24 Hours in Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

In the past, all I’ve ever heard about Amsterdam was the Red Light District. Therefore, it was not a top (or bottom) destination for me to visit. But over the past few months, I’d seen sooo many beautiful photos of Amsterdam on Instagram until I decided I really should pay a visit.

If you’re a regular follower/reader here or follow me on Instagram, you know I spent the past two weeks in Europe. I mentioned earlier here that I’ve visited Italy every year for the past four years and that this year would be year five. Because I was so anxious to visit Amsterdam, we decided to scratch Rome off the list and fly into Amsterdam instead. Even though it was only going to be a twenty-four hour visit, I figured that would be long enough for me to get a taste of Amsterdam. And if I liked it, I could always come back another time for a longer visit.

To say I fell in love with this wonderful city would be an under statement! I loved everything from the architecture to the history, from the food to the entertainment. I knew that one bicycles were a big deal here (one of the biggest forms of transportation) and had seen photos of them. But to actually see them in person was amazing! They were everywhere. They even have bicycle garages…the same that we have here in the States for our vehicles!

We stayed in what I thought was the ‘happening-est’ hotel, The Double Tree by Hilton Centraal Station that houses the hot and always crowded SkyLounge.

Like I said, we only had twenty-four hours to get in as much as possible. And even though it rained the majority of our stay, that didn’t stop us from getting out and around. Here’s what we did and ate and where we stayed.Travel to Amsterdam Jacket, Laceup Stripe Top, Black Jeans (old, Forever21) | Sneakers (old, Charlotte Russe)

Where We Ate:

Eastwood Beer & Grill: We arrived in Amsterdam very early in the morning and arrived to our hotel by 7:30 am. Once we were checked in, we decided to eat the hotel’s breakfast. There ‘Continental’ breakfast is NOTHING like the American Continental breakfast. It’s been about four years since I’ve had sweet waffle and that was just about all I ate.

The Pancake Bakery: George has been to Amsterdam several times for work (in Germany) and has raved about this place. Most of you don’t know, but he is a serious foodie. He decided he didn’t get full off of the early morning breakfast because he wanted to take me here. Lucky for us, when we arrived, we got a table almost immediately. When they brought our drinks, the line was out the door and around the corner! FYI…The list of choices to choose from are endless, so that’s a huge plus. The special ones are already prepped so don’t ask to omit something from the mix. Also, these are technically crepes, not pancakes.

Dragon City Chinese: I can never get away from Chinese food and this is what we had for lunch. I love good shrimp fried rice and wonton soup and this place didn’t disappoint. When we arrived, it was raining fairly lightly. But the time we left, it was pouring! But we moved on to the next stop and enjoyed the rain in the process.

Sea Palace: (Yes, Chinese twice in one day!!!) When we first walked in, I thought I’d walked into a Chinese casino. It was just that grand. When we ordered, I thought the place was over-rated. But when the food came, I kinda changed my mind. The food was very tasty but very pricey!

Somewhere along the way, I had a vanilla and chocolate covered waffled. And Oh My God!!! It was absolutely amazing! I just may research this and open a shop selling these delish items here in the US!!!

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Where We Stayed:

DoubleTree by Hilton Centraal Station: The best of everything at your fingertips! Set in the heart of the historic district, everything is in walking district: Food, tourist attractions, shopping, canals, everything! Our room had (as all their rooms do) floor-to-ceiling windows that faced the canal (IJ River) and was equipped with the Apple imac PC/TV. The first floor lounge area was awesome. The walls were filled with books which almost made it looked like a coffee shop and library rolled into one. Speaking of coffee shop, Starbucks, as well as the bar, is in the lounge. What makes this area super cool is the DJ they have there…daily! Everything about this hotel was just on point. They thought of everything when they designed this hotel.

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

What We Did:

The Anne Frank House: Get your tickets online prior to showing up or you will more than likely be out of luck. The line was incredible. I really felt bad for those waiting to get in. Whether you buy your tickets in advance or wait for hours in line, it is definitely worth it. It seems everyone has read this book but me. As soon as I get back to the States, I will purchase the book.

The Canal Tour: I never knew Amsterdam had as many canals as it does. This is one tour you need to take. Even if you don’t listen to the recordings (which you should) just seeing the canals and architectual beauty is worth it!

The Ice Bar: I didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did. Everything from the bar to the beer and shot glasses are made from ice. I had a couple of shots of Nutella vodka that was sooo amazing!

The Nines: This is an area that consists of nine picturesque narrow streets with boutiques, art galleries, jewellers, gift shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants. I can totally imagine it being all decked out for the Holidays!

The SkyLounge: This gorgeous place was located on the rooftop of the hotel we stayed in. If you get there any later than around 8 pm, you run the risk of NOT getting in! The atmosphere is very fun and party-like. We only went for drinks and the amazing view of the city. Cheers!

