A lot of friends ask me what the heck do I do on weekends since there seems to be plenty of things to do in Amsterdam. It's true that there are lots of things to do and see here. My weekends are normally spent in cooking, cleaning the flat, learning German, and sleeping. That's because the cost of living is sky high (okay, maybe it's not as expensive as Zurich) but nevertheless, it's pricey. But there are days when I would engage myself in activities outside my apartment. So if you feel like channeling your inner, more European than American (not to mention slightly broke) Carrie Bradshaw, here's what a girl can do on weekends in Amsterdam.
Warning: I will only post wholesome activities here. I do not smoke pot, do drugs, or get drunk and crawl my way home.
My boyfriend and I have two go-to breakfast places and they are both in De Pijp. First is C • T coffee & coconuts, which is located in an old cinema house from the 1920s. How cool is that? They have the yummiest breakfast menu and they've got plenty of space. There are proper dining areas, there are couches, and our favorite, huge bean bags (because they're so cozy). And despite having plenty of space, this place gets packed really easily during the weekends. So be warned and come by before 12pm if you want a place to sit.
Our second go to place is called Scandinavian Embassy which is located right next to Sarphati Park. My personal favorite? Their hot chocolate paired with a warm cinnamon bun. Yum!
Amsterdam is home to more than 50 museums. An entrance fee could range anywhere from 10-15€. That is quite steep if you intend to see a number of museums. However, since I live here, I got myself a Museumkaart for 60€ which gives me access to over 400 Dutch museums for one year. That's a pretty sweet deal.
Since I love contemporary and modern art, it's no wonder that my favorite museum (ever) is the Stedelijk Museum. I know there are greater museums out there (the Louvre for example) but Stedelijk's collection appeals to me more. Here are some shots from my last visit.
Aside from the local museums, once in a while there are special exhibitions. One that I loved so much was The Art of Banksy exhibit at the Beurs van Berlage. This features both private and curators' collections -- the largest ever brought together.
One of my favorite things to do (and I suppose most girls, too) is shopping. And this is even better when you get things for cheap. So far, I've been to De Hallen and those thrift shops in Kinkerstraat. Last time I was in De Hallen, I scored a leather jacket for only 5€ and a nice dress for work also for 5€.
If you're already in De Hallen, you might as well visit its neighbor, Foodhallen Amsterdam! There are about 21 food stalls to choose from savory to sweet, there's plenty of options. Bulls and Dogs' hotdogs and crispy onion rings were easily my favorite.
In case you're in town, let me know if you tried any of these. And if you have some recommendations, I'm all ears. Have a nice weekend!