It was our plan to have pancakes at Pancakes! Amsterdam on Berenstraat street no 38 in the De 9 Straatjes (Pia Jane Bijkerk mentions it in her interesting book Amsterdam: Made By Hand) but the place was full so we simply sat down at Mokka next door, a small and friendly café/restaurant. Hubby and our boy got big slices of apple cakes, the girls chose grilled sandwiches, and I got a brootje with salmon – my love for salmon dates back to childhood. After this wonderful refreshment we continued our walk along the Prinsengracht canal enjoying its activity to the fullest.
When we got closer to the Reestraat street my heart literally began beating faster. I saw the green Hotel Pulitzer flags and I was back in 1989, a teenager visiting Amsterdam for the first time with one of my best friends, her mother and brother. We stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer (quite fancy, I know! My friend's mother worked for an airline company and got a good deal) and we simply had the time of our lives. I think we experienced the best things the city has to offer because my friend's mother had been in Amsterdam frequently and she went to lengths to entertain us. This is a trip I'll never ever forget.
If you pass by Westermarkt and continue walking north along the Prinsengracht canal you'll soon find the Anne Frank House. As we've been in Amsterdam before we turned into Westermarkt and found an adorable bakery called Cup a la Cake at no 19. As the name indicates they sell cupcakes, and also muffins, sandwiches and chocolate. I simply had to get their permission to photograph the Chanel cupcakes and of course they allowed me to.
Later this week there will be a part two of this 'I Heart Amsterdam' post because I've got more photographs to share with you. I hope you have enjoyed this 'journey' and are maybe more willing to visit the city if you haven't done so already. De 9 Straatjes is only a small part of Amsterdam but it is a district I hold dear; it's the essence, the heart, of my first memory of Amsterdam.
photo credit: Lisa Hjalt