Amsterdam – Some Great Food Recommendations!

Hippie Fish

Heading to the Netherlands a second time around was a little more authentic as we had Stan to show us some of the country we had never seen before, but most importantly, he also had new food places to take us!

Our first stop shortly after we landed was to get some dinner! SO we headed to a restaurant called Hippie Fish which is right on the Beach in Zandvoort. It was SUCH a beautiful restaurant with the most beautiful aesthetic Ive ever seen. Its an instagramers wet dream. Not only that but we chose the most beautiful night to go and the sun was blazing through the windows and a beautiful sunset across the beach the later on in the evening it got!

For dinner I got a king Prawn Linguini and it was so tasty and so worth the money, beautiful presentation as well. We also had a couple of Dutch beers and for dessert they bring it to you on a tray and you pick what you want and they add it to your bill! It was really beautiful and I’d love to go back. Once we had eaten we could even go onto the beach for a walk and the sunset was beautiful.

An experience I will never forget as I never thought I’d go to the beach in the Netherlands!

Mellys stroopwaffle

Melly’s Stroopwaffles can be found in the centre of Amsterdam!

It does the most beautiful Stroopwaffles, you get to choose all your toppings and flavours and they even come out WARM. They were so tasty and so with the short wait whilst they got them prepared. Defintely not expensive either! So tasty, a proper sweet treat.

I ordered a Stroopwaffle with vanilla and chocolate swirl shaving with half dipped in white chocolate and man was it heavenly!

HEMA

I believe HEMA is actually a dutch supermarket/variety store but they do the NICEST hot dogs in buns! They’re so tasty and a proper quick snack if you’re spending your day touring around Amsterdam!

FEBO

THE BEST INVENTION I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. Its a HOT FOOD VENDING MACHINE. You can get burgers, chips, Frikadel sausages, a beef or vegetarian croquette, if you go to the counter you can also get milkshakes and fizzy drinks! They even do FRIED CHICKEN. Everything is in the price range of €1.60 – €2.20 so all reasonably priced as well!

My all time favourite, Bamistrife which is Fried Noodles and onions in batter. The ULTIMATE snack when you’re trekking around Amsterdam central and don’t want to stop for lunch or a sit down meal!

Lost in Amsterdam & Bulldog Cafes

We had been to Amsterdam before but we wanted to try some new coffee shops, one of these places was Lost In Amsterdam. This coffee shop had a proper bedouin feel to it and was the first smoke lounge in Amsterdam! They also have BOMB Milkshakes like no other, they serve alcoholic drinks and other soft drinks as well.

They do offer DJs and Cocktail nights as well as shish pipes! They eve have a house cat! but we didn’t get the pleasure of seeing him/her on our journey!

We also visited another Bulldog cafe, we had been to all the ones in in the centre and decided to visit the Bulldog Rockshop Coffee shop. Definitely the smallest of all the Bulldog coffee shops but really really cosy. we even managed to get a seat by the window!

BurgerBar

We headed to Burger Bar for dinner one night and DAMN if you want a good burger this is where to go (they also sell grape Fanta, it didn’t take much to sell it to me).

They boast that they do the best burgers in Europe and thats a pretty big statement. I Definitely enjoyed my meal and they have 4 locations across Amsterdam Central, it also has vegetarian options as well! Best part about the experience, naturally, is that you get to build your burger yourself or you can choose straight from the menu a set meal!

Its really reasonably priced and good quick service! Definitely recommend here for some good food!

Cafe Loetje

This was the most beautiful meal of the trip, something Mel and Stan were desperate to take us too as we are also steak lovers and this place was just phenomenal.

Located just outside the main Amsterdam Central Station in a beautiful white building on the water, you walk down the steps and into a smart casual white and dutch blue aesthetic restaurant. All the staff are welcoming and we were seated to our table!

We were sat with a view overlooking the water and it was just so lovely, the service was quick and the FOOD OMG, the food. The steaks were done to perfection, the dreamiest of all meals. I had the Loetje Tenderloin Steak with the Loetje Gravy and my lord was it just so tender and perfectly cooked to how I wanted it. I even has room for the lightest and dreamiest cheesecake afterwards.

Although the meal itself wasn’t cheap cheap it was TOTALLY worth it, its not that much more expensive but if you’re wanting a nice meal for your trip this is definitely the place to go. They also have more than one location as well around the Netherlands.

If you do go to any of these places or have already been, let me know what you think!

Exploring Liverpool with the Galdem

Liverpool was an awesome experience I was so happy to experience with my favourite girls, Mel and Jess! Myself and Mel stayed at Jess’s house for a chilled night in before getting up and heading straight to Liverpool, as driven by Jess!

*Disclamer: This was a few months prior to all Covid-19 restrictions and knowledge.

We had a lovely opportunity to stay at the Hilton at John Lennon airport (all creds to Mel for getting that all organised) we were in a triple room and it was amazing and spacious, enough room for us girls to get ready at the same time for our big night out in Liverpool that evening!

When we arrived in Liverpool we arrived earlier than check in so we headed straight into Liverpool and got all parked up ready to explore. As we came out of the John Lennon car park we were greeted by the Radio City Tower! We had to have an excuse to go back, so as we didn’t go up inside the tower, what better excuse do we need for next time?

Once we had chowed down on our Tortilla naked burritos for lunch it was time to explore! We headed straight to Mathew Street where it is filled with endless Beatles memorabilia, museums and pubs! It was a cool and colourful street with plenty going on through-out the day as the pubs were busy, not forgetting the famous Cavern Club! The most famous bar in Liverpool.

For an entry fee of £2.50 you can head down the multiple sets of stairs to have a drink and a dance in the Cavern Club! With photographs of the Beatles and other famous artists on the walls, the walls are also COVERED in graffiti. Including our own, Mel pulled out a sharpie and before we knew it JMJ was inscribed of the wall of the Cavern Club for the rest of time (or until they covered the walls or someone else wrote over it). There was famous items of clothing and guitars in display units on the wall and a live musician for entertainment, and he was funny, we enjoyed a little groove whilst we drank our drinks!

As we headed out of the Cavern Club and made a lift turn you can’t ignore the Cilla Black memorial statue as well as the ‘Wall of Fame’ and statue of John Lennon leant against the wall. So many famous names written on the wall it was hard to keep track, and they stretched all the way upwards and along. A beautiful piece of memorabilia.

Once we were done with Mathew street we headed down to Albert Dock where we saw the statue of the Beatles! A photo opportunity to have a picture walking with the Beatles was not missed before we continued to walk along the quayside of Albert Dock to a little café called Rubens! This café was cosy and everything we needed for our little pit stop whilst exploring! This café is also right by the Liverpool Tate Museum, we walked past this museum and saw their huge colourful sculpture outside too.

Then we headed to Bold Street for some dinner! We ate at a very aesthetically pleasing restaurant called LEAF, the interior was beautiful, there was a lovely atmosphere and it was SO BUSY. We didn’t book but I would definitely recommend booking a table as we were very lucky we got seated. I had calamari and my GOD, it was the largest portion I have ever had in my entire life, I definitely did not finish the plate but the food was well worth the money as it was SO GOOD.

We then headed back to the hotel (after enjoying the street art) to get ready for JUNKYARD GOLF

Junkyard Golf was really cool, I’d heard all about it but never done it before. We booked the Pablo hole and got some cocktails before we headed off on our Mini golfing journey. In the end it was a great laugh, we played 9 holes and Mel well and truly won with myself coming second and Jess coming third! We then headed to the Alchemist for cocktails, it was such an awesome venue. The music was god, the aesthetic and the smoking cocktails and the barmen showing off, what wasn’t to love?

NEXT UP on our night out we then to the Beatles pub back down Mathew Street! It was SO busy and all the pubs were rammed, they had already been busy around 5pm so the fact that at 10pm they were STILL busy meant that I fell in love with Liverpool.

When then headed to Revolutions which was actually MADNESS. There was a woman in a bikini dancing on the bar with strobe lighting in her hands, we were smashing back shots whilst confetti cannons were going off. THIS WAS IN A REVS. LIVERPOOL MAN, ACTUALLY MAD. Once we were done here we made it to Neighbourhood.

Neighbourhood was the boujiest bar, I loved it. As you walked I there was a saxophone player and a drummer playing along to the music. It was a huge open space and everyone was well dressed, The Neighbourhood written in neon along the back of the bar. I definitely didn’t feel like I was dressed up enough for this, but I loved the cocktails. Security was tight and it was fairly busy, I would happily go back. We went out for a smoke and one of the bouncer told us he could take us to a cool club for free. We took the bait, minus the nice Pornstar martinis’ we wont discuss the empty club itself.

It was an amazing night, we got an Uber back to the hotel and slept like babies. The journey home was painful and I definitely threw up at maccies. I made it home to Cambridge fine though, so I guess that works out well!

All in all, a great trip with my girlies.