Central Amsterdam is a magically beautiful place. Historic canals, unending rows of picturesque houses, and quaint little shops selling thousands of different cheeses. But hold on a minute, that’s not all that Amsterdam has to offer. Neighbourhoods like Amsterdam-Zuid are full of fascinating museums, amazing urban parks, and plenty of trendy hotspots. One of those hidden hotspots is CanteenM.
Lunch at CanteenM
CanteenM can be found inside the CitizenM Amsterdam Boutique Hotel, only a 2-minute walk away from the Amsterdam Zuid train and metro station. The hybrid bar-restaurant is open 24 hours a day and serves all kinds of drinks, barista coffee and breakfast with fresh pastries (and boy do I like my croissants). Of course, you can also drop by for lunch and dinner with a buffet option.
My friend Tess and I were long overdue for a serious catching up session, so we decided to have lunch together in Amsterdam-Zuid. The canteen is part of a larger lobby, which is great for simply relaxing, watching TV, or doing a little bit of typing (like this blog post). Tess and I ended up staying for a few hours, discussing politics like serious adults and exchanging some juicy gossip.
Pumpkin Soup & Quinoa Sushi
For lunch, we both went for a delicious pumpkin soup as a starter (the buffet option for that day). It was a very cold day, so it was great to have something warm in our stomachs. I then picked the quinoa sushi option as the main dish, simply because I was fascinated by the idea of matching quinoa with sushi, instead of sesame seeds. I’m usually a bit skeptical about the whole “super food” trend, but I definitely wasn’t disappointed! The fish, avocado, and quinoa pretty much made for a perfect match.
My entire meal and drink came in under €20, so thankfully my student budget could handle the damage just fine. If you really want to save some cash, you can make it even more affordable by picking the buffet option and going for a second (or third) serving!
Other Things to do in Amsterdam-Zuid
Are you planning on hanging out in Amsterdam-Zuid and wondering what other cool things there are to do? Well, there are more than enough. If you want to visit every hotspot, you will probably even have to spread them out over a few days.
Museumplein and the Rijksmuseum Gardens
The absolute highlight in Amsterdam-Zuid is probably Museumplein (Museum Square), where you can find almost all of the major museums in Amsterdam. This is where you’ll find the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum. I personally love visiting the Rijksmuseum Gardens as well, especially in spring and summer.
Vondelpark and Amstelpark
There are also a multiple amazing parks in the Zuid neighbourhood, particularly the Vondelpark and Amstelpark. The Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s best-known public park and an official national heritage site. It’s a great place for a crisp winter stroll or a summer picnic.
The Amstelpark is often overlooked by first-time visitors, but just as wonderful. The park has a large playground, multiple landscape gardens with colourful flowers, and includes a petting zoo with goats, rabbits, ostriches, donkeys and pigs. What more could you ask for?
This blog post was created in collaboration with Ingenuity Digital and CitizenM. Thank you for the invite!