A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to go on a five-day family city break to the beautiful city of Amsterdam, Holland. It is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time now, after seeing it a few times on Instagram and hearing good things from other people who have been before.
We stayed in an apartment in a converted school on the outskirts of the city which was only a ten-minute train journey from the city centre and right opposite a cute little café called Helena Primakoff where we went for breakfast and a coffee in the mornings.
Friday was our first proper day exploring the city and we started it off by going to the Amsterdam letters outside the Rijksmuseum and wandering across the canals, into the heart of the city. The weather was so lovely and warm during our stay which was amazing for photos but sometimes a little overwhelming when spending the whole day walking around! To keep cool, I wore a cute little emerald green, ruched cami from New Look with my bright yellow denim skirt from Zara. I also took my pink denim jacket from Missguided with me that day but I ended up being too hot to actually wear it.
On that evening, I swapped the skirt I wore during the day for a pair of wide leg pink and black polka dot trousers from Zara as it got a bit cooler. Initially, I was unsure of the colour combination in this outfit however it did grow on me as the night went on and I actually thought the colour clash worked quite well because of the similar tones – although I know it’s not for everyone.
Despite not looking for it on purpose, we ended up in the Red-Light District on Friday evening which was so surreal but definitely worth a visit if you ever get a chance to go. It’s a fascinating combination of retro neon lights and street lit canals and the unignorable reality of what the area is known for.
Saturday took a bit more of a serious note as we visited the Anne Frank house which was such an interesting experience that brought to life everything I had read and learnt about her story and how her family lived. I would definitely recommend booking ahead to avoid the queues but it is well worth a visit.
Also on that Saturday, my Mum and I went for a look around Negen Straatjes which is the vintage district in Amsterdam. There are nine little streets which are filled with little independent jewellery and homeware shops as well as loads of vintage shops. They were full of character and there were so any unique and quirky finds if you have the time to have a good dig through everything.
On that day, the sun was still shining so I wore my red denim skirt from Topshop with a black bardot, ribbed top from Zara. I also wore a grey handbag which I used throughout the trip as it was a perfect size and could be worn cross-body or over the shoulder.
In terms of shoes, I wore my pale pink Lacoste trainers most days and they were perfect for walking around in all day. I’ve never bought shoes from there before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but they were actually really comfortable and the muted colour went with all my outfits. So if you’re in need of a new pair of sneakers, I would definitely recommend taking a look there.
On Sunday, I took my family to a café called The Corner Bakery which I had been dying to go to since I saw one of my favourite bloggers go there back in January. It lived up to my expectations to say the least. I got this huge milkshake which came with a whole doughnut on top as well as whipped cream and sweets – it was very sickly but definitely worth it! My Dad also got a milkshake while my sister got a pancake and fruit platter and my Mum got a huge granola and yoghurt bowl.
On that day, I wore my green tartan skirt from Zara with a red square neck bodysuit from Brandy Melville. The skirt originally came with silver chains across the front which I loved but made it too edgy for my style so I decided to cut them off and it still looks great without them – it’s such a versatile piece.
Later on that day, we chilled in the park for a bit then paid a visit to the Van Gogh museum which didn’t quite live up to my expectations but it was still interesting to see his work, even if it wasn’t quite the kind of thing I’m in to.
Monday was quite a relaxed day as we had already been to all of the things we were aiming to see, so we spent the day shopping and going to cafés.
As it was our final evening, we got dressed up and went out to the Hilton Sky Bar for cocktails which were sooo yummy and the view overlooking the city centre was amazing. We then went to a really good pizza place we had been to on another night then sat in Dam Square and just wandered around the streets a bit more. I wore my bright red trousers from Zara with a blue stripe down the outside leg with a super simple ruched vest from Primark on the top.
I had such an amazing few days in Amsterdam and I feel so lucky to have been able to spend time in such a unique and beautiful place. I would go back in a heartbeat and couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone wanting to go on a city break somewhere not too far away!