Dreaming of a stylish city break? Take inspiration from award-winning blogger Jess Gibson of The Travelista, who recently jetted off to Amsterdam with a suitcase packed full of Accessorize springtime essentials.
We flew into Amsterdam Schipol Airport and hopped on a train that took us directly to Amsterdam Central Station. The station is located directly inside the airport and the 15-minute journey was easy and stress-free. Once we were there, it was time to consult Google Maps and locate our hotel – the elegant and on-trend Pulitzer Amsterdam. As we began our walk around Amsterdam’s famous Damrak, we caught our first glimpse of the iconic canal houses.
Checking into the Pulitzer Amsterdam
After a 15-minute walk, we arrived at the entrance to Pulitzer Amsterdam. I was immediately struck by the beautiful interiors and plush furnishings in the hotel lobby; it was the perfect base for a stylish weekend away. The Pulitzer Amsterdam spreads through 25 restored canal houses and was the first five-star hotel in Amsterdam. It overlooks the picturesque Prinsengracht canal and is ideally located in the chic and central area of Negen Straatjes (nine streets).
Elegant dining at Jansz
Our first evening gave us the opportunity to dress up for dinner at Jansz, Pulitzer Amsterdam’s signature restaurant. Located on the corner of Reestraat and Keizersgracht, it’s a standalone restaurant in itself that is a must-visit for anyone visiting Amsterdam. We dined on hanger steak, sipped red wine and planned our day ahead. It was a glamorous and indulgent evening in beautiful surroundings.
Exploring the Negen Straatjes
After doing a bit of research before our trip, I read that the Negen Straatjes is the most stylish and desirable area in Central Amsterdam. Fortunately our hotel was situated right in the heart of this neighbourhood so we were conveniently placed to explore it. With boutique shops, artisan coffee shops and quaint flower-lined bridges, the Negen Straatjes is easily the most picturesque and photogenic area of Amsterdam.
Top tip: If you love pressed juices, be sure to stop at The Cold Pressed Juicery at Herengracht 245A
Coffee, culture and catwalks
The area of Negen Straatjes is teaming with quirky and independent coffee shops that are full of creative, fashionable folk. The Dutch take their coffee breaks seriously and the many street front cafes are ideal for watching the street catwalk of passers by. After a morning of exploring we stopped to rest our tired feet at Ree7 (Reestraat 7) and refuelled with a latte and a delicious slice of apple pie. I’d highly recommend this place.
The floating flower market
A visit to Bloemenmarkt, the floating flower market on the bank of the Singel canal, is an absolute must for anyone visiting Amsterdam. This famous stretch of canal bank is lined with flower shops selling a colourful array of blooms including tulips; Holland’s iconic national flower. We weaved in and out of the different stalls and did a little souvenir shopping. The colours were beautiful and the flowers were so fresh.
A night in Leidseplein
For our second and final night in Amsterdam, we made our way to the buzzing area of Leidseplein. With its many bars, restaurants and clubs, Leidseplein is a popular nightlife area in Amsterdam. Whilst clubbing wasn’t really on our agenda, we enjoyed sizzling fajitas and a few G&Ts at Rancho Argentinian Steakhouse (Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 114). There was a great atmosphere in the area and we felt it really come alive at night.
Although I have previously visited Amsterdam, this trip allowed me to discover a new side to the city that I hadn’t seen before. It’s an incredibly liberal, artistic and fashionable place, making it the perfect place for style inspiration. There was still a winter chill in the air, but seeing the flowers in full bloom and a glimmer of blue skies made me feel like spring was finally on its way.
Written by Jess Gibson, founder and editor of award-winning UK travel blog, The Travelista.