I have been wanting to go to Amsterdam for years! And finally I got the chance to visit for a friend’s birthday. Amsterdam is such a beautiful city. We were only there for the weekend but we tried to fit in as much as possible. One of the things I enjoyed the most about Amsterdam was hiring a bike and exploring. It is the best way to see the city plus a great way to fit in some exercise at the same time!
We also braved an hour and a half wait in the cold to see Anne Frank House, which is a must see to remind us all of a time really not that long ago that I wish never repeats. While a friend waited in line, we promised we would return with the famous Winkel Apple Pie and a coffee to warm her up. We decided one was enough to share between all of us!
I had some wonderful recommendations from Marleen Visser, who is Amsterdam based and has a blog called Share Love Not Secrets. I wish I could have stayed longer to try all the places she recommended for us to try! We visited many of the Juice Bars she suggested, which were perfect pit stops in between biking around the city.
One of her many recommendations was Bakers & Roasters. It was not far from where we were staying so we decided to go for a late breakfast. We had been out the night before in a very cool little speakeasy bar called The Butcher and we were in desperate need for a hearty breakfast! After we arrived at Bakers & Roasters, we discovered this place is crazy popular. We had to place our names down and wait. And wait we did! Almost an hour! Lol! While we waited we had a good look at the menu so we were all ready to order as soon as we sat down. The menu has a New Zealand feel to it (many of the staff are Kiwi’s) and specialises in all day breakfast. I LOVE all day breakfast!
Once we were seated it was time for some fresh juice and coffee!
Next was the Vege Breakie with organic free range scrambled eggs, sliced avocado, potatoes, mushrooms and halloumi cheese. Perfect for my friend’s hangover. The Coconut & Chia Bircher Muesli came next, soaked overnight with coconut soy yogurt, grated apple, blackberries and currants. It is then served with pumpkin seeds, almonds, shredded coconut and a drizzle of honey. Seriously one of the best Bircher Muesli I have ever had!
Was it worth the hour wait? Yes! It certainly was worth the wait and we demolished everything in front of us! And because we enjoyed the food so much and the fact that it reminded us of cafes back home, we decided to come back here later in the afternoon for a cheeky Hot Chocolate and Ginger Crunch (a kiwi favourite!).
And then with satisfied tastebuds, we got onto our bikes and rode off into one of Europe’s most beautiful cities to explore some more!
Click here for more information, location and opening hours of Bakers & Roasters in Amsterdam, Netherlands.