Amsterdam City Guide

msterdam offers a lot to see, we have put together a quick run down on what NOT to miss. You can explore Amsterdam by foot, tram, canal tour or bike. Word of warning though with the bikes – on a recent count there are over 400,000 bikes in Amsterdam, if you are a bit wobbly it could be best to start in one of the parks!

Dam Square – sits at the top of the Damrak. This is the first glimpse of Amsterdam many tourists get as they pile out of Central Station. It’s a tourist haven with bars, restaurants and shops everywhere. The square itself is pretty impressive, we recommend taking a moment to enjoy a cold beer here and settle into the bustle of this city.
Red Light District – The phrase ‘going window shopping will never mean the same again! Nowadays it is a real tourist area – just remember when the Dutch say no photos they mean it! The red light area is one of the oldest districts in Amsterdam. With cobbled streets and fantastic Dutch architecture it really is a beautiful area. Prostitution was only legalised in the year 2000 but has been the main pull of this district for Centuries.

Rembrandtplein – Home to the Smokey Café. Only 10 minutes walk away from Dam Square, this area is full of bars and cafes. During the summer months the pavements are full with cafes and restaurants spilling out into the sun. Also home to Escape club – one of Amsterdam’s top nightspots.

Jordaan – What Jordaan lacks in actual tourist sights it makes up for in ambience. Its quirky rags to riches history give this area a real buzz. With an urban chic mixture of flea markets, brown bars and fashionable cafes and restaurants. Well worth a visit, it also has a more relaxed vibe to the Dam area. Great at night for a bar/café crawl.

Leidesplein – Bars, cafes and restaurant’s galore. Also home to the Paradiso night club as well as many other top night spots like the famous Bulldog cafe (right on the square!). This tree lined square was once a cool sixties hangout and today its still going strong. Many visitors to Amsterdam miss this square in their focus for only the Red Light/Dam Square area – please ensure that you are NOT one of those and that you do get here. In fact, we recommend that you stay in this area as the hotels are better and you are still only a short tram from Dam.

Vondel Park and the Museum Quarter – Gigs, concerts and open air theatre now fill the air in Vondel Park in the summer. Once a hippy hang out Vondel Park is now the place to escape Amsterdam’s buzz and chill out. Close by is the infamous Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

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