I know I said in my previous post, about the don’ts of Amsterdam, that Amsterdam is a destination in decline for tourists. Even if I keep my opinion, there are still things to return for in Amsterdam, that are less touristic and less cultural oriented, or in fact which are not tourist traps.
I wandered this weekend what would be my top things to return for in Amsterdam as I found a great flight departing from there to Asia. I do not mention the art as it is by itself alone a reason to return. It was not difficult to find so here we go:
- a walk in Jordaan neighborhood, even an accommodation there for a night ( though it is quite expensive and low quality, like most of the 3 stars in Amsterdam). Have a beer on a small terrace or just relax on a bench and look at the canals. It is really reinvigorating and relaxing in the same time. You are far from the very center of Amsterdam, which makes it more authentic.
- A pause in the hidden park of Begijnhofkapel. I come back every time only for the feeling of discovering a secret again and again.
- while in that area indulge yourself in the authentic dutch fast food at Fribo – you find them scattered throughout the city center. It is not great taste but it go so well with a beer, a Heineken of course. It is an interesting system of self service mixed with vending machines. After this caloric bomb, don’t stop and have a portion of the famous dutch or belgian fries at Manneken Pis, a shop closed to the central station, that is always full.
- if it is a warm day then take the ferry, cross the river and go to NDSM, a favourite place for events, festivals, food on the bench of the river, a favorite spot for the locals. Check events on NDSM Stichting NDSM-werf http://www.ndsm.nl.
Have a look at our list of events to choose something that could be more of an experience that just visiting and checking a list of top attractions chosen by a majority that maybe does not meet your expectations.