Sunday, July 27, 2014

Amsterdam Guide to Culture, Foodporn and Shopping plus a Vlog | #olympiagoesnorth


Those of you who are following me on Instagram or Twitter or any of my social media pages might have already noticed that I spent the past few weeks traveling. Also if you aren't following me don't worry you can do it right now here: Facebook Instagram Twitter Youtube

However, I graduated from school this year, so me and my friends decided to go on a little graduation-vacation you could call it to explore 3 beautiful cities we had been wanting to visit for a long time: Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm!

Here you will find out all about our first stop, AMSTERDAM!

A Place to Sleep

We had booked an apartment via airbnb and the apartment was absolutely gorgeous with two huge bedrooms, a beautiful living room and kitchen area und a nice big bathroom. Everything was so beautifully decorated and I would have moved in forever immediately!
You can find a little apartment tour in my vlog as well.

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The Museums

We visited the FOAM Gallery which was an awesome experience I particularity loved Jan Rosseel's exhibition Belgian Autumn!
The gallery is located on Keizersgracht 609.
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The Rijksmuseum was just as amazing, definitely get their audio guide, it's great! Especially the tour/exhibition ART IS THERAPY it genius. Particularly for those who might not be straight up art lovers. It focuses on the big questions in life that art can answer, rather than on a art historic view on the artworks. Find out more about the exhibition and its creators Alain de Botton & John Armstrong here.
The Rijks Museum is located on Museumstraat 1 and has a beautiful garden which you can visit for free.

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Just a short walk from the Rijks is the Stedeljik on Museumplein 10 for more modern art. I absolutely adored their exhibition The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle, Fashion and Jewelry design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum. The exhibition is based on a legendary fashion show presented by the artist duo Gijs Bakker (1942) and Emmy van Leersum (1930–1984) in 1967. you can find out more about it here. Definitely check it out if you can, it was so amazing to see all the designs that were freaky and futuristic back then while you could see that some of it found its was into todays fashion.

You should most definitely visit the Anne Frank House, which is located on Prinsengracht 263-267. Besides the walk through the annex, I really liked the end of the exhibition when different characters talked about Anne Frank and about how they feel about the museum. Especially John Greens quote from his book the fault in our stars is important in my opinion. That we shall not forget that there were many more suffering. Not only the one girl whose life was documented so detailed.
 If you can you should pre order the tickets a few weeks before your visit to avoid queueing. We wanted to buy them the day before and they were sold out until mid August.

Oh Glorious Food!

Since we stayed in an apartment with a kitchen we cooked for ourselves a lot of the time but we had 
an amazing Burger at Lombardo's on the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 50.
There is not much to say besides: those were some heavenly delicious burgers!
The prices aren't ridiculously high, concerning the location and everything is freshly made just for you. Since they had only a few seats left we, took our burgers and sat down at one of the many canals to eat them.
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A really nice deli sort of store to buy a healthy, organic snack is STACH! There is one right next to  Lombardo's on the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 52. Their almond cookies are absolutely amazing and you can try them for free in the store.
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If you just want to sit down and have a good cup of coffee, 't Hotel on Leliegracht 18 is a nice place to stop. It's not directly located at one of the super touristy streets so prices are fair and it wasn't crowded.
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Another amazing place if you're more on the tea side like me is Citea on Prinsengracht 28
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Other places that seemed delicious while did not get a chance to check them out are:

Proef located on Gosschalklaan 12
check it out here: http://www.proefamsterdam.nl

Boom located on Linnaeusstraat 63
check it out here: http://www.boom-amsterdam.nl

De Kas located on Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
check it out here: http://www.restaurantdekas.nl/

SLA located on Ceintuurbaan 149, Claude Debussylaan 35 and one on Westerstraat 34
check them out here: http://ilovesla.com/

 For the Shopaholics

Avoid the city center, seriously! Go to the area around the Anne Frank house, for example Prinsenstraat and Leliegracht for cute and unique department stores. The OTHERIST is an amazing and very unique store. Sadly I was not allowed to film in there but you can find it on Leliegracht 6 and online http://www.otherist.com.


Also I packed all the tipps mentioned above and even more ideas for places to stop by in this map!
Everything marked yellow are museums and other cultural activities. 
Red are food places and pink shopping locations.

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And here comes the Photophilia

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Plus how can ending with a groupselfie be wrong?
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