My biggest hobby: Becoming a local. When it comes to city trips I’m eager to explore the places locals go to. When it comes to my own home town I’m happy to be the person who tries out that brand-new coffee house around the corner, to find the best pizza place in town and those secret little spots that offer you the concentrated charge of a city’s spirit while being entirely remote the (tourist) masses.
Amsterdam is a completely charming place to explore new spots. It’s so small that tourist paths and local paths often intertwine. Which makes it exhausting some times yet delightfully challenging at the same time.
With my office located right in picturesque Keizersgracht, my first little centre is a hotspot itself. However, next to crowded cafés and popular fashion brands you find De 9 Straatjes, cute streets alongside the Canal Belt. Last week’s springy weekend invited me to a stroll through the 9 Straatjes and the Canal Belt. Here’s an excerpt from it:
Coffee at Caffè il Momento. It’s very busy outside since they sell popular Dutch stroopwafel but inside you are served a pretty decent cup of coffee alongside some brownies, cookies or – of course – a stroopwafel!
Singel 180, 1015 AJ Amsterdam
Strolling through Singel and enjoying that pleasing bit of sun.
The afternoons leads us to Burgerlijk, a small and cool burger place in a small side road of Keizersgracht. You can choose your own combination of meat (and veggie), toppings and dressing here. The vegan option came pretty close to the best I’ve had so far. Unfortunately the fries machine was broken this day. So this calls for a next visit I suppose… Well, ok then!
Runstraat 1, 1016 GJ Amsterdam
On my way back to the little island I live on I stumbled upon the most beautiful staircase. Amsterdam is blossiming, I can feel it!