Friday, 1 November 2013

Frugal City Guide: Amsterdam

Back in April, I went to Amsterdam for Red Magazine and the piece is out in this month's November issue. I was only there for 1 night so my knowldege is limited but I thought I'd share just a few of the best places to go to make the most of your time there without breaking the bank.

The Rijksmuseum

The world famous museum has re-opened after a 10 year refurbishment. And is more resplendent than ever (loving the Farrow & Ball tone walls!). Home to the much loved 'Night Watch' by Rembrandt, I personally love the Vermeer paintings.

Anne Frankhuis
Obviously this is on most people's To Do list, but make sure you actually get in by booking tickets in advance. There is pretty much always a queue (even off season) and by booking tickets, you could save yourself valuable time.

It's always worth going to this, if only for some beautiful instagram shots! The market is on the canals and it is amazing to see how much different variations of tulips there are, and it's not only open at the crack of dawn - it's open 9am-5:30pm.

Not at all touristy but if you manage to get an hour to pop into Amsterdam's equivalent of Wilkinson (but way more chic), then you must! Great homewares, beauty products, accessories and fab stationery, I dare you not to come back with a few bits. See my last post on Hema here.

You can purchase these cards for 24, 48 or 72 hours at a time and for an all-in fee you will gain free entry to museums, attractions and they can be used on public transport, too. If you're planning on a lot of sightseeing, this is a great idea.

Card for 24 hours is €42
Okay it's not exactly chic but it's fun and all part of the experience! If you haven't got much time to stop for lunch, grab a croquette from these 'vending machines' and carry on your way - and it won't set you back anymore than €1...

Finding good, reasonable restaurants is hard in Amsterdam. This one is both, and has a beautiful canalside location, too. Main courses will set you back around €20 each.

Rent A Bike
You can go pretty much anywhere for this and the roads are so set up for it, it's actually probably safer than walking! I used Mac Bike to get around the city and felt like a real local.


  1. A very insightful guide to Amsterdam. Thank you :-) Love the idea of the Dutch Wilkos!


    Sophie @ x

  2. Nice open restaurant plan.


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