Home away from home. I consider Amsterdam as my third home, after Hong Kong. Partly because my late paternal grandfather and dad lived and worked there for a few years before my time, my distant Dutch-Chinese relatives from both side of the family resides in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, I don’t remember the last time I visited Holland, only a vague memory of the tulip fields, windmills, China Town, canals and miniature park. Wish I visited the city more often, like Paris and Hong Kong, I have friends and relatives here. I’m so happy that I finally decided to come as guest of Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam, despite my short stay there, I managed to explore a little bit of the town.
Amsterdam is a bike-friendly and bike-congested city, and easy to get lost, otherwise manageable if you’re a regular visitor to the city. Hotel Pulitzer provide its very own Pulitzer bike for guests to wizz around town, make sure you know the basics of highway code, most importantly, the hand signals – left turn and right turn. I had free time to explore the city and a quick shopping before checking out of the hotel. So, I’ve sampled amazing street food at the indoor food market located at a former tram depot De Hallen Amsterdam, which also houses a cinema complex, boutique hotel, and lifestyle stores. There are abundance of cool lifestyle concept stores in Amsterdam that stock a range of fashion, interior, homeware, and lifestyle goods, be sure to check out Anna + Nina (Kloveniersburgwal 44), and Nuvo Niche (Prinsengracht 232), Sukha (Haarlemmerstraat 110), Store With A Home (Haarlemmerdijk 26), and many more. Take a stroll along the canals, the smell of cannabis drifting in and out from coffee shops, dive through stalls at an outdoor flea market (Noordemarkt); antiques, jewellery, rugs, art, kitsch items, bric-a-brac, vintage fashion, as well as organic fruit and vegetables, grains and mouthwatering goods such as cheese, and if you have a time to spare discover your own signature scent at Otentic (Keizersgracht 233).
There’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam, plus the city’s history of art and design, museums, culture, and quirky places yet to explore. Until next time!
Kit Lee was a guest of Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam.