In July I visited Amsterdam for one sunny day while on a river cruise with my family. After all the wine and sumptuous food devoured on the ship I was ready for a healthy break in Amsterdam! I wanted to do yoga, eat some yummy healthy food and explore Amsterdam of course. Here’s how my day went:
Exploring the Jordaan neighborhood
I started my day in Amsterdam with a walk in the Jordaan neighborhood. The streets were still empty from the tourist crowds who would later descend and I enjoyed the many beautiful canal views on the way to the Svaha yoga studio.
Another option if you have a bit more time is of course to rent a bicycle. This is very popular and easy to do, you’ll find lots of places where you can rent a bicycle in Amsterdam next to the central train station.
But luckily the size of Amsterdam means walking everywhere is also extremely easy. And when every corner you turn offers an Instagrammable canal framed by cute, crooked houses, it’s nice to slow down and take it all in.
Catching a yoga class at Svaha Yoga in Jordaan, Amsterdam
I got in touch with Svaha yoga before my trip and they generously invited me to attend a vinyasa class at their studio.
Svaha Yoga is apparently the oldest vinyasa yoga school in Amsterdam and they have three different locations in Amsterdam. I went to their Jordaan studio for a level 3 vinyasa class (I was ready to work it). Everybody was super friendly and made me feel at home and welcome.
There are mats and props provided so all you need to do is show up. The teacher, Patrick, was knowledgeable, professional and very sweet and his class included chanting and a great flow – I loved it! I wished I would have had more time to check out their other classes like Kirtan and guided meditation. Next time!
Svaha Yoga – Jordaan Shala
1015 JB Amsterdam
Yummy and healthy lunch at Piqnic
Trying to eat gluten free and vegetarian was a challenge on this trip and I was so excited to find this little gem of a café/restaurant. It was the perfect stop to recharge after my sweaty yoga class.
At Piqnic they serve breakfast, lunch, coffee and tea. You can choose from a variety of small dishes like soups, salads and small sandwiches (they have gluten free bread), and they also have yummy cakes, including quite a big gluten free selection.
Lindengracht 59 hs
1015 KC Amsterdam
Shopping in De 9 Straatjes aka The Nine Streets in Amsterdam
With lots of cute fashionable shops and yummy cafes, de Negen Straatjes or “Nine Streets” area is a great place to wander and do some window shopping. Here you won’t find the big brands but instead lots of cool fashion and accessories boutiques, like for example Scotch & Soda, Concrete Matter or Filippa K.
The Anne Frank house is close by if you plan to visit it. I would have loved to but you have to buy tickets in advance online. Here’s the website with more information.
Exploring art at the Van Gogh museum
The Van Gogh museum is dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and it’s must-see when you’re in Amsterdam. There is a massive amount of art to see – over 200 pieces by Van Gogh and many pieces from Van Gogh’s peers.
I loved learning more about Vincent van Gogh and his background. There is certainly a lot more to him than “the guy who cut his ear off”!
I recommend to buy your tickets in advance online. We did this the same day and thus skipped standing in lines to get entry.
Van Gough Museum
1071 DJ Amsterdam
And this was my day in Amsterdam! A lot of walking, yoga, gluten free cake and amazing art, it had everything I loved.
Have you been to Amsterdam? What have I missed and should check out next time?