31 August 2015


This was possibly my most relaxed trip so far. Often when travelling, I have so many different places I want to see but Amsterdam was a much needed break. We were there for four days, which meant there was time to just wander the city, eat, drink and unwind. I am in love with this city, from it’s stunning buildings that are decorated with plants, to the wonderful people I met who were just so friendly. I do love visiting cities like Paris and Bath, but Amsterdam felt so more more accessible to me, the food wasn’t over priced and both the interior and fashion were very much my style. It felt like the type of place that was good for more than just a break away, I could definitely see myself living there. We stayed by a canal on the cutest little street and our room was upgraded to a large, beautiful apartment over two floors with large windows. Every morning we bought fresh rhubarb muffins and coconut macaroons from Stach Organic Bakery and sat outside watching people go by. We were there during SAIL Amsterdam boat festival, so the streets were packed with people. There was a street music festival too, so in the evening we sat by the canals drinking wine and watching the boats whilst listening to music.

Special spots:

Stach, Van Woustraat 154, 1073 LW Amsterdam, Netherlands
A beautiful organic bakery & health food store down the road from our apartment, we ate here every morning.

Screaming Beans, Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 35, 1054 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cute little coffee shop.

De Bekeerde Suster, Kloveniersburgwal 6, 1012 CT Amsterdam, Netherlands
A brewery near the centre. We had some gin, beer and dinner here, their food is wonderful.

Anna + Nina, Kloveniersburgwal 44, 1012 CW Amsterdam, Netherlands
A lovely little furniture and trinket store.

Harvest & Company, Tweede Helmersstraat 90-96, 1054 CM Amsterdam, Netherlands
An interior shop that was unfortunately closed for lunch when I was in the area, however I would recommend it from what I could see through the windows.

Bloemenmarkt, Singel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
A large flower market that is open everyday. A good visit if like me, you like cactus plants.

HAY, Spuistraat 281, 1012 VR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Although this is a Danish company, they have a beautiful store in Amsterdam. Worth a visit if you like modern, minimalist interiors.

Every.Day.Counts, Kalverstraat 177, 1012 XB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Simple, well made fashion.

& Other Stories, Heiligeweg 26, 1012 XR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Not a Dutch store but I love it none the less. Well made, simple fashion.