Amsterdam is a beautiful city. infamous for its cannabis and red light district. Due to these illicit tourist attractions, it has become a must-visit city on everyone's bucket list when they travel to Europe for the first time. But this city is so much more than just these extra curricular activities.
We visited Amsterdam on 21st - 26th February, 2019.
We landed at 9PM on Thursday night (21/02/19) and caught a Mercedes AMG taxi to our hotel, XO Couture. Yes, the cars in Amsterdam are fancy asf. After checking in, we purchased a 2 day transport pass from the vending machine in the lobby. It was really efficient and we highly recommend this hotel. The tram station is located right outside too. We hoped on line 29 to Daam to buy Mary Jane for the weekend.
Anne Frank Museum
Early Friday morning, we visited the Anne Frank Museum with our tickets booked for 10AM. We arrived 15 minutes late but surprisingly, there was no queue and we were shown inside immediately upon arrival. We highly recommend visiting the museum. It's a very well-designed 3 level space to showcase the true and devastating story of Anne Frank and the sufferings during WWII. No photos were taken inside.
These canals are everywhere, making it really easy to update my Instagram.
The good thing about our hotel was we were able to visit spots on our way to the heart of the city. We stopped by Dam Square to take tourist pics with Madame Tussauds and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam ✌🏻
Afterwards, we headed to the coffee shop for some fun. If you did not know, marijuana is still illegal in Netherlands however you are allowed to have a small amount for personal use. We were unfortunately your typical tourists who shoved a whole space cake into our mouths. All I remember was sitting down for a burger and then my head spinning, feeling heavy, eyes drooping and somehow we had found our way to the hotel. Good thing Amsterdam has the easiest tram system to navigate, even while high!
Friday night we headed back out to the club to see Jordan Suckley and Factor B at Luminosity Trance Gathering.
On Saturday, we went sight seeing and had burgers with our friends.
This man was singing and playing his trumpet on his little boat, passing around a shoe for change. We found it so cool how the shoe-on-a-stick was long enough to reach us from the bridge.
The Dutch are not shy about it. It was so strange to see this colourful condom shop casually next to an everyday grocery store. We love the quirkiness of Amsterdam.
Bloemenmarkt is a famous market known for their organic fruits, flowers, seeds and cheese. Even though it was the middle of winter during our visit, it was still packed with people getting ready for the new season.
A State of Trance 900
On Saturday night, we went to our first International rave, ASOT 900 in Utrecht. It took us 30 mins to train it from Amsterdam to Utrecht, which we found really convenient. The best set of the night was definitely Armin van Buuren's 138 stage 🔥 ooft.
Since the event was from 9pm to 5am, we spent our Sunday sleeping in. You can read my hotel post to see what food we ate. We did go out to do our laundry, catching the sunset on our way back.
Red Light District
We headed out to see the famous Red Light District on Sunday night. It's a very strange place, seeing windows of attractive women in lingerie, smiling and dancing at male passerby in hopes to lure a potential customer. It was like a doll in a box on a shelf, with the glass allowing you to see these half naked women showcasing their "assets". It's such a unique experience.
We did not go inside. From our research, the prices start from 50€ for small gestures or deeds 😐. Instead, we spent our Sunday night sharing some joints, eating street food (more on that HERE) and watching a group of guys applaud their friend for finishing with one of the woman lol. Hooray to his virginity 🤣
Van Gogh Museum
On Monday we headed to the Van Gogh Museum at 10AM. It's 3 levels of beautiful art and it took us 1 hour to see everything. No photos were taken, other than this one.
Bicycles are an accessible mode of transport in Amsterdam. There are heaps of places for you to rent one for the day. We hired ours from our hotel for 15€ per person. There are also heaps of "car parks for bikes" in the main city where you can drop your bike off for a few hours to go eat and shop around. If your bike is parked in an undesignated spot, you might get a fine.
This is an old tram hall renovated to a food stall hall. There's a variety of food and drinks to try if you're looking to get a real taste of the culture of Amsterdam. Read more about our Monday lunch HERE
If you have a lot of time, enjoy a nice bike ride through Vondelpark (30mins) or have a picnic or smoke a joint and relax 😏
We didn't go inside due to time constraints but we did take a lot of pictures around the Rijksmuseum HERE.
A lot of our friends told us Indonesian food is really good in Amsterdam so on Monday night, we set out on a mission to find a nice restaurant. We ate at Aneka Rasa Restaurant. You can read the review HERE since this post is really long now lol.
Thanks for looking through this post. It was a long one. Amsterdam was one of our longest stays but also are best stays. We were probably high or hungover most of the time but the food, culture and vibe of the city made everything so much fun. We can't wait to return.