Rather shockingly, I started a series of posts about a long weekend Mr. Canny and I had in Amsterdam last year but never finished it off (see original post here). Having been asked by friends for recommendations recently, I thought it would be a good idea to post these suggestions for future reference. Enjoy!
After booking Amsterdam I naturally did research on places you absolutely *must* eat. One suggestion was Winkel 43, which according to numerous Instagram accounts and TripAdvisor reviews serves the best apple pie (or appeltaart, as they know it) in the city.
Located in the trendy Jordaan area of the city, we visited Winkel for breakfast on the Sunday morning. I ate the pie with a refreshing mint tea al fresco as the cafe was so busy. Packed with the moist apple and sultana filling, it was definitely worth the walk. As you can see from the photo, it doesn’t resemble the flaccid apple pies we’ve become familiar with. More like a cake, and sometimes made with a crumble topping, these pies are a must-try while in Amsterdam.
Reypenaer Cheese Tasting
Cheese Tasting is not something you’d normally think of as an activity to do while in Amsterdam, but I’d highly recommend the experience. We chose Reypenaer as it was a structured event, and at 15 Euros each wasn’t too expensive.
The weather was changeable when we visited, so it was nice to get out of the drizzle for an hour and partake in some wine and cheese. I wasn’t as bothered about learning as I was about drinking and snacking on the many different varieties. I learned from the tasting was that I’m not keen on aged cheeses and port.
The Pancake Bakery
Who doesn’t love pancakes? Alongside Apple Pie, Amsterdam is famed for its pancakes (or Pannenkoeken). We stumbled upon The Pancake Bakery thanks to Foursquare, and the queue of tourists outside cemented my belief that we absolutely had to eat here.
The restaurant was super busy and we waited ages to get a table and then to be served. An American family beside us were furious at the nonchalant attitude of the staff towards their wait and the fact other tables had received their orders before they had.
I must admit, I was starting to lose my patience when finally ours arrived. A good selection of sweet (Apple & Cinnamon for me) and savoury crepes (Bacon, Cheese, Indonesian Curry, Norwegian) were available and they were delicious. If you can book in advance this might avoid some of the issues we had. Still worth a visit though.
Amsterdam is filled with artisan chocolatiers, quirky clothes, gift shops and cafes galore. We took the opportunity to buy some presents for home while wandering round while marvelling at the architecture.
Mr. Canny was desperate to hire a boat to take out on the canals during our visit. We hired a rather unstable looking thing with solar panels on the roof called a Boaty, which he was able to pilot himself. It was raining heavily, we weren’t given life jackets as they aren’t deemed as necessary, the boat seemed to have a lot of water inside it; the whole experience was a bit scary IMHO!
It was a great way to see more of Amsterdam, although it wasn’t exactly like a speedboat as it was powered by the non-existent sun. If you’re wanting to see more of the city, there are plenty of accompanied boat trips available that are cheaper. We did this because Mr. Canny had always wanted to sail a boat, so this was something he managed to tick off his to-do list while we were there.
Thanks for reading,