Last week I’ve been to Amsterdam to visit my lovely friend and whilst my visit I discovered some new places which were just to lovely not to share. I’ve already been to Amsterdam a couple of years back with my boyfriend where we did all the touristy attractions so this time around I wanted to see a different side of the city.
Not so touristic places in Amsterdam
I know when you read about what to see in Amsterdam there are a few places that will always be recommended to you but thanks to my friend I came across some new places. The first evening we went to the Windmill for some beers. It’s a brouery and they only serve their own beer. They have a great selection with something for everyone. After a drink or two we went on to find something to eat.
Javastraat is a street where you can find a lot of lovely small places to eat a bite or two. They are student budget friendly and there’s something for every taste. We went to The Secret Society and had some amazing asian dishes. I really have t0 recommend the spareribs and the spicy chicken wings! They were so delicious. And for vegetarians their spring rolls are scrumptious too.
On the second day I went for a stroll in the city center near the Dam Square. I just needed to do some much needed shopping. But as soon as I had my things together I wandered off out of the crowds and to some more quiet places. When you are near the Dam have a walk trough the endless side streets and you will discover the cutest places and little shops.
In the afternoon I joined my friend again and we went for some coffee and tea at the Prinsengracht. This street is filled with lots of cute cafés. We ended up spending hours chatting away whilst sipping some tea and wine.
More places to visit
Soon it was time for dinner and a steak was in order. There is a chain of restaurants that do really nice ones and for 19 Euros even students can afford a steak now and then. The restaurant is called Café Loetje and if you like it spicy go for the beef with sambal oelek.
Now one thing I never thought of doing when being in another city/country is to go to the zoo. So with a bunch of guys I went for a stroll through the Amsterdam Zoo. It was a sunny day and we had lots of fun.
For my last full day, a more layed back day was planned. We had a big party on Friday evening so we all just wanted to chill and enjoy the sunny weather. If you have time I would definetly recommend to go to Waterkant. It’s a small bar/restaurant directly at the riverside. When sunny you can sit outside enjoy a cold drink and nibble on some scrumptious nachos or eat a home made sandwich.
Also why not just wander around the streets near Waterkant. You would love all the nice houses and there aren’t any tourist that can ruin a beautiful landscape shot.
I’ve had an amazing time in Amsterdam and really enjoyed seeing the city from a different side. Thanks to my lovely friend I got to know new places and discovered the more quite and not so touristic side of Amsterdam.
I would definitely recommend to step out your comfort zone and just wander off to some places that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a tour guide. It’s so much less hassle without all the crowds of tourist and you’re bound to see some of the best sides of Amsterdam.