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HOW TO SPEND 24 HOURS IN AMSTERDAM

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Staying in Amsterdam over the weekend or passing through on the way elsewhere and do not know what to do with your time? Not to worry, I’ve got you covered!

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Author: Anna from abroadandbeyond.net

If you are new to this blog, you might not be aware that I am, quite possibly, the biggest fan of the Netherlands in general and Amsterdam in particular. What is so great about Amsterdam is that while it is a true world city where you can find anything, it is quite compact. Weather permitting, this means you can easily see most of the place by foot, by bike or by boat in just one day. The location of the airport also makes it a perfect city for a layover: a train from Schiphol will take you to the Central Station in only 15 minutes!

However, Amsterdam offers completely different experiences depending on the time of the year. Luckily, there are only two seasons – the very rainy one and the slightly less rainy. Provided my beloved Chekhov the Bike is still with me, here is how I would spend 24 hours in Amsterdam in the winter (going from West to East) and in the summer (going from East to West). Come along!

AMSTERDAM IN THE WINTER

In winter months, the sun only rises at 8:40, so there is no way I’m out before 9:00 (unless I have to). When I finally head outside, it’s first things first: coffee. This ritual helps me wake up and get the day started on the right foot. My coffee spots of choice in the Oud West, depending on the next stop, are Café Kobalt, Koffie ende Koeck, Lot Sixty One (on Kinkerstraat), Café Bax or Café de Toog. I normally skip breakfast in favour of brunch, so my order – double espresso shot, no milk, no sugar – will be accompanied with a newspaper or a book.

Noordermarkt

Ten Katemarkt

Oliebol stall on Kinkerstraat

Noordermarkt

Dutch markets usually sell everything from local fresh produce, bread, and cheese to flowers and small household items. Although a trip to the market is a pretty nice activity as it is, what makes the Dutch ones so appealing is the wide variety of national delights (that aren’t necessarily raw herring) and seasonal specialities such as oliebollen and poffertjes on offer. Oliebol is a deep-fried ball of dough that is served plain with powdered sugar or with different fillings such as cherry, almond paste or cinnamon (see picture above). Poffertjes, on the other hand, are puffy mini-pancakes served with a lump of butter and some powdered sugar. These traditional wintery treats will brighten up any dark, cold day!
There are three markets in Amsterdam that I particularly like to visit. They are Ten Katemarkt (Monday – Saturday), Noordermarkt (Saturday), De Sunday Market at Westergasfabriek (Sunday). They are up and running from 9 o’clock on, so I’d normally to get my groceries in the morning. If you happen to like seafood, be sure to try mussels at Noordermarkt – they are superb.

Having looked at and nibbled on all kinds of foods at the market, I feel like it’s time for a proper morning meal. Luckily, the Oud West is hardly short of places that serve hearty brunches all day long. My go-to’s are TEDS, Gs Jordaan, staring at jacob, and Vinnies. Overall, their menus are pretty similar: eggs and omelettes, toasts and sandwiches, porridges, parfaits, and so on. I would just bike to whichever one is closer to me (scroll down to see them on the map).

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