Amsterdam is an extremely intriguing city that has many different aspects to it. This wonderful city is much smaller in both size and population than Dublin, has minimal traffic in the city centre and a relaxed attitude that makes it easy to forget that you are in a city with such a large global reputation. It is only an hour and a half away, which means that this amazing city that is overflowing with entertainment and culture is easily accessible.
The gorgeous city was built on 90 islands, which means that it has an intricate network of canals that simply add to its beauty. It is an easy area to navigate, so you should have no problem accessing the museums and art galleries that it is famous for. Amsterdam also has an unrivalled range of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, nightlife and areas to shop in. The city of Amsterdam for perfect for those looking for somewhere with plenty to do, while still wanting to be able to relax!
Amsterdam city is overflowing with different types of cuisine. There is something for everyone, and your visit to Amsterdam is the perfect time to try something new. If you’re looking for some rocket salad, then the best place to go is IJburg. However if you have a craving for something econo-ethnic then pay a visit to Pijp, or visit Cruise Haarlemmerstraat, Utrechtsestraat, Nieuwmarkt, the ‘Nine Streets’ area and Reguliersdwarsstraat if you feel like something a little bit posher.
Indonesian food is very popular (and authentic) in Amsterdam, as the city has a high population of Indonesian immigrants who came to the Netherlands after WorlD War II. The Surinamese and Chinese food is also delicious there! One of the best restaurants in the city is the Floating Chinese Restaurant that is opposite from Central Station as it has an amazing menu.
For those who prefer Italian cuisine, the Casa di David Restaurant is an absolute must. It’s recommended that you make a reservation so call 00 31 20 624 50903 to book from Ireland.
If you’re looking for a great Irish pub, then make sure to pay a visit to Mulligans which is a legendary meeting place for musicians, artists, writers and thousands of curious visitors from abroad. It’s casual and friendly atmosphere, easy to find location and lovely regulars means it’s a favourite for Irish tourists. If you want a little slice of home then this is the place to go, as it was the Irish Pub of Amstel even before there were Irish pubs!
If you would prefer to have a few drinks with the locals, you can visit the Jordaan area and visit pubs such as The Hoppe on Spui. It’s the oldest bar in town, and the crowd is a mix of all ages, who engage in lively conversation. From the Jordaan area it is only a few minutes’ walk to Leidspeplein which has a large choice of bars and cafes. It’s a well-known tourist trap that is definitely worth the visit and if you grab a seat on the terrace you can people watch for as long as you want. Leidsestraat and Rembrantsplein are other areas that are slightly more upmarket and who also have a large selection of bars.
Searching for live music? It’s a great idea to check out who’s playing in town the weekend that you’re visiting. With main venues such as The Heineken Music Hall, The Milkwed and The Paradiso, you might be able to catch the band you missed in Dublin while enjoying your city break!
Running parallel to Rokin is Kalverstraat and it’s here that you could spend all your time and your money. Clothes, shoes, books, sportswear, gadgets, more clothes and more shoes, whatever you need, there is a shop in Amsterdam that sells it!
When in Amsterdam…
Visit the historical landmark that is the Anne Frank House, or pay a visit to the Rijksmuseum and The Van Gogh Museum. If you’re more into markets then that’s perfect because Amsterdam has a selection! You could pay a visit to the Albert Cuypmarkt or the Waterlooplein Flea Market, depending on which one you would prefer. The De Papegaai Hidden Catholic Church is also a great landmark to explore. It’s difficult to find, but it is there!