During my short school break in the summer, I visited my friend who lives in Amsterdam, as well as meeting my family. It was amazing, I met new friends, ate in very good restaurants around the city, and literally act like a tourist because I was a tourist. It was a lot of sight-seeing, I visited a couple of street markets to try local foods but I failed and just tried cheese, and then did a lot of cycling around with my niece, the city is very accessible by bicycle and even passed by the red light district one night but without my niece. The story about the Red Light District ends here.
Food wise: As Amsterdam is known for Indonesian cuisine, I had the opportunity to eat at Sampurna.
Sampurna is an Indonesian restaurant located right at the heart of the city, by the flower market. The weather was so beautiful that we were able to sit outside. We enjoyed a selection of delicious meals. We had Nasi Goreng or fried rice, spring rolls and other small bites with different sauces, a couple of beautiful salads, everything was very traditional and truly reflects the authentic Indonesian cuisine. The atmosphere was also very relaxed yet nice and cosy.
Amsterdam by night, like many other cities, is beautiful with its city lights. In the summer the weather can become very hot even at night, that cycling around until midnight is an open possibility to explore the city. But not alone! I don’t know how safe it is in general so do it as a group.
I was amazed by these burger vending machines as I have never seen one. Seemed to be the go-to of the tourists, put some coins in the slot and perfect.. food is served! Quick and cheap.
Otherwise, for a Michelin standard food, there’s this unique and elegant 1-star Michelin restaurant called the BRIDGES. A place to enjoy “fish-wine combinations” in its beautiful, atmospheric courtyard setting, Bridges is a culinary experience for all senses.
The kitchen is run by a Chef Andrès Delpeut, rated as one of the top 20 best chefs in The Netherlands. He described his dishes as “Classic, traditional dishes with international influences and a unique twist; unexpected combinations that work”.
The beautiful courtyard setting where we sat for lunch 🙂 Very cosy and the evergreen hedges around served as the natural fence was a kind of barrier that gives us a little privacy.
I highly recommend visiting the BRIDGES. Bon appetit!
The following day, I was lucky enough to tour the city again, but this time by boat. The captain took us sightseeing some of the monumental and historical places in Amsterdam. The rest of the trip is history.
One of the Royal Palaces located in Dam Square.
Lets not forget the incredibly tasty The Avocado Show and their amazing food concept.