A week end in Amsterdam


Hop hop hop, This is my little report of Amsterdam. We spent a few days there so I think we've only seen a tiny bit of the city. We wanted to take our time, and especially not to run everywhere, We wanted to be able to sleep a little in the morning, chill at the hotel (who invited us by the way) and especially walking in the street without seeking anything in particular. Just a nice week end.

I had prepared my stay exactly as London the last time : addresses found on blogs, instagram, friends advices I pin on mapstr. Optimized routes on Citymapper. And a few trips with uber to go to the train station. The weekend in europe (where I can I use my french datas) superwoman with her phone.

I put lots of tested and untested addresses at the end of the article and now it's time for the tour guide.


The city


So, quite frankly this is one of the most beautiful cities that I have visited. People had warned me, and even yelled “What ?! YOU, you've never been to Amsterdam ?!? But you're gonna LOVE it !”. And I loved it, I 've been ecstatic at every street corner.









Something that really hit me there, is the perfection of the lighting : all shops, cafés, bars, all have a perfect lighting, guinguettes garlands, candles. MY DREAM ! This is something that really matters to me and makes me love one place rather than another. It was kind of the standard in Amsterdam. There were even chandeliers hung above the canal sometimes (a festival of lights) It was really sublime at nightfall.




I even ended up out loud say passing the umpteenth adorable storefront with a cute hung blue bike, bricks, a pretty wreath and flowers “Good enough now Amsterdam you make too, We understood that you were the most beautiful !”


[object Window]Grachtengordel


When I told you that it flew over the city, is that in fact was almost ballad from the West channels : Grachtengordel and Jordaan where I had spotted most of the addresses that were of interest to me.

They first scoured the shopping district Nine streets and Haarlemmerdijk, with all its lovely shops, cafés, cute fruit juice bars. Everything is a little industrial chic style, retro Romantico. I spent an hour in a store of old bathtubs to dream.





We really took our time. I won't give you all the addresses were visited because it is a small series of street that you can't miss ;)


[object Window]Katten Kabinet
(see website)


Elvis the re - sta Museum

CA is a touristy thing that I really want to do it because it looked super funny. Katten Kabinet is a museum with a large collection of works of art or from pop culture representing cats. And in the Museum there are cats, which is the fart of course because they are cats. It was quite unusual as experience.




It was really fun. After must not either, It is fast enough the round.


[object Window]De Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
(see website)


♥︎ Gretaoto ♥︎

I never miss a botanical garden when I get the chance. Good here I admit I would have loved going to Keukenhof the large garden of tulips from the Netherlands, but on a weekend it was short. And the Botanical Garden of Amsterdam was great OWL. There was a super greenhouse at Butterfly with sublime gretaoto (transparent butterflies). It was a super nice ballad, and then as he peeled his mother ca us was well heated.












Not fierce ptits butterflies ! I spent at least 3/4 time to take picture in their small greenhouse.

[object Window]L’hôtel Citizen M Amsterdam
(see website)


Citizen M Amsterdam, PR. Irenestraat 30, 1077 WX

As I told you in intro it was invited by the hotel. Before I tell you what I thought about it I would like to reassure you : I never do the promo of anything that I do not like. When I am invited by a tourism office or a hotel I'm not paid by them, just defrayeed (What is very nice I agree), There is therefore no contractual relationship that binds me to them, I am free to say whatever I want. One may think that politeness or the wish to be reinvited I could feel obliged to tell you only nice things about it, but those who know me a little know that it would cost me really too much intellectually do so ;)

That being said, I'll tell you almost only nice things about the hotel. I've been in hotels a lot through personal travels or press trips and I can tell you that this is exactly the kind of place I dreamed about : modern and affordable (from € 85 to € 100 for two).

My job at the origin is interior architect, I was so excited after seeing the website of the hotel to discover the tiny rooms where everything is great : large shower, huge bed on large window. The assumption that there no need of more than a clean bathroom and a good bed when you travel, That's the only thing you will find there. And, for the huge fan of home automation I am, I loved all the automated lighting,and the presence of a large TV above the bed connected with an apple TV (like I have home) we were able to have netflix night eating popcorn with my sister.


The common areas are very nice, the design is hyper beautiful, and the food is super good : I had the impression to take the same breakfast than I have home (granola + organic yoghourt + fresh fruit). My criterion no. 1 for judging a hotel is : butter served at breakfast (I assume that if it is great everything else is) and there was a small french bio butter with fleur de sel : 20/20. We even spent a diner at the hotel because we fell great there.


Last but not least, we were 10 minutes from the city centre by tram (There is a station just next to the hotel).