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to Amsterdam

Travel to AmsterdamTwenty-four hours was enough time for me to realize I definitely need to return and spend more time getting to know this beautiful, historic, and picturesque city. If you’ve ever visited Amsterdam, I would love to hear about your experience as well as places I should visit the next time that are off the beaten path. Thank you so much for reading. And as always, have a beautiful day.

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  1. July 10, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    I’ve always wanted to travel to Amsterdam, there are so many things I would love to see and do there. I can imagine that 24 hours there was not nearly enough! It is such a beautiful city with so many things to explore.

  2. July 10, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    This looks amazing!!! This sounds and looks like a geat place to go see. I love that wooden bike that is soo cool!!!

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:10 am

      In the midst of hundreds of bikes, this wooden one absolutely stood out! It was VERY cool!!!

  3. July 10, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I didn’t know Amsterdam would have so many good Chinese places! haha. I also love all the bikes and canals. Seems like a beautiful city to stroll around in.

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:11 am

      I wasn’t expecting that either! So of course I was pleasantly surprised because I’m a Chinese food junkie!

  4. July 10, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    You’ll be impressed by Anne Frank’s the native storyteller talent and her courage, I highly recommend her diary. As for Amsterdam, is indeed an amazing city that should be on everybody travel list.

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:12 am

      The Anne Frank was absolutely wonderful and eye-opening. I got a bit teary eye. I plan on purchasing the book this weekend for one of my summer reads. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. July 10, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Amsterdam is a great city, and now I’m excited to be going back next month! I think everyone should visit the Anne Frank House – it’s very sobering and a very timely reminder of what can happen if we don’t pay attention.

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Oh lucky you!!! I wish I could go back with you! Please let us know what you plan on doing.

  6. July 10, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I was just in Amsterdam and I loved it!! One of my favorite places in Europe. We stayed in an Air BNB right next to Pancakes (which, by the way, were amazing and huge!!). Gahhh, you’re making me miss it so much, I want to visit again ASAP.

  7. July 11, 2017 / 2:27 am

    Amsterdam is the bomb I really want to go back and visit few places we coudl not do. Seems that despite teh short time you had a blast.

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Yes, Amsterdam was awesome and I can’t wait to return for a longer visit!!! Even though we were there for only twenty-four hours, we DEFINITELY packed a lot in! Thanks for commenting!

  8. Ramona
    July 11, 2017 / 6:38 am

    Amsterdam sounds like a great place to visit. I would love to go on the canal tour.

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:15 am

      Believe it or not, I think the canal tour was my favorite…ONLY because I’m a girl of the water. I’m most happiest when I’m boating. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. July 11, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I’ve never been anywhere like this. It’s been a dream of mine to go to Amsterdam and hope to one day. Goodness, you look cute and chic in that outfit.

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:17 am

      You’re so sweet! Thank you! I knew I needed to be comfortable since we were going to hit the city hard and fast! And I really do hope you make it there. You just GOT to do it!!!

  10. July 11, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    I do hope to make it out to Amsterdam sometime in the near future. I have heard it’s beautiful and with all the pictures you took I can see why. Of course you make it that much more beautiful. Glad you had such a fun trip.

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:19 am

      Yes David, it is a very beautiful city! I would love to return around the Holidays as well as in the spring when the flowers and trees are in full bloom. Thank you so much!

  11. Kim
    July 12, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Amsterdam looks sooo gorgeous- I need to visit one day! You look so happy there ?

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 12:01 am

      I was very happy there and can’t wait for a return visit!

  12. July 13, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Your sporty look in Amsterdam look amazing. And the chocolate waffle things look pretty fab too ?

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Thank you so much! Their flavored waffles are the BOMB!!! Maybe you could come up with a recipe for something like it?!? Yes?

  13. July 13, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Amsterdam is the city of fun and recreation. And the city where cycling is the best mode of transportation. Our visit there is truly memorable!

  14. July 13, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Love the post, did something similar on my site also. Amsterdam is such an amazing place!

  15. July 13, 2017 / 10:58 am

    I’ve always had a huge soft spot for Amsterdam, it’s an amazing city filled with awesome people. I’m sad that you only got to spend a day there though Candy. Hopefully you’ll go back again soon

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 12:02 am

      I definitely plan on returning…hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for stopping by!

  16. July 13, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Girl, I am so jealous!
    That is my top place to visit!
    I love your photos & style!

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:21 am

      I really do hope you make it out there! Thank you so very much for the compliment and stopping by!

  17. Kara
    July 13, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    What a fun guide! That ice bar has been on my bucket list!

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 12:03 am

      Hey, thank you for the compliment! The Ice Bar was pretty darn awesome!

