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Why Amsterdam Might Be Better Than London For Your Next Gig

Flights to Amsterdam from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

How many times does your favourite band announce a UK tour and you get all super excited only to find they’re only playing a date in London? We’ve been up and down to London so many times, grabbing the late night train after a gig or staying over to explore the city – I love London, but everything happens down there and I’m just a little bit bored of it.

When The Shins announced their tour I noticed they were playing the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow and a date in London, but then something caught my eye – they were hopping into Europe and playing a show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam… it can’t be that much harder to get to Amsterdam than to get to London from Yorkshire, right? I had a chat with my pals at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and they sent me out to Amsterdam as an experiment to see why Amsterdam might be better than London for your next gig.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Robin Hood Airport

Our flight to Amsterdam was leaving from Doncaster Sheffield airport at 3pm, so we jumped on a train to Doncaster at 12.15pm and arrived into the city half an hour later. From here we walked the three minutes from the platform to the bus station which is just through the bottom of the shopping centre to the left when you exit Doncaster train station. The X4 bus leaves from here every half an hour, it takes 22 minutes and costs £3 one way. We arrived at the airport at around 1.20pm with the perfect amount of time to check our suitcase, grab a beer and some chips and wait to board out plane.

The airport is really small, so all the facilities are within very close range. If you drive, it’s even easier to fly from here as the car park is literally outside the door of the airport, unlike similar airports where you have to park in a nearby lot and grab a shuttle bus to get your flight. Even though it’s small, DSA still has a duty free shop with a massive range of Benefit products, some fun designer sunglasses to try on while you’re killing time and a large WHSmiths to pick up a magazine if you fancy. There’s also a Subway if you’d rather another option to Wetherspoons.

Yorkshire to Amsterdam, Flights from Robin Hood Airport

The flight time to Amsterdam from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is around 45/50 minutes so there’s just enough time to enjoy a drink at your seat before the plane descends to land. Schiphol airport is the complete opposite to DSA – it’s huge!! We grabbed our bag from baggage claim and followed the signs for the train into Amsterdam.

It costs €5.50 for a single into the city and the journey was just 15/20 minutes into Amsterdam Centraal, from here we hopped on the ferry outside the exit to the station for the two minute journey to Amsterdam Noord where we had booked into ClinkNOORD, a fun hostel hotel with all the facilities you could ever need.

Amsterdam better than London for Gig

On our first night we settled into the room, looked up a tasty dinner option on Trip Advisor and headed out to explore the city. We had an accidental walk down the red light district, which is definitely interesting to see! The next morning we had breakfast at the hostel, which was just €5.90 if you book in advance, and popped next door to the A’dam Lookout for amazing 360 degree views of Amsterdam. We spent the rest of the day exploring the streets and canals and having a spot of lunch and coffee in the sunshine. We tried the popular snack Bitterballen for lunch which is really tasty. I believe it’s a fried ball of meat and roux, so not veggie friendly! I was also happy to find out that the coffee in Amsterdam is lovely and strong, unlike the excuse for coffee we get in the UK! Haha.

The Shins Live at the Paradiso Amsterdam 30th March 2017

Amsterdam better than London for Gig

After lunch and a wander, we got changed and caught the tram down to near the Paradiso. Trams are a really easy and quick way to get around the city. We had dinner at Dubbel, which is two streets across from the venue and I had an amazing butternut squash and goats cheese risotto before we wandered over to see The Shins at the Paradiso. The gig was amazing and the venue is gorgeous, set in an old church building with huge intricate windows above the stage. If you’ve never seen The Shins live, I highly recommend it!

The morning after we popped into the city to get brunch at Toastable, who offer triple layered toasties with a whole bunch of tasty fillings, perfect for soaking up your hangover! From there you could either head back home or spend a couple more days exploring Amsterdam like we did – more on that super soon!

I loved every second of our trip to Amsterdam and being in a new city definitely helped ease the post-gig blues. It was at least as easy to get to Amsterdam as it is to get to and around London – next time there will be nothing stopping me from venturing a little further to see my favourite band! Thanks to Doncaster Sheffield Airport for sending me to Amsterdam!

Flights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Amsterdam are from £29.99
Flight time is just 50 minutes, quicker than the train to London and often cheaper too!
The airport also flies regularly to Dublin and Paris, other amazing cities to take in a gig and soak up some of the local culture as an alternative to London.

Will you try a city break for your next gig? Loves x xx

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Eating Out In Amsterdam: The Avocado Show

Best Places for Brunch in Amsterdam - The Avocado Show

A brunch spot entirely dedicated to the avocado? Well yes, we HAD to visit The Avocado Show in Amsterdam, for research purposes of course! Near the Heineken Experience and I Amsterdam sign, The Avocado Show is open for breakfast and lunch, but closes by 5pm so make sure you make your day time eating plans around this amazing avocado heaven!

Eating Out in Amsterdam - The Avocado Show

Places To Eat in De Pijp Amsterdam

We arrived around 11am and were seated straight away, but shortly after that the restaurant became extremely busy and there were a whole bunch of people waiting outside for a table at some point during the brunch period. There is a lovely vintage shop down the road if you’re stuck waiting for a while, though.

It might seem like an obvious thing to say, but just in case, if you don’t like avocado this is not the place for you. You might get away with ordering the nachos and not eating the avocado dips, but even the fresh smoothies have avocado in.

Where to eat near Heineken Experience in Amsterdam

The Avocado Show Amsterdam

The food at The Avocado Show is hands down the prettiest food I’ve ever been served

I went for a chicken sandwich, which was a chunk of crusty bread topped with truffle mayonnaise, an entire avocado sliced up, several slices of chicken and topped with pea shoots and edible flowers. Anywhere that serves pea shoots instead of standard salad gets an A++ from me!
Stu ordered a whole avocado cut in half and stuffed with hummus – it was topped with various spices and edible flowers and was an excellent taste combination. We got some nachos on the side that were basic, but covered in tasty cheese and came with a rich avocado dip.

Drinks wise Stu chose an avocado based smoothie, which was deliciously creamy and contained no milk. I chose an espresso, which you’ll be glad to hear contained no avocado!! They also have fresh orange juice, made in house.

Avocado Restaurant Amsterdam

Eating Out In Amsterdam

The restaurant seating of dreams

I loved the decor too – one wall was painted mint green with pink booth seating – the restaurant seating of dreams! The wall opposite was a textured grey that looked like an old industrial wall. I loved the effect, but it looked like it took ages to create so I’ll probably avoid trying that at home. Other areas were created with floor to ceiling greenery and there were cute cacti and green potted plants on every table. The decor in the bathroom was gorgeous too, they’ve really put care and attention into the place.

Instagram Brunch Spots Amsterdam

Vegetarian Food in Amsterdam

The Avocado Show can be found on Daniël Stalpertstraat in Amsterdam
Open 7 days a week, 8.30am – 5pm
Card payments only, no cash
More info on their Facebook page

Avocado Cafe in Amsterdam

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