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48 Hours in Amsterdam

Now if you’re anything like me, when you hear 48 hours you’ll start to panic. “How do I see everything? What if I miss this museum? I won’t have the time to settle in!” But put that panic aside and let me tell how I managed to make the most of a short and sweet trip to the sought-after Dutch city.

I’ve been lucky enough in my life so far to have travelled to quite a few places, so it was surprising that I hadn’t made the trip over to one of Europe’s most loved cities. Amsterdam. After spending months on end scrolling endlessly through the ultimate aesthetic Pinterest boards of the place, I finally took the plunge and booked a weekend break away. (If you want some new inspiration and fancy taking a look at some other travel Pinterest boards alongside fashion and lifestyle, head over to my page here ) And wow I did not regret it at all! It’s everything I’d imagined and more. All my friends that raved about it to me over and over again were certainly right and I just wish I had listened earlier! It’s a completely different vibe from anywhere I’ve visited, I fell in love as soon as I stepped off that train!



Jeans *SOLD OUT*


ASOS Jeans 

Black Turtle Neck 

Leopard Faux Fur Coat *SOLD OUT*


ASOS Fur Coat 

Boots *SOLD OUT*


ASOS Boots

Boohoo Boots

Sunglasses *SOLD OUT*


H&M (omg so cheap, grab ’em quick)

ASOS Sunnies

First thing on my impossible-list-of-a-100-things-I-must-see-in-the-next-2-days was strolling through the infamous canals, the pictures really don’t do them justice! Luckily, when we arrived the weather was on our side and brightened up which made the trip 10x better than we had already hoped it would be. This made the walks through the backstreet canals so dreamy, you really do feel like you’re in a fairytale! You’ll never be far from a coffee shop (no…not that kind), in every other building there is another instagrammble cafe hidden inside to fulfil all your flat lay coffee and cake dreams. On both days, we stopped for brunch over at Cafe George because the food was just incredible! So good that I didn’t even stop to take a quick photo for my Instagram…isn’t that saying something? Their breakfast menu was particularly appetising, I’d definitely recommend visiting if you’re planning on going over to Amsterdam.


When I said that it feels like you’re in a fairytale, do you now see what I mean? The buildings and architecture (not to sound like a nerd or anything) is so unique and interesting. No building is the same – all different heights, all different angles and all different styles! Some of the houses though, wow, I was convinced they’d fall down at the angles they were at. I even saw someone having to lift their couch through the top window while moving into their new flat because the door wasn’t wide enough. Only in Amsterdam!


I think my favourite part over the 2 day trip was visiting The Rijksmuseum area! The photo on the left is the tunnel running through the museum building, it was bustling with musicians and cyclists. This felt like a moment straight from ‘The Fault In Our Stars’.  I have to mention though, unless you’ve been there before, you won’t be used to the manic cyclists passing by every second. It took some getting used to before I could safely cross a road without nearly being run over by a bike! While we were in the area, we made a quick stop at the Moco Museum which I had heard so many things about. Fortunately, we were there at the time of the Banksy exhibit which was amazing to see in person! His work is so cool and the museum had displayed it in such a unique and artistic way. They had extracts of the actual pieces of some of his artwork on city walls as well as some of his more famous pieces such as ‘Balloon Girl’, ‘Rage, Flower Thrower’ and ‘Kissing Coppers’. It was definitely the right museum to go to!


If I got the chance, I would go back to Amsterdam in a heartbeat! It was the perfect detox city break and I feel so lucky I was able to visit and experience the culture there. If you have a chance to go, I 100% recommend you take it because there’s no place like it. Also, if you already have your trip planned there, I hope this post helps you to find out a bit more about what’s to offer and what you might enjoy! Have any of you been to Amsterdam, or perhaps some of you live there? I’d love to hear what your favourite thing about the place is, let me know in a comment!

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52 responses to “48 Hours in Amsterdam”

  1. connxvi says:

    I neeeeed to visit amsterdam soon, a weekend break away is long overdue. I Just want to travel all over the world taking instagrams, why can’t life be that easy!!!

    loved reading this one!

  2. I’ve never been to Amsterdam but it has always been a place that I have wanted to visit — it looks so European and historic (forgive me for saying European, I’m American and Europe has a very specific architecture style.) Plus, it seems like quite a walkable city so I’d love to visit there!

