Old cobbled streets, colorful and slightly wonky houses, a walk-able city centre, great variety of cafe's & shopping and the never ending smell of hot stroopwafel, all make Amsterdam a great European weekend destination. And not just for those looking for a party. Although plenty of that available too.
Here's our full guide to everything you need to know when planning your weekend in Amsterdam.
Have hot stroopwafel!
Amsterdam in the winter can be a bit cold & gloomy. But let me tell you - there is nothing better than warming up with a cup of great coffee (that is plentiful here) & freshly baked Stroopwafel. Many shops in the centre will make this waffle filled w/ honey and caramel right in front of you! (4 EUR per waffle, good to share for 2)
Get lost in de Bijenkorf
If you're looking for one-stop shopping and a large variety of brands to choose from - this place is for you. End of January brings after Christmas sales which means great deals all round, and their food court & cafe on the top floor will give you energy in the midst of your shopping experience.
Have some of the best Thai food in Europe
Top found dinner spot (in the 3 dinner's we had on our weekend in Amsterdam we went here twice) Thaise Snackbird Bar, right near the red light district in the city's Chinatown.
It's cash only, you'll have to wait at least 30 minutes for a table, once you get the table you most definitely won't have enough room - but it's worth it!
Dinner for two with 2 soft drinks: 35 EUR
Walk around the red light district
All political & ethical opinions aside, Amsterdam stands out for it's iconic red-light district, where a different form of late-night entertainment is visible and completely legal. We'll leave it at that for this post, but seeing it for yourself is still an experience.
Culture yourself in the Museum quarter
Much like Berlin's museum island, no weekend in Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to one of the world renowned culture & history institutions.