Amsterdam: A city of two halves. On one side you have the stunning canals, the wonky but charming houses that line them and decorated bicycles tied to every lamp, bridge and railings. On the other you have the tacky souvenir shops, the smell of weed in the air, windows filled with red lights and all manner of gadgets to get you in the mood. When visiting Amsterdam I really do feel like I am visiting two cities. I am sure you will guess which side of Amsterdam charming two-sided face I prefer (even if my British accent does remind you of all those stag parties and hen-dos). And charming, the city really is. It is twee, and unique. I am won over by chic eco stores (that feel more boutique than hippie chic), cosy cafés with plentiful vegetable options, cobbled streets, and fog that greats me from my hotel door giving the streets an ghostly historic edge. I found bookshops filled with magazines, design shops such as doog that have me designing a dream home in my head and vegan chocolate that quickly was devoured as I worked from my hotel room.
City Tip – Buy a magazine and take yourself out for brunch. This was at Beter & Leuk.
Image Right – Marie-Stella-Maris. An incredible place in looks and ideas. A scent shop, creating unique blends. I like their idea on ‘scents of a city’