Amsterdam is a city I feel very at home in, there aren't many I can say that about but there's just something about those quaint canals lined with beautiful town houses and the creativity that oozes from the city that I just love.
I've visited a number of times and this is a post highlighting my absolute favourite parts of the city.
From London it's a 45 minute flight over to Amsterdam, you can usually get flights for under £100 return, so be sure to check out Skyscanner to find the best deals for getting over there.
If you're travelling throughout Europe then Amsterdam is also very accessible via train and a popular destination for Inter-railers.
What to do
As I'm a little bit of a history geek you absolutely must visit the Anne Frank Museum, even if you've never studied the Second World War or read the book, it's such an amazing place to see.
While you're visiting the Anne Frank Museum you'll be in Jordaan, my favourite area in the whole city. The part of the city which feels the most magical and the most beautiful part in my opinion. You'll wander along the canals lined with exquisite town houses and pass Tumblr worthy coffee shops that are so exquisitely hipster you'll wish you were cool enough to start one yourself. Or maybe that's just me.
If you want to visit the 'I am sterdam' sign then you'll find the most popular one by the Museum Square. Usually adorned with all manner of tourists trying to get their unique take on capturing the infamous letters.
Make sure you check out the Red Light District, it's completely bizarre, sad and equally fascinating. It's quite disturbing seeing all these women lined up in windows on display but I think it's really important to see, especially if you're a girl.
Renting bikes is obviously a must! It's the easiest and quickest way to get around the city. There's plenty of places around that you can hire them from so it's super easy and relatively cheap too.
If you want a good coffee shop then try Barney's in Jordaan, it's one of the least seedy in the city and they also have a burger joint and bar over the road if you're feeling peckish!
My favourite restaurant in the city is called Spaghetteria, the pasta is delicious it's freshly made and the interior is really cool as well. You can either eat outside or dine on the long wooden table inside which is completed by the low hanging lights and candles that line it. They have a choice of about 8 dishes all served with a freshly baked bun, their wine list is also great. The perfect place for a little indulgence. You'll find it in the Oud-West district of Manhattan.
If you're visiting during the summer months, make a trip to Marqt (there's a number around the city) and pick yourself up a little picnic then cycle to Vondelpark and find a nice little spot to enjoy it in the sunshine.
The Butcher is a little burger joint that from the exterior is fairly unassuming however once inside you'll have one of the best burgers you've ever eaten, there's also a secret hidden bar and club through a concealed door at the back!