Amsterdam: The Hotlist

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Yes you read that right: another week, another city. Amsterdam has been on and off my list of places to visit for quite some time. It's appeal to travellers is timeless but with the small city seeing such a boom in visitors, it can get a little claustrophobic on the canals. Swarms of people aside, the city itself is vibrant; cultured and ultra laidback: perfect if you're looking for somewhere to recharge your batteries. 

As Amsterdam is packed with things to do as a tourist, I thought I'd provide you with a hotlist if you will. These are places that I felt were either worth the money or were essential to anyone undertaking their first trip to the 'dam. 

If you're a Heineken fan like me, it goes without saying that you need to visit the cities Heineken Experience. From learning how to pour the perfect pint, to the history of the brand, you'll learn it all. And the best bit: a couple of cold ones are thrown into the ticket price too. I had the most amazing time the afternoon that I took my tour, and I'll carry some of the funnier memories for life. For €18 you would be a fool to miss out; grab your tickets here. Also is it just me or is this bottle wall home decor goals? I'm here for it personally. 

Amsterdam isn't short of museums but I'd happily recommend passing on Rembrandt and heading straight to the Moco Museum (the others are but a hop, skip and jump away if you are deeply into your art though). The Moco Museum is home to more modern masters of art; namely Banksy and Roy Lichtenstein (hello pop art). Both exhibitions are completely brilliant and while it may be small in size, it's easy to spend a good three or four hours marvelling at the works. Highlights include Banksy's 'Morons' and Roy's 'Crying Girl'. Truly brilliant and admission is just €12.50: bargain. 

After all the sight seeing stops, you're going to need a pit stop for lunch. While you will never be short of places to eat in Amsterdam, not all restaurants are created equal. Of all the places we were able to eat during our trip, one really stood out: Sir Hummus. It's inexpensive; totally delicious and has the homeliest vibes. If you're a hummus fan, be sure to head to one of their locations when you're visiting. For around €10 you'll be treated to a giant bowl of hummus; four delicious flatbreads and there are plenty of optional extras too. Winning. The tripadvisor reviews are to be believed for this one. Run, don't walk. And also be expected to either wait or share a table: hi new hummus friends! 

No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a trip to the A'DAM Lookout. For sweeping views of the city and a sensationally scary swing, head here while the sun's out. Ticket prices vary according to what you fancy, but a basic ticket and a trip on the swing will set you back €17.50 per person. The lookout deck is perfection on a sunny day. Kick back on a bean bag and watch the world pass by right before your eyes. If you fancy being more proactive, there are plenty of lookout points as well as a lovely red horse who's missing his rider. If photo opportunities still aren't doing it for you, take the plunge and have a go of the scariest swing I've been on in my life. If you're afraid of heights; maybe stay away. Otherwise it's an exhilarating way to see the city: and the streets directly below. 

If you want to take your visit up a notch, there are also ticket options that include drinks and dinner. Perfect for a special occasion. 

Till next time Amsterdam!

Gratuitous I know but I still can't get over this horse that was tucked away on the A'DAM Tower. Cool huh? I've called him Bullseye. 

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