Rise and shine! It's day two in Amsterdam and the city awaits you. Now Amsterdam has some rich World War II history and you'll definitely be familiar with one of the most frequently told stories told from that era, Anne Frank's story. The house that she hid and wrote her diary in during Nazi reign is in Amsterdam proper (right along one of the canals) and you can visit it. I highly encourage you to buy e-tickets beforehand because the line for non-ticket holders can go over two hours!
The entire self guided tour will take you about an hour to an hour and a half to complete. If you've done the tour in the morning then you're probably feeling hungry now. Get some waffles with toppings or mini pancakes called poffertjes for a late breakfast. You can get them from any street vendor or cafes in the city. Some places I would recommend is Cafe T Smalle or Koffiehuis de Hoek (cash only)
Unless you've booked a specific tour then you've probably got some free time. Check out FOAM photo gallery museum (free admission with your Iamsterdam card) where you'll find contemporary exhibits and of course some incredible film and photography. When I visited I was fortunate enough to the see the Ai Weiwei #SafePassage exhibit.
The FOAM gallery is near the Heineken factory which you can tour. Although it is quite touristy if you're a beer lover then this may be right up your alley. Or you can use the time to do some shopping along the 9 streets and stop for some happy hour treats. I really liked getting cocktails at The Lobby Nespelin Restaurant & Bar where we indulged in veal bitterballen and some spritz.
The Lobby is near the Red Light district and if it is your first time in Amsterdam then I am assuming you'll let your curiosity guide you there. There's also plenty of Red Light tours and museums if you're interested in learning how a district like the Red Light district can even exist.
Dinnertime is fast approaching and you'll need to get changed. Since it is day two in Amsterdam you'll want to check out a nice fine dining restaurant. Restaurant De Kas is the place to go. It is outside of Amsterdam central so you'll need to Uber or get a taxi but it is worth the journey. The restaurant is inside its very own greenhouse inside of a park. This incredible place aims to provide you with exceptional vegetable dishes picked daily from its greenhouse. Although the vegetables are extraordinary the fish and meat dishes are just as good. The chefs deserve so much praise for delivering on a menu that is simple, organic, local and hits all the taste marks. You can do the fixed menu for dinner (about 5 courses) or if you're celebrating a special occasion then opt for the chef's table which is 10 courses with wine pairing included. The chef's table is an experience unlike any other. You actually sit inside the kitchen and watch the chefs work. You'll then get a tour of the greenhouse halfway through your meal and you'll finish your cheese and dessert courses in the main dining room. Eating at Restaurant De Kas was not only just a major highlight of my Amsterdam trip but it was one of the best experiences of my life.
Hopefully day two has left you full and satisfied. Perhaps we'll explore other parts of Holland on day three? Stay tuned!