Will be in Amsterdam the weekend before Xmas- tips on where to go?! =]

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    Nov 29, 2010 11:27 PM GMT
    As above^^

    I'm really looking forward to getting away for the break.

    Those who have been before and can recommend places to go/things to see etc would be great.

    I'm going with a friend, so we've got a couple of museums in mind. Plus we'll be partaking in the 'cafe-culture' there since its legal and high grade lol....Not sure what the club scene is like though- any tips?

    Anything you found there that you found particularly memorable?

    Cheers in advance....
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    Nov 30, 2010 1:49 AM GMT
    I can give you a word of warning.

    Most "coffeeshops" in Amsterdam sell inferior grade weed to tourists at inflated prices. A good rule of thumb is the bigger and more flashy the place looks, the more you have to stay away from them.

    I recommend "De Tweede Kamer" (Google them for the address) they have good stuff at reasonable prices. It's tucked away in a little street in the old town, but it's relatively easy to find.

    Whatever you do, stay away from "Smokey" on the Rembrandtplein.

    Gay clubs are (I think) located on 1 single street, the Reguliersdwarsstraat. Or maybe it's just the gay bars, not sure. I spent 20 years there but never went to any club.

    The best weed in the country can be found in a city called Haarlem, it's about 20km west of Amsterdam, a 15 minute train ride will get you there. Don't forget that Amsterdam is a tourist spot, and not a real representation of the actual country you're in.

    That same town that holds the best weed also has two of the most famous museums of the country. The Teyler's Museum, which is basically a museum in a museum because it's officially the oldest museum of the country, and the Frans Hals museum, which is one of the 4 main art collections in the country.

    http://www.teylersmuseum.eu/index.php?item=1〈=en

    http://www.franshalsmuseum.nl/home/?language=en
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    Nov 30, 2010 11:36 AM GMT
    Tazo995 saidI can give you a word of warning.

    Most "coffeeshops" in Amsterdam sell inferior grade weed to tourists at inflated prices. A good rule of thumb is the bigger and more flashy the place looks, the more you have to stay away from them.

    I recommend "De Tweede Kamer" (Google them for the address) they have good stuff at reasonable prices. It's tucked away in a little street in the old town, but it's relatively easy to find.

    Whatever you do, stay away from "Smokey" on the Rembrandtplein.

    Gay clubs are (I think) located on 1 single street, the Reguliersdwarsstraat. Or maybe it's just the gay bars, not sure. I spent 20 years there but never went to any club.

    The best weed in the country can be found in a city called Haarlem, it's about 20km west of Amsterdam, a 15 minute train ride will get you there. Don't forget that Amsterdam is a tourist spot, and not a real representation of the actual country you're in.

    That same town that holds the best weed also has two of the most famous museums of the country. The Teyler's Museum, which is basically a museum in a museum because it's officially the oldest museum of the country, and the Frans Hals museum, which is one of the 4 main art collections in the country.

    http://www.teylersmuseum.eu/index.php?item=1〈=en

    http://www.franshalsmuseum.nl/home/?language=en



    Nice one mate! I'll defo keep all those points in mind, and i'll be taking that train ride to Haarlem =]
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    Dec 02, 2010 11:37 AM GMT
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    Any other tips ppl? I appreciate any input =]
  • DanOmatic

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    Dec 02, 2010 12:38 PM GMT
    The bar scene used to be mostly concentrated in the Regulierdwaarsstraat, but now it's more spread out. There's a nice, social bar on the Spuistraat called "Prik", and some new-ish bars in the Zeedijk area (red-light district; but these aren't hustler bars or anything--the Zeedijk is becoming a trendy area for bars and restaurants and is becoming less seedy). And there's always the Kerkstraat for bars like the "Spijker" ("Nail"). "Church" is pretty popular, but be forewarned that their parties pretty much turn into a big orgy by the end of the evening.

    But yeah--there's so much more to Amsterdam than that: the Rijksmuseum, the VanGogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum are all located near each other. And an outing to Haarlem (15 minute train ride) is very worthwhile. The Frans Hals Museum is excellent!

    If the weather is good, it's definitely worthwhile to rent a bike and just tour around at your leisure. You'll see the real Amsterdam best from the vantage point of a bike.
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    Dec 02, 2010 12:39 PM GMT
    Or--just google "gay amsterdam" and a bunch of sites will come up with guides to bars, clubs and hotels.
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    Dec 02, 2010 1:25 PM GMT
    I quite liked visiting the zoo, a canal trip, and wandering around the red light district looking at the ladies of the night!

    I don't smoke so I didn't smoke any weed, I ate some spacecake though and it did nothing for me icon_confused.gif

    There was a Mexican restaurant that was really good, it was tiny and filled with people and a buzzing atmosphere, good food and cocktails, I can't remember the name though - but Google for a Mexican in Amsterdam, there can't be that many!!
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    Dec 02, 2010 4:23 PM GMT
    Thanks nc3- will defo pop into some of those bars you mentioned

    Yh will defo be biking it around the city too =] - snow or no snow lol

    Cheers Nick- the zoo sounds kl, but not sure if i'll be there for the wrong time of yr for that; the red light district sounds like a novelty i can't miss and the mexican restaurant sounds great, will look into it
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    Dec 02, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    There is a great Italian restaurant in the Regulierdwaarsstraat: Saturnino. Lots of devoted clientele, much of it gay. Great food and not terribly pricey.
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    Dec 02, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    NC3athlete saidThere is a great Italian restaurant in the Regulierdwaarsstraat: Saturnino. Lots of devoted clientele, much of it gay. Great food and not terribly pricey.


    Duly noted- grazi !!=]
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    Dec 08, 2010 6:20 PM GMT
    I was just in amsterdam and we really took to the Bulldog coffeeshop.

    if you're up for a real adventure you can go to a smartshop and buy some shrooms. They'll only sell you truffles legally so you have to ask if they have what you're looking for.

    I also went to church - and I agree with the previous poster who said it turns into a big orgy. It does.
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    Dec 15, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    Tazo995 saidI can give you a word of warning.

    Most "coffeeshops" in Amsterdam sell inferior grade weed to tourists at inflated prices. A good rule of thumb is the bigger and more flashy the place looks, the more you have to stay away from them.

    I recommend "De Tweede Kamer" (Google them for the address) they have good stuff at reasonable prices. It's tucked away in a little street in the old town, but it's relatively easy to find.

    Whatever you do, stay away from "Smokey" on the Rembrandtplein.

    Gay clubs are (I think) located on 1 single street, the Reguliersdwarsstraat. Or maybe it's just the gay bars, not sure. I spent 20 years there but never went to any club.

    The best weed in the country can be found in a city called Haarlem, it's about 20km west of Amsterdam, a 15 minute train ride will get you there. Don't forget that Amsterdam is a tourist spot, and not a real representation of the actual country you're in.

    That same town that holds the best weed also has two of the most famous museums of the country. The Teyler's Museum, which is basically a museum in a museum because it's officially the oldest museum of the country, and the Frans Hals museum, which is one of the 4 main art collections in the country.

    http://www.teylersmuseum.eu/index.php?item=1〈=en

    http://www.franshalsmuseum.nl/home/?language=en


    Would you believe I lived there for 15 years or so and not once ever heard of this or went to Haarlem??? Marketing your hometown, eh man?? icon_razz.gif

    Well I would actually like to add, that my favourite city in Holland is actually Leiden....

    tis the place where the pelgrims lived, you know those guys for whom we now celebrte American Thanksgiving? Yes, they lived in Leiden, a small historic town just outside of Amsterdam before making the trip to the New World.. Their graves and church still has remnants in the middle of the town centre there... the place is full of history like that, including the birthplace of Rembrandt.. definitely one to put on yuor list for a good christmas destination Its just 8 minutes away from the airport, and also 15 to Amsterdam..icon_smile.gif and make sure to stop by "bagels and beans" when you're there for coffee...
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    Dec 15, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
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    NC3athlete saidThere is a great Italian restaurant in the Regulierdwaarsstraat: Saturnino. Lots of devoted clientele, much of it gay. Great food and not terribly pricey.


    Duly noted- grazi !!=]


    I think you shuold actually check the Asian fusion restaurants in that street... best place in Holland Ive evr eaten
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    Dec 15, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    Spent a wonderful time in Amsterdam at the end of May. The weather could not have been better. 72 and blue skys. One important thing to rememeber. There is a lane for automobiles, a lane for bikers (which there are thousands of) and a lane for walkers. If you are walking in the bike lane they may or may not use their bells before thy hit you with their bikes. I learned the hardway icon_smile.gif

    I agree about the coffee shops. Plenty to choose from. We preferred the Bulldog. Had a nice sitting area outside near the canal. What a way to start the day....coffee and some smoke sitting on a canal in Amsterdam.