After a five-year stint studying in the picturesque Holland town of Leiden, Cassandra Pizzey moved to Amsterdam, where she interned and was subsequently hired on as an editor for Design.nl. Working as a freelancer has allowed her to explore by bike during her more than two years in the bustling hub of culture and design. "If you can look through the mass of tourists and make the city yours," says Pizzey, "it really is an amazing place to live thanks to impressive architecture, a rich cultural program and great shopping—and don't forget the fearless Amsterdammers themselves." Here, Pizzey shares a handful of her favorite local spots.
This pizzeria promotes itself with the slogan "Pizza and Prosecco", and what could be better? It's the best pizza I've had in the Netherlands with gourmet toppings and fresh greens.
This photography museum is one of the hippest in town and is tucked away on the beautiful Keizersgracht canal. They always have great exhibitions featuring some of the biggest names in photography alongside young talent.
For club nights and concerts, the former printing warehouse Trouw is my favorite. Great line-ups, an industrial feel and Fritz Kola always manages to make the night special. If you don't fancy partying to the early morning you can always grab a bite to eat in the restaurant.
When the sun is out during Fashion Week, the Westergasterrein is the place to be. It has a couple of bars and "green" eateries that are always packed. For those not into waiting in line, bring a picnic hamper and a blanket and sit yourself down in the huge field—you might even catch a concert.