My latest adventure took me to Holland and Switzerland. I was actually attending Traverse in Rotterdam but I also decided to visit friends in Amsterdam and Zurich and tie it into one big trip. My first three days of the trip was spent in Amsterdam. I actually flew from Leeds Bradford and it cost only £25! One of the main highlights of my trip (as always), was the food! I’d been given so many amazing recommendations on Twitter, there’s still a lot of places I want to visit so another trip to Amsterdam might be on the cards!
On my first evening, we went to Het Badhuis which was in the same district as where my friend lived. Het Badhuis was a cute and cosy bar and restaurant which even had its own little cat! It wasn’t the biggest menu in the world but featured burgers and salads. I eventually decided to splash out and get a steak which was absolutely delicious. You could just tell this place had really high-quality meat and I thought the food was amazing. As the restaurant is a little further out of Amsterdam in Java Plein, it’s probably not on many tourist’s radars but you can tell it’s a favourite for the locals.
The next day was spent exploring Amsterdam, for lunch, we headed to a place called The Butcher. This burger joint was recommended by Haydy. She always has the best burger recommendations. The Butcher is actually a chain place as we quickly realised when we saw a couple of other restaurants dotted around the city. We went to the one at Nine Streets which is literally a 5-minute walk to Dam Square but hidden away from the hustle and bustle and chaos. After much deliberation, I went for The Butcher with Cheese and Bacon served with sweet potato fries. It was an amazing burger and I’d definitely recommend this place as it was reasonably priced and insanely delicious. We sat outside of the restaurant and spent a couple of hours catching up properly and people watching.
That evening we went to the De Hallen which is a big food marketplace. The hall had everything from Tacos, Pizza and even a G&T bar! There was actually another Butcher but twice in one day is a little excessive. On the way into the hall was the cutest little ice cream store where I got a little tub of Mango and Raspberry Sorbet aka my goto flavours. Our last pit stop for the day was a bar called Puck, although we didn’t eat here we got some delicious G&T’s. I’d highly recommend Puck if you’re looking for an alternative night out. The bar had loads of arcade games including six air hockey tables, it was amazing and reminded me of Coin-Op Games Room in San Diego.
After spending a couple of hours in the Rijksmuseum area, I headed on a five-minute walk to Bakers and Roasters. This brunch spot was recommended to me so many times and I also saw it on Sophie Cliff’s Amsterdam Food Guide. The cafe was so cute and the menu was mouth-watering, everything sounded amazing. The cakes on the counter were calling my name but I decided to go for the classic stack of Blueberry and Banana Pancakes with Bacon. The bacon was cooked to perfection and I could definitely tell why this place was so popular. Especially with the blogging world, it’s very Instagram friendly!
You might have seen me mention my famous “Pizza Bible” in which I hunt down Pizzerias across the world from. Obviously, I did a little research in my book and found a couple of places in Amsterdam to check out. We ended up visiting Sotto which is quite close to Centraal Station and although I had a few other places in mind, I’m so glad we went here. I go for places which specialise in Neapolitan style pizzas which is why we ended up at Sotto. I went for the classic Margherita and it was absolutely delicious. This place is certainly up there with some of the best that I’ve had.
Throughout my trip, I managed to visit three pizzerias from my Pizza book, I’m a little obsessed. I’m also thinking about setting up an Instagram dedicated to Pizza. Would anyone want to see that or is it a silly idea? I just seem to have so many photos of Pizzas on my phone… and strong opinions!
On my last day, we ate breakfast in the Java Plein district before looking around a local market. I only had a small bite to eat so I didn’t take photos but the place was called Bar Basquiat. It was a pretty cool place and my friend got the full breakfast and it looked amazing. As it was my last day in Amsterdam, my mission for the day was to find Mini Pancakes, locally known as Poffertjes. My friend Jessica met me and we went on the search for them and ended up sitting in a prime spot by the canal watching the world go by. We got 12 mini pancakes each served with icing sugar and it was just what we were looking for and the perfect snack before we headed off to Rotterdam for the Traverse Conference.
I’d love to hear if you’ve been to Amsterdam? Have you eaten at any of these places? Do you have any recommendations? I’m hoping to go back very soon!