Recommendations by a local
You can view this map on your phone while you’re visiting and use it to find a nice cafe near your location at that time
Walkable and compact
My lovely home town Amsterdam has about 865,000 inhabitants (and is growing by 10,000+ per year). It feels like a big village, easily covered on foot, by bike, or by tram/metro/bus, but has all the amenities of a metropole. As long as you avoid being pickpocketed and walking in bike lanes, the city is also very safe day and night.
City with a reputation
Some visitors only see the inside of a cannabis ‘coffeeshop’. Most Amsterdammers don’t even smoke weed.
Many tourists also go and gawk at sex workers behind red lighted windows. This tiny part of Dutch culture might be fascinating for some. But please be aware that at least 10% of the sex workers are modern-day slaves, lured in under false pretenses and debts. And do you think the other 90% dreamed of this job ever since they were children? Feel free to visit as a customer, but please don’t go only to stare at them like they are monkeys in a zoo.
Beyond the clichés
For those of you who want to look beyond the stereotypes and get to know the many, other blissful sides of Amsterdam: here are my personal recommendations for museums, sights, viewpoints, quirky cafes, good restaurants, beautiful areas and more. Enjoy our lovely city!
On these pages you can find:
- Nice areas for a stroll, coffee, shopping
- Recommended museums
- Things to see and do
- Places to have drinks
- Recommended restaurants
- Nightlife / clubbing
- Parks and city beaches
- Off the beaten track
- Flea markets and other markets
- In which area to stay
- Getting around
- Daytrips to other places
- Amsterdam in numbers
Do not use Euronet ATM’s or other small, stand-alone tourist ATM’s! They charge extra fees that go straight into the pocket of Euronet (some crook in the USA), and also use highly unfavorable exchange rates.
Find ATM’s run by ING Bank, ABN/Amro Bank, Rabobank instead.
I’d love to hear how it went. You can leave comments below.