Hi guys, my name is Becky (@beckyscillitoe), I’m a 23 year old student, about to finish a degree in fashion contour – which is just a fancy term for making bras and pants etc. I lived in Amsterdam for just under a year on an internship at Tisja Damen. There are many reasons why I loved it so much, the people I was surrounded by, the atmosphere of the place and the relaxed culture. Everything seemed to be effortless there, a completely different way of life compared to a very fast and busy central London that I have always been surrounded by.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
Typical breakfast would generally be in my flat, sitting at the kitchen table with my flat mate. If I was going out for breakfast though, it would be Moak; it’s a small chain pancake company where they serve the best pancakes ever. Or, I’d go to a cafe nearby and have a warm croissant with jam and a fresh juice.
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
Stach food deli has the best sandwich and salads – literally whatever you wanted you could get there. Also they always have so many tasters dotted around the shop, I would treat myself to a lil cake or pastry, which changed from week to week, so it was lovely to have so many options.
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like Amsterdam
I don’t know if it’s an afternoon activity exactly but we often ended up at bars drinking European beers, (La chouffe or Leffe blond are my faves) – it’s especially lovely when it’s sunny because we could sit outside and eat lil bar snacks and drink beer, then go cycling around the city. I loved riding my bike or walking around the city on a Sunday afternoon, watching everyone go by.
Where are the best places for dinner?
· Box sociaal in east
· De Plantage in east
· Louie Louie in east
· De Prins in Jordaan
They’re my favourites, but I’m always happy to eat at most places. I just stay away from central because it is very touristy and very overpriced.
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
Certain bits are still very busy, depending on what you’re doing or where you’re going, some sections are slightly more residential so they’re a tad calmer since they’re away from the bars. I’m either around friends’ flats, at my own relaxing or out for dinner and drinks (Pllek is one of my favourite spots in Amsterdam for dinner and drinks!)
In a busy city like Amsterdam, is there anywhere to chill?
There are loads of places to relax, parks like Ooster Park and Vondelpark are great to walk around in or just lay on the grass and do sod all. Amsterdam has lots of lil places around the canals to just sit down and watch the world go by so it’s very easy to chill.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
The swing at the top of the Adam hotel is pretty fun but also expensive to book so watch out, there are lots of festivals and food markets in and around Amsterdam.
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
I would say anywhere within the central ring of Amsterdam. Try staying above the Amstel river so that you’re surrounded by lots of things to do and lots of transport options or able to walk/ cycle easily around
What season would you recommend visiting?
Spring – it’s warmer, prettier, better to experience it, being all open or Winter – loved running into a warm pub or restaurant eating food and mint tea with loads of honey also looks super pretty as there are fairy lights everywhere
Is Amsterdam best for best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?
I would honestly say anyone and everyone, you can do so many things, it covers all needs