Jules Jessurun Shares Insider Secrets of Amsterdam for Expo Printing Co.
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When in Amsterdam don’t forget to take the ferry to the NDSM Werf, it’s free and you’ll get a great view of the Amsterdam waterfront. And if you’re willing to spend a couple of bucks, walking from NDSM Werf to Café Noorderlicht is definitely worth it too. You’ll sit in a relaxed environment while watching the ships go by.
What’s your favorite restaurant here? What’s so special about it?
If you’re into high quality food and willing to spend quite a lot of money, dining on top of the Okura Hotel in Restaurant Ciel Blue is definitely great. You’ll have a great view of Amsterdam and excellent food. Equally great and expensive is restaurant &Samhoud Places. The chef seems to be inspired by the amazing creations that were served at famous Spanish restaurant El Bulli without being a copycat. Surprising and delicious. A little more low-key? Restaurant Bazar is located in an old church, has a nice middle eastern vibe and is a great place for couscous or a date cheesecake. Even less money to spend? The Amsterdam burger market is booming lately. Burgermeester serves the most creative burgers and for vegetarians their goat cheese burger is to die for. Other good burger places include Thrill Grill, The Butcher, Geflipt and The Burger Bar.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a warm Sunday morning in this city?
Getting lost in the absolutely adorable little maze in Amstel Park, then cycle to one of the many Albert Heijn supermarkets, pick up some prosecco and bites and chill in the Vondelpark. Mind you: it can be very busy in this park in summer so make sure to clean up your mess to keep the locals happy.
What were some of the hidden gems in that city? Why?
A hidden gem is Begijnhof, a hidden courtyard in the middle of the city with one of Amsterdam’s oldest houses. Another great hidden gem is Museum van Loon. It’s an old Dutch canal house that really gives you a great idea of how the rich Dutch merchants were living.
Anything else you want to add?
When in Amsterdam, do as locals do. Don’t rent a car, but rent a bike. You’ll be able to navigate through the city much faster. And if you have a day to spare, travel to Utrecht by train. It’s only a twenty minute train ride and the canals are possibly even cuter than the ones in Amsterdam.
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