Europe

Chocolate Bar

Fondue

Restaurant and Bar in Amsterdam Zuid


Chocolate Bar is a restaurant and bar located just off of the Albert Cuyp Market in the De Pijp. With a wide variety of food and drinks, it is the perfect place to get lunch, dinner or a late night snack. If the weather is nice, grab a table outside and dine al fresco.… Continue Reading →

Poptasi Pastry – Dangerously Delicious Macarons

Poptasi Macarons

Do you want to know a secret?

I LOVE macarons. Okay, that’s not much of a secret. Everybody with tastebuds and a heart loves macarons. Those little buggers are tasty! And, gluten free – which totally blew my mind, because I just automatically assume that everything gluten free is kind of…bland.… Continue Reading →

The Lake District

Derwentwater

Romantic Scenery and Charming Vistas

“The earth was all before me. With a heart
Joyous, nor scared at its own liberty,
I look about; and should the chosen guide
Be nothing better than a wandering cloud,
I cannot miss my way.”

— William Wordsworth, The Prelude

The beauty of England’s Lake District has inspired artists and poets since the beginning of time, and it has been a favorite destination of romantics for centuries.… Continue Reading →

De Stadskantine

Breakfast at de Stadskantine

Coffee and Croissants, Beer and Broodjes in Amsterdam


You know the type of food you want, but you can’t put it to words. You don’t want fast food, nor do you want to go to a restaurant and sit down. Cafes are for lingering; you just want a quick bite to eat and maybe a beverage to wash it all down.… Continue Reading →

Albert Cuypmarket

Artichokes at Albert Cuypmarket

The Largest Outdoor Market in the Netherlands


In 1905, in an attempt to organize the chaos of street vendors that had flooded to the streets of the city’s newest neighborhood, the Amsterdam city government created an open air market along Albert Cuypstraat in De Pijp. At first, the market was just open on Saturday, but in 1912, the hours expanded to the current six days a week.… Continue Reading →

Spaghetteria

Perfect Pasta at Spaghetteria, Amsterdam

Sublime Italian Restaurant in Amsterdam Zuid


You know the saying, “If you only have one thing on the menu, you better do it right.” Well,  from this cozy single room restaurant comes some of the best Italian food found outside of Italy. At Spaghetteria, the pasta is handmade each day from organic wheat straight from Italy.… Continue Reading →

De Prael Brewery

Bottles of Beer at De Prael Brewery

Craft Beer in Amsterdam’s Red Light District


So you thought there was nothing that would interest you in Amsterdam’s Red Light District? Think again. Yes, the oldest part of the city is famously home to the oldest profession, but it is also home to De Prael Brewery. Located in a former auction house and wheelwright shop on the Prinsengracht Canal, De Prael turns out craft beer that is available throughout Amsterdam and the Netherlands and also in their tasting room.… Continue Reading →

Brouwerij ‘t Ij

Brouwerij't IJ - Brewery in Amsterdam

Brewery and Tasting Room in Amsterdam


Looking for a great beer in Amsterdam? Then look underneath the windmill. Brouwerij t’Ij is located east of the canal ring and Centraal station near the docks. The brewery was originally located on the Ij River, but in 1985 it moved to a former public bathhouse adjacent to a giant wooden windmill.… Continue Reading →

Arend’s Nest

Beer Choices at Biercafe t'Arendsnest

Amsterdam’s All Dutch Beer Bar

When people think of Dutch beer, most will think of Heineken.  Their commitment to quality and decades of relentless advertising give it well-deserved popularity. A few people with a fuzzy knowledge of history and geography will think of “the beer brewed by monks.” But the Netherlands is home to more than 50 breweries (none of them Belgian btw, and all but one not Heineken) and hundreds of beers.… Continue Reading →

Amsterdam Photo Gallery

Amsterdam in Fall at Dusk Don't have time for a vacation? Live vicariously through our photos of this lovely city.