The Itinerary – Amsterdam

The Itinerary: Amsterdam 2

Amsterdam is a city that is full of little luxuries that once in a while, you should let yourself indulge in. Wander through the charming canaled streets, relish in the exquisite food options or rejoice in their relaxed drug laws.

9am – Stay at Pulitzer Amsterdam

The Pulitzer Amsterdam is made up of 25 restored 17th and 18th century canal houses and is located within the charming Nine Streets area, along the Amsterdam Canal Belt, a UNESCO Heritage site.

The first five star hotel in Amsterdam, The Pulitzer continues to pave the way with their wonderful hospitality and attentive staff, and most recent and biggest renovation in its history. It is the perfect marriage of classic design consisting of oil paintings and neo-classical architecture, with contemporary pieces such as jewel-coloured velvet armchairs and glass corridors.

Each room has its own personality with the same element of comforts and luxuries throughout. A sumptuous white marble bathroom, amber velvet chairs, as well as quirky little finishes, such as a bicycle hanging under the wooden beams, to remind you that you are in Amsterdam. For a truly unforgettable stay, opt for a room with views of the amorous canals.

Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

09:30am – Breakfast at Pause

Start your day in the incandescent, contemporary restaurant, Pause. Full of natural light with beautiful windowed ceilings and extensive windows, that look out onto the perfectly manicured terrace, which also has seating and is idyllic when the sun is out.

Inside, the black marble tables, paired with emerald velvet chairs create an opulent setting like no other. Outside, the terrace offers views of nearby canal houses; combined with the comfort of wicker furniture and white-cushioned settees and armchairs, it is ideal for lounging with a book.

Pick one of their fresh homemade pastries at their white marbled bar, presented in a gilt and glass box; it is perfect with their delicious hot chocolate or one of their aromatic teas.

Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Itinerary: Amsterdam

11am – Van Gogh Museum

Lauded for being one of the culminating cultural hubs of Europe, Amsterdam has a thriving art scene. One must visit the works of one of the most influential figures in the history of western art, Vincent van Gogh.

The Van Gogh Museum is located in Museum Square, close to Rijksmuseum, a national museum dedicated to arts and history, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam’s iconic royal concert hall and Stedelijk Museum for contemporary art.

The museum houses some of his most exemplary pieces, including the Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows and a few of his iconic portraits.

It is such an incredible honour to see Van Gogh’s work with the naked eye; it is a moment that brings history and the present together.

1:30pm – Lunch at Restaurant Jansz

The Restaurant Jansz is an understated upscale all-day eaterie. The dark, muted tones in one end of the restaurant is reminiscent of antiquated luxury, while the grand windows festooned with pastel pink curtains, brings in floods of natural light, paired with white walls, adds a more contemporary touch.

The menu offers classic choices such as a Niçoise Salad, Club Sandwich and Classic Cheeseburger, but the food is beautifully crafted and respects the simplicity of quality ingredients.

Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

5pm – Pulitzer’s Classic Hotel Boat Ride

Experiencing this incredible city from the water is a must and there is no better way, than on Pulitzer’s classic salon boat. The vessel itself is decadent and dates back to over a century, being built in 1909 and includes guests such as Winston Churchill.

The exterior is painted a classic white and made up of luxurious oak wood while the interior includes polished teak and brass, traditional carpeting, marble, leather and beveled glass.

Enjoy a glass of champagne and learn about the city’s incredible history as you bob along the 165 man-made canals and discover the best sites that Amsterdam has to offer as the sun begins to set.

Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Itinerary: Amsterdam

6:30pm – Drinks at Pulitzer’s Bar

The Pulitzer’s Bar is a beautiful haven from the hustle and bustle of the city. Decadent dark green walls, velvet sofas and leather stools, with the sound of 70’s funk quietly booming, creates an intimate space to enjoy for hours.

The Gatsby themed drinks match the exquisitely crafted art deco inspired bar. The ‘Daisy’ is embellished with the Jay Gatsby emblem on the drink and the ‘Oxford Lady’ is served in a teacup.

The perfect way to start the evening.

Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

8pm – Dinner at the Brasserie & Lounge

For dinner, head to the Brasserie & Lounge at the palatial Conservatorium Hotel. The restaurant is a contemporary masterpiece; exposed bricks with arches throughout, onyx steel beams going across the grandiose room, perfectly preened shrubs in the centre and a brilliant glass display of fine china.

The Brasserie comprises an extensive wine list and is the only restaurant in Amsterdam to offer Dom Pérignon by the glass. For non-alcoholic drinkers, the fresh juices are a great refreshing choice.

The food is exquisite and the service equally matched. Adrian, the waiter, went above and beyond to accommodate our needs. To start, we recommend the Yellowfin Tuna, it was served with almonds and mint oil, so light and delicious. The Weiderund Tomahawk was both tender and juicy, a great pairing with fries and courgettine.

Even with the restaurant at full capacity, Adrian took our special request and fancy for a dessert with white chocolate and made it happen. The chef brought out a dish with fresh, redcurrant, blueberries and raspberries in a glistening white chocolate sauce. Dinners simply do not get better than this.

Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam

11pm – Boerejongens Coffeeshop

End the night on a high and visit one of the most superlative coffee shops in Amsterdam, Boerejongens. The coffee shop prides themselves on offering the very best quality products, customer service and product knowledge.

This is evident as soon as you walk into the shop. The beautiful mahogany finishes, marble countertops and glass cabinets displaying the herbal products create a luxurious environment. The tan leather armchairs are comfortable, making you feel at home and relaxed.

It is the perfect destination to light up a joint and continue your conversation from dinner.

Utrechtsestraat 21, 1017 VH Amsterdam, Netherlands