A Weekend in Amsterdam

Amsterdam market

This weekend I was on a mission to do a little research in the Netherlands for a fashion feature which I am currently working on so I left Paris behind and prepared myself for tulips, canals and red lights… and something a little less cliche! I didn’t pick the best weekend in terms of the weather as it was absolutely freezing and the snow was falling heavily but despite the less than favourable conditions, I had a perfect time and loved the bright colours and incredibly welcoming and friendly locals of Amsterdam.

The hotel I was staying in, Hotel Okura Amsterdam, was slightly outside the city centre but with a tramway stop located less than 2 minutes away, it was an ideal spot.  Its 5 stars are truly merited as everything about the reception, 23rd floor bar and my ‘superior room’ was absolute perfection. I enjoyed the most comfortable double bed (there was even a ‘pillow menu’ should I prefer a softer or firmer pillow) and my 14th floor room allowed for views over the city… the Sunday morning breakfast was also to die for but I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

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The lobby leading to the reception area at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Hotel Okura Amsterdam

My ‘Chambre Superieure’ at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam with a blind which  opened onto the bathroom at the click of a button meaning I could enjoy a hot bubble bath with views straight out onto the city… heavenly!

Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Breakfast was simply delicious and the choice of food endless… Fresh  mango juice was an unexpected treat and the warm croissants were the perfect wake-up treat!

Amsterdam market

I decided to check out the local flea market and especially loved all the bright colours of shoes, bags, cosmetics, textiles…

Amsterdam market

… even smoothies and fresh juices were available in all colours!

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

I may have been researching fashion but there was no way I was going to miss visiting the Rijksmuseum… I highly recommend paying the additional 2,50 euros for the audio guide which was fascinating and I discovered a new passion for 17th century Baroque artists.

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Claudia Strater, a higher end Dutch womenswear brand similar to Maje and Sandro in Paris.

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The internationally renowned Dutch fashion label Vero Moda.

Hofje Van Wijs

Despite heading to the recommended district for bars and restaurants, I was not overly keen on the grotty looking pubs or clinic-like modern restaurants but finding this discreet, almost hidden little restaurants was a wonderful surprise.

Hofje Van Wijs

Very much looking forward to my ‘Emmental, Gouda and Truffle cheese fondue’ at Hofje Van Wijs which seemed to be filled with locals and not another tourist in sight.

Hofje Van Wijs

My yummy Emmental, Gouda and Truffle fondue was total perfection accompanied by a glass of Prosecco!

Hofje Van Wijs

I also loved being surrounded by the antique items which made up the unusual decor of Hofje Van Wijs…

Amsterdam Red Light District

A quick trip to the heart of the infamous Red Light District was a must although I can’t say I was a fan of seeing groups of leering men and boys all commenting on the physique of semi-naked prostitutes… quite a surreal environment.

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