Amsterdam is known for two things: weed and legal prostitution. But don’t let that scare you away (or be the only reason you go). It has so much to offer. I was amazed by the cultural diversity of people living there. I loved the art exhibits they had, and the canal houses are as pretty as a postcard. Here are a few highlights from our trip.
- We stayed at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Dam Square, which is the best location in Amsterdam. It’s a short walk to the canal cruises, and restaurants line the streets. Dam Square also has the COOLEST department store called De Bijenkorf, where you can find everything from Louis Vuitton perfume to Fenty clothing.
- The canal cruise was a relaxing way to see the whole city, and the traditional Dutch houses that line the canal are so beautiful.
- During our stay, I discovered that the MoCo museum was having a Banksy and Andy Warhol exhibit. Being a huge fan of both, I was shocked at the timing! I never thought I would see their artwork in person. We took home Banksy prints from the gift shop and framed them.
- Biking is the preferred way to get around the city. I’m pretty sure bikes outnumber actual people. But be cautious of where you walk. There are lanes for bikes, and lanes for pedestrians.
- The fanciest street in Amsterdam is PC Hoofstraat which is lined with luxury brands such as Chanel, Hermes, etc. The Chanel store entrance was actually made with glass bricks. It’s stunning. We went for my husband’s birthday, and he enjoyed shopping here.
- Take your photo next to the famous Amsterdam letters outside the airport/train station!
- We spent a couple of days in Rotterdam as well, which is different from Amsterdam. It’s architecture is more modern, since the city was rebuilt after it was bombed in WWII. It’s a short trip by train, and it has great sites to see such as the cube houses and the Erasmusbrug bridge.
I really hope this post encourages you to visit the Netherlands! Let me know what your experience was like if you have been!