12th November 2019

Team trip to Amsterdam! Our Thoughts and Tips.

by kota


It’s been a very busy summer here at Kota – we’ve launched a campaign for Jamie’s latest best-selling book “VEG”, designed and developed a brand new website for Meta, re-vamped the look of this popular London venue’s site and helped Cynozure define their new brand.

And so to reward all of our busy-bees and to celebrate a slightly delayed end-of-summer, we decided to go on a little trip. Because all work and no play… well, you know how it goes.

Destination Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is a great destination when travelling from London, close enough for the journey not to be weary but far enough to catch a break. Full of great cultural references but fun enough not to geek out. It was also quite sunny for a short holiday in October, but rainy enough to make returning to soppy London less painful.

A Web Designers Guide to Amsterdam.

Our itinerary was packed with activities: we went on a cruise in an original 1920s saloon launch boat, cycled around the famous Vondelpark, took an art break in the Van Gogh Museum and enjoyed the city’s nightlife, of course. We had time to stuff ourselves with traditional Dutch pancakes and stroopwafels and sip on a local brew.

Kota Culture.

Here at Kota, we value our team members and their dedication to the work we create as a company. Keeping the team spirit up and ensuring a healthy work-life balance is one of our top priorities. In the end, what else would get us going if not an enthusiastic team ready to work magic! Just see how we surprised Ed, our Design Director, for his six years at Kota

Recommended by KOTA.

Boat Trip, Leemstar

Best way to kick-off the trip. We booked a private saloon launch boat with Leemstar and can’t recommend them enough! Our driver guide was great and there was plenty of space for us to comfortably site round the table inside having a nice glass of wine.



Perfect for a bike ride.

(Photo: Holland.com)


Saus West, Amstelveenseweg 170a

Friendly staff and nice eclectic decor – great brunch spot.


Pancakes Amsterdam, Prinsengracht 277

You can’t visit Amsterdam and not try Dutch pancakes. Make sure to order poffertjes (baby pancakes). We went to the Westermarkt restaurant, but there are 3 other branches.

(Right photo: That Food Cray)

Food Hall.

Foodhallen, Bellamyplein 51

When travelling in a group it can be difficult to accommodate individual food preferences. With over 20 stalls, at Foodhallen everybody can find their perfect bite.

(Photo: The Style Reporter)

Drinks in the Park.

The Blue Tea House, Vondelpark 5

Enjoy local beer the Dutch brewery Brouwerij ‘t IJ right in the heart of Vondelpark.

(Photo: I Amsterdam)


Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein 6

Worth seeing if you’d not only like to see the Sunflowers but also to find out more about Van Gogh himself. Museum offers an inquisitive peek into his life, work and inspirations.

Waffling On.

van Wonderen Stroopwafels, Leidsestraat 12

Stroopwafels are another Dutch food staple. Van Wonderen is probably the most famous spot serving fresh wafer cookies. Also, very instagrammable!

Pizza Dudes.

Saturnino, Reguliersdwarsstraat 3-5

Italian haven in the city centre of Amsterdam. Everything from was delicious and we probably ate much more than we should…

(Photo: Saturinio’s website)

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