I have just got back from my second trip to Amsterdam, even though, I’ll admit, I don’t usually like to visit the same place twice. Why? I just feel like there are so many places in the world to explore and that I’d rather uncover somewhere new instead.
There aren’t that many exceptions that sneak past this rule, but Amsterdam (alongside Australia and Bali) are most definitely a few places that do. And I’m so glad I did return to Amsterdam because I loved it EVEN more than the first time round.
Last time I experienced Amsterdam in an Airbnb as a super active tourist for 4 days, and this time I experienced Amsterdam as a backpacker in hostels for 4 days. Both experiences were amazing, but completely different from each other, proving that Amsterdam really can cater for a variety of people and interests.
One thing I did notice and love about both trips was the evident brunch culture.
The waking up, having a lazy morning, hopping on your bike for a wander along the canals and eyeing up somewhere cute on the waterfront before filling your tummy with goodness.
I can imagine that I have seriously only just scratched the surface with my Brunch discoveries in Amsterdam, however the ones I did come across were UNREAL, and all of them need to be added to your bucket list.
I honestly cannot even explain how unbelievable the menu is here. It’s one of those menus that excites you from the second you’ve set eyes on the first option. It’s then a process of elimination before the waiter comes and you are forced to make a super spontaneous choice. They have everything from an extensive egg menu, milkshakes, coffees, cocktails, champagne and hangover essentials. The dishes are all inspired by the Kiwi and Brazilian guys who own this gem and the flavours and homeland dishes shine through the menu giving it a unique twist!
They have two locations in Amsterdam:
At some point you’ll probably find yourself browsing the vintage shops that ‘The Nine Streets’ (the famous boutique shopping district) has to offer, and this little beauty of a cafe is one of the many gorgeous eateries that line the streets.
PLUK is the kind of cafe that makes me smile from the moment I step in until the moment I leave. It is a spacious haven filled with natural light, displaying an array of travel and wanderlust inspired gifts alongside a menu of fresh and healthy food. The eating area is up on a little balcony and only has a small capacity, so if you want to sit down to dine, be prepared to wait for a table. Otherwise you can take away or just drop by and browse the kitchen, living and stationery bits.
Find PLUK here: Reestraat 19, 1016 DM.
About a 20-minute cycle ride from the centre of Amsterdam, this indoor enclosure is the perfect place to head with your friends. Either side of the market are individual food sellers selling everything from Traditional Dutch food, to incredible burgers, sushi, falafel and waffles! Ideal when you all fancy eating something different but would still like to dine together, ideal when it’s a rainy day and ideal for a bit of a social buzz! We went on a Monday morning and even then, there was a lovely atmosphere!
It’s open 11am – 11.30pm every day and on a Friday and Saturday the opening hours are extended to 1am (yes, they serve alcohol and have bars in here too!).
Find Foodhallen here: Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT.
If you’re on the go and need a grab and go, the smoothies in here are the BOMB. They will cure your hangover and get the nutrients you need back in your system. They have healthy wraps, salads, breakfast pots and chocolate bars too. All the flavours but none of the guilt.
Where can you find The Cold Pressed Juicery? We went to
Three of my favourite things (and apparently Amsterdam’s favourites too because they are all over the menus here) all in one meal time… goat’s cheese, pancakes and fresh mint tea!
Pancakes stands, shops and restaurants are all over the place in Amsterdam and it’s a given that you have to have one if you leave. They come both sweet and savoury so you can add it into your itinerary at any time of the day!
We went for breakfast and it was simply wonderful.
Where to find Pancakes! Amsterdam: Berenstraat 38, 1016 GH.
There are also lots of brunch spots I’d like to try next time I go to Amsterdam. If you’ve been to any of these already, or if you go on your trip, let me know what they’re like!
Where did you go for brunch in Amsterdam? I’d love to know!
Love as always and happy adventuring,
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