As a last trip of the summer before heading back to school, I went to Amsterdam for a day. More precisely, 16 hours. I took a night bus from Paris at 10 pm and arrived in this lovely city 8hours later.

WHAT TO DO IN AMSTERDAM IF YOU’RE ONLY THERE FOR A DAY

AMSTERDAM IN THE MORNING: THE MUSEUMPLEIN

6 AM: Out of the train station, the sun was slowly rising and people were already out, heading to work or school.

I love taking long walks in the morning because the light makes it easy to take nice pictures and the streets are empty making you feel like the city is yours.

The best thing about the morning is also the museums. If you want to enjoy or discover art in Amsterdam, head to the Museumplein. The place is the most crowded during the day, but in the morning, you can only see few tourist and photographers.

The Rijsk and Van Gogh museums are open from 9 am and are a very good way to start the day. I would suggest going to the Van Gogh Museum because it’s my favorite and you learn so much about the artist’s life and predominant works.

Rijskmuseum in the morning

sunrise in Amsterdam

THE VONDELPARK: A CITY BREAK

What you will see in the Vondelpark: people working out, runners, bikers, and people relaxing. This is a perfect place for breakfast or lunch or just a relaxation spot after a visit to the museum. 

THE BLOEMENMARKT: FLOWERS EVERYWHERE

Well, there is no way to visit Amsterdam and miss the flower market. I wouldn’t! Every single time, it’s still worth a little walk. I always love to visit the shops but I never buy anything because I can’t keep any plant alive. There are plenty of souvenirs to bring home and the atmosphere is different from the rest of the city. There is also a beautiful view from behind the market.

THE CITY CENTER

It’s always active. From the Dam square, if you like street performances to Kalverstraat or Leidsestraat if you’re more into shopping, you will find your perfect itinerary. Getting lost in the streets is always a good idea since you can discover something that was not on your plans. Since December is coming fast, the streets will become Christmas markets.

THE CANALS

I will write an article just about the canals because they are what makes the city. They give so much life and beauty to it. And at night, their lights create an enchanting atmosphere.

BIKES

3 times in Amsterdam and I still can’t get used to the bikes. Always scared to be hit by one. But they are the more pleasant thing to photography, they just look good.