Amsterdam was just what I expected – a maze of charming canals and eclectic coffee houses serving up giant Dutch crêpes.
Wandering by foot, every corner looks just like the last –narrow alleyways with pop-up flower markets, street food sellers and bridges stacked with more bikes than people.
You can’t go home without trying the freshly made stroopwafels, pancakes and Belgian fries.
But it’s in the evening is when the city comes to life – from the Red Light District of De Wallen to hipster hangout Jordaan, experience jazz nights and canal cruises by candlelight.
From Leeds to Amsterdam in 1 hour 15 minutes. Return flights cost less than £100pp with Jet2.com. It’s ideal for a short weekend escape.
If you’re early for your flight, indulge in a 20 minute back massage and detox juice at Amsterdam airport. You’ll be well hydrated and relaxed for your flight.
At the rather luxurious Doubletreeby Hilton, Amsterdam Centraal Station – the hotel boasts its own rooftop bar with panoramic city views.
Anytime; Amsterdam is picture perfect all year round with highs of 21 degrees in summer.
Comfortable shoes – you’ll be pounding the cobbled pavements for hours so leave your heels at home.
Although part of Dutch culture, you won’t see many people wearing clogs in Amsterdam, but you can pick up a novelty pair in the tourist shops.
Anyone; the Red Light district is packed with lively hen and stag parties there to discover the after-dark entertainment. However, the boutique shopping, coffee houses and world-renowned galleries attract couples and families.
At Vondelpark bar and restaurant. Situated on the edge of Amsterdam’s most famous park, dine tapas style in the contemporary restaurant or al fresco on the terrace.
Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s House, vintage shopping on Nine streets and authentic Dutch cuisine at Foodhallen.
This month I’m flyingto Milan – follow me on Instagram @missjessicafogarty to watch my stories live from Italy. I’ll blog when I’m back.