Exploring Amsterdam {Part 2}: Rijks Museum and Cocktail Time

After a wonderful morning of wandering round Amsterdam and taking a break to rest our feet, we were ready to drift over to museumplein to take in some more of the sights and be a little cultured!
The whole time we were in Amsterdam I couldn’t get over how amazing the architecture is – it really is one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve ever visited. 

The Rijks Museum certainly didn’t disappoint – it was stunning, and was such an imposing building.

What really made this place special was the exceptionally talented cellist playing some of my favourite music, Bach’s cello suite. I was too awestruck by his talent to get a photograph, but I wish I had – or taken a video!

We wandered round the building itself, through the gardens and just admired its beauty (and tried not to get run over by bikes – which is harder than you might think!)

The Instagram famous I Amsterdam installation is at the back of the Rijks Museum and much as we wanted to take the classic tourist photo, it was overrun by, quite literally, hundreds of other tourists when we were there!

So I settled for taking some photos of the sign itself!

It was a blistering hot day and I wished I could dive straight into this pool!

Once my inner shutterbug was satisfied we moved on to the gardens and water fountain that we could run through! The gardens were immaculately maintained, and even though it was smack bang in the middle of museumplein it was so peaceful and quiet. I could have stayed there for hours.

There were so many people sitting in the cafe, on benches and just wandering round – it really was a great place to just be.

After taking in the beautiful surroundings, we took one last walk round back to the entrance to dive into the air conditioned haven of the museum itself!

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The museum is home to some of the most beautiful art in the world, and some of the most famous. No words of mine will do them any justice, so I’ll leave them to speak for themselves!

Even the ceilings were like works of art! I loved that they had skylights to let the natural sunlight in, instead of giving the museum a really fake light that can often distort the colours of the art.

After wandering round part of the museum (we totally underestimated how large it was and really should have left more time to visit it) and being completely awestruck by the art, we headed home for an hour of relaxation before heading out again for the evening.

Andy knew a real find of a cocktail bar, Tales & Spirits – it doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s a real gem of a bar. The staff are so friendly and the cocktails are wonderful – it’s a must visit when you’re in Amsterdam.

We were given some rice crackers and pineapple chutney to much on. Okay, I know, it sounds really odd, but it was surprisingly good!

And then for the main event! We ordered an off-menu cocktail as we knew it was served in a bath (I told you this place was fun!) and when it was brought to our table Splish Splash came on and the staff started singing to us!

We also had delightful, bright pink umbrellas to hold which was slightly embarrassing but a whole lot of fun! I’ve got a photograph but I fear Andy wouldn’t speak to me if it made an appearance on the blog!

Not quite ready to go for dinner yet we headed to another very special bar, the Sky Lounge, as it was such a glorious evening. Sadly though, we weren’t the only ones with this idea and so at first we couldn’t get a seat outside, and were sat inside looking over the river and not beautiful Amsterdam city itself. Oh well!

We eventually got a seat outside and were treated to the  most glorious view. Even though my feet were killing me by this point, I’m so glad we walked to the Sky Lounge as it was the best place to see the city.

We couldn’t have asked for a better first day adventuring in Amsterdam. I couldn’t wait to explore some more the next day!

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  • That barbie in the bath is literally the best cocktail ever! I think Amsterdam get a bad name cos of the red light district and the legal cannabis but it really is such a beautiful city!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • Love Tales & Spirits bar! We are thinking of going to Amsterdam for 3 days in August and we will have to try that bar, maybe even that drink!

  • It really was a fantastic cocktail! I agree – it's not all about the red light district and the cannabis, it's such an incredible city. Fun fact – cannabis isn't actually legal in Amsterdam, it's just tolerated! X

  • Ahhh you definitely should – it's such an incredible city! Definitely head to Tales & Spirits – it's a fantastic bar and the service is excellent x

  • I'm intrigued about the cellist playing, do they have one there all the time or was that a one-off event?

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • I think he was just playing on the street there – it was wonderful!