A weekend in Amsterdam

If you’re looking for a gorgeous city break to spend an Autumn weekend, you have to consider Amsterdam. But really, what’s to consider? The food is amazing, the architecture is beyond stunning, the canals and boats are so charming, and did I mention the food? Top tip: don’t miss the freshly made stroopwafel.

We loved walking over Amsterdam’s bridges and admiring the boats and flowers everywhere. Just look at these canals.

So many of the houses are crooked because of the foundation sinking over the many years since being built. Charming, don’t you think?

We stayed in Hotel the Exchange, a pretty little hotel with an incredible central location – just a quick walk from the train station, and right across from the canal boat tours.

All the rooms are designed by recent graduates from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, and we loved the pink touches throughout this room. I brought my Tales of Thread pink pyjamas to match the room, and was quite the happy girl all weekend!


Love the details on these pyjamas. That tangerine piping! Tales of Thread works with female-owned/managed factories paying above-market wages and provide training for vulnerable women. Ethical fashion is something I really made a priority for 2017, and plan to continue in 2018.


We packed a lot into two short days (especially with two small children!), which meant a lot of walking and admiring the pretty Amsterdam houses in between eating. I even found a pink house!


We stumbled upon this adorable floor-to-ceiling pink shop. I wanted one of everything. So I did the only thing that can be done in these situations: walk away slowly and regret not buying just one single item to remember this precious shop. Next time!


We ate so many frites. So many waffles. So many stroopwafels. I don’t even remember much else, it’s all a haze of sugar and grease. I was SO happy.


Until next time, Amsterdam! Thanks for treating us so well! And thank you to Hotel the Exchange for having us, it was the loveliest weekend.


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