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Amsterdam, the do's and dont's

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1. Posted by fia (Budding Member 54 posts) 10y

So now I've booked the flight tickets to Amsterdam in the end of july. I'll be travelling with a girlfriend and we'll probably stay at a hostel outside the red light districts. I don't really know much about the city other than it's supposed to be fun, friendly and fair. We're only staying three nights and we don't have a lot of money. We enjoy nightlife, shopping and just chilling. No interests in drugs other than alcohol. What should we look out for, what can't we miss, where to party, where to eat, where to chill out, where to shop? Greatful for help!!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Fia,

Glad to see that not EVERYONE visiting my city has drugs as his own interest :-)

- get free map and touristic advice at the tourist information on central station; don't just go shopping and chilling, be sure to wander around as much as you can
- the one thing NOT to do (besides drugs) is taking cabs. They're a complete rip-off, plus public transportation is quite good. Get a 'strippenkaart' for economic fares; is about 60% cheaper than buying single rides from the driver
- bring an international student card if you have one. Though not as many as in Germany, some things will turn out cheaper

- mainstream shopping at Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat. Mainly international chains; not very interesting
- real posh shopping (again only international chains) in PC Hooftstraat
- nice shopping, though expensive, on the canals and in the central area "Jordaan"). Lots of little boutiques
- best shopping at friendly prices is found in resident areas around the city center. Try oud-west (trams 13/17 from central station), de pijp (much more expensive, trams 24 and 4) and oost (trams 14 and 9)

nightlife
- boring, tourist-geared nightlife can be found around Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. The latter has more clubbing, although the situation around Leidseplein is improving. Make sure to check out "Melkweg" and "Paradiso" if you're in for (slightly alternative) rock music
- nice pubs and theatres on and around "nes" street, smack in the centre. Lots of experimental theatre, very friendly prices

There's so much more that's worth going, but I'll leave that to other posters :-)

cheers,
Niels (Amsterdam)

3. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

for the chilling parts

visit the many parks! *or is the english spelling parcs?* anyway the things with trees and water.. amsterdam has a few and most of the time they are great