    Lovely post! x


    • Phoebe Rose says:

      Me too! I completely understand where you’re coming from, europe has a very distinctive style to it! It is, but not at all tiring because you’re just so involved with everything around you! Thank you x

  3. I can’t wait to go to Amsterdam! Will have to try some of these places x

  4. Kate says:

    Oh I LOVE all your photos and the way you put them in this post! The little captions and details add so much to it! I’d love to go to Amsterdam one day, it just seems so beautiful! I just tried to go over and follow you on Pinterest but the link wouldn’t work for me! 🙁 But such a lovely post to read gal! xx

    • Phoebe Rose says:

      Thank you so much!! I know 🤦🏻‍♀️ they’ve suspended my account but I’ve emailed them and hopefully it was just a misunderstanding, it should be up and running again soon!! xx

  5. Loved this! Amsterdam is on my list, and I can’t believe I haven’t visited it yet given how close we are to it! Lovely pictures as well, and the one about the cat hair on your hat made me laugh because I can 100% relate. 😀

    Sneha |

  6. your photography is gorgeous! i will be visiting amsterdam some time soon so this was very helpful! thank you for this wonderful post x

  7. Loved this little post, such a pretty place i really need to visit in the future x

  8. Giulia says:

    Wow! This looks stunning! Love the way you displayed the photographs too. x

  9. Bexa says:

    I went to Amsterdam a few years ago and totally agree with you about the cyclists, they are everywhere! 🙈 I gotta say I loveee your photos! Do you use an app to make the text and little colourful details? It’s gorgeous and so creative! Great post Phoebe, thanks for sharing your trip, it looked so fun! 😘 xx

    Bexa |

  10. I’d love to visit Amsterdam one day, it’s on my list definitely! I love the photography too!
    Ellie | xx

  11. G. says:

    I need to visit Amsterdam. This is brilliant!! <3

  12. Steph Warner says:

    Going to Amsterdam in a fee weeks for… you guessed it…. 48 hours.
    Thanks for the tips and recommendations! Great post xx

  13. sophieamour says:

    I’ve been to Amsterdam twice. I loved it both times and would definitely go back again! It’s such a pretty city. You’re right about the people on bikes though, you feel like they’ll just mow you down if your not quick enough to move for them! Haha. It seems like you got to fit quite a bit into 48 hours! Great post 🙂

    Sophie x

  14. tiateilli says:

    I went to Amsterdam 5 years ago. It’s such a beautiful city. Great post! I love your pictures. ❤❤

  15. Kristina says:

    Haha, Amsterdam looks so much better in spring than when I went in November! 😍♥ I’d love to visit in spring!

    K |


  16. I have Amsterdam on my list of places to see so this post was so handy! It sounds like you had the best time and fit loads into your 2 days!- x

  17. Ali says:

    I’m off to Amsterdam in May and reading this has got me even more excited for my trip! Also I get what you mean with the whole 48 hours thing, my trip to Edinburgh recently was only for the same amount of time so it’s making sure you can fit everything in!

    Loved the photos too 🙂

  18. GCDTravelFit says:

    I spent 48 hours in Amsterdam and did a similar post! Good to see someone’s else’s view!

  19. Hanna Mai says:

    Great photos! I really want to go to Amsterdam sometime x

  20. Ishani Nath says:

    Wow, I want to visit Amsterdam now after reading your post. You look great in all your pictures. Very well written post. Loved reading it.

  21. Amsterdam is such an amazing place – it is on my list of places to live! It is so beautiful there, and there are so many interesting museums, shops and galleries to visit there too!

  22. Ellyn Rebecca says:

    I love your coat! I am on the hunt for a leopard print faux coat and yours is gorgeous! I also really want to visit Amsterdam, and just more of Europe

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

  23. This was such a lovely read ! I’m going to Amsterdam at the end of May so you’ve definitely given me some suggestions 😊

  24. Sanne says:

    I love your photos! I’m at uni in Amsterdam and it is always lovely to see posts admiring ‘my’ city :).

  25. Sima Aykin says:

    I really want to visit Amsterdam! This blog post is so helpful and i love your photo edits. Your skills are on point. Such an amazing blog post Phoebe xx
    Much love,
    Sima ||

  26. Amazing! I want to visit Amsterdam so bad, maybe in October I have the change to go.

    Veronica |

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