Three Days in Amsterdam

Many times, Amsterdam is just a layover. Instead of hanging out in the airport, maybe you opt to extend your layover and spend a few days in the great city of Amsterdam.


How to Get Around…

Public Transit…The Amsterdam Travel Ticket is an option which includes unlimited travel on all trams, buses (including night buses), metro (including to the Amsterdam Airport Schipol), and ferries in Amsterdam. It is valid for one (€15) or two days (€20). We did the one-day pass to get from the airport to our AirBnb.
Bike…Amsterdam was made for biking. That being said- locals are the main bikers. If you choose to bike, be cautious and prepared to pay attention. I got hit by a scooter because I was taking up too much of the bike lane. Start out walking around the city and appreciate the bike paths from afar before choosing to partake. There are also biking trails throughout the city and suburbs which give you access to places that cars cannot go.

stay in amsterdam

Day One…

Arrived in Amsterdam around 3:30 pm. We navigated the train system pretty easily to our AirBnb right on the “Nieuwe Meer” lake about 20 minute walk from Lelylaan Train stop. This is a great area to stay in Amsterdam, and our AirBnb gave us free bikes which was lovely.

extend your stay

We took the tram into Amsterdam Centrall, where we found a quaint Indonesian restaurant, where we sat outside and watched the world go by as we ate. Amsterdam Centrall is the city-center with lovely architecture and restaurants and shopping.


Day Two…

I started my day with a lovely run through Park Oeverlanden. Then, we hopped on our bikes to the Western Market and ate at a cafe adjacent to it. The market was mostly fabrics. Then, we headed to Van Gogh Museum/ I Amsterdam sign. We hung out in the gift shop and the park near by. Next stop was Food Hallen. Game changer! It is basically a food hall with a ton of vendors- I would eat here every day of my life if I could. I had veggie nachos and a falafel. We shopped around Food Hallen then biked to Harleem to see the windmill then to Anne Frank House Be sure to buy your tickets months in advance. We walked around Jordaan and ate ice cream until our time slot arrived for the Anne Frank House.

Day Three…

We began our morning eating breakfast at a random cafe (Stache). You can’t go wrong with a cafe in Amsterdam.

the lovely amsterdam

Tip: When looking for a cafe or place to eat, just go into a crowded cafe/restaurant where there are locals or people in suits.

cheese in amsterdam, can even check it through the airport

Next, we biked to Albert Cuyp Market, where we bought Gouda cheese and Birkenstocks– so Dutch of us. Then, we biked to the free ferry that takes you to Amsterdam Noord. Here, we had lunch at Ons– an amazing salad and hummus and bread. This was just the fuel we needed to bike several miles to Broek en Waterland. This is a quaint, floating town along open fields and farmland. It had a beautiful church, cemetery, and community garden. This is the town that inspired my blog (read the story here). We biked back to Ons for round two or dinner- burger and salad.

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