|City Breaks| Amsterdam

A city known to attract tourists for a few well known reasons, there is so much more to see and experience. It is for this reason I have compiled a blog post unveiling my top things to visit in this wonderful city. If you are planning a long weekend away, Amsterdam is the city to visit. Having visited Amsterdam for the second time, my love for the city continues to grow.image3The city is so easy to travel around, the trams travel across the breadth of the city and are uncomplicated. They also have fantastic large windows which mean if you spot something you like the look of, a cute brunch cafe for example, you can just hop off.
Top Things To Do In Amsterdam:

  • The city is known for its art and the Van Gogh museum is one to visit. The city is filled with a great deal of art galleries and the Van Gogh museum is definitely the most sought after.
  • Anne Franks House was an inspiration to explore, a wealth of history and strength lay within the Anne Frank Museum making it a must see. Advance booking for this is advised as the queue to purchase tickets on the door can be up to three hours.
  • A city abundant with beautiful canals, the only way to admire the true beauty is so take a canal tour. This is best experienced in a glass boat with a guide to experience its true wonder.
  • Although exploring the city on foot is fun, exploring on a bike is even better. Cycle lanes are all over Amsterdam and is the preferred mode of transport.
  • Indulge in the boutiques. Amsterdam is very fashion forward, a chic city inhabited with lost of unique boutiques. Purchase a one off and feel unique knowing nobody can steal your look.
  • Hidden in Amsterdam’s China Town is a true gem. A stunning buddhist temple inhabited by Buddhist monks. The interior truly is stunning and the peace and light in this temple is that of being in Thailand.image1
  • Enjoy brunch! Brunching is essential in Amsterdam, with so many places on offer you will be spoilt for choice.
  • Visit the W hotel for a cocktail. You wont be disappointed!image1

I hope this blog post gives you an insight into the amazing city of Amsterdam. You don’t have to spend your time in ‘coffee shops’, you can explore the beautiful museums, galleries and even the palace in the heart of ‘Dam Square’.

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Annie Shah X

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*Press For Champagne*

Champagne at the touch of a button, what’s not to love? Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the famous Bob Bob Ricard restaurant for dinner with a close friend of mine. After a week 5 waiting list, we finally managed to gain a reservation at the infamous Soho venue.

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The entire experience from start to finish was incredibly luxurious. Greeted at the entrance by a doorman followed by a lady to take our jackets and a waiter to take us to our exclusive booth. The decor exuberates opulence. Deep navy blues and touches of gold gave the venue an air of regality.

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The main reason we were chose the venue was of course to ‘press for champagne’. A fabulous touch to every table, once pressed the button illuminates and within a few minutes a waiter was there to ask which champagne we would like. We chose a vintage Möet infused with both strawberry and peach, it was delicious!

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The food was cooked to perfection, flavoured with a wealth of ingredients.

Our Order:

Sides – Crushed Peppered Sweetcorn

Mains – Sauterness & Truffle Humple Pie, Roast Norwegian Cod

Desert – BBR Signature Chocolate Glory

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Desert stole the show, chocolate jivara mousse, chocolate brownies and berries all encased in a perfect gold sphere. Drizzled on the very top was dark chocolate which revealed the contents and opened into a flower of chocolate. To compliment this was a passionfruit and orange jelly sauce which added a delicate fruit flavour to the ensemble.

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The Outfit:

The dress code for BBR is elegant and elegant is the way to go. Surrounded by this gorgeous interior and buzzing ambiance you certainly want to look your best. I teamed an embellished French Connection jacket with a silk top tucked into silk palazzo trousers. Heels of course are a must.

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The Makeup:

I chose to focus on my eyes and teamed a brown/black smokey eye with lashes. I emphasised my highlight and wore a deep burgundy lip to compliment the all black outfit. To accompany the silver detailing on the jacket, I wore embellished snake earrings.

I would highly recommend this venue, the intimate setting, remarkable interior and the attention to detail all make the experience one to remember.

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Annie Shah X

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