Amsterdam is one of those busy cities all year long. It’s a city you can visit any time, personally, I’ve been there twice already and will be going back again when the chance arises.
In my recent post, I wrote a review of the hotel where we stayed for this second visit. Now, I’m going to share some tips on how you can appreciate Amsterdam without spending a lot of money.
It’s very practical to go around the city, you can choose between taking the city buses or the multiple tram lines that run until midnight. So even if you take a hotel outside the city center I’m sure there will always be a bus stop or tram station nearby to take you where you want to go. It is also easy to buy transportation tickets, most trains are operated by NS company (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) and the tram network by GVB company (Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf) either way, to save money I advise you to purchase an OV chipkaart online prior to your arrival. You can have it delivered to your house (with shipment fee) or you can pick it up at the airport directly. I’m not really sure how much you save, but to give you an example, for 5 days I topped up my OV chipkaart €20, with it, I took the train from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Centraal Station and was able to do 3 round trips with the tram, whereas my boyfriend who did the same trips spent about €26. If not, you can always purchase one journey or 24-hour journey aboard, they only accept credit cards for payments by the way and remember to valid your ticket for check-in and check-out at all times.
If you’re going to Amsterdam, be sure to save up beforehand, especially girls, you might be (very much) tempted to shop. I fell into the trap of course and I wish I had extra cash to tell you the truth. Amsterdam is full of shops, literally every street has its array of boutiques to choose from or to visit (since it’s free). Here are some you might consider
I love walking along this street, you will find the usual shops : H&M, The Body Shop, ONLY, Occitane, Lush, Desigual, Zara and many more. Try going through the small streets that branch to the left and right, it’s very common that you will find other stuff along the way.
If you wish to stop by by springtime, you might want to have some tulips for souvenir this is the place to stop, I remember last time, during my first visit in Amsterdam, this place houses some sort of wet market in the mornings in summer, this time round, there is a range of stores selling your typical souvenirs plus all tulips stuff.
- De Bijenkorf
“The Beehive” is where you want to go if you want to discover new brands and shop luxury ones. It’s right in Dam Square.
Where to hang out
If you’re someone who does not really want to visit museums and what not, basically every street in Amsterdam is already worth your time, in both occasions I visited Amsterdam, I sat down in a restaurant only once, I like taking take outs and sitting on a bench facing the canals. I can give you my favorite spots : Prinsengracht, ‘s-Gravelandseveer, Amstel and of course the Museum district (Museumplein).
Once you step in this city you will get pulled in its magic, tell me about it when you visit Amsterdam.