What an enchanting city. Filled with canals, flowers, gorgeous architecture, bicycles, houseboats, and friendly people, Amsterdam completely stole my heart. I was fortunate to tag along on my husband’s research trip and got to spend a week in this lovely city. We stayed in the cutest Airbnb and loved how walkable everything was. I had heard ahead of time that De Kas Restaurant was a must, and it ended up being one of my favorite moments of the trip. Housed in a greenhouse, De Kas grows all of their own organic vegetables and herbs on site and has a fixed menu that changes daily depending on the harvest. Hands down, it was one of the best meals I've ever had and was the coolest space for a modern restaurant with rich urban history.
Our other highlights (and things I recommend for anyone traveling there) were the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt's House, Anne Frank House, Fotografiemuseum (FOAM), a dinner cruise on the canals, the floating flower market (Bloemenmarkt), and a day trip outside the city. We decided to take the train south to Den Haag to find windmills and visit the Mauritshuis Museum (home of the Girl with a Pearl Earring). I'm already thinking about our next trip there to catch the flower fields blooming in the spring!