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!