A Quirky Guide to Amsterdam

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.


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=Getting around=

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.



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  • 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.


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  • Explore Museums 


Museumstraat 1

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

Museumplein 6

Open: 9am – 10pm

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The Van Gogh Museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries.


Anne Frank House

Prinsengracht 263-267

Open: 9am – 10pm


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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.


  • De Pijp



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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.


  • The Begijnjof


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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=

  • Dutch Herring



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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.


Vishuisje Herengracht

Herengracht 560

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.


  • Dutch Cheese



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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

Leidsestraat 52


Old Amsterdam Cheese Store

Dam Square 21



Singel 182


  • Restaurants/Cafes


Castell Restaurant

Barbecue Restaurant and Steakhouse

Price: $$$

Open: 530pm – 1am


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Price: $$

Open: 11am – 12am


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Cheese and Meats

Price: $$$

Open: 630am – 1am


=Where to shop=


  • Albert Cuypmarkt

Albert Cuypstraat

Amsterdam’s largest general market sells everything from pillows to prawns at great prices.


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  • Art Unlimited

Keizersgracht 510, Amsterdam

Art Unlimited has a very large collection of posters and postcards, probably the largest in the country.


  • Noordermarkt

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


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  • Conservatorium Hotel


Address: Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam, Netherlands


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  • Museum Suites


Willemsparkweg 113, 1071 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • Noah’s Houseboat


Entrepotdok, Amsterdam-Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1018 AD

noah's houseboat


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