In May of this year, my mum hit the big 5-0 and I knew I needed to come up with a great present. I was completely stumped for ‘things’ to buy so decided to pay for us to go to Amsterdam together. She had mentioned in the past that she was envious of some of my weekend trips [Brno and Copenhagen included] so I thought it would be a good idea to give her a taste of City Break life!
I won’t say how much the trip cost, in case my mum decides to read this post (!) but it was under £200 per person, for flights from Gatwick to Amsterdam and 2 nights at the Ibis hotel (not the one by Amsterdam Centraal station) and in summer! I haven’t done a super detailed post about everything we did – but if you’d like some suggestions I recommend Amy’s blog for food recommendations and this post from On the Luce about travelling there on a budget.
There were, of course, a few things on the trip that stood out as being recommendable!
The first was the Amsterdam Body Worlds museum. If you haven’t heard of it their website is here. It’s not for the faint hearted. Essentially, Body Worlds is lots of real parts of the human body preserved, plasticised and put on show for the purposes of education and learning more about the body. It’s hard to describe the experience; which includes an actual human head cut down the middle so you can see everything and whole slices of the human body – absolutely incredible.
We also discovered Rosalia’s Menagerie completely by accident while looking for somewhere to have a pre-dinner drink. It has a speakeasy vibe to it; dark decor, cosy chairs and a cocktail menu based on flavours and mythical creatures. The barman that served us was really friendly and even recommended somewhere for us to have dinner – I would 100% go back again!
I also really enjoyed the Foodhallen; an indoor food market [hello] full of pop up style bars and eateries of all different shapes and sizes. There were so many things I wanted to try so me and mum tried to share dishes where we could to avoid having to roll ourselves and our food babies home! One of my favourite dishes was fried padron peppers covered in flakes of sea salt – so simple and SO delicious. If food is your thing, you need to head here!
I absolutely loved Amsterdam, particularly how great their transport is, meaning everything is accessible! I would definitely go back Amsterdam, especially to explore the less central areas and some of the museums!