If I had a criticism to make is can be as everything is connected in the room sometimes something is not working. But the staff was so present and helping it has never been a real problem. And check out a management Terminal 1 minute chrono was really great.

I recommend to you sincerely and personally this hotel. For the rest of the chain I do not know if the staff is also that great in other cities, It is to be tested.

[object Window]Places






We had a big list of Nice to do things, on my little map mapstr, and it merely watch from time to time that there was not far away where our walks had brought us. Here is the list of the restaurants that had advised us (not everything was of course).

We dined and drank a glass at Proud Amsterdam, lunch at the suuuuuuper good Vinnies (I would gladly back), and ate delicious pancakes at Pancakes Amsterdam.

I recommend them very OWL city guide of Bri. Emry on Design Lovefest : Amsterdam part I and Amsterdam part II


Mercat FA. SpeijkervetBaleibuaLion NoirSAVE (pour déjeuner) ⎪ Wild BoarBar BaconThe Lobster HouseNobleCafe RestaurantBar MoustacheBilder DaltonMazzoThe City CanteenBrasserie WitteveenOld School AmsterdamHuygens Dock


Koko CoffeeLot Sixty One CoffeeKade 6 CoffeeHutspot coffeeBar Bacon


After noon rides bike North of the city, at the edge of a Lake. Take the ferry just to the Amsterdam station, to go to Noord. Can put his bike. Then cross the cute towns of the corner : Nieuwendamm (suburb of Amsterdam with houses guns), then Durgenrdam (There is a pub in the Lake near where people open their garden to sell lemonade and fruit juices), go to the peninsula of Marken (Fisherman's village, the Shoe Museum, eating of fried fish on the small harbour).

Do not hesitate to complete if you know well the city everything is really not comprehensive ^^



60 "comments on"A week end in Amsterdam

  1. 29 January 2016 at 10:54

    What you had never gone to Amsterdam ??? And me not more and I think more and more … I'll try to organize myself this weekend next ! Thank you for all the right places !
    Belle journée,

  2. Rose Sucre
    29 January 2016 at 10:56

    What postcard !

  3. 29 January 2016 at 11:01

    I will carefully note the addresses that you advise as I go to Amsterdam 4 February family day ! The Botanical Garden makes me really want to anyway :)

  4. 29 January 2016 at 11:09

    invited and paid ? the dream :):)
    It looked nice and, bien sûr, makes me want to go back to Amsterdam.
    only downside of the city, but she can nothing : lack of Sun !
    Thank you for this topo !

    • 29 January 2016 at 12:13

      Yes but in winter it changes not too from Paris for me ;)

      • 29 January 2016 at 14:20

        ahah is true !

  5. 29 January 2016 at 11:12

    This city is so gorgeous ! One of my favorite cities in Europe.
    I keep your small good addresses for a next trip, merci :-)

  6. 29 January 2016 at 11:13

    Thank you for these addresses! I live in Amsterdam and I lai knew not all!

    Otherwise y' has a bike tours showing you the good plans of Amsterdam in french at

    • 29 January 2016 at 12:12

      Hey Hey me it is the same I sometimes view addresses in Paris on foreign instagram :D

  7. 29 January 2016 at 11:20

    Your article is really sublime.

    It perfectly reflects the spirit of this great city is Amsterdam.

    It was one of my most beautiful trips, and I just loved it.

    Thank you for these beautiful pictures.

    I wish you a beautiful day.


  8. 29 January 2016 at 11:29

    Je n’ai jamais visité cette ville mais j’adorerais y aller! C’est sur ma wish list voyages (après le Japon et Hong-Kong en Mars prochain!)!
    Tes photos sont superbes! <3
    Bon week-end,

    Julie, Petite and So What?

  9. HappyPaille
    29 January 2016 at 11:34

    I love your drawing, he is magnificent !!

  10. 29 January 2016 at 11:41

    Your photos are just beautiful and frankly makes me too too want to travel, I so need to change at this time ^^
    Thanks for this nice virtual and Visual journey ♥

  11. Chloé Gardenal
    29 January 2016 at 11:44

    Exactly that: the happiness of the dim lights wherever you are ! The beautiful and romantic to every street corner… A city for lovers !

  12. 29 January 2016 at 11:47

    Thanks for these ideas owls.
    I go there for the first time next weekend, suddenly it's going to give me any ideas.
    Belle journée.

  13. 29 January 2016 at 12:05

    I have a very emotional recollection of Amsterdam. It dates now before the coming of my children. I had gone with friends for a few days. As we we are well- ! What a welcoming place !
    Today my children trot, I really want to show them this beautiful city. The ball book of 2016 is already full (our little family has a handful of friends to review in the months following), but for spring 2017… you think already.

    Good Friday !
    PS. Always beautiful upcoming pictures see here. It is relaxing and enjoyable ! <3

  14. Angelique Abhik
    29 January 2016 at 12:17

    Your article really helped me !! Was intended to go on a honeymoon trip this summer with my future husband !!! Merci

  15. Antoine Ghosh
    29 January 2016 at 12:25

    “Something that really hit me there, is the perfection of the lighting : all shops, cafés, bars, all have a perfect lighting, guinguettes garlands, candles. MY DREAM ” CA me recall someone ;)

  16. 29 January 2016 at 13:15

    Amsterdam is by far my favorite European capital. We always stay in an apartment in order to feel a little bit more “home”. The light, candles everywhere, the ubiquitous flowers, see the inside of the houses … good it is not terrible weather, the street not to our liking food.

  17. 29 January 2016 at 13:33

    Merci pour cet article, It is true that this city is really fabulous and I dream to go there :)

  18. Pauline Bonvarlet
    29 January 2016 at 14:00

    Your article falls to point! I was just going to go looking for articles of blog with good addresses in Amsterdam because I go back next week!! <3 merciiiii :D

  19. 29 January 2016 at 14:10

    I too want to go to Amsterdam!! You give me even more want to blow there!

  20. 29 January 2016 at 14:29

    This city really looks nice and welcoming, and you give me desire to go discover it.
    I love hung everywhere bikes, the facades of the houses, the atmosphere that seems to reign in this city !!!

  21. Laetitia Waldorf
    29 January 2016 at 14:35

    A nice article So Seima ;)

  22. 29 January 2016 at 14:39

    Tes photos sont superbes !

  23. 29 January 2016 at 14:56

    I really loved Amsterdam two uears ago, when I go to the city for the first time. I dream to come back soon!

  24. 29 January 2016 at 15:04

    We fully agree, Amsterdam is the most beautiful city in the world ! ( It is that I said to myself every day) and cool also, You can walk you in shoe or slip of bath in summer unless it offends ( almost) no one ! and on go the barbucs in the Park when the time is right !

    It will return to Keukenhof in spring because it is open only two months in the year. I just spoke to on my blog today ! And then will need to test our culinary delights, herring thought the small onions and gherkins, our croquettes in the wall, drop candy… :-)

  25. Maud Cariou
    29 January 2016 at 15:27

    Merci pour les bonne adresse j y suis actuellement pour un stage de fleuriste un échange de 15 jours 😉

  26. 29 January 2016 at 15:45

    The hotel has well-designed and pleasant air. Thanks for all the good addresses...
    Cautious I'm, I expect it to be a little hotter and I'm going to discover Amsterdam :)

  27. 29 January 2016 at 16:10

    Thanks for this beautiful ballad : me either I don't never went to Amsterdam !
    Damage to Mapster : not available on Android, What snobbery (I'm joking, but it is much unpleasant).
    Is there a similar aplli on Android ? Not found.
    Regarding addresses, je note, even though I know well, au final, that I'd end up in the feeling, without (trop) idea.
    Finally if ever I go to Amsterdam !

    • 29 January 2016 at 17:51

      Snobbery I dunno, I work in the web and it's really super hard to adapt to all formats when you have a small box. We even for a beautiful day must be managed : iphone, Windows phone, Android, multiple browsers : safari, chrome, Firefox, Internet explore, and I even talk about the resolution of the screens. At the time when you can't be everywhere you develops to the most widespread ;)

  28. Marine
    29 January 2016 at 16:29

    :-* <3

  29. Marie Fourcadier
    29 January 2016 at 17:22

    We were housed in the same hotel as you there 3 years on our trip to Amsterdam. We had loved the huge bed across the entire width of the room before the huge Bay glass <3 Ma ville préférée d'Europe sans hésiter ! Tes photos sont très belles et reflètent bien l'ambiance de la ville.

  30. 29 January 2016 at 17:25

    Oh la la…but I VEEEEUUUUXXXX too go ! (and no, me either I do not know !)

  31. 29 January 2016 at 18:43

    I read all about what you put on your getaway in Amsterdam, It's really great well told ! In addition to the beautiful photos ( It is with what camera you have taken ?) . I noticed the name of the hotel, It is true that I thought of a getaway in may. The price and the standing of the hotel fits me perfectly. Thanks for restaurants, It makes envy Amsterdam Pancakes and guide !! Merci
    Caroline lespetitsphilosophes

  32. 29 January 2016 at 18:57

    I loved this city. And I believe that all the major European cities I visited (I don't not all visited them eh :) ) This is my favorite with Lisbon.
    I went once in Amsterdam and long me that one thing is to return. If you have the opportunity to go there in summer, I think you will love even more so the city is green and blooming.

    Good night :)

  33. 29 January 2016 at 21:36

    it been a long time that I did not go to Amsterdam and we really need that I go back ! Your article and your beautiful photos made me want :)


  34. Catherine Jackson
    29 January 2016 at 22:19

    VAS y gives ca intéresse we go during the holidays kisses

  35. 30 January 2016 at 1:14

    Super article! It makes you want to return (the first time I had 18 years on a world trip, freshly free of my parenting channels… and I rather tested the coffee shop at the time I remember most of my head in the toilet...). To put on my to do list (When a Copenhagen...? You count go). Bisous

  36. 30 January 2016 at 7:23

    I dream to go to Amsterdam, I was told that it was a nice super city ! Thank you for these good addresses.

  37. 30 January 2016 at 9:57


    I'm never go down but I think that your good addresses me will necessarily be one day so I take note and I love your photos, you actually do we travel with all ca ! in any case thanks for the discovery, kisses to you ! :)

  38. 31 January 2016 at 13:49

    ADE makes me really want everything ! me nor I have never visited this beautiful city, all colors, a historic city also ! and ambient charm.

    I who was looking for an idea of weekend with my little girl I think I'll make a tour, more not far from Paris !

  39. 31 January 2016 at 14:27

    Hello :) I love Amsterdam, I went there three times including the weekend or you were there with your sister, your article is very interesting but for me it lacks a few addresses at least for coffeeshops, smokers or not, It's still a must try !

  40. 1 February 2016 at 9:51

    I do not yet know Amsterdam and I don't understand nor why ^^ it is time to remedy :)

  41. 1 February 2016 at 11:42

    My favorite city.

    I so loved Amsterdam. I take note of your address for my next stay !

    Belle journée.

  42. 1 February 2016 at 15:57

    Amazing blog. your trip to amsterdam was brilliant and you are a very good photo artist.

  43. Sebastien Caron
    2 February 2016 at 18:27

    Thanks Eleonore Bridge! :) And if we discussed Mapstr to see what we could do together ? :p

  44. 2 February 2016 at 18:28

    Merciiiii Eleonore ! Available to discuss Mapstr in the occase ? ;)

  45. 2 February 2016 at 18:51

    This magical air and your photos… *-* je suis fan :-)

  46. 3 February 2016 at 11:15

    I still have butterflies in the belly when I go to Amsterdam so I am a fan and your photos made me the same effect. The next time I go there I would look more closely your addresses !!

  47. 6 February 2016 at 22:24

    Oh my God, je meurs ♥_♥ Je rêve d’y aller depuis des années ! Tes photos sont magnifiques et j’espère que j’aurai l’occasion de m’y balader un jour :) See you soon.

  48. 9 February 2016 at 23:59

    Hello, superbe article qui donne vraiment envie d’aller visiter cette ville !
    That said, j’ai une petite question qui peut paraître bête mais : where did you get your hotel?
    I had planned to go there for Valentine with my boyfriend but everything was terribly expensive in the city centre, and after not knowing the city it is still a little complicated to know if we will be well positioned or if we will be able to move the evening being somewhat eccentric…
    Thank you in advance for your answer ! :)

    • 10 February 2016 at 10:31

      As I stated in the article the hotel invited me so I have not tried hotel ;)

  49. 10 February 2016 at 22:22

    The first time I saw this article I wondered if the first picture was really a ! I thought it was an illustration ^^
    Your photos of the city are stunning ca gives really want to go there !

  50. 16 February 2016 at 18:15

    Bonjour, I downloaded Mapstr on your advice, but I do not yet control the app ! Do you have a map of Amsterdam that I could use on my account ? Thank you in advance !

    • 17 February 2016 at 13:24

      Not I not understand how sharing maps :/

      • 17 February 2016 at 14:22

        OK thanks anyway ! I just spent an hour to add the addresses manually + those Design Love fest :)

  51. 1 June 2016 at 14:23

    Amsterdam, Super City ! Vraiment !
    Do not hesitate to move away from Centrum, too touristy, and trainer in the areas of Pijp and Prashant.
    And for mode addresses, Here is a selection of 6 shops in Amsterdam :
    Bonne continuation !

  52. 17 August 2016 at 14:01

    It's a city that I love and that I rediscovered whenever I go !
    Your photos are superb :)

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