Amsterdam turned out to be a very busy city break with only two and half days to fit everything in but the trip was still full of drinking, shopping and exploring the city. On Friday evening when we arrived, all of the hen’s got ready for dinner at Café de Paris in the centre of Amsterdam. I found this restaurant on Instagram just before going and it’s safe to say the experience lived up to the Instagram feed. It had a buzzing atmosphere at the bar (separate to the restaurant) and the outside terrace was perfect in 26 degrees! After dinner, we headed back to the hotel, The Double Tree Hilton (we stayed here for one night) and went straight to the Sky Lounge on the roof. This has to be one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been in. There was a large terrace almost like a garden with an outdoor bar, which looked over the city lights. As I’ve never been to Amsterdam before, I didn't put much thought into what the nightlife and the music would be like soI was pleasantly surprised by the RnB music almost everywhere and how modern the bars and clubs are, everything is done on a bigger scale to Glasgow. It was quite like London but more chilled out!
It was a forced start on Saturday after all of the prosecco from the night before but we pushed through. We started with brunch at Metropolitain, which was amazzzing. I had their Instagram famous crepes with fresh grapefruit juice. If you haven’t seen my picture of the crepes, check it out here, to good to miss! It was time to explore with my sister Alana and blogger bestie Monique (@fashionbymnp). Our first stop was de Bijenkorf the department store. This reminded me of la Rinascente in Milan. Charlotte Tilbury make-up has been on my radar for a while now. I've seen beauty bloggers raving about her products, in particular the 'Magic Foundation'. However, with no store in Glasgow I had been reluctant to buy it without being colour-matched and testing it out first. So I was so pleased to find a massive Charlotte Tilbury counter in this department store which led to me purchasing the Magic Foundation (colour 4 - fair) and also a matte lipstick in colour Sexy Siena. Success!
The city was so picturesque, I was in blogger heaven! I loved how crammed and busy everything was and not to mention there were bikes EVERYWHERE! All the streets and buildings were so unique every time you crossed a different canal. I was amazed at how small the restaurants and shops looked from the outside but how spacious they were inside, it was a crazy illusion! In the afternoon, a group prosecco cycle was organised which was hilarious and one of my favourite parts of the trip. If you don’t understand what this is, click here to see a picture! Cycling and drinking at the same time was surprisingly hard but if you are going to Amsterdam in a big group I would definitely recommend this - Red light, drink to the bride!
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