Start your romantic day in Amsterdam with a late breakfast or brunch at the Oranjerie, a centuries-old monument, surrounded by rare and exotic plants in the gardens of Hortus Botanicus. Share your lovely pastries and cream under the trees, listening to bird song.
Rent a bicycle for two at Macbike and pedal along, close together on your tandem. www.facebook.com/pages/MacBike-Amsterdam
Take a well deserved rest at the corner of Leidsegracht/Herengracht and steal a kiss on the famous bench that played an important role in the romantic movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. Have your picture taken by a friendly by-passer.
Attach your love padlock to one of the many bridges in Amsterdam, for instance at the Oosterdok brug, a tied-arch bridge, or the bridges at Kloveniersburgwal and Staalmeestersbrug at Groenburgwal, with a great view of the Southern Church tower.
Get married for a day! Wed and Walk will ‘marry’ the two of you, not legally binding of course, but with everything a real wedding needs! The fairytale lasts until the sun sets the next morning… then you are free as a bird again! You don’t need to prepare anything but your reservation! Dresses, tail coats, flowers and rings are provided for, as well a picture of your first kiss as a married couple. wed-and-walk.com
Check out the diamonds at Coster Diamonds, a real treasure trove for people in love. And there is always Tiffany’s, of course. www.facebook.com/Tiffany
While you’re at it, you might as well go and have a look at some wonderful wedding locations, such as the unique “Marriage Island” at the NDSM Wharf. Trouweiland, a small island of steel in front of the NDSM Wharf, is the place to be for the wedding of your dreams! www.facebook.com/TrouweilandNDSM
Or else très chic: Het grachtenhuis: As an official wedding location, the Museum of the Canals is the ultimate place to say ‘I do’ surrounded by your family and friends. The beautifully decorated Andriessen Room, the front room with view over the Herengracht or the back room with views on the spectacular garden make a wonderful backdrop for your special day. www.facebook.com/MuseumHetGrachtenhuis
When twilight falls it is high time to take a romantic private canal tour with Rederij de Jordaan. Reinhard Spronk steers his gorgeous wooden boat silently along the beautiful canals of Amsterdam. You can even ask for a special serenade by Miloe van Bodegraven, to declare your love. Open the bottle of champagne, enjoy a bite of sumptious organic cheese and cuddle close together in the pillows of the boat. www.facebook.com/rederijdejordaan
Love makes people hungry. There are many splendid romantic dining places in Amsterdam: Our favourites:
En Pluche, to share cocktails and dishes in a sophisticated setting. www.facebook.com/EnPluche
De Silveren Spieghel for the pure Amsterdam atmosphere and great cuisine. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Restaurant-de-Silveren-Spiegel-Amsterdam
La Rive for a memorable dining experience with a view.https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantLaRive
The perfect love nest?
Boutique hotel Estheréa is a typical Dutch, family-run hotel, housed in a row of 17th century buildings on the Singel, Amsterdam’s oldest major canal. The rich, colourful interior includes woollen carpets, crystal chandeliers, mahogany panelling, luxurious fabrics, extravagant wallpapers, flowers, plants and fish. www.facebook.com/HotelEsthereaAmsterdam
The Dylan: Stylish, intimate and refined boutique hotel on the “Keizersgracht”- one of Amsterdam’s most famous canals. Contempaorary meets classic design and intimate atmosphere, where you will receive the most dedicated attention and service. www.facebook.com/dylanamsterdam
INK Hotel: Brand new romantic hotspot in town, an unconventional hotel with a unique history in the heart of Amsterdam. Formerly the building was functioning as the headquarters of a newspaper. This illustrious past has been translated into a modern boutique design made by Concrete Architects. www.facebook.com/inkhotelamsterdam
Blog by Elvira Veenings