TRAVEL: Ibiza in Amsterdam
Going to Ibiza for the hippy markets is definitely a highlight of my year, so when i heard Las Dalias hippy markets (from ibiza) were going to be in Amsterdam for a weekend this was not something i was going to miss out on.
I told the girls about it, i’ll be honest i would have still gone if not one else fancied it… but everyone was fully excited about it…. Bring on the girly weekend, bring on the markets, bring on Amsterdam…. and it even looked like Ibiza brought the sunshine over too!
Flights from Manchester are just over an hour to Amsterdam and every time i make the trip i wonder why i don’t do this more?
The first part of the trip was all about Las Dalias, just a little bit out of town and a few tram rides later we were there, fully immersed in the Ibizian hippy world. Being in Amsterdam surrounded by Spanish speaking people was slightly strange but i was loving every minute.
Along with the stalls there was an outside ‘chill’ area and a street food corner too. Stone baked pizza, ibizan items and Amsterdam sunshine this was a winning combination.
After the markets we strolled through the park nearby and headed back into the city centre. I have never seen Amsterdam so busy, there were people everywhere! Even though the weather was glorious, i did wish for the last time we visited when it was slightly cooler and rained a little bit… just for it to be a little bit less over crowded.
To escape the crowds we opted for a canal boat cruise, normally i wouldn’t go for these so maybe it was a good that because of the weather and crowds we felt it was our only option… and i am so happy we did. It was a great way to see the crowds, top up our tans and save our aching feet too.
Because we were 7 we figured the best option for food was the foodhallen not far from our hotel (piet hein – a lovely boutique hotel just by Vondelpark, with a great outdoor terrace at the back), this had a selection of street food units, bars and DJ so we could make a night of it and all choose what we fancied, the highlight for us were the bitten ballens. You cannot go to Amsterdam without having these. Ours were from De Ballen bar.
Sunday we chilled, found a spot for brunch… only once we sat down inside did we realise it was a spanish restaurant… in keeping with our theme for the weekend. I would return to Amsterdam just for the eggs Benedict and orange juice again.
Amsterdam is beautiful i will never get bored of coming here…. especially when there is bitten ballens and apple tarts involved.