08 Jul A Quirky Guide to Amsterdam
Amsterdam is incredibly interesting. Beyond all the weed that is legal, Amsterdam is also known for its UNESCO-stamped canals, red light district, great museums and interesting neighbourhoods.
It is extremely easy to navigate around Amsterdam. Amsterdam has an efficient public transport system. There are affordable trams, metros and buses. Locals tend to get around by bike, and there are also boats and water taxis. Renting a bike costs €7 a day, and boats are free of charge!
If you’re feeling adventurous, explore Amsterdam on foot!
=What to do=
Explore the Canals
Amsterdam’s picturesque canals make the Dutch capital a watery wonderland. The best way to explore the canals, is by cruise. Amsterdam’s classical canal houses and houseboats add to the beauty of this place.
Red Light District
Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District is a carnival of vice, with prostitutes in brothel windows, bars, strip shows and sex museums. Satisfy your curiosity by wandering around the area. Peep shows are at €2 for 2 minutes.
Open: 9am – 5pm
The Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s grandest and most popular museums. Its vast collection showcases iconic art and a variety of artifacts. Exhibits include painting by the likes of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and countless other Dutch greats.
Van Gogh Museum
Open: 9am – 10pm
The Van Gogh Museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries.
Anne Frank House
Open: 9am – 10pm
The Anne Frank House is a biographical museum dedicated to Anne Frank. It was Anne Frank’s hiding place during World War Two and also the place where her famous diary was written.
Pronounced ‘De Pipe’, this bohemian neighbourhood to the south of the city centre is one of Amsterdam’s most vibrant districts; brimming with a kaleidoscope of quirky shops, trendy bars, charming cafes and artsy hotspots.
Amsterdam is a city full of commotion. In Begijnhof however, you will find a surprisingly tranquil escape from the hustle of Amsterdam. Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s oldest inner courtyards. It’s a surreal experience and well worth finding the discreet entrance via the Begijnensteeg, off the Kalverstraat.
=What to eat=
Herring, the salty fish specialty straight from the sea, is one of the signature foods of the Netherlands. When in Amsterdam, you have to try this dish at least once. Whether you eat it as a sandwich or on its own is up to you. The “raw” Dutch herring comes with pickles and onions.
Mon – Wed and Fri 9am – 6pm; Sat 9pm – 5pm
Vishuisje Herengracht is located at a prime canal location but removed from the busy hustle of the city center. Herring is always prepared fresh to order.
The Dutch have a visible passion for great cheese. In Amsterdam, cheese is sold as a take-home souvenir for travellers. You’ll have the opportunity to visit multiple cheese shops and taste the flavours of many different regions of Holland. We particularly like the truffle flavoured ones. Here is a list of our favourite cheese shops:
Cheese & More
Old Amsterdam Cheese Store
Dam Square 21
Barbecue Restaurant and Steakhouse
Open: 530pm – 1am
Open: 11am – 12am
Cheese and Meats
Open: 630am – 1am
=Where to shop=
Amsterdam’s largest general market sells everything from pillows to prawns at great prices.
Keizersgracht 510, Amsterdam
Art Unlimited has a very large collection of posters and postcards, probably the largest in the country.
Organic farmers set up their stalls every Saturday to sell fresh organic produce for a fraction of the prices charged at “organic” supermarkets.
=Where to Stay=
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Address: Herengracht 542-556, 1017 CG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Address: Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam, Netherlands
Willemsparkweg 113, 1071 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Entrepotdok, Amsterdam-Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1018 AD