Friday, 28 August 2015


This summer I was busy working at a great summer camp in Belgium, and on the way back myself and a few friends stopped by my favourite European city - Amsterdam! We stayed at the Hotel Van Gogh - a modern, clean hostel and hotel with a great location in the centre of Amsterdam. This was my second time staying here and it was just as good as the first.

As a gluten-free eater (I'm a coeliac, not a faddy dieter) I can highly recommend two amazing places to eat at:

1. The first is a tiny pancake cafe along the famous Nine Streets (De 9 Straatjes) called Pancakes! Amsterdam who do a range of gluten-free savoury or sweet pancakes alongside their normal menu. I opted for a paprika, mushrooms, cheese and bacon pancake, washed down with a bottle of fresh lemon and mint juice. Other topping options were strawberries, chocolate or lemon drizzle sauce, to name just a few. 


2. Bagels and Beans is a great place to go for lunch. I tucked into a gluten-free bagel with smoked chicken, rocket, hummus and sunflower seeds topped with a pot of mango chutney and a glass of strawberry juice - yum! They have an allergens booklet which was really handy for knowing what I could and couldn't eat, and we were able to sit outside along the river, enjoying the view and feeling the buzz from the nearby busy streets.

When we weren't stuffing our faces, we were lying in the sun in the beautiful Vondelpark, checking out the pubs and bars along the main street and browsing the many wonderful shops on Nine Streets.

Episode is a quirky vintage clothes shop with four stores in The Netherlands and more in Brussels, Copenhagen, Paris and Antwerpen. Definitely worth a visit for both male and females as they have a tonne of oversized jackets, cosy jumpers, denim, colourful shorts and shirts, cute dresses/ pinafores and much more!

Shopping in Amsterdam has something for everyone; whether it's clothing, art, jewellery, designer labels, tasty food or just a relaxed browse along the numerous canal streets. The city is bright, colourful and clean and the people are really friendly (plus most of them speak perfect English!) They have daily walking tours throughout the city, street performances and art exhibitions - the city really is a hub of energy and excitement!

Farewell for now Amsterdam, but I hope to see you again soon!

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