Sunday, December 11, 2016

Amsterdam on Foot


Amsterdam on Foot -
There’s an intriguing charm about Amsterdam’s reflective canals and also also also winding stone lanes. The sounds of the city are enchanting; ringing bike bells, local chatter, and also also also music flowing out of open cafes. In fact, of which’s so intriguing of which of which’s easier than usual to lose yourself among streets of which are seemingly identical and also also also wind up on the various other side of the city in about 25 minutes. We say This specific because of which’s exactly what happened to us (more than once) in This specific unique town.


Amsterdam is usually known as a progressive city, tolerant of otherwise taboo professions like prostitution and also also also marijuana dispensary. although even greater than of which, of which’s a city with of which’s arms open wide, welcoming to any and also also also all beings of the planet. There is usually always something brand-new and also also also interesting to stumble upon as you twist and also also also turn through the streets. coming from bustling food markets, to three-story vinyl cafes, to notorious Dutch superstores.

We found an amazing hostel called StayOkay Vondelpark on the south end of the city center. and also also also let us tell you, of which was much more than okay. StayOkay sits within the perfect location, right next to the entrance of the beautiful and also also also expansive Vondelpark. of which boasts an incredibly helpful and also also also hospitable staff (thanks Marta and also also also Rob!) offers free breakfast, and also also also features a buzzing bar having a poppin’ happy hour every night where we met so many various other travelers-turned-friends.

Our mornings usually began with complimentary breakfast followed by a jog through the park past rustic sculptures, autumn leaves, and also also also gushing fountains. Then we’d get ready, strap on our oh-so-subtle non-touristy backpacks (sarcasm alert) and also also also were on our way! We were surviving on Wi-Fi where we could get of which, so a sense of liberation and also also also spontaneity  enveloped each day’s journey. We usually had a few bookmarks saved on our maps, so we’d just set off in a random direction until we reached whatever treasure awaited us! of which was a fun game of guess-and also also also-check since we didn’t have cell phone data. We’d often forget what the actual destination was under the starred pinpoint on our GPS and also also also would likely have to be pleasantly surprised once we got there.

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I’m usually someone who relies on planning when I genuinely want to cover ground in a brand-new city. I like to have my days mapped out, with specific time stamps for visiting This specific museum, of which park, or trying out of which super hip restaurant. Our method of exploring Amsterdam, however, taught me to let go of the reigns a little and also also also to enjoy every moment as of which passed, following my intuition and also also also letting my curiosity guide me. and also also also trust us, This specific is usually the perfect city for going with the flow.

All of our favorite experiences and also also also hot spots simply happened because we took off on foot each day, open to any adventure of which awaited us! Here’s what we found:

Concerto 

Do you ever just feel like you want to sip coffee while exploring a multi-level never-ending collection of vinyl, books, and also also also art? is usually of which even a question? Go to Concerto in city central and also also also get lost among the sips and also also also sounds. Misako and also also also I were there together and also also also lost each various other for a not bad twenty minutes. Can your record store do of which?

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Pllek

Okay, maybe This specific one was recommended to us by the amazing management team at StayOkay, although WOW is usually of which worth checking out. We took the a few minute ferry across the river to Noord, the most Brooklynesque area of the city. of which is usually home to the architecturally stunning EYE museum, the A’DAM Lookout, and also also also the NDSM-Werf. At the Werf, you can usually find quirky shops and also also also restaurants pieced together in an industrial lot right on the River-IJ. However, the Amsterdam Dance Event was occurring the same week we chose to visit, so many of them were shut down in preparation for the evening’s big events. of which didn’t stop us coming from stumbling upon what may be the most heartwarming view in town. 

Pllek is usually hard to find. Why? of which’s literally a shipping container. If of which weren’t for the name painted inconspicuously on the side of a bright yellow crate, we’d have never found of which. To enter, you have to walk around the corner of what looks like a huge stack of metal containers ready to be loaded onto a freight ship. If you’re lucky like we were, you’ll spot a group of super hip folks next to a discreet door. Walk in and also also also prepare to be hit with sensory overload. The wide open and also also also high-ceilinged restaurant features a full wall of windows opening up to the river. Turn around and also also also there are two sets of stairs to a loft with tables and also also also couches where more casual visitors dine and also also also sip cocktails. Pllek features a relaxed rustic vibe counterbalanced with polished decor and also also also staff as sleek as their effortlessly cool reputation. We sat on a couch within the loft enjoying Bloody Marys and also also also a sunset view to die for. Afterwards, you can catch the ferry right back to Centraal Station and also also also feel like your afternoon was a sparkly warm daydream.

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Albert Cuypmarkt

You know of which feeling when you’ve been walking all day, you’re tired and also also also hungry, and also also also just want a warm stroopwafel to fall out of the sky and also also also into your mouth? Yeah, we didn’t know of which was a feeling either until we sniffed out the Albert Cuypmarkt within the De Pijp area of Amsterdam. of which’s a huge stretch of street dedicated to vendors of all sorts of specialty foods, culturally diverse treats, vintage clothing, and also also also live music. If you find yourself in De Pijp between 9am and also also also 5pm Monday through Saturday (I’m purposefully not giving you an excuse to miss of which) get your cute Dutch face to Albert Cuypmarkt and also also also treat yourself to a stroopwafel!

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Rembrandtpark

A perk of wandering without Wi-Fi is usually of which forces you to look up and also also also be present on your explorations! I serendipitously met a brand-new friend while strolling through Vondelpark one afternoon and also also also he invited me to his neighborhood; Rembrandtpark. He taught me a Qi Gong lesson within the grass, situated between ducks on glistening pond, a tiny farm with grazing goats and also also also sheep, and also also also a handful of playful dogs, one of whom took a pass at stealing my jacket. This specific park is usually perfect for a picnic with friends, a pickup game of frisbee, some solo meditation, or a glamorous nap.  

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Pluk

Not to be confused with Pllek. You know we have to include a health food place in our list, being the stereotypical Angelinos we are. Misako found This specific one near the Jordaan neighborhood and also also also of which was like walking into herbivore heaven! The menu boasts a mouthwatering array of smoothies, acai bowls, avocado toast, and also also also healthy baked goods like carrot cake and also also also banana bread. of which feels like you’re sitting in a fairy treehouse, and also also also tastes like of which too.

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So when you visit Amsterdam, skip following an itinerary and also also also follow your heart instead. You won’t be mislead.

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