Amsterdam

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discover awe-some Amsterdam

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Canal houses on the Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam in vintage tonin

Appie, bitterballen & Stroopwafels

You cannot leave before you went to the Albert Heijn Supermarket (use the bonus card for discount), ate bitterballen (typical Dutch snack), made some nice shots of the canals, Magere Brug & red light district, had a stroopwafel (typical cookie) and enjoyed a borrel (drink with a small bite around 16.00/17.00). ENJOY and explore Amsterdam!

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Public transport

Amsterdam and the Netherlands have an excellent integrated public transport network. The Dutch train service is generally very good and reasonable value for money. Amsterdam itself has an extensive transport system comprising trams, buses, ferries and the metro (subway). Trams, buses and metro are all around the corner and ferries (free) are departing from the back side of Central Station to Amsterdam North (upcoming neighborhood, will come back in the bar/restaurants part).

Note that the “OV Chipkaart” smart card system is in use for public transport. The center of Amsterdam is explored easily enough on foot or by bicycle. And of course as a real tourist, you should also get out on the water by taking a canal cruise around the city or of course hopping on one of the free IJ ferries (Central Station).

Modern trains waiting at station

See Amsterdam by bike!

And of course. You can’t experience Amsterdam (like a local), without getting on two wheels. With bike hire shops scattered all over the city, I recommend hiring a bike for the duration of your stay as you’ll be surprised how much you can see once you get used to the cycling lanes (red lanes) and remember to stay on the right sight. Bikes are an incredibly important part of Amsterdam’s culture and the excellent cycling infrastructure is catered to give cyclists more rights and a lot of safety. Below some websites for bike rental places.

 

http://macbike.nl/en/location/

www.greenbudgetbikes.nl

Plethora of Bicycles

Neighborhoods

You cannot leave before you went to the Albert Heijn Supermarket (use the bonus card for discount), ate bitterballen (typical Dutch snack), made some nice shots of the canals, Magere Brug & red light district, had a stroopwafel (typical cookie) and enjoyed a borrel (drink with a small bite around 16.00/17.00). ENJOY and explore Amsterdam!

Amsterdam Oost (east)

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Oost is an real upcoming neighborhood, with a lot of possibilities for coffee, drinks and restaurants. Drink a beer at brewery ‘t IJ (named like the canal ‘IJ’, which is just behind Central Station) and have a drink like the Dutch do (borrelen = eating is cheating). Borrelen refers to a drink and a small bite and is the time just before dinner. Most of the time it is so gezellig (cosy) that people just stay where they are. You can imagine what will happen, a lot of nice people who love their drinks, ate some bitterballen (typical dutch snack) and forgot to eat. 

  • Magere Brug, famous bridge, lighted by many little lights at night. Connecting east with the more north/west part (nice shopping places near here on the Utrechtsestraat).
  • Artis Zoo, old nice city zoo!
  • Tropen Museum (non-western cultures).
  • Brewery ‘t IJ (special Amsterdam beers, try the beer IJwit) – now a second café in the vondelpark
  • Biertuin (just around the corner, great place, nice people, long tables, great places for the best ‘table’ conversations).
  • Bubowsky (already open for breakfast, but great for lunch, dinner, borrel, beers and very nice cocktails).

De pijp

Pijp neighborhood (Albert Cuyp straat):

Is a young and dynamic neighbourhood, there are a lot of places to go which are all good, nice and cosy. Just some; Flamingo’s, Schilders, Pilsvogel, Cafe de Pijp, all really close to each other. Nice place where it is busy at daytime because of the market and shopping and at borrel/nighttime because of the many bars/restaurants.

  • Bocas park (great place with a solution for the Dutch way of eating/borrelen. Just nice wines/beers together with big plateau of nice food/bites/snacks).
  • Schilders (small en crowded place, nice with big beers, chicken from grill and nice people).
  • Cotton cake (Girly stuff- great shop and place to have lunch, quite girly shop just across Schilders).
  • Albert Cuyp market (famous market, quite expensive but nice to give a walk).
  • Hutspot (concept store, nice stuff and place to have coffee as well).
  • Pilsvogel, paardje, cafe the pijp and so on.

Jordaan

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