The best Amsterdam souvenir: City Beads!

30 May 2015

It’s already long known that we from Your Little Black Book are crazy about Amsterdam. And our heart does skip a beat when it we see cute armcandy. Combine those two and we’re sold! Five years ago, I would have never imagined that I would ever become the face of a jewelry piece. For their brand new City Bead collection, the Danish brand Trollbeads worked together with 9 lifestyle and city bloggers worldwide. And you can already guess it: I had the honour to be the face of the Amsterdam City Bead! The Amsterdam City Bead is a homage to my favourite city. That’s why I’m taking you to my favourite hotspots in this video:

From Londen to Hong Kong!

Aside from Amsterdam there’s also a limited edition City Bead designed for: London, Rome, New York, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. The sterling silver beads showcases the unique features, atmosphere and special sights of the different cities. It can be all combined with a leather bracelet in the colours black, white or brown. As you all might know my favourite colours are black and dark blue so I picked the black bracelet. To give the bracelet a personal touch I combined the charm Amsterdam Town House with a dark blue gemstone Lapis Lazuli!


In Amsterdam, the City Beards are sold at: jeweler Lyppens & Schipper (Heiligeweg), jeweler WJ van der Tuin (Cornelis Schuytstraat) and jeweler Nusselein (Burgemeester de Vlugtlaan). Also available at about 280 other jewelers in the Netherlands and online at! city-beads-trollbeads-1 city-beads-amsterdam-2-1024x768
Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

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Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

More hotspots in Amsterdam

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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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Anne de Buck

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