Think European mini-breaks are only for the child-free? What if you could squeeze everything you want: sightseeing, shopping, sex – into 24 hours? Take Amsterdam where we went last month. By the time the kids were having breakfast at home with their grandparents, we were checking into our cool, canalside hotel The Hoxton.
Our 24 hour trip made us realise we should do it more often – the micro-break, not the sex! (Although…) Here’s how we explored this stylish Scandi city in one day:
am-lunch-pm in amsterdam
Cycling is the best way to see the city, but we’re lazy – plus it was raining. Instead, we bought a nutella latte to go (yum!) and stumbled across Van Stapele a cute, cosy artisan cookie shop the serve the best cookies I’ve ever tasted. Find out more about it here.
Then we wandered along the picturesque canals to the floating flower market before a mid-morning a culture fix at Stedelkjik, Amsterdam’s Museum of Modern Art.
We lunched at PressRoom at the INK hotel – a 1950s restaurant housed on the site of an original old newsroom and that serves fresh, simple food.
Early start + big lunch = tired, so we headed back to the hotel (if you’ve only got 24 parenting-free hours you’ve got to spend some of it snoozing, right?).
Post-nap it was time for some shopping. The Negen Straatjes – “nine streets” – is a charming shopping district bursting with boutiques and bookshops. Amsterdam’s cool concept stores like Circle of Trust are a must-visit too. I also had to visit the Zoe Karssen store to keep Ashling happy (it’s one of her favourite labels!)
We dined in the Lottie’s, The Hoxton’s restaurant owned by Soho House. The food didn’t disappoint – my heritage tomato starter was absolutely delicious and for late night drinks we swung by cosy cocktail bar Tales and Spirits. I had the Mary Poppins (made from gin, rhubarb cordial, fresh lemon juice, egg white and peychaud’s bitters) which came with a lollipop – delicious! Then it was back to the hotel for some… sleep!