  18. July 13, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I am dying to go to Amsterdam, and I’m not sure why I haven’t made it yet. Love your pix and your helpful recommendations. As an art lover, my future trip will focus on the Rijksmuseum.

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 12:04 am

      That’s one of the things I didn’t do…visit museums. It will definitely be part of my places to visit when I return.

  19. July 13, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Wow, looks like you crammed so much in to such a small amount of time! I’ve never been but I’d love too!

  20. July 13, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Looks like a fun trip and you look really cute.

  21. July 13, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    My husband found the red light district amusing. What he really enjoyed was the Van Gogh Museum

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 12:05 am

      I hate I couldn’t squeeze the Van Gogh Museum into my visit. The only reason I didn’t do museums is because I like to take my time in museums and I knew I just didn’t have time to do that. I’m saving that for my return visit.

  22. July 13, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    This is a gorgeous place. I would really love to go there. It is such a nice thing to b e exposed to different places like this.

  23. July 13, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I’m so jealous of all your travels! I would love to visit Amsterdam some day!

  24. July 13, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I’ve never been to Amsterdan. In my opinion, if you are going somewhere for only a day, it gives it such an exhilaration to get more done and just soak up the vibes.

  25. Sandra Carter
    July 13, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    Candy I always look forward to your amazing travels.

    • kuwc2016
      July 13, 2017 / 11:38 pm

      Awww, that’s so sweet! Thank you so much Sandra!

  26. July 14, 2017 / 8:08 am

    Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities! I absolutely loved it when I was there a few years ago. They’ve got an amazing fashion and vintage scene, too!

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 12:07 am

      When I return, I want to take time out to really peruse the fashion there.

  27. July 14, 2017 / 9:38 am

    This looks amazing!!! Amsterdam seems like a place i would definitely visit. It seems like you had fun. Great post.

  28. Indrani
    July 14, 2017 / 10:31 am

    You didn’t visit Anne Frank’s house?
    Loved your tour. Wish I could go there again.

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 12:08 am

      Yes, I definitely visited the Anne Frank house. It was very emotional and would love to visit it again when I return. Thanks for reading!

  29. July 14, 2017 / 10:35 am

    We actually go to Amsterdam this weekend so the perfect time to stumble upon your article! ? The ice bar is pretty cool, I had no idea there was one in Amsterdam!

    Getting the most out of a 48 hours city trip.

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 12:09 am

      Oh wow! I wish I could hide in your suitcase! Ha Ha! You guys should have an awesome time. And yes, make sure you visit the Ice Bar and try the Nutella Vodka (if you drink)! Amazing!

  30. July 14, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    It’s funny – I am actually currently looking at flights to Africa and some stop in Amsterdam for about a day lay over… And I was thinking it could be fun to explore the city! And um, I think your blog post just proves that point even further!!! To ORBITZ I go! LOL!

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 12:10 am

      Lucky you! Where in Africa are you visiting? I think Amsterdam would the PERFECT layover!

  31. July 14, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Wow I love all of the details you included in this blog post. I have always wanted to visit Amsterdam! Looks like I need to take some of your recommendations and book a flight LOL.

  32. July 15, 2017 / 4:35 am

    How’s the security like over there? I’m concern about that because of all the news reported about bombings and terrorist!

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      I felt completely safe while there…never gave it a thought. You should be fine!

  33. July 15, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Amsterdam looks like a lovely place to visit. I wish to visit someday with my hubby. Hopefully for our next wedding anniversary.

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Oh that would be a lovely idea! You should do it!!!

  34. July 15, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    O wow! you did so many things in only 24 hours! Can you believe that I’ve been living 14 years in Central Europe and not even once I visited Amsterdam?? What a shame! It’s only 2 hours flight from where I live… I definitely will be putting it in our trips list!!
    Thank you for your beautiful post Candy 🙂

    • kuwc2016
      July 15, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Yes Hunni, amazingly, we crammed it in!!! That’s usually how it is, a hotspot or attraction can be so close to where we live and yet we never pay it a visit. I grew up in Memphis…home of Elvis…and I’ve never visited Graceland! Sad but true!

  35. July 15, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Amsterdam looks like a lovely place to visit. I love all your photos. I can’t believe you did all that in 24 hours awesome !!

    • kuwc2016
      July 31, 2017 / 9:42 am

      Yes Ma’am, we packed so much in in such a short amount of time. So, I’m hoping to return this spring for a much longer visit! Thanks for stopping by!

  36. July 19, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Amsterdam and this post makes me want to go eve more now. Looks like a beautiful place. Love the art a lot.

    • kuwc2016
      July 31, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Visiting the art galleries and museums is one of the few things I didn’t get to do on this visit, but definitely plan on doing on my return!

  37. July 23, 2017 / 1:59 am

    The photos are inviting me to be there right now.

  38. July 29, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I would love to go to Amsterdam eventually – thanks for the inspiration & guide!

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