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A WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM

Not long ago, we took a little trip up to Amsterdam.

February was the perfect excuse to take a break... just the time for the weekend, to recharge our batteries a bit and boost our spirits. And indeed it’s safe to say that we were more than satisfied and excited about our trip to the Tulip city.  

Before our getaway, we did our Pinterest research on the trendiest places in Amsterdam. We were lucky enough to squeeze a weekend in one of the best addresses in town. 

As soon as we stepped out of the Hotel, we were amazed by the beauty of the architecture. We walked along the canals, the brick townhouses and were fascinated by the Golden Age cultural heritage of the city. 

Discovering the history of Amsterdam through the Anne Frank house, the Jewish museum and the Portuguese synagogue, also meant a lot to us and was extremely moving. We highly recommend that you book your tickets in advance for the Anne Frank house so you don’t have to stand in the queue that spans to the other side of the city.

The 17th and 18th century houses were utterly charming, the huge windows overlooking the canals gave us serious apartment envy. We strolled around the cobbled streets and bridges of the Nine Streets, one of the nicest areas in Amsterdam, full of little shops and cafes. 

That’s how we found our way to Jansz Restaurant, which just opened few weeks ago. The restaurant is a paradise for Instagrammers, the interior design is a perfect combination of marble, pink, velvet and wood. «Jansz serves beautifully crafted modern classics with an easy going Dutch attitude. A new old world of simple elegance »

Located in the property of The Pulitzer Hotel, we walked through the complex and found our way to the luxurious lobby, a former house of Dutch aristocrats. 

The Pulitzer Hotel is definitely one of the most beautiful hotels we’ve ever seen. The interior design is breathtaking, it perfectly captures a timeless atmosphere. As you can see from the pictures below the entrance of the hotel truly look like a painting. 

We’ve always been passionate about Dutch paintings, Vermeer is one of our favorite artists so there was no doubt that we would go visit the Rijksmuseum. As soon as we got into the first room of the museum we were in awe. From Vermeer to Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the museum has a truly exceptional collection of Dutch art.  

We continued exploring Amsterdam hopping from one Instagram fantasyland to another. We had lunch at The Conservatorium hotel admiring its impressive structure. We stopped at The Dylan Hotel for a comforting hot chocolate. We had dinner at The Duchess, an amazing place inspired by « La Belle Epoque ». An elegant and sophisticated restaurant introducing delicious dishes such as the baked King Crab and the crunchy zucchini with fresh truffle. 

We had a second dinner night at Mr. Porter, located on the top floor of the W Hotel. Make sure to book a table there, the chef Ori Geller will make you travel all the way to Israel from Amsterdam with his exquisite « kick Start ». Mr. Porter is a true modern steak house with a chic vibe. 

We finished our trip on a high note at the Andaz Hotel where we had lunch at their restaurant «The Bluespoon». We were incredibly impressed by the design work of Marcel Wanders. The red chairs are really spectacular (see below). All the details are inspiring and well thought out, no wonder why they call it « Wandazland ». 

By the end of this beautiful weekend we couldn’t believe how rich and incredible Amsterdam is, we were not expecting to fell that much in love with the city. The Dutch are truly the best when it comes to design, architecture and house decor. This city is as pretty as a Pinterest board and we can not emphasize it more. We hope to be back soon! 

 Canals of Amsterdam.

Canals of Amsterdam.

 Architecture of Amsterdam.

Architecture of Amsterdam.

  Canal House  Hotel. 

Canal House Hotel. 

 Delicious breakfast at the  Canal House  Hotel. 

Delicious breakfast at the Canal House Hotel. 

  Canal House  Hotel. 

Canal House Hotel. 

 Bloom of Hyacinth. 

Bloom of Hyacinth. 

 Chic entrance at  Jansz. 

Chic entrance at Jansz. 

  Jansz  delicious lunch menu.  

Jansz delicious lunch menu.  

 Burrata Tomato,  Jansz . 

Burrata Tomato, Jansz

 Jansz extension to the  Pulitzer Hotel. 

Jansz extension to the Pulitzer Hotel. 

 Lauren at the  Pulitzer Hotel.

Lauren at the Pulitzer Hotel.

 Lobby at the  Pulitzer Hotel. 

Lobby at the Pulitzer Hotel. 

 The streets of Amsterdam. 

The streets of Amsterdam. 

 Van Gogh.

Van Gogh.

Rijks Museum Amsterdam
Rijks Museum Amsterdam
 Johannes Vermeer, Milkmaid. 

Johannes Vermeer, Milkmaid. 

Rijks Museum Amsterdam
Rijks Museum Amsterdam
 Meetings at  the Conservatorium. 
 Annael, having lunch at the  Conservatorium. 

Annael, having lunch at the Conservatorium. 

Conservatorium Amsterdam
 Amsterdam's Houses. 

Amsterdam's Houses. 

 Tea time at  The Dylan. 

Tea time at The Dylan. 

 Dinner at  The Duchess. 

Dinner at The Duchess. 

 Royal Packaging. 

Royal Packaging. 

 Crunchy Zucchini with Fresh Truffle.  

Crunchy Zucchini with Fresh Truffle.  

 Second Dinner Night at  Mr. Porter .

Second Dinner Night at Mr. Porter.

 Marcel Wanders Design at  Andaz .

Marcel Wanders Design at Andaz.

 Wandazland. 

Wandazland. 

Andaz Hotel Amsterdam
 Decor details at  Andaz.

Decor details at Andaz.

Andaz Hotel Amsterdam
Andaz Hotel Amsterdam
 Canal View. 

Canal View. 

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