BakingBar’s Amsterdam Guide
several times and during these visits we have live blogged from Amsterdam. This
page is now a combination of all those visits, recommending to you what we
think is the best of Amsterdam. We’ll add to this Amsterdam Guide every time we visit
of course. This is a constantly evolving guide to the best bits of Amsterdam, according to us. 🙂
yourself to Amsterdam while reading about our adventures.
always stayed in one of two places during our visits. We always use these
hotels and would only recommend them to you as we have tried and tested them.
|Hotel de Westertoren|
first visit we were shocked at the hustle and bustle of a busy city which was
so different to what we had just come from in Belfast. However it is hard to
miss that although Amsterdam appears busy it is a very intimate city, with its
tall buildings which dwarf the people who hurry around beneath them. There are quiet spots hidden around every corner which transport you from the hussle and bussel of a busy city to a relaxed and quiet environment.
From the moment we landed our eyes were trained on any
unfamiliar advertisements for foods, chocolates and crisps which we
don’t have back home. Of course there are the similarities which result in
us turning around to each other and muttering “oh they have those here
the UK, so if you are travelling from further afield it will likely be a larger
shock, in a good way of course. You wont want to leave!!
number of bicycles, now we don’t mean 30 or 40, we mean hundreds! In fact as
your visit goes on you will begin to feel more and more out of place without a
we stood and gazed at in amazement for a quite a while. Snapping
some pictures which we know we will look back on with great pleasure.
but amazing. There is so much to take in you will feel a little overwhelmed so
we always recommend that anyone visiting Amsterdam should, at least on their
first visit go for at least 5 days so you don’t feel rushed and get a good
impression of the city.Our first day was a tiring one from travelling but you’ll spot plenty which you want to see and explore during the rest of your trip.
Amsterdam has quite a comfortable climate. This means it was not too warm to do
plenty of walking, which we certainly did! On our journey across the city we
discovered many mouth-watering window displays and probably sampled a few too
many of them.
we spent many hours wondering around in circles, up and down the same streets
scratching our heads. Its not necessarily a bad thing as we found loads of
things we had missed the first time down the streets. You will get use to the
layout of the city after a few days, your second visit to Amsterdam is always
more enjoyable as you actually feel like you know where you are going.
Amsterdam Centre is laid out in a spider’s web structure so you will get use to
counting how many canals you have crossed to work out how to get back.
wonder around a bit lost, pretending not to be. We came across these HUGE meringues
in several flavours, this one is strawberry. Seriously though, they were absolutely
huge! These were crafted by Bakkerij Marco Berens, Snoekjessteeg 1-3 5, 1011 HA
Square. During the day the square is nearly always bustling with people but is
normally just a meeting place except for during festivals where sometimes
carnival rides and shows are set up there.
We discovered a hidden beauty… a bakery called Metropolitan Deli which sold
everything from pastries to cakes. Keep a look out for the giant slab of
chocolate they keep near the door!
visiting Amsterdam is The Anne Frank Huis. Whether you are interested in
history or not this is something we feel that everyone should visit and
experience. We recommend you booking your visit to the house online before your
visit, its always good to be able to skip to the front of the queue. You can
book tickets here
Willig. The shop front makes you want to walk in. The many samples of cheese on
offer are very tempting. Being something which we wanted to buy while in
Amsterdam we opted to buy some Dutch Green Pesto Cheese. The vibrant green
colour of this cheese is fascinating and its taste is amazing. A deep
herby basil and garlicky taste makes you want to eat more and more. We
have already cut into this cheese which we doubting it will last before we
arrive home. Maybe another wheel of it is needed?
Willig cheese online! http://www.henriwillig.com/en/
bars, bakeries and just about everything else a foodie dreams of. The Grasshopper Restaurant is a key example of a good, not too expensive restaurant in the City Centre. We
both chose to have Chicken Satay Skewers with Fries and Salad. This was
amazing! And this set up right for the rest of the day to come. We recommend
checking out the Grasshopper Restaurant during your visit.
one of the best reasonably priced Italian restaurants in Amsterdam city centre….Il
Panorama situated Herengracht 194, Amsterdam 1016 which is actually helpfully
on the same street as Hotel de Westertoren which we recommended above. Il
Panorama has a very Italian feel where you are made to feel like one of the
family in the intimate and always buzzing restaurant. Sit here and enjoy the
romantic setting looking out over one of Amsterdam’s main canals.
huge shopping centre located on Dam Square. This was also conveniently located
just opposite Hotel Amsterdam de Roode Leeuw.
We continued up the floors of the store and finally reached the top floor which was a cafe area. However this cafe was very different and was more like a buffet from soups to desserts they had just about everything. We managed to take a few photos which are below.
before we discovered the cupcake/baking themed display area. One brand which
caught our eye and is now a firm favourite with us is called Blond Amsterdam.
You can find their website here
Amsterdam and I’m sure they will be taking pride of place in some of our baking
pictures to come.
discovered! They were also selling the Limited Edition Karl Lagerfeld Coca Cola
bottles! However when we enquired they were completely sold out (from a few
hours of them going on sale apparently!)
streets of Amsterdam looking for hidden gems of bakeries. Well that is what we
say we were doing; truly we were lost most of the times but it’s still an
of knitted wool! The Dutch certainly do have a sense of humour!
IAMSTERDAM merchandise which seems to be just about everywhere in Amsterdam.
This shop itself is amazing! The roof is decorated like grass with full size
cows standing on the ceiling. This photograph really doesn’t do the visual
our Amsterdam Albums. www.facebook.com/baking.bar
International Food Magazine regarding our visit to Amsterdam and this can be