Last weekend was just one of those amazing times that remind me of why I decided to move here. Even with all the bureaucracy, apartment search madness and other little annoyances, it’s all worth it when I get to have a few days like this one. A couple of friends stopped by for the weekend, which always means some yummy stops at cafés and restaurants (a list of few of my favourites below).
Instead of taking the metro to the city center, I decided to walk – a lot. According to Google Maps, it’s about a one hour walk from my apartment to the city center, but since I took it slow, it took about 2.5 hours. I stopped to smell the roses (and tulips – I found an awesome florist nearby) and obviously some photos along the way.
Here is a little compilation of the reasons why I love living in this great city (I still catch myself thinking, “holy moly, I actually LIVE here, like, really really live here!”)
In case you are wondering, here are a selection of some good bars and restaurants that I discovered this weekend:
A cute little Italian restaurant with fun, simple decor and very reasonable prices. The owner is very friendly and attentive. We had some delicious pizza, lasagne and truffle pasta with some AMAZING bread.
This is a cozy wine bar where you actually have to buy the bottle in the store beside the bar (the wine is pricey but less expensive than what you would get at a restaurant). You can either take the bottle home or pay the uncorking fee of €5 and enjoy a lovely night.
Yes, yes, I know, it’s a touristy place, but it’s worth it to skip the massive line that’s waiting to buy boxes of macarons and head to the café. The pastel pink and green decor makes you feel like you’re sitting in one of Marie-Antoinette’s poofy dresses. It’s grandiose but I unapologetically love it!