Breakfast plan in Amsterdam: Friends

Although I had done my fair share of research in terms of food and coffee spots in Amsterdam, I let my friend Jess who’s now lived in the city for a few months pick a breakfast spot for us to meet up.

The rendezvous being at 8am, I found myself walking down the canals of Amsterdam on a cold rainy morning, happy to find shelter in the croissanterie Friends.

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Amazed by the prices, I set out to have a big breakfast because where else will you find freshly pressed juice (with fruit and veggies of your choice) for €2.20!

And don’t be fooled, the low price does not impact the quality of the food, au contraire, I was happily surprised by how much I enjoyed their whole wheat croissant (in an attempt to make croissant healthier for you). Cappuccino was less than €2 and I was nicely full for the rest of my busy morning visiting the humongous and recently refurbished Rijksmuseum.

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The cheap breakfast also helped make up the ridiculously expensive entrance fare for the Rijks (€17…).

If you’re going soon, I strongly recommend the following galleries:
-“Catwalk” if you want to see some seriously amazing dresses that we worn by real people in the past up until the 60s
-Breitner, and especially his series “Girl in Kimono”
-Carel Van Hees’s photo documentary of “Education in Rotterdam”

Friends
Nassaukade 122, 1052 EC Amsterdam
Price range: breakfast for under 5€

True Story Juices

I met my friend Jess last year. You might find it difficult to imagine two Asian short girls in an Oxford rowing boat and yet, we held on our seats and rowed one in front of the other all year long.

After rowing together for a year, I headed to Paris while she settled down in Amsterdam to start a juice business: True Story. I’ve been following her start up since the beginning, from the choice of name and logo to first pop ups through social media. However, an inevitable trip to Amsterdam last month was the perfect opportunity for me to really discover her ambitious project with my own eyes, and my own tastebuds.

We met up for a delicious breakfast at Friends to catch up on our lives and for Jess to tell me all about the running of True Story.

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Amsterdam May 2016

I don’t know if you remember but about a year ago I was booking my very first trip to Amsterdam. I spent 3 days exploring the city of cycles, visiting museums, Anne Frank’s house and doing all things touristy.

I was really glad to go back this year, even if it was just for 36 hours, to visit my good friend Coline who lived in Cameroun at the same time I did, and who I have known since I was 4. Although she was busy with her internship during the day, it gave me time to wander around the streets of Amsterdam, sit down in many (many!) cafés, eat fresh stroopwaffles and simply enjoy Amsterdam life. On the sunny Thursday, I strolled around the flower market where I was lucky to see beautiful tulips in bloom (I would have killed to see the Keukenhof gardens but unfortunately arrived 4 days after it closed for the year…) and on the rainy Friday I found shelter in the impressive Rijksmuseum.

I had the best time watching people cycle across canals, chilling in the sun on terraces, and living their life, imagining how pleasant it would be to settle down in such a charming city and thinking of making those getaways to Amsterdam an annual thing.

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