The first thing we all think of when someone is visiting Amsterdam? The drinking, the weed, the women, and the long mindless nights that no one remembers when they wake up next to the canal. Everyone who isn’t an American teenager would know that it doesn’t have to be that way!
Amongst all of the “tourist activities”, there are a few gems you can visit to break that looseness up a little. Here are a few places I enjoyed during my stay, which I would love to share with you:
Herengracht Café Restaurant
435 Herengracht, 1017BR Amsterdam
It has a cafe, an outdoor courtyard at the back and also a lounge for drinks.
The lack of service is very standard in Dutch traditions, so it’s not out of the ordinary if you sit down and you’re not noticed by the waitstaff.
The carpaccio sandwich was a winner, with thinly sliced raw beef, perfectly seasoned with truffle mayo, parmesan cheese and rocket.
And you can’t forego the classic veal croquettes with mustard
visit http://www.deherengracht.nl/ for the full menu
If you’re looking for a nice lounge bar with a great vibe, covered with Missoni upholstery and Philippe Starck designed Kartell Mademoiselle chairs, look no further than Momo. Situated at the Park Hotel, right opposite the Holland Casino, it is frequented by fashionable and celebrities alike.
The staff are attentive and very multilingual, catered for the international crowd. There are a few seafood starters worth a mention, including the soft shell crab with shreadded mango and chilli lime sauce…
and a rather amazing “Golden Chocolate Cycloon” which we had at the bar… next to David Moyes – who was not quite impressed that us Aussies didn’t really appreciate a sport “where you can’t even use your hands“.
And during my travels, here’s a first for Spread my butter, a “what not to eat” section!
Exhibit A: Bright green colored Edam cheese – flavoured with Pesto? Fail
(tasted somewhat like a garlic flavoured crayon)
Exhibit B: Anything from “Febo”
and day old Chicken burger… when freshness doesn’t matter.
If you’re craving the greasy food, order some fries with mayonaise at any cafe. They are double fried and always perfectly crunchy on the outside.
Many thanks to CC and CPO for taking me around town!