I loved the neighborhood we stayed in during our Amsterdam trip! Just a few blocks from our Hilton hotel, we came across CARTER Bar & Kitchen. We both really enjoyed dining al fresco at this super cute restaurant. The cocktails were amazing (the Caprese Liquida was delicious!) and I was completely obsessed with the salmon marinated in beetroot — it was such a bright and refreshing dish. I have to say, I’ve been extremely impressed with the food in Amsterdam. Everything I’ve eaten has been amazing!
During our many tram rides, we kept passing by Patates, so I had to check it out. Thanks to a recommendation from a fellow food lover, chubbychinesegirlseats, who had just traveled to Amsterdam a few weeks ago, I was pumped to try the Patatje Oorlog (“war chips” in Dutch) with frites sauce, peanut sauce and raw onion. These fries, which are a unique fusion of Dutch and Indonesian cultures, were out of this world delicious! The peanut sauce and mayonnaise combo with onion was so tasty. Love love love!
Had to try the Stroopwafel (“syrup waffle”) at Lanskroon Banketbakkerij while we’re here in Amsterdam. It’s made of two flat, crispy cookies with a caramel-like syrup in between. So buttery & delicious!
Just had the most amazing experience at BAUT & Dreesmann, Amsterdam’s most famous pop-up restaurant by Chef Michiel van der Eerde. This meal may have been one of the best meals of my life! Every single aspect was mind-blowing and amazing: the food, the service, the ambiance, and the views. We ordered up a storm (eight dishes total) and our server was looking at us in disbelief. By the end of the meal, every plate was scraped clean and every last bite had been devoured. I am still dreaming about Chef Michiel’s outstanding food!
After a fun day of sightseeing and museum hopping, we stopped to try Poffertjies (trafitional Dutch treats that resemble tiny pancakes that are thick and fluffy) topped with butter and powdered sugar at De Vier Pilaren. They were soooooo good! We also devoured a couple of Dutch pancakes with savory fillings. I just love discovering so many tasty eats here in Amsterdam!
My sister and I were so excited to visit the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. We’re normally not big on museums, but these two were so worth checking out. The Anne Frank House was a truly touching, somber, and bittersweet experience. It was surreal to actually walk through the house that Anne Frank and her family hid in — the way the tour was laid out was extraordinarily organized, tasteful, and really eye opening about the horrors and unspeakable acts that occurred in concentration camps. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have gotten the opportunity to visit this incredible museum. Next up, we hopped on the tram and headed over to Museumplein to see the Van Gogh Museum. It was a beautiful, open layout where we were able to leisurely and comfortably view his artwork at our own pace. I had no idea that Van Gogh was inspired by Japan and really liked his Japanese-inspired paintings! Not only did we have a great time, we also learned some stuff. 😉
First meal in Amsterdam was fantastic! I found a new neighborhood restaurant in Zuid that was close to our hotel and it ended up being the perfect spot. The atmosphere was casual & comfortable and the menu had a great selection of meats & beer. My sister and I loved our steaks (I had the ribeye and she had the “Lady Steak” AKA filet) and Grimbergen beers were so complementary. But the real standout dish was the beef carpaccio with truffle mayo, arugula, pine nuts and cheese on papadum (a thin, crispy flat bread). AMAZING!
Our stay at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel was nothing short of amazing. The hotel was gorgeous, our room was super comfortable, and the service was impeccable. We also had the added bonus of getting to enjoy the Executive Lounge, which offers complementary breakfast as well as canapés & cocktails. What a wonderful treat! Many thanks to the NYC Downtown Alliance and Hilton Amsterdam for providing such beautiful accommodations for our trip!
I am beyond thrilled to have been chosen as the lucky winner of a trip to Amsterdam, provided by the NYC Downtown Alliance! My sister and I have never been to The Netherlands, so we’re pumped to explore the city together. Everything was carefully coordinated, super organized and just perfect in every way — the flights were direct and smooth, the Hilton hotel was incredible, and the city was beautiful and lively, and the weather was cool and breezy. We were provided with the best goodie bags containing all of the essentials, including a 72 hour iAmsterdam pass. This convenient pass gave us access to all GVB public transportation (trams, buses, metro) and a number of cool museums and sites. By the end of our trip, we were zipping around the city on the tram like locals! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to travel to this amazing country. A million thanks to the Downtown Alliance, Hilton Amsterdam, iAmsterdam, and everyone who made this trip possible! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience! #DownIsWhatsUp
Enjoying a late lunch at Adrienne’s Pizzabar on Stone Street. Their Eggplant Rollatini is the BEST! Lightly fried slices of eggplant filled with ricotta and smothered in melted mozzarella and marinara sauce — Can you think of anything warmer and cozier than that?! The pizzas are awesome, too.