I was so lucky to get to spend a weekend in Amsterdam with some girlfriends not too long ago. Boy, do I love Amsterdam. The city is filled with so much charm and character.
Things there are clean, and cars don’t honk at bikers (cliché, everyone knows that) but it was refreshing. And did I mention that the cheese they put on everything is fantastic? I am in gouda heaven whenever I’m there.
I love the that the buildings are tilted slightly forward, and that they all have hooks at the top. I love that going out can easily consist of a night in a rock ‘n roll pub that is not lame, or sitting on the canal in good company. When I’m there I can feel that it’s a smaller community than Paris. And let’s face it, the Dutch are awesome. I can find all those random cooking ingredients and superfoods in Amsterdam. It’s just so refreshing.
This time up with the Dutch, I discovered some new extraordinary spots, and was lucky enough to spend a dry summer weekend…. and it all started with breakfast at De Bakkerswinkel, my favorite spot.
Newly discovered favorite spots:
Brouwerij de Prael – Brewery
Two for Joy – Café
You can see my full Amsterdam guide here.
Prepare yourself… this place is indeed really really nice! The name of the joint had me at hello.
I found this place oh so randomly while surfing for cupcake shops in Amsterdam [since I am a loser]. As soon as I found it I made a reservation for a Saturday morning brunch while on my trip to visit a pal, which turned out to be heavenly and my favorite place discovered on this little trip to the city of canals.
G&T’s is in the northern part of the Jordaan district, to the west of Amsterdam’s central train station. We rode our bikes there that morning from Prinsengracht, and were ready for a delicious meal having heard oh so many things about this treasure. As G&T’s are known for their trendy atmosphere and fab brunches and cocktails, we were anxious to give it a try. I’m still dreaming of the lemon & ginger tea I had there, it gave me so many ideas. Oy would I love to have some kind of event there.
The tables and chairs are mix and match along with the dishes and cutlery. Pure adorableness. Imagine the explosion of a brocante revealing the most perfectly decorated space… with delicious food of great quality and sublime cocktails.
Make a rezo for brunch when you’re in Amsterdam next (all reservations are done via email). You won’t regret it. If you need some more details, check out their website and their FB for more details.
For more of my Amsterdam tips, click here.
1015 JK, Amsterdam
Reservations for brunch
Amsterdam’s most adorable bake shop: De Bakkerswinkel (which literally means The Bakery). This place was recommended to me and I am oh so happy that it was! If I lived in Amsterdam I think I would be there all the time.
There a many locations across the city, and the one pictured above is in the Red Light district. Some shops have tea rooms and some are tiny with things to go. In the big ones, you can go for breakfast, lunch, or for a lovely high tea. It’s fantastic and their food is made from high quality ingredients and is absolutely delicious …and has got quite the Dutch twist!
Read more about De Bakkerswinkel on Untapped Cities here.
Amsterdam’s Jordaan district is a hoot!
Paris’s new breakfast café hotspot is called Colorova, do you know it?
Oh, dear Amsterdam… you are so wonderful.
Do you recognize any of these places?
What an ever so lovely city. I lucked out with the weather, as it actually felt like summer. The sun was shining and everyone was out and about picnicking in parks and corner cafés flooded into the streets with smiling people chatting over a nice chilled beer. It was so peaceful riding bikes along the canals and discovering little shops and things. I can’t wait to go back again sometime soon.
My favorites in Amsterdam:
Bakkerswinkel – Breakfast/Lunch/Bakery/Café
Black Sheep Road – Clothing store
Café Georges - Bar/Restaurant
De Laatste Kruimel - Bakery/Café
Delicious Food - Specialty Grocery Shop
G&T’s Really Really Nice Place – Brunch & Cocktails
Juffrouw & Splinter – Antique shop
Juice & Salad – Juice and Salad Fast Casual
Jupe by Jackie - Higher end fashion brand
Kitsch Kitchen – Brand concept shop
La Perla - Pizzeria
Latei - Café & Antique shop
Tea Bar – Tea Shop & Café
Roest - Bar/Event space
Rood – Trinket shop with all red things
Unicorn Boutique – Clothing and trinket shop
Winkel - Restaurant/Café