What do you do with 5 days in Amsterdam? In early August I got the wonderful opportunity to make this decision. Here’s my story:
We arrived around 6pm and took a taxi to our Airbnb after taking photos with the IAMSTERDAM sign outside the airport!
We decided to go enjoy some Amsterdam night life. Walking the canals at sunset was spectacular, and we found ourselves at the floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt. We soon ended the evening back near our hostel at the beautiful Vondelpark.
For breakfast we walked to The Breakfast Club Amsterdam for an outstanding breakfast! I highly recommend the trip, the waiters are friendly and efficient, and Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters is just around the corner!
We walked around for quite a while, getting a great feel for the city and enjoying the endless canal views. We eventually stumbled upon an outdoor market and got an amazing fresh Stroopwafel!
The Van Gogh museum took up most of our afternoon, totally worth it, and we were lucky enough to get in free thanks to our amazing Airbnb hosts!
In the after some much deserved rest, we enjoyed Amsterdam’s amazing night life again!
On our third day in Amsterdam, we went on our own guided walking tour. Here’s how that went:
- A giant music shop
- A new street in the direction of Rembrant Square
- Stop by to see the 15 bridge view on the corner of Reguliersgracht and Keizersgracht
- The Fault in Our Stars Bench
- Bloemenmarkt (floating flower market) again
- An open air book market!
- Begijnhof (a beautiful, hidden square with rich history)
- Shop on the 9 streets
- Go to Dam Square
- Visit Westerkerk Church
- See the Anne Frank House
- Enjoy more Nightlife
We saw so much on this day, and I truly recommend following this point-by-point walking tour (that we custom made for ourselves), because it takes you by so many more things you might be interested in!
After coming back to Amsterdam in the early evening, we got off at the Central Station stop, and visited the library (which had some amazing views) and explored some of the crawling downtown areas!
We had been itching to visit the Bansky museum and Rijksmuseum, so we got up early and headed there! Don’t miss a great lunch and people watching spot just outside the museums!!
Later, we finally completed all of the sections of the beautiful nine streets that we didn’t get to on day 3! The nine streets are arguably the most beautiful canals in Amsterdam, as well as being home to the most unique stores!
We then took time to explore the Jordaan area, before gorging on a huge steak dinner and- you guessed it- enjoying more Amsterdam night life!
…but my memories will live forever.
The next morning we had to get up and catch the plane home, but the five days we spent in Amsterdam were some of the best all summer!
What is your favorite thing to do in Amsterdam? Did I forget any important spots? Let me know!
Coming Soon: A free printable checklist of things to do in Amsterdam!