"SOME TOURISTS THINK AMSTERDAM IS A CITY OF SIN, BUT IN TRUTH IT IS A CITY OF FREEDOM. AND IN FREEDOM, MOST PEOPLE FIND SIN."
HOTSPOSTS YOU MUST SEE:
Grachtengordel (Canal Ring)
The four 17th century parallel canals surrounding the very heart of the city and connected with gorgeous alleys and bridges. They actually made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List in August, 2010. I love this district of Amsterdam, especially its west side. Stroll around the four canals: Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and the Singel - they are all just so picturesque and some spectacular elm trees can be found almost everywhere! I've heard the views from Westertoren are worth a climb for ;-)
Arguably Amsterdam's most picturesque neighbourhood, where you can find flower-lined canals, narrow streets, countless coffeeshops, restaurants and quaint boutiques. Literally every corner is stunning and dreamy, so make sure you have your camera ready.
A paradise for button-enthusiasts! You can find all sorts of buttons here: small, large, eccentric, simple, and they are all made of different materials. But that's not just it. They have a vast choice of jewellery, bags, hats, furniture, and a giant button hanging above the front door! I wish this shop was open when I passed by...
You can't miss this spot, no matter what! Whether you're a plant lover or not, here you'll find something to fall in love with. They stock all kinds of plants, various flower pots, gardening tools, books, gifts and many more. Ask for a cup of coffee and have a chat with the owner about all the plants ;-)
The main street linking Amsterdam Central and Dam Square, and a famous canal known for its gingerbread wonky houses. Beware of the crowds!;-)
A wonderful example of a café within a boutique. The concept store was founded by two girls who wanted to share everything they're passionate about: food, travel and fashion. Not only you can buy some unique clothing here, you can also treat yourself with a healthy food and coffee.
CAFÉS AND BRUNCH SPOTS:
I hid here from the rain and had the nicest mint tea to warm myself up. They encourage people to talk therefore there is not wi-fi to be found here;-) A cosy corner café in more quiet area, with some plants hanging from the ceiling and a few tables outside, perfect for people-watching.
A seriously well-designed little café with a minimalistic relaxed atmosphere and mixed influences from across the world, founded by a guy who left his career in advertising in order to pursue his coffee shop dream.
Lot Sixty One
They proudly call themselves a "coffee lover's paradise", and roast their own beans in house. You can actually observe the process whilst queing up for you coffee.