A long weekend spent in Amsterdam

Last week I’ve been to Amsterdam to visit my lovely friend and whilst my visit I discovered some new places which were just to lovely not to share. I’ve already been to Amsterdam a couple of years back with my boyfriend where we did all the touristy attractions so this time around I wanted to see a different side of the city.

Not so touristic places in Amsterdam

I know when you read about what to see in Amsterdam there are a few places that will always be recommended to you but thanks to my friend I came across some new places. The first evening we went to the Windmill for some beers. It’s a brouery and they only serve their own beer. They have a great selection with something for everyone. After a drink or two we went on to find something to eat.

Javastraat is a street where you can find a lot of lovely small places to eat a bite or two. They are student budget friendly and there’s something for every taste. We went to The Secret Society and had some amazing asian dishes. I really have t0 recommend the spareribs and the spicy chicken wings! They were so delicious. And for vegetarians their spring rolls are scrumptious too.


On the second day I went for a stroll in the city center near the Dam Square. I just needed to do some much needed shopping. But as soon as I had my things together I wandered off out of the crowds and to some more quiet places. When you are near the Dam have a walk trough the endless side streets and you will discover the cutest places and little shops.

In the afternoon I joined my friend again and we went for some coffee and tea at the Prinsengracht. This street is filled with lots of cute cafés. We ended up spending hours chatting away whilst sipping some tea and wine.

More places to visit

Soon it was time for dinner and a steak was in order. There is a chain of restaurants that do really nice ones and for 19 Euros even students can afford a steak now and then. The restaurant is called Café Loetje and if you like it spicy go for the beef with sambal oelek.

Now one thing I never thought of doing when being in another city/country is to go to the zoo. So with a bunch of guys I went for a stroll through the Amsterdam Zoo. It was a sunny day and we had lots of fun.

For my last full day, a more layed back day was planned. We had a big party on Friday evening so we all just wanted to chill and enjoy the sunny weather. If you have time I would definetly recommend to go to Waterkant. It’s a small bar/restaurant directly at the riverside. When sunny you can sit outside enjoy a cold drink and nibble on some scrumptious nachos or eat a home made sandwich.

Also why not just wander around the streets near Waterkant. You would love all the nice houses and there aren’t any tourist that can ruin a beautiful landscape shot.

I’ve had an amazing time in Amsterdam and really enjoyed seeing the city from a different side. Thanks to my lovely friend I got to know new places and discovered the more quite and not so touristic side of Amsterdam.

I would definitely recommend to step out your comfort zone and just wander off to some places that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a tour guide. It’s so much less hassle without all the crowds of tourist and you’re bound to see some of the best sides of Amsterdam.

Lea - A Snippet of Life


20 responses to “A long weekend spent in Amsterdam”

  1. Tereza says:

    Amsterdam gorgeous – I’m so jealous you got to go!:) I spent half a year living in Leeuwarden which is a small town on the other end of the Netherlands, but we used to travel to Amsterdam for the weekends quite a lot. Absolutely love the parks and the canals. My favourite is definitely Anne Frank’s house though – I read her diary in Czech, English & German because I’m just obsessed with it. It’s so touching and sad! Didn’t mean to finish on such an upsetting topic sorry – looks like you had a wonderful time & the photos are amazing!! xx

    • Lea says:

      Amsterdam has so many cool places. I went to the Anne Frank’s House last time and it was impressive! Thanks, Amsterdam is so picturesque ;). xx

  2. Kate says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Amsterdam and I love your photos! You saw so many amazing sites. X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

  3. Sophia says:

    Oooh I really want to go to Amsterdam! It’s only a cheap plane ride away but somehow I have never gotten around to doing it! A long weekend seems like a lovely way to experience it. xx

    Sophia xx http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

  4. Emma says:

    I would loooove to go to Amsterdam one day. Your pictures are beautiful, you really captured the vibe x

    E. / http://www.brooklynisburning.co

  5. Helene says:

    I have never been to Amsterdam, but i would love to visit is some day. I love cities with river or a lake. Beautiful photos! Helene/ // Beautiful Is My Attire

    • Lea says:

      Tanks Helene. It is just such a beautiful city and the flights aren’t that costly too. Definitely worth visiting. xx

  6. Hena says:

    Gosh the pics are beautiful. I live in Pakistan and it’s beautiful but very different. So wanna visit Amsterdam!

  7. Lacee says:

    Oh Amsterdam, I have to visit one day. You photos made me even more aware of it. 🙂

  8. Cacia says:

    Love that you brought up some places that are not based on the touristy thing I love going outside the box can’t wait to visit now going to go on my wish list

    • Lea says:

      Thanks Cacia. I thought you can read about the popular everywhere else so I might bring up some new places which are less touristic. xx

  9. Amsterdam looks absolutely beautiful! I am actually going to Amsterdam in mid-May (just need to get the tickets first! ha). Any specifics I should visit?

    • Lea says:

      So cool you’ll love it. The places I recommend are definitely worth visiting and maybe some museums and the Anne Frank House. xx

  10. Deborah says:

    Your pictures are so beautiful ! I’m normally going to visit Amsterdam soon and I can’t wait !