now, but would love to revisit.
    Look forward to reading and seeing all about your trip!


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