I came across this small sandwich shop just after it opened at the end of last century. One of my best friends lived in the same street, and as she grew up in Australia, she quickly made contact with Sean, from the same part of the world. He is one of the happiest persons you’ll meet in Amsterdam, even speaking Dutch with a lovely accent and always keeping his head cool when it is crowded.
His sandwiches are delicious, there is a large choice of all kinds of healthy toppings, salads, cakes, greens, pasta’s and shakes. And they also do great coffee and take away meals.
There are some seats inside, but if you’re lucky and the sun is shining, you can sit outside on of the benches and feel just as happy as I did end of September in the last rays of sunshine.
When looking for a hotel in Amsterdam you do not often think of the Eastern docklands as a location for your stay. This might change if you get to know this area and this hotel, opened in 2004. We have now stayed here three times; last time was a surprise weekend for my birthday.
The Lloyd is build in a monumental building dating from 1921 by architect Evert Breman. All 117 rooms are different, decorated by famous Dutch designers and range from 1- 5 stars. At first sight the rooms might come across a little strange, last time our bathroom was kind of hidden behind a large wall separator, or the shower is just hanging in the middle of the room. But if you like things to be a bit different and surprising you will quickly feel at home here.
The breakfast is delicious, served in the large restaurant on the ground floor, high ceilings, gorgeous flowers, free newspapers and wifi.
This part of Amsterdam is great to explore by foot, visiting the very interesting modern architecture, walking along the banks of the river Ij, shopping and stopping in the many restaurants and bars.
Within no time you can also reach other parts of the city by tram or bike.
And last but not least, the beds and duvets are super comfortable! When we wanted a new bed at home, we even bought the same brand, pretending we sleep at the Lloyd every night.