Amsterdam for two
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A little while ago someone reminded me that people traveling to Amsterdam are always on the look-out for 24/7 fun, but people that actually live in Amsterdam, are always searching for the hidden, quiet places. And yes, that’s a fact.
Particularly for a romantic day in Amsterdam, you need go out of the city centre. ‘Vuurtoreneiland’ – a.k.a. the lighthouse island – is my favorite romantic place to go. You can reach the island with a small, old fashioned boat that takes you from the Lloyd Hotel (which is quite a sight in itself) in twenty minutes to a small island where there is nothing but a lighthouse and a greenhouse. A restaurant is situated in the greenhouse. Here, you can eat the finest food (a big part of the menu is plant based), drink the best wines and you are treated as if you are the most important person on the planet (which you are, of course!). It’s a little holiday ‘in’ town on its own.
Vuurtoreneiland used to be only open during the summer season but recently the restaurant team built a gorgeous fort, meaning that in the winter of 2016 for the first time people can enjoy the island on a chilly evening too – it won’t get more romantic than that and that’s a promise!
About the writer: Maartje is an Amsterdam based travel journalist who, next to her own website, writes for magazines such as ELLE and Harper's Bazaar. On her travel blog bartsboekje.com you’ll find golden oldies and hip hotspots to eat, sleep, drink and relax.