Spending Six Hours In Amsterdam (The Laid Back Version)

In January I got to spend another day in my favourite city, thanks to Mecca Bingo and P & O Ferries. The purpose of the trip was to experience the Bonkers Minicruise, and I’ve blogged about that seperately. That was the only thing I had to talk about, and so this post is not sponsored in any way (although a big thank you to Mecca and P & O as they’re the reason I got to have another day in Amsterdam) I’m always up for more time there as there’s still so much to do and see that I’ve not got around to yet, but this post is a snapshot of what I did when spending six hours in Amsterdam.

Brunch (1 hour)

Our very first stop, once we got of the coach, was to head for pancakes. I won’t talk too much about where we went because there’s an Amsterdam Food Diary post for you to read if you’re interested in that, but we spent about an hour having a lovely brunch and chatting to a couple on the next table about all things blogging and social media, which was a nice way to start the day.

Boat tour (1.5 hours)

I’ve never done a boat tour in Amsterdam and Louise told me it was a great way to see the city from a different angle, so we paid about ten euros and headed off. The tour was around an hour and a half, and we saw lots of Amsterdam that I’d not seen before as well as learning about the history of the city. The tour was pretty awesome, even though our driver (captain?) crashed into the last bridge. Whoops!

Lunch (20 minutes)

Obviously Amsterdam is a city with so much food so, although we’d not long had brunch, we wanted more. This time we went for noodles (again, all information is in the Amsterdam Food Diary linked above) and spent about twenty minutes having a rest while we decided what we wanted to do next.

Jordaan (1.5 hours)

The Jordaan area is one of the prettiest in the city, in my opinion, and we decided to have a little walk around. I was looking for a shop to buy an Amsterdam pin for Hayley, and I knew I also wanted a supermarket for Lays crisps, Milka chocolate and some Stroopwaffels, so we made sure to do this whilst walking. We also took plenty of photos and tried not to get run over by bikes-easier said than done, sometimes.

Cocktails (1 hour)

By this point we were pretty cold (January, after all, isn’t the ideal time to go somewhere when you’ll be outside all day) so we headed off for a cocktail and another rest. We spent about an hour doing this because we knew we didn’t have long before we went back to the coach, and we knew we were quite close to Centraal, where we would be meeting the coach.

Chips (10 minutes)

When in Amsterdam, always have chips. I had been craving my favourite chips and cheese sauce since I got the e-mail about the trip, so I knew I’d definitely be getting some at some point.

Chips and Cheese Sauce in Amsterdam

Red Light District (20 minutes)

We had a short walk through some of the Red Light District on our way back to the coach, stopping at Jammin for a cone full of sweets on the way. We did arrive back half an hour earlier than we needed to but I’d always rather do that than risk a very expensive taxi back to the port.

This post was very much a list of things to do when you just fancy a chilled day. If a rushing around, seeing lots of things day is more your style (its my usual style, too) then there’ll be a post coming up in April about seeing as many things as possible whilst spending six hours in Amsterdam.

Have you been to Amsterdam before?





  1. March 12, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    I had completely forgotten about the chips and sauce! LOL. We spent a fab weekend here B.C. Would love to return with the littles. So much to do and see.

  2. March 12, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    oh im loving those sweets! I can see me spending a long time in there and more than one cone later!

  3. March 13, 2018 / 12:54 am

    I feel like I am the only person who has never been to Amsterdam! I would love to go though. I can’t decide whether that would be with or without the children though! Two very different trips! x

  4. March 13, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    I haven’t been to Amsterdam but it is on my wish list. I reckon I could make my Husband book a flight just by showing him that pic of the sweetie wall!!!

  5. March 13, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    I loved our trip to Amsterdam many years ago, would love to go back. The boat trip sounds lovely – something I must try! x

  6. March 13, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Amsterdam is definitely on my list of places to go to, especially as I would love to go to the Anne Frank Museum, see all the street art and of course I am intrigued by the Red Light District. I would definitely love to have a read of your Amsterdam Food diary for sure though!

  7. March 13, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    Sounds like a fab day, I did a boat trip on our city break and I loved it. Get to see so much

  8. March 14, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Sounds like a lovely day with so much food! I would love to o visit Amsterdam, it seems like such an interesting city xx

  9. March 14, 2018 / 9:39 am

    wow that is super quick! I have never been but it looks like an experience even in 6 hours!

  10. March 15, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Now this is my kind of trip – food, food and more food! haha I’ve seen your pictures of the cheesy chips several times and they look divine. Love a chunky chip! We’ve only ever driven through Amsterdam but I would love to go back – would definitely think that you’d get a great view from a canal on a boat (hopefully without bumping it, though!).

  11. John Milnes
    March 15, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Amsterdam is on my list of places to visit in the very near future. I have been mapping out some places to do my photography, and Amsterdam in one of them.

    Thanks for Sharing

    John M

  12. March 16, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I absolutely adore Amsterdam! I’ve been a couple times on my own, but would love to go back with the kids.

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