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Amsterdam


“Visit Amsterdam for a good time.” For years these words have been viewed by the uninitiated with seedy skepticism. In reality, few cities rival Amsterdam’s beauty, its candour, its soul.

The locals, like their city, are friendly and frank and Amsterdam has held onto its liberal way of being. The Red Light District remains a seedy, dope-smoking, backpackers paradise but it’s worth a visit for those on their first trip. There’s nothing quite like it.

Amsterdam, though, is so much more than its most famous district. The U-shaped canal belt that rings the city teems with art galleries, stylish boutiques and buzzy cafes. The Museum Quarter has seen the recent reopenings of the world-famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Stedelijk museums following years of refurbishment, while the area around the Anne-Frank house is home to arguably the prettiest of the canals.

Further out, the Jordaan is a great place to wander, where you’ll stumble across quirky shops, cafes and galleries while the foodie hotspot that is the Pijp area is all narrow-lane streets and multi-cultural cuisine. Oost, with Javastraat at its heart, is Amsterdam’s up-and-coