As part of Muma’s C’s 50th Birthday surprise, Papa and I decided to book a weekend away to Amsterdam. My Nana’s Birthday falls in March too, and seeing as she hasn’t caught a flight in the last 30 years we figured we should take her along for the ride.
We stayed in the CUTEST airbnb, run by the lovely Hanco. It was an instagrammers dream, right on the water and a hop skip and a jump into central Amsterdam!
The hotels in Amsterdam are fairly costly, but this airbnb slept 3 people and only cost us £600 for 2 nights which I think was a bargain. If you fancy staying click here.
We arrived mid afternoon, ditched our bags and headed straight out to explore! We opted to orientate ourselves with a little canal boat tour with Lovers which was only € 30.50 when you purchased is as a combined ticket with the Rijksmuseum.
After our hour cruising the canals, we disembarked with rumbling tummies. The temperature had dropped massively and we were in the mood for some wholesome, heartening food. I found an amazing gluten free blog before we set off with loads of restaurant suggestions that could cater for me and my Muma. On our first night we decided to try Haesje Claes, which is a typical and authentic Amsterdam restaurant situated in the Spuibuurt (City Centre), between the Spui Plein and Dam Square.
Me, Muma and Nana all opted for Hutspot-Hodgepodge, which is kind of like a bubble and squeak topped with a meatball, bacon and sausage with pickles on the side. Dad had cod fish fillet with mustard sauce. The food was incredible, the decor was cosy and the staff were hilarious. Our waitress had me crying with laughter every time she came to the table. It was less like eating in a restaurant, and more like eating in someones front lounge.
You can always tell if a restaurant is good because it will be jam packed with locals. We booked and it is a good job we did, by 7pm there wasn’t a seat left in the place. We were full to bursting, but the desserts sounded too amazing to miss out on. Papa and Nana claimed they couldn’t eat another mouthful, yet somehow Muma and I ended up sharing with them…
With full bellies and happy hearts, we headed back to our cosy river house and sat watching the world sail past our window with a glass of wine in hand.
Check back soon for part 2 of our Amsterdam trip!