5 Apps You Need in Amsterdam

1. Maps

Amsterdam has a great public transportation system provided by GVB. You don’t need their app or the famous 9292 (Used by the dutch mostly) to get by with the trams and buses, because Google Maps has all the info from GVB and provides accurate times, making it super easy to just google the address or name of the place you wanna go or drop a pin and check how to get there!
You can use Google Maps offline as well, don’t forget to save the map area on wifi before you go out.

Another app to use maps offline is Maps.me which also provides basically the same thing, but it’s manly for offline use during travel.
Remember that in order to get public transport info with google maps or any other map you will need an internet connection, which takes me to my next point…

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2. Wifi Map Pro

Going to another country means you will have to pay a lot of money for 3g/4g. Instead, search for wifi you can use! This app has a huge database and you will always be covered. I use the Pro version, but they also have a free one. You load the map when you are connected to wi-fi and then you can search for wi-fi hotspots offline when you need it.

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3. Yelp

I know a lot of people use Trip Advisor when travelling and it can be a big help because of the big community of travellers and to get advice, and you can totally use that for main touristy things. If you want to really dive into the local scene, use Yelp. Most locals use it to know where the newest hotspots are and where it’s cool to hang out so you know you will be getting a real taste of the city.

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4. Ov-Chipkaart

For those who live in Amsterdam this is a must-have for you to always check how much money you still have in your public transport card, the ov-chipkaart. If you are only visiting, this is also a great investment if you stay longer than a week.

Android | iOS

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 5. Instagram

Yes, Instagram made it to my list! Maybe you think it’s just a photo app but it can be much more than that… There are people who use it even to sell stuff (Instagram stores, people!), and you can totally take advantage of the geo tag feature to search for places in Amsterdam to get a hold of what’s going on in the city and the scene. Read more here about how to use Instagram as a travel tool.

Android | iOS

6. YOURLBB

Your Little Black Book started as a blog about travel and now it’s a big site with an app & books and everything! You will always find the latest and hottest tips for places to go and things to do there. The site and app are both super organized so this is a great guide. I check it every week.

Android | iOS | website

7. Buienalarm

Probably the must must-have app to have in the whole country. The Netherlands is a rainy country and the weather can bounce really fast here. There is a local app just for rain with 2 hours forecast and it’s pretty accurate. If you have it in your phone it will notify you when the rain is about to hit! You can also check the website (ps: all dutchies know about this website so it’s a nice thing to “bond” over)

Android | iOS

✈️ What are your favorite travel apps? ✈️

IJ-Hallen

I love a good bargain, but most importantly I love to find unique little things for decor and vintage clothes. There are flea markets in Amsterdam but it’s not always that special.

The Ij-Hallen is the biggest flea market in Europe and truly a paradise of treasures and beauties. It happens every month during a weekend, both saturday and sunday. I love going there to lose myself between the stands so full of things that it’s almost impossible to look at everything

There are two parts to the market, the outside and inside.  The outside has things like furniture, and bigger items and things and the inside has more clothing and rugs, eletronics, etc… But you can find almost the same things in both parts. This day was particularly cold and rainy, so some things got wet on the outside stands.

Don’t forget to get some poffertjes to go along with your shopping, they have a place that makes fresh ones on the spot. There are also a couple food trucks for when hunger strikes (you can seriously get lost in there for a whole day) with fries and other dutch fried snacks.

I hope you can get a feeling of how the market is from the pictures. x

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Cinequanon

While walking through the city to grab some chocolates, I stumbled upon this lovely small shop filled with treasures! I was attracted to it immediately because of a display of posters they put on the street. It didn’t take long before I went in and was amazed by the amount of stuff they had! It was like going into a treasure hunt, I’m a huge movie, posters, and photographs enthusiast aka Paraphernalia collector.

They have awesome movie posters for sale starting from around 8 euros and ranging from small or medium posters to huge ones that you can browse around in the store.

There are also arthouse dvds, original photographs of movie stars (legends), cool postcards, and film books (also vintage magazines). Their collection of posters include classic, french, vintage, italian and many more. You should also browse carefully because there is many more to be found, if you have a good eye for artifacts. ;)

If you love old vintage movies or all that old glamour, make sure to step inside!

 

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‘Cuz If you Like it…

Then you shoulda put a ring on it… ♪

Ok everyone… Drumroll. Big news! We’re engaged! Can you believe it? It happened during our trip to Rio, and it was an amazing moment for us. We’re now in a denial state about how crazy wedding planning can be (and let’s say expensive?) so let’s see how it goes from here… Maybe I’ll do some posts on wedding planning!

For privacy and illustration purposes, tutu is modelling and offering the ring for me!

Rosie and Me – Come back ♪

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Anyone else engaged too? Seriously in need of some W talk!

Sincerely,
– Overwhelmed

Java Eiland

The eastern docklands can be just as charming as the center part of the city…One of my favorite places to hang out in the east is is Java-Eiland which is right by my house and never ceases to amaze me.

There is lot of architecture and history there, mixing maritime heritage with modern architecture. You can find many cool interior design shops and waterside cafes and even a little green area to sit during those sunny summer days. You can take a nice stroll, going through all the nice “designy” bridges and watching people go about their lives in their laid-back manner.

If you would like to learn more about the architectural style found at java-Eiland then click here.

So, let’s take a walk around Java-Eiland together…

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FOLLOW MY WALK
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The main way to get to Java Eiland is to go through the Jan Schaefer bridge (or Java Bridge). The bridge is amazingly smooth and modern, and it can also be removed for when the festivities start for SAIL.

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The picture above is a clear view of the Veemkade from Java-Eiland, with all modern buildings…

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Relaxed atmosphere and stylish buildings and bridges…

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This area in the picture above is called Bogortuin ;) and it’s one of my favorite spots to relax in Amsterdam… You can swim here and lay down on the grass, have a picknick, you name it.

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Hope you loved Java-Eiland as much as I do ;)

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