I spent the last week and a half visiting friends and family both in the Netherlands and England. Truthfully, I didn’t do too many touristy things, having been to both countries several times before. There was a lot of catching up with each others lives and aimless wandering around the city. Although my vacation was uneventful by definition, the easygoing change of pace was definitely a welcome break to my usual, frenetic everyday life.
I ended up visiting four cities — the Hague and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, as well as Brighton and London in England. Photos and some food recommendations down below:
The Hague is admittedly a little bit of a sleepy town; there’s not much to do there in terms of touristy things, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the city because it’s where I spent some of my childhood years. Despite its sleepyness, I maintain that it’s a beautiful and idyllic little town filled with lots of trees, brick lane avenues and vintage bicycles.
My parents and I took some time to go to a pancake house for lunch one day. Pancakes are a big thing in the Netherlands. Unlike in the US, they are a lunch time food and often come with savory toppings like bacon, ham and cheese. You can tell from the pictures below that Dutch pancakes are traditionally thinner and flatter than American pancakes — I liken them to a heartier crepe:
- Paviljoen Malieveld is where my parents and I ate pancakes. I liked the place, and TripAdvisor ranks it well, but locals don’t seem to think too much of it. Oh well.
- For fries, check out Vleminckx Sausmeesters.
- For cute little patisserie desserts and macarons, check out Pompadour Amsterdam’s tearoom. There’s dine-in service, as well as a dessert case where you can take pastries to go.
- Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood is one of my favorites in the city; it’s great for exploring by foot since it’s filled with a lot of adorable shops and restaurants.