May 31, 2016

teapot in Amsterdam / part 1

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Hello from Amsterdam, the city which stole my heart! We have a huge list of things to do here if you plan a visit but let’s begin from the basics. Cycling is one of the best ways to get around Amsterdam, blend in with the locals and be more adventurous. Personally I prefer exploring a city on foot and I really suggest the “walking method” to spot the hidden gems!

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If you are following teapot on instagram you would have probably noticed that we were staying at Martha’s charming apartment so there are no suggestions on hotels or Airbnb rentals this time. Οur place was located in a quite neighbourhood filled with beautiful cafes, restaurants and tiny design shops. On the first night we had an excellent Tai experience at Golden Brown Bar and a couple of beers and burgers at Foodhallen an indoor Food Market!

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1.) Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters

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The day begins with a high quality cappuccino at Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters, the ideal place to spot locals sipping their morning coffee.

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Named as the best coffee roasters in Amsterdam, this cafe is a must if you’re in need of a caffeine fix. My cappuccino was served beautifully, at a perfect temperature and tasted smooth, strong and well balanced. There are a bunch of stools and benches to sit on amongst the bags of coffee beans. The atmosphere is very chill with many interesting personas hanging around.

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A great spot to cozy up on your own is next to the window overlooking the canals and the pedestrians. If the place is crammed do try one of the benches outside or mix with the people  sitting down on the sidewalk with their cups on hand. The baked goodies are also delish, do try the banana bread and the croissants!

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Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters: Kinkerstraat 112, 1053 ED Amsterdam, info@lotsixtyonecoffee.com, follow them on Facebook and Instagram too!

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2.) Pllek 

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Pllek is a “wow spot” when you only want to go to one place, and stay there forever! To get there is already fun, take the free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to the NDSM wharf and you’re here in 15 minutes. The design is one of its best highlights! The exterior is made out of shipping containers in varied hues and the inside is open, airy and cute!

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Completed with tons of sand, beach chairs and picnic tables it’s ideal to have a drink in the sun, or lunch with friends till sunset. This place is so cool and bright. Large windows, great view and easy going vibes.

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We shared some of their tasty snacks and a couple of beers! Do try the Bitterballen, a dutch dish, Martha is crazy for! Every bite was delicious and so full of flavour. The service is quick and helpful and everything and everybody here feels very relaxed.

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You may need to come here twice because I bet this place will soon become one of your favourite spots while staying in Amsterdam.

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Pllek: TT Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands, tel: +31 20 290 0020, find Pllek on Facebook and Instagram too.

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3.) Keukenhof Gardens

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One of the reasons why I picked these exact days for my trip to Amsterdam were the blooming tulip fields! Keukenhof Gardens is only open during the months of March and May and if you are a nature lover, be sure to plan accordingly!

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The scenery is breathtaking, massive displays of tulips and other flowers all in one place. You have to know where to stop with the photos here! I took and embarrassing amount of flower pictures and unfortunately I can’t show you everything. You definitely have to visit one day!

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Do come early in the morning to enjoy the gardens quite empty. The place gets crammed with visitors during the midday so it becomes quite uncomfortable to stroll here with the crowds around.

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The pavilions are packed with masses of blooms and there are more than seven million flowers to admire. Take your time and be prepared for long walks inside Keukenhof.

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Ready for 2017? Get the info you need here: KeukenhofStationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse. Be sure to check their Facebook page for updates and their YouTube channel too!

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(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr)

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