Solo trip to Amsterdam – my top 3 memories

solo trip to Amsterdam - stunning architecture

Amsterdam is a diverse and picturesque city to explore by yourself on foot, by bicycle, boat or tram. With its narrow houses, renaissance architecture, canals and bridges, there is plenty to enjoy aesthetically. Immerse yourself in culture and history from one of its many museums or mingle with the locals at one of Amsterdam’s nightlife hot spots. These were my top 3 memories from my solo trip to Amsterdam in 2019…

1. Pllek

Pllek, Amsterdam

Wow I felt elated to have discovered this place. The NDSM wharf behind Centraal Station offers a free, regular shuttle to Northern Amsterdam. Join the locals who use the service for commuting on a journey to Pllek. It is just a 5 minute walk on disembarking the boat.

Pllek - top memories from solo trip to Amsterdam

Pllek is a unique cafe/restaurant/bar made from shipping containers. Food and drink, 75% of which is vegetarian, can be consumed in the bustling indoor area. However, there are seating options outside too, by the manmade beach area. Framing the beach is a sea wall, ideal for finding a spot to sit and watch a stunning sunset. The atmosphere here is incredible.  The venue hosts a number of workshops, art exhibitions and live bands. For current scheduled events, have a look at Pllek’s website for further information.


2. The Avocado Show

All things Avocado at The Avocado Show on my solo trip to Amsterdam

As a bit of a foodie I was intrigued to visit The Avocado Show. Every dish is made with avocados in some way.  The restaurant has a ‘no cash’ policy and serves a wide range of interesting, well presented and super tasty dishes.  Inside you will be met with neon signs, cactus plants and a bar area leading to an open kitchen. Staff here are friendly, knowledgeable and are happy to make recommendations.  Be warned, The Avocado Show is very busy and you cannot reserve a table so I recommend arriving early. 

3. Riverboat Cruise

Solo trip to Amsterdam - a canal cruise
Evening canal cruise in Amsterdam

Take a leisurely 90 minute cruise along Amsterdam’s network of canals as the sun starts to set. The audio commentary is interesting and offers an insight into Amsterdam’s history and culture. Many places of interest are passed along the way. You will sail past the famous Red Light District, Amsterdam’s narrowest bridge and its beautiful houses.

Skinny Bridge on one of Amsterdam's canals
Skinny Bridge, Amsterdam

Drinks and nibbles are available on board with The Blue Boat Company. This is a wonderful evening activity to enjoy before or after dinner on a solo trip to Amsterdam.

Suggested Further Reading:

Things to do in Amsterdam – recommended solo activities

Hotels in Amsterdam – recommended hotels for solo travel

Restaurants in Amsterdam – places recommended for solo dining

Amsterdam Travel Tips

Solo Travel Destinations – other places I can recommend for solo travel

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