Last time I was in Amsterdam I was 2 years old – and let’s face it, that doesn’t really count. So it’s no surprise I had to go back to check it out for myself. We packed a bag, called up a few of our friends and met up at a place so pretty, it’s almost compensating the dreadful European weather – here I go praising the Middle Eastern eternal summer again.
But I must admit, as a Hungarian living in Tel Aviv for years it’s nice to fly back sometimes to the Old Continent. Especially when Christmas is in the air, and good food, wonderful friends, and the Queen of Pop, Madonna are involved…
And now, don’t just stand there, let’s get to it – here are my tips for Amsterdam visitors. First of all: don’t stress over not going to all the monuments and museums. Sure it’s important what went down in history, but what’s even more important, is to get high on life.
1. Fight the freez with a brand new hat
Hats are so underrated – yet the frisky European weather is literally calling for it. This one was only 10 Euros in a souvenir shop – I was planning on getting a fancier one, but as a vegan I don’t wear anything made of wool.
2. Visit the most iconic coffee shop, Green House.
Amterdam’s most famous coffee shop is a cultural buzz and a great place to chill – ask the shop assistant which buds are recommended for your mood. You’ll find everything from mild chatty to hardcore trippy stuff.
3. Celebrate life with a drink (or two)
Nothing to do between dinner time and party time? That’s why cocktail hours were invented. Go with a heartwarming red, or check out the city’s many magnificent bars and order yourself a classic – I always stick with my Cosmo.
Have a lunch at Amsterdam’s coolest community kitchen where you pay as much as you like, and eat as best as you can.
5. Walk around without knowing where you’re heading to
The best thing about being in Amsterdam is that it’s impossible to go wrong: the whole city seems like a museum of all the beauty in the world. So instead of stressing over directions, just open your eyes.
6. Let’em eat cake!
The best place for brunch or just a vegan muffin is Bakers and Roasters – a café where you can get delicious dishes with mouthwatering cocktails on the side.
How about some lime pie, all raw, all vegan – highly recommended at Zest, Amsterdam’s number 1 raw restaurant.
7. Try vegan
Wherever we walked around, we always found easy vegan food – the cafés sell soy and almond milk lattes, veggie breakfasts are optional nearly everywhere, we even found a vegan friendly pancake spot, and an Italian slow food restaurant, Pazzi, serving to-die-for vegan pizza.
My favorite dinner of course was the one I could easily get back at home: Middle Eastern with a twist at Manamana, a creative, fun, and so-worth-to-visit Israeli restaurant.
+1. Live, love, laugh!
Even if you don’t go out clubbing, bring your own party everywhere you go – Bitch, you are in Amsterdam! My husband – who I prefer to call “The Matan” – and I had an incredible time with precious old and beautiful new friends. But the highlight was clearly Madonna’s bad ass show, part of the ongoing Rebel Heart Tour.
From next week I’m back in Tel Aviv, so expect some good old White City fun. Meanwhile stay gorgeous, and follow me on Instagram as @whitecityboy