If you’re heading to Amsterdam, a little planning goes a long way, helping you avoid tourist traps and cultural clichés. Our Brand Manager Myrna Fehrmann has done the hard work for you – here’s her guide to the city’s hottest spots to check out by bike. You can thank us later.
Pink, velvet, avocados – it doesn’t get more millennial. No wonder this is Myrna’s first stop: “The Avocado Show is a fantastic spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch in the Pijp neighbourhood. I go for the poached eggs with avocado every time. I signed up for a workshop once to learn how to make the same arty dishes – my avocado rose was pretty decent, if I say so myself.”
Cycling’s thirsty work. You’re already flying through the Pijp, so opt for a refreshing drink in the sun at De Tulp, just around the corner. “It’s a super cool bar with a colourful interior and terrace – the perfect place to snack with friends”, says Myrna.
You’re full, you’re hydrated. Use that energy to cycle to the Ten Kate Market – you’ll find fresh fruit, veg and flowers, all worthy of the ‘gram. “It’s the local market here in Oud-West”, Myrna explains. “I live in the neighbourhood and love going for a stroll through the market to shop for fresh and cheap vegetables, or the amazing sandwiches from Boer Geert.”
If you like this unhurried pace, head north towards Prinseneiland, by the Brouwersgracht and Bickersgracht. “This is an incredibly beautiful part of Amsterdam”, Myrna admits. “It’s like a little village on its own in the heart of the city – you can even go for a refreshing swim by the pier in summer.”
Make your way past the canals and docks to discover Meneer Nieges – if you time it right, you’ll get a great view of the sunset. “It’s an amazing bar and restaurant located by the IJ, with a beautiful terrace”, says Myrna. “My favourite spots are the little gazebo in the garden or, on a rainy day, the rocking chairs by the stove inside.”
Feeling spendy? Head back into town and check out the shops along buzzy Rokin, then take a tour around the MADE.COM showroom.
Article written by: Wided Bouchrika
Photography by: Jordi Huisman