I sometimes wonder what Amsterdam looks like in the eyes of its travelers, especially when they don`t get to stay in the city more than a couple of days.
Do they have time to go to Oud-West to one of the best brunches in Amsterdam followed by a cup of coffee at the best coffee roasters in the city? Do they even reach for the Prinseneiland or the Entrepotdok to enjoy their unimaginable beauty and serenity? Or to the Plantage? Well, they`d better make some time to at least go and see the Jordaan, a place considered by most as the essence of Amsterdam!
Elena of Have Watercolors Will Travel visited Amsterdam during this past weekend, so on the only day I could meet her from morning until late at night, this is where Amsterdamian and I showed her to. Of course she was already quite familiar with the city after living here for two months last year, but some of these places were still on the top of her preferences.
The day started where Staringstraat meets Jacob van Lennepkade, more exactly at Staring at Jacob, where we had pancakes and salad for brunch. We were so hungry, we did not take any photos! 🙂 We then stopped for flat whites, cappuccino and Portuguese custard tarts at Lot Sixty One. And that`s the moment I remembered I had a camera:
As soon as we passed under the bridge at Haarlemmerplein and set foot on the Prinseneiland, a whole different world appeared in front of our eyes:
Since I am such a big lover of Amsterdam East, I was keen on showing Elena a bit of this part of the city as well, so we all got on tram 14 at Westermarkt and did not get off until we reached the Artis in Plantage:
At Amsterdam Centraal, we jumped into tram 1 and ended our day where it started, in the Oud-West, this time at a little Ethiopian restaurant (Addis Ababa), a hidden gem with delicious food and lovely service from the family who runs it: