Myself and two friends will be visiting amsterdam for three nights in may. We would like to get a chance to see all the important tourist attractions in the city but we are also interested in the party scene and the "coffee shops". Any suggestions on what places to visit in the city during our time there....the best options for night life...and a nearby coffee shop (we are staying at the flying pig hostel downtown).
dont worry about the coffe shops, there everywhere so u wont have any trouble findin them. if u like beer u should do a tour of the heineken brewery. thers loads of museums and stuff 2 such as the van gogh museum. its good if arts ur thing. u can get trams to all these places and im sure the hostel staff will help u out.
anyway enjoy it
You'll have enough time to do all the major spots. Not sure of the nightlife but just ask around at the coffeeshops and you'll be set.
Haha, hello sarah Funny seeing you on here!
You can use the canal boats to travel around in Amsterdam as well. Most of the major tourist attractions can be found in the city centre.
And do check out the red light district. Interesting stuff!
I am travelling to amsterdam in two weeks and have found a free walking tour that starts from central station. I don't remember the name of the tour offhand however if you google the search words free tour amsterdam i am sure you will find it...I think it is NEW EUROPE tours or something along those lines. It might be an option to consider.
The Flying Pig is a great hostel so you should have fun there. Also if you want coffee shops I suggest going to the Red Light District as there are loads there, and it is very close to the Flying Pig. Look out for a street called Warmoesstraat as it is full of coffee shops. Hill Street Blues is good and the beer is the cheapest you will find anywhere in Amsterdam (well its the cheapest I have found). Stones Corner Cafe is also very nice. It is very small but very friendly and you are bound to make friends in there, they have the best barstaff too.
For clubs you are best looking at flyers that you will find in many shops/bars etc. The main places are the Melkweg and Paradiso in Leidserplein. But there is also Winstons in the Red Light District as well as plenty of others. To be honest I never really end up in the clubs as the coffee shops are all so comfy and friendly that I stay in them. In my opinion the coffee shops that also sell beer are the best as you get all sorts of people in there and not just stoners.
I am off to Amsterdam again in 2 weeks. I love the place and I am sure you will too.
I like Keukenholf garden, Volendam village and Zaanse Schans with windmills. A nice experience to climb up the windmill to see how powerfull the wind is.
Just because nobody mentioned it yet, I would suggest visiting the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht. (and I second the van Gogh - beautiful museum, with a very good exhibition)