Luxury In Amsterdam: A Weekend Getaway

Get a taste of luxury in Amsterdam on a weekend escapade.

As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is unsurprisingly the most populated city in the country, not to mention one of the most interesting places to go to. This beautiful city boasts incredible architecture, a colorful past, friendly folk, top hotels in the world and some of the best museums in Europe. I have visited this city half a dozen times for long weekend getaways and she has never ceased to take my breath away.   

Luxury in Amsterdam: Where To Stay?

The last time I was in Amsterdam, I had the privilege of calling Hotel Pulitzer home. There is something affably charming about staying at a luxury hotel housed within one of Amsterdam’s many historical 17th-century buildings. Taking up an entire block of 25 houses, Hotel Pulitzer is undoubtedly one of the classiest places to stay at when in the capital city of the Netherlands. Sitting pretty along the canal banks in the old part of town, Hotel Pulitzer boasts incredible service, a magnificent garden and an unparalleled location, making it the perfect place to stay at if you want to explore this magical city by foot.

Luxury in Amsterdam Hotel Pulitzer 1

Upon arrival at Schiphol airport, I hopped into an awaiting taxi that whisked me straight to the hotel. Once there, I was duly impressed by the speed and precision of front desk. Check-in was swift and my bags arrived shortly after I stepped into my spacious room. This barely left me enough time to cram the complimentary Stroopwafel into my mouth before polite rounds of “dank je” were offered to the smiley-faced bellhop.

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Intent on taking full advantage of the hotel’s excellent concierge service, I made my way back down to the lobby after a luxurious shower and got some tips on what to do and where to eat.

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Luxury in Amsterdam: Where To Dine?

Amsterdam is renown for its wide variety of food that will be sure to satiate everyone’s palate. What many travelers do not realize is that the city is renown for Indonesian cuisine. In the 16th century, the Dutch arrived in Indonesia in search of spices and the inevitable colonization of the South East Asian country took place in the 1800s. Ever since then, Indonesian flavors have become a strong and colorful part of Dutch cuisine.

Luxury in Amsterdam dining

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When in Amsterdam, enjoy exotic Indonesian food at its finest at Puri Mas. This fine dining restaurant opened in 1989 and is one of the most well-known establishments in the city. Located in the bustling area of Leidseplein, Puri Mas is famous for its Rijsttafel, meaning “rice table”. Dozens of small portioned side dishes like vegetables, curries and pickles are served alongside rice prepared in a variety of ways. This wide array of exotic dishes will be sure to impress even the most jaded of diners. Puri Mas offers four variants of Rijsttafel, the only difference being the number of dishes served. They also offer an a la carte menu to diners with smaller appetites.

Luxury in Amsterdam Puri Mas

For more European flavors, I recommend heading to Buffet van Odette. Perfect for brunch or lunch, this adorable restaurant sits right on the canal, making it the ideal place to dine al fresco on a sunny day. They have an excellent selection of salads and savory meals and take pride in using only the freshest ingredients. I will always remember this restaurant as the spot where I first tasted purple and yellow carrots! This picturesque café also has a wonderful selection of desserts so be sure to indulge after your meal.

Luxury in Amsterdam Buffet van Odette

If you are a fan of seafood, head to Lucius Seafood Restaurant. For over 39 years, this restaurant has been serving the freshest seafood on this side of the globe. Whether you want a platter of oysters or a freshly grilled salmon steak, this is the place to head to. I had the pleasure of enjoying the Mixed Fish Dish and have to say that it was incredibly delicious. The herring, shrimp, smoked salmon and array of dips was simply delectable and I highly recommend you order this if you want a taste of traditional Dutch seafood.

Luxury in Amsterdam Lucius Seafood Restaurant

Luxury in Amsterdam: What To Do?

There is more to Amsterdam than legalized marijuana. By all means, I recommend that you indulge in a coffee shop or two but if you are looking for something a tad more cultural, you will not be disappointed. Amsterdam is home to some of the finest museums in the world and boasts a myriad of fun activities for travelers of all ages.

Head to the Van Gogh Museum bright and early to beat the lines. The museum houses the largest collection of works from this prolific artist and you will get the chance to get up close with masterpieces like Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, Wheatfield With Crows and The Bedroom. Taking up three floors, this museum is pure indulgence whether you are a fan of Van Gogh or not. Speak to your concierge and find out if they can help you pre-purchase tickets beforehand. You can also plan ahead and buy your tickets online.

Luxury in Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum

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With over 165 canals in Amsterdam, it is sacrilege if you do not head on one of the many touristy canal cruises for a wonderful introduction to the city. From daytime cruises to dinner cruises, nothing is impossible when it comes to cruising the city’s many canals. You can either contact one of the many cruise operators in the city or go through your hotel. Hotel Pulitzer has it’s very own boat called “the Tourist”. Polished teak, brass, marble, leather and beveled glass give this boat a memorable and extremely classy look and feel. Reservations are highly recommended so ensure that you sign up when you arrive.

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For all you beer drinkers out there, the Heineken Experience is certainly a fun time. Although not as historical as the Rijksmuseum, beer aficionados will certainly beg to differ. This now defunct brewery plays host to daily tours whereby visitors get the chance to learn the secrets of beer brewing, experience interactive exhibitions, indulge in a couple of free beers and make new friends. Souvenir shopping is also a big must so be sure to indulge!

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Lianne Choo

Born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia to multi-racial parents, Lianne is a bonafide travel and food junkie. Having traveled extensively to over 30 countries, Lianne has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Honolulu and Paris and now calls Taichung, Taiwan home. She speaks fluent English, Malay and French and is currently improving her conversational Mandarin skills. She prefers a life of free spirited travel and freelancing than one spent cooped up in an office. When she's not off on an adventure, you can find her whiling her time away with books, good movies and even better food.