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Pollen's Guide to Amstergram

We’re not ashamed to admit that there’s an element of smugness when we show-off our best city-break snaps on Instagram and watch the likes from our friends at home flood in. Don’t get us wrong, we’re still there soaking up all of the culture that this amazing city has to offer, but it feels good to create a bit of Insta-envy!

You won’t have to go out of your way to find yourself beside beautiful canals, overlooking spectacular skylines or enjoying ‘gram-worthy brunches; the city is crammed full of photo opportunities and we’re here to hook you up with all of the Insta-inspo you need.

1. Damrak

If you think posting the classic bridge shot with the flower-filled canal in the background is a bit too basic, we’ve got a perfect alternative. The Damrak runs from Amsterdam Centraal to Dam Square. The ‘dancing houses’ are an iconic selfie backdrop.

amsterdam canal
photo credit: @liv_hanna_d

2. Mama Kelly

A little off the beaten track, located in the city’s’ outskirts, is the travel blogger’s favourite Mama Kelly. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this pink paradise is frequented by influencers and anyone looking to get that perfect shot of their Pornstar Martini - the gold-highlighted aesthetic is exactly what will take your ‘gram from 0 to 100.

While the menu predominantly features chicken and lobster, there’s plenty more to choose from and an extensive cocktail menu. Their boozy high-tea could even make for the perfect pre-drinks with the girls.

damrak amsterdam
photo credit: @mamakellyamsterdam

3. Pluk

A healthy little hotspot located in Nine Streets, surrounded by boutique shops and plenty of charming cafes. Sweet treats to die for and a cute-and-cosy vibe, Pluk is one for the kitschy Insta feeds. And there’s no surprise that the most ‘grammed item on the menu is their unicorn acai bowls - order one and you’ll see exactly why!

pluk amsterdam
photo credit: @plukamsterdam

4. Polaberry

One for the sweet-toothed Instagrammer. Inside pretty Polaberry, you’ll notice that every single wall has been transformed to provide the most adorable scenery. They are knowingly inviting you to take pics from the moment you step foot inside and splash these all over your socials. Photos of beautifully hand-decorated chocolate covered strawberries aren’t the only reason to add this to your go-to list, they taste absolutely incredible too.

polaberry amsterdam
photo credits: @polaberry

5. Wake Me Up When I’m Famous Street Art - De Pijp

Located at Frans Halsstraat 64, the “Wake Me Up When I’m Famous” bench is a popular Instagram spot for those that are looking for something a little different. Maybe you’ve exhausted all of the city’s brunch places and want to make sure your friends know that you have actually taken a few hours out of the cafe and coffee shop-hopping to see the sights.

amsterdam street art
photo credits: flickr.com

6. Corner Bakery

Located centrally in the Old West district, close to Vondelpark, you won’t find a better hangover cure than Corner Bakery. As though mouthwatering milkshakes weren’t enough, they’re topped with donuts, cream and all kinds of other sweet treats. Be sure to make a stop here, you won’t regret it.

corner bakery amsterdam
photo credits: @cornerbakeryamsterdam

7. Bloemenmarkt

What better way to see the tulips without venturing out of the city? Amsterdam’s floating flower market is nothing short of beautiful. A wonderful place to spend a lazy couple of hours. Your short visit to the city probably means that you wouldn’t be looking to purchase any, but it does give you a gorgeous shot for the ‘gram.

bloemenmarkt amsterdam
photo credit: www.meltingbutter.com

8. The Avocado Show

A treat for the tastebuds as well as the eyes; The Avocado Show is a hipster-heaven, and with two locations in the city, you’ll find it hard to say no to this one. Delicious, nutritious and an easy way to grab your 5-a-day. But don’t be fooled, this influencer favourite has a lengthy cocktail menu and a whole range of avocado burgers and pancake stacks, making it the ultimate place to indulge without feeling guilty!

the avocado show amsterdam
photo credit: @theavocadoshow

9. Bar Botanique

An urban jungle or bougie restaurant and cocktail bar? You tell us. The tropical vibe gives a pop of colour to your Instagram feed and is a great place to visit early in the morning, or late into the night.

bar botanique amsterdam
photo credits: @heydavina

10. Van Wonderen Stroopwafels

A colourful twist on a traditional Dutch snack. A spot that’s perhaps a little tourist-y, but it still doesn’t take away from the fact these are absolutely delicious and make for a pretty Instagrammable photo with the canal in the background. If you’re really looking to show-off that you’re exploring this beautiful city and taking in all that it has to offer, this is certainly one way to do it.

van wonderen stroopwafels amsterdam
photo credits: thefab20s.com/must-do-amsterdam/


Kizzy Liddington


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