A Wild Weekend in Amsterdam

When me and my friend Tania, who currently lives in France and runs her blog over at Taking the First Leap, were deciding where to travel to for a weekend, it didn’t take much time to decide on Amsterdam. Geographically, it’s an easy train ride for both of us from Germany and France. But of course, Amsterdam, with its lure of plentiful coffee shops, scenic canals, pancake restaurants, cultural museums, and legendary night life, it was a city that topped me and Tania’s to do list (along with thousands of others!) despite where it’s located. And we certainly weren’t disappointed!

In my upcoming blog posts, I’m going to talk about the nightlife and our day trip to Zaanse Schans in more detail, but here are some of our highlights of our time in Amsterdam!

The Anne Frank Huis

photo cred: annefrank.org

The line up to the Anne Frank Huis was astonishingly long, but being a history buff and having read Anne Frank’s Diary years ago, it was a place I knew I had to see before leaving Amsterdam. The exterior of the building itself was also surprisingly modern looking, that we accidentally walked past it the first time! The wait to go inside must have been almost 40 minutes long, but it was worth it. Inside, all the furniture was removed, but there were lots of photos, pages from Anne’s diary and videos throughout the tour. Going into the secret bookcase entrance, and up to the attic felt especially surreal. It was very touching, devastating, and momentous.

The Pancake Bakery 

Located on Prinsengracht, its one of Amsterdam’s most famous pancake restaurants and only a few minutes away from the Anne Frank House. There was a small line-up, but totally worth the wait…especially when we got our plate sized pancakes – lekker!

Window Shopping

Amsterdam has an endless selection of eye-catching shops, which if you’re not careful, you could end up spending hours in! The most interesting ones range from the smart shops which sell magic truffles and happiness pills, to the famous Condomerie!

 FEBO 

FEBO is definitely the most interesting fast food joint I’ve been to, where all the food are kept in a machine. You have to insert your coins into a slot, sort of like a vending machine, in order to open one of the food compartments! Their food selection ranges from hamburgers to these croquettes filled with beef, cheese or chicken. For 1.5 to 2 euros, they’re also surprisingly good! FEBOs are also open till dawn, which is especially convenient for satisfying your hunger on a wild night out.

Nightlife 

As I was telling Tania, Amsterdam is probably the only place I’ve traveled to, didn’t drink at all, and still have my share of crazy stories. From the prostitutes standing in the window displays that line the Red Light District, to the plentiful coffee shop offerings of “space cakes,” and weed (which you can buy in pre-rolled joints or grams), there is something for everyone. (And for a city, whose flag has three “X’s,” sometimes what happens in Amsterdam best remains in Amsterdam!)

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3, as well as me and Tania’s upcoming trip to London!

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11 Comments

  1. October 24, 2012 / 9:24 am

    My meal at the Pancake House still remains one of my all-time favorites. Mine had cinnamon ice cream with whipped cream and strawberries on it!

    • Michelle
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      October 25, 2012 / 4:17 pm

      Mmm that sounds great! I haven’t treated their sweet ones, so that’s on the top of my list the next time I’m in Amsterdam!

  2. October 25, 2012 / 11:05 am

    HAhaha! I see I’ve been missing so much downunder here in OZ!!

    • Michelle
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      October 25, 2012 / 4:17 pm

      Yes, come and visit me in Europe! 🙂

  3. October 29, 2012 / 12:55 am

    Oh my gosh, those food vending machines freaked me out when I saw them! Logically, I understand that they’re probably not so different from a regular fast-food place in terms of how the food is kept, but they still weird me out.

    • Michelle
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      November 7, 2012 / 6:15 pm

      Yea they are really weird! I was skeptical to try it at first, but the food in there is surprisingly good!

  4. November 7, 2012 / 3:47 am

    What a coincidence! I visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles today. There were tons of Anne Frank pictures and quotes there. I have also visited the museum in Amsterdam and I think it is worthwhile too.

    • Michelle
      Author
      November 7, 2012 / 6:26 pm

      Interesting! I’ll have to visit there when I am in LA! Yea, I think the long line up was definitley worth it!

  5. November 7, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    LOVE Amsterdam, it’s a great city in so many ways. From partying to people watching.

    At the Anne Frank Haus, I didn’t have a long line but I inadvertently made the mistake of not really dressing properly (camo pattern shorts) and I normally have a shaved head. (made me look neo-nazi-ish) Which I’m the furthest thing from but I got extra security searched after passing through the doors.

    Really intersting place though, glad I went.

    • Michelle
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      November 7, 2012 / 9:08 pm

      Haha what a funny story! For the next time you go, I highly recommend the Oskar Schindler look! 🙂

  6. November 28, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    Amsterdam is awesome. My husband’s favorite city.

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