The perfect 48 hours in Amsterdam by Michael Wigman

Day 1

What is a better way to start the day than with breakfast at Moak Pancakes? And if you’re a not really a breakfast person, crab a coffee at Koffiespot at the Elandsgracht.

Nothing is more Dutch than cycling, so get on your bike and cycle along the shops and maybe stop by one of my favourite shops: Hutspot, Samsoe & Samsoe, X Bank, Baskets. When you are tired of cycling, have some food and drinks at De Leeuw Zuren, The Cow Project, Ebbe Groenten, Vindict, Ton Overmars or De Logie!

There’s no better way to get to know Amsterdam than by boat. Have a boat tour with Nico and get lunch at Bar Brasserie OCCO to eat on the boot. When you set foot on the ground again, go to Foam and continue with an art gallery tour. After, get on your bike again and cycle to the Foodhallen for some late afternoon drinks and local delicacies and end the evening with dinner at Scheepskameel, Kien, Kaagman&Kortekaas or Gebr. Hartering. If you don’t want the night to be over yet, have some late-night drinks at Club NL or Paradiso!

Day 2

Again, start your day with some good breakfast at Berry. If you need a coffee after yesterday’s late-night, I would recommend Lot 61.

Bike through the city to explore the small streets, take a break at one of the benches on the canal side and see the boats go by. Got hungry? Have an early lunch at New King, an authentic Chinese restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam. To make the day complete, visit a match from Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena. The stadium is best reached via public transport.

Today we dine at Par Hasard, where everything is possible. From fries with mayonnaise at the bar to a 4-course dinner with the most delicious wines. And if you are looking for the perfect brown bar to end the evening, look no further. Let’s go to Café de Doffer in the Runstraat and when the lights in the pub turn on, it is time to go home.