Strolling the canals of Amsterdam in JH.Zane SS16
Hyatt Place Amsterdam
The perfect airport hotel without compromise. Free airport shuttle is available from 6am – 11pm daily. The 24-hour front desk is well-informed and tolerant to late check-ins and early check-outs. The Standard Double Room is perfect for two. Spacious and tastefully designed with essential amenities and living space. Service was professional and friendly. Breakfast included in the room rate is a good deal with a delicious international spread to start your day with. Rooms start from S$150.
The Hoxton Amsterdam
Continuing the series of urban-stylish meets retro British hotel chain, The Hoxton, Herengracht boasts of beautiful cosy rooms and great canal views set in an old canal house. Great location for its affordability. Service was friendly and easy-going. The Cosy Room with canal view comes with a queen-sized bed, spacious and enjoyable for 2. Enjoy breakfast in a bag every morning or at Lotti’s at your own expense. Complimentary bottled water and milk available daily. Rooms start from S$240.
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1 – 24 Hours
Sleep in – in the comfort of your lovely queen-sized bed at The Hoxton’s Cosy Room with views overlooking the canal. Grab your breakfast bag hanging from your doorknob and enjoy spoonfuls of yogurt and granola, a banana and freshly-squeeze orange juice – while chilling by the window with Sublime FM belting soulful (and occasional latino) tunes from the retro sporting Roberts radio – perfect way to start any morning!
Take a walk through the Western Canals to the hideaway Daalder bistro along Lindengracht. Lunch is served Sundays to Fridays, 12pm – 2pm. Walk-ins are easily welcomed. Daalder serves up high-end food at very affordable prices. They keep things simple – with no food menu, simply choose the number of courses you would like to partake and allow the Chef to cook up a delectable gastronomic surprise for you. Indoor seating and alfresco are both available for your choosing. Reservations for dinner is recommended.
Tuna Tatare, Daalder
Late-Afternoon ~ Evening
Drop by Ace & Tate in De Pijp for a taste of Danish designed eyewear. Choose from their range of minimal plastic and metals frames. Prices start from €98 with prescription lenses. Same-day services are available for an additional fee – totally worth it! Pop by Hutspot Amsterdam while you’re at it.
Visit Gartine, a cosy and small family-owned brunch place. We ate the best homemade high-tea brunch, put together using produce directly from their garden. The service was just so lovely and we felt very welcomed by the hosts. Reservations are required at least 1 month beforehand and can only be done via phone. Write to your hotel to get that done for you no later than a week before you arrive. It is a very popular local haunt and has limited availability per seating. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
25 – 48 Hours
We would love to tell you to sleep in again but we wouldn’t want you to miss out on another brand new morning. Summer mornings can be quite gloomy and the streets are empty until about 11am. Get dressed and make it your mission to photograph every touristy spot in the city before the crowd falls in and get in the way of your photographs.
Brunch along the Singel canal at Greenwoods Tea Room, serving up hearty and delicious meals, teas and scones just a short walk away from The Hoxton. The service was very amicable which made the experience even more enjoyable. The place is small and cosy and very busy from the morning. All-day breakfast is available from 9:30am throughout the week. The crowd usually comes in after 12pm. Alfresco seating is available to enjoy the view of the canal.
Catch the famed Bloemenmarkt come to life along Singel as the world’s only floating flower market. Also don’t forget to drop by HAY Amsterdam for your fix of tasteful minimal homeware and stationary designs and pop by Athenaeum Boekhandel while you’re at it.
Late-Afternoon ~ Evening
Go for a museum run at Amsterdam’s affluent Museum District (Museumplein). Combo tickets for any 2 or more museums can be easily purchased online or at ticketing booths. Give yourself at least an hour to visit each of the 3 major museums: Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum of Contemporary Arts & Design. Don’t miss the iconic I AMSTERDAM sign with the Rijksmuseum in the background.
Cruise Like a Local® with KINboat and explore the canals of Amsterdam over good company, drinks and interesting stories. Alight at the Anne Frank Huis for history lovers or at Amsterdam Central and explore the heart of the Old Town and Red Light District. Pop into Hotel Droog and visit the Droog Shop for a curated collection of products and experience the aesthetic reinvention of art and design.
Dine at the Rjisel Rotisserie, a beloved restaurant of the locals. Located away from the city center, this place gives you another perspective of the life of the locals beyond the canals. They are open for dinner Mondays – Fridays, from 6pm. Reservations are compulsory with limited seating. Service is professional, and welcoming at the same time. They serve a tasteful and flexible 3-course meal starting from €30. Try their whole Roasted Chicken.
The Eye, Amsterdam
48 – 72 Hours
Start the day with an early check-out from The Hoxton and store your luggage bags with them for the day at no extra cost – try not to cry while you are at it.
Breakfast in the city centre at Omelegg, Amsterdam’s first omelettery of its kind. They start serving at 7am and is opened everyday of the week. It is usually crowded but waiting lines move fast. The service is efficient and open to recommend you their best eggs on their all-day breakfast menu. They serve one of the best omelettes I have ever eaten in my entire life.
Venture into the beautiful waterfront of Amsterdam Centraal. Visit the National Maritime Museum for its beautiful glass ceiling interior, inspired by the compass rose on nautical maps. Spend some time relaxing under open skies at the Rooftop Square of NEMO Science Museum a short walk away.
Take the free ferry shuttle alongside cyclists and their bicycles to visit the EYE Film Institute across the water. Use the Van der Velde bridge from NEMO to link your way to the Ferry Terminal behind Amsterdam Centraal. Ferry Services runs constantly for 24 hours a day.
At the EYE, enjoy the free permanent presentation on film devices at the Panorama or indulge in the paid exhibitions and films available. Have a go at the Flipbook, an interactive installation where you can feature in your very own flipbook and have it printed as a souvenir.
Late-Afternoon ~ Evening
Share a Dutch pancake or two at Pancakes Amsterdam before heading back to The Hoxton to retrieve your bags and say your good-byes before making it back to Schipol Airport to catch a flight to your next destination!