Amsterdam Travel Tips

June 26, 2018

Travel should be fun too!  This isn’t a travel blog, but I got feedback from a few readers that they would really appreciate some Amsterdam travel tips. Here you go, dear readers … enjoy!

Tips for Fashionistas

The best shopping  is in “The Nine Streets” (De Negen Straatjes) area.  This is where you’ll find cool little boutiques and also where you’ll see the best street style!

Amsterdam shopping areas


If you’re going to the fashion district for the designer shops, be warned that some shops only let you in by appointment.

And be sure to check out the fabulous bags and shoes at Hester Van Eeghen.

The Architecture

One on the my favorite parts of the trip was just admiring the gorgeous old buildings and canals.  They’ll take your breath away!

Amsterdam travel


Tips for Coffee Lovers

Coffee shops are not for coffee!   Cafes sometimes have coffee and sometimes a cafe is really just a bar. And if you ask for “regular coffee,” you’ll probably get espresso.  Very few cafes have iced coffee drinks, so don’t judge us too harshly for visiting the local Starbucks a couple of times.


Tips for Getting Around

Stay out of the bike lanes. They take their biking very seriously in Amsterdam and cars and pedestrians come in a distant second place!  Only bike yourself if you are a confident bike rider … no mercy and no slow lanes available.  The local tram is easy to use and inexpensive. I couldn’t get my Uber app to work in Amsterdam, but I’ve heard of other tourists using it, so why I couldn’t is still a mystery.  Walking is always a great way to get around and will burn off any extra vacation calories! Speaking of ….


Tips for Eating

Maybe it’s just me, but the traditional dutch food seemed pretty bland.  I was all about the apple pie and the bread though!  Also be sure to try some Italian food while you’re there, but pass on the Mexican food. (Of course we might just be spoiled in California with amazing Mexican food.)

Tips for Art Lovers

Explore the art and life of  Vincent Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum. Be sure to check out the museum shop for great gifts, like a silk scarf of a Van Gogh print and funky tees.  At the Rijksmuseum, you have to see the Rembrants and the Vermeers, of course, but also don’t miss the doll houses! By the way, no taking pictures of the Van Goghs, but at Rijksmueum you can take pics of everything. Anyone know why?

Outside of Amsterdam

If you get a chance, get out of Amsterdam and check out the charming and quaint villages in the countryside!

And last and least …

Tips for Gum Chewers

They don’t sell gum at the airport in Amsterdam AT ALL!  If you like to have gum on the plane, bring it with you.  And if you like a particular brand of gum, bring it from home.

Okay Dolls, there are my very random list of tips for a trip to Amsterdam!  If you have any particular questions about anything, feel free to ask in the comments and/or email me at  Also, want to know what to wear?  Be sure to check out my packing list AND how it all worked out!


Fun & Fashion

Dawn Lucy


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  • Reply Jodie June 26, 2018 at 11:16 am

    How interesting about the gum….maybe that’s a good thing??
    And that architecture… amazing!!

  • Reply Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies June 27, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for this – I’m off there soon and it’s got me so excited to see all that architecture and canals! xx

  • Reply jacqui June 28, 2018 at 12:23 am

    I’ve never been here, but maybe should add it to my bucket list! Thanks for sharing Jill x Jacqui Mummabstylish Please do join the #chicandstylish #linkup that’s live today and every Thursday.

  • Reply Maureen June 28, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Good tips and advice! Always fun to read other people’s experience and perspective. I have never been to Amsterdam but I also love to admire beautiful architecture and it sounds like Amsterdam is a place to see some! Love those canals too. Pretty spectacular if you ask me! I still love your colorful sweater. From the day I saw it on Instagram to seeing it again today – it’s very pretty and I love it!

    Maureen |

  • Reply Ruth June 28, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I really love the architecture of the buildings in Amsterdam. I hope one day to be able to go visit over there. Your sweater is so bright and fun and I love how you matched your slides to it!

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