Check-out the hotel room early in the morning. A city tax of EUR7.83 was needed to pay while checking out. We headed to Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre which cost us HKD1236/ night, which was kinda expensive for us! But we could do nothing as it was the cheapest available room in town which is located close to the train station. Of course, it was too early and we were only able to check our baggage at the concierge.
We then made our way to the main street for breakfast. We saw The Alley. It looked like a decent place and the price of English breakfast was extremely attractive. We decided to give it a try. We ordered 2 sets of English breakfast (EUR4.95/ each) and at the same time a cup of cappuccino (EUR4.5) and an apple juice (EUR3.5) and we found the drinks a bit over-priced. The food there was just soso. We would have found a better restaurant if we could.
Opening hours: Sun- Thur 0900- 0100, Fri- Sat 0900- 0300
Tel: +31 20 330 1602
Tel: +31 900 8411
Opening hours: Sun- Wed 0900- 1900, Thur- Sat 0900- 2000
Tel: +31 20 330 9395
Opening hours: Mon 1100- 1900, Tue- Wed 1000- 1900, Thur 1000- 2100, Fri- Sat 1000- 1900, Sun 1200- 1900
Opening hours: Tue- Sat 1100- 1900, Sun 1200- 1700
The only thing we could do was to take a photo with her statue.
Anne Frank Huis
Address: Prinsengracht 263-267, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Nov- Mar 0900- 1900 (uuntil 2100 on Saturdays), Apr- Oct 0900- 2200
Opening hour: Mon- Fri 1700- 0000, Sat- Sun 1200- 0000
Doesn't matter. A little obstacles wouldn't set us back. We had taken a long way to Jacketz. It is well-known for baked potatoes. The food here was wonderful. All we did was to get our choice of fillings for an enormous baked potato, with options that range from vegan, to vegetarian, to meat lovers. We had a whole Jacketz with chicken, cheese, bacon and garlic to share. (EUR10.05) The potatoes were served hot and perfectly mashed inside. It was truly an excellent stop to fill us up!
Opening hours: Sun- Thur 1200- 2200, Fri- Sat 1200- 2300
Got recharged and headed to Rijksmuseum. We never felt bored walking in the street instead of taking transport. Seemed like there were always surprises around.
Unlike other tourists, we skipped the most common attractions like Rijksmuseum (EUR17.5) and Van Gogh Museum (EUR17) due to the expensive price and limited time. We came all the way just because of the I amsterdam blocks. Anyway, still had a need to take photos in front of these two important attractions.
No matter which angle we took the photos, there were heaps of people climbing up and down.
Finally we made it to House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience. (EUR14.5/ person, Silver tickets with Holland Pass) This place was so much fun! We first saw a large display of Bols and read some history about it.
It was an incredible experience from the moment we walked in to the perfume-liked bar. It was very interesting to learn about how the different flavours were procured and how the smells connected to the flavours. My favorite part of this tour was sniffing the various liquors.
Some videos, photos and certificates letting us know more about Bols in between.
The tour ends at a bar, where we stopped at a computer kiosk and determined the kinds of cocktail we like, and got suggestions with a print-out recipe of the cocktail. The bartender made them for us. The tickets also included two complimentary shots. But we had forgotten our favourite flavours we smelled at the beginning of the tour, so we just asked for the bartender's recommendations.
The little gift shop after the tour offers a variety of Bols products. Good for cocktail lovers but not for us.
House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience
Address: Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1071 CZ Amsterdam
Tel:+31 20 570 8575
Opening hours: Sun- Thur 1200- 1830, Fri 1200- 2200, Sat 1200- 2000
After the tour, we decided to take a look at the I amsterdam blocks again. We were so lucky that the crowd disappeared at night and we were able to take a few photos with the signature blocks!
The ice rink opposite it looked stunning with different colours changing from time to time.
On our way back to the city centre. Another kind of beauty in Amsterdam.
Dropped by Pizzeria Steakhouse Amsterdam for dinner. We ordered a pizza, chicken skewers with fries, an ice tea and a bottle of beer. (EUR27.9) It was reasonably priced and the food was fine. However, as the restaurant was too busy, the staff seemed impatient and everything was in a rush. If you wanna enjoy a cozy dinner where enables you to chat and stay for longer, this probably is not a good option. Otherwise, everything is fine.
Pizzeria Steakhouse Amsterdam
Address: Damstraat 9, 1012 JL Amsterdam
Opening hours: 1200- 0000
Went for a walk after dinner. We made good use of our last night in Amsterdam exploring De Wallen again. I just couldn't keep my eyes off the beautiful prostitutes in those little houses.
Back to the hotel and finally could enjoy the most expensive stay in this trip! The room was big enough to accommodate 3 people. There was a bath tub and we both thought that taking a bath was a must to relax ourselves from walking too much for almost a week.
Total expenses for 2 =HKD1236 +EUR99.23
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre HKD1236
Breakfast @The Alley EUR17.9
Cheese Inn EUR28.8
Tea @Vegabond Cafe EUR6.75
Anne Frank Huis /
Lunch @Jacketz EUR10.05
Van Gogh Museum /
House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience /
Dinner @Pizzeria Steakhouse Amsterdam EUR27.9
De Wallen (Red Light District) /