Going for a run in Vondel Park

I wake up at around six on Saturday morning and decide to go out for a jog before the city wakes up. From my hotel I first head in the direction of the Rijks Museum. I cross the huge square in front of the main building with its Miffy statues and then turn left towards the hotel Conservatorium. From there I turn right until eventually I find myself at the entrance to the Vondel park right in the centre of the city.

The Vondel park is very generously laid out. There are many duck ponds surrounded by lush green lawns. I even manage to sight a few bunnies. Other areas of the park have been left to look ‘natural’ with thick bushes, shrubs and tall trees. The park is excellent for running and there are dirt tracks throughout the park in case you prefer that to asphalt. The place is still fairly deserted as I run past at around 07:00. However, when I return later on for some serious people watching in the sun, the place is crawling with joggers, runners and cyclists.

The circuit you can see below was just under 6 km long.


De Bakkerswinkel, Amsterdam

De Bakerswinkel is an excellent place to have breakfast if you fancy something a little different from your usual hotel fare. As far as I know, there are currently three outlets in Amsterdam. The flagship store is located off the Damrak, right in the centre of the really seedy part of touristy Amsterdam. But today I shall be visiting their newest shop in the De Pijp district of the city.


The opening hours vary from one shop to another. The one in De Pijp already opens at 07:30. It is just coming up to 08h00 when I enter and by the looks of it, I am the first customer and have the place to myself. Keep in mind though, that De Bakerswinkel are really very popular and depending on what time you arrive, you may have to wait for quite a bit.


What I like about De Bakerswinkel is that the place has a very homey feel to it. It is more like being in somebody’s kitchen than in a restaurant. None of the crockery matches, and neither does the cutlery. I would suggest you work up a healthy appetite before you visit – it is worth it. I would recommend – basically because it is what I always have – the Bakers’ Breakfast, which includes a large tea or coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, a huge plate of ham and a variety of cheeses and a huge breadbasket. At every table there are also two large jars with lemon curd and strawberry or raspberry jam.

And here is the link to De Bakkerswinkel.