Travel guide: A weekend in Amsterdam

The end of last month I went to a quick trip to Amsterdam. I had bought tickets for the Justin Timberlake concert and decided to plan a weekend around it. That way I had an extra little holiday! On Friday afternoon I took the train to Amsterdam, and Sunday I went back home.
If you want to read my other travel guides of Amsterdam, then click here.

SIGHTS
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– Tassenmuseum Hendrikje

I am not the biggest fan of bags, but when I heard about this museum I was very curious about it…and it did not disappoint. Do not expect a fancy big museum, this is a cute little museum, which you can walk around in and see the three floors in less than an hour.
It was fun to learn about the history of bags and actually see some ones from years ago.
They also have a small collection of “newer fashion bags” like chanel and fendi.
This museum is worth a visit if you are interested in the history of bags or are interested in fashion.

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– Anne Frank house
This time I was finally able to visit the Anne Frank House. As far as I can remember, I did not learn a lot about Anne Frank in school, so I was very curious about her story and “het achterhuis”.
I was impressed by how respectful the museum was. I liked the audiotour and it felt special to walk in the rooms of “het achterhuis”.
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t was extremely busy outside, and although the inside was not as busy, there was a lot of waiting in line and slow walking.

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– Justin Timberlake @ the Ziggo Dome
The reason this trip was the Justin Timberlake concert in the Ziggo Dome. I was never a big fan of Justin, but I wanted to see him perform and it was great.
The preshow was a singer called Bazzi. I did not know about him, but he sang pretty good and later when I was back at home, I listened to some more of his music.
Justin’s show was amazing! It was a mix of both old and new songs, there was a great podium that went through the whole arena and there was a lot of dancing. Maybe that was the only downside, it was a good show, but Justin was almost dancing more than singing. I am happy to have seen him perform live.

FOOD
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– W
agamama
For me, Wagamama is always a hit or a miss. I know many people enjoy eating here, and because I love Asian food, I always hope that I get a good experience, but that was not the case. There were hard pieces of chicken in it (bones?), the vegetables were raw and, although the menu said this dish was mild, it was quite spicy. Overall not the best experience.

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Metropolitain
Address: Rokin 81.
A few days before my trip to Amsterdam, I realised that I had not reseached places to eat. I looked on instagram and found a few that I decided to visit. Metropolitain was one of them.
This cute restaurant has nice interior and good food. I went here for breakfast and ordered the french toast with fruits, which was delicious. Because I was early it was not crowded at all. The prices were fair.

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– Pluk

Address: Reestraat 19.
I went to Pluk for lunch. I had been here before and thought it was a cutte little cafe. Sadly when I got there this time, it was extremely busy (I had to wait 10-15 minutes for a table). I got the avo-toast, which was tasty. I could not really browse their shop, because there were too many people waiting in that area.

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– Van Wonderen Stroopwafels
Address: Kalverstraat 190.
This is another place that I found on Instagram. Because I am Dutch, stroopwafels are not new to me, but I wanted to try the decorated ones. The store was not busy, but the staff was very young and unprofessional. I bought three little stroopwafels and they tasted okay, a bit too sweet. I think this place is a bit “overhyped” and it is cheaper and tastier to buy some stroopwafels from the supermarket.

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Polaberry
Address: Prinsengracht 232 H.
Again, a place I found on Instagram. When I got there in the afternoon, they did not have a big selection anymore, but luckily I was able to buy a few chocolate covered strawberries. They were delicious. The girl behind the counter was very friendly and explained somethings about the shop. It is a little expensive, but for a unique snack like this it is worth it.

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– The Seafood Bar
Address: Spui 15.
If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that I love eating at The Seafood Bar. Everytime I visit Amsterdam, I try to eat here. I like the dishes they have, the staff is friendly and the interior is nice too.
This time, I went for the codfish, with vegetables and potatoes. It was pretty good.
I would highly recommand this restaurant to anyone who likes fish.

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– Mook Pancakes
Address: Jodenbreestraat 144.
I had been to Mook before and was happy when I found out they had a second location in Amsterdam, near the hotel that I was staying. I went here on Sunday morning and ordered some pancakes with blueberries and coconut, which were very good.
Mook is one of those Instagram-famous places that does not disappoint; the staff is friendly, the interior is cute and the food is delish.

-> Do you have any favorite sights or food places that I should check out next time I visit Amsterdam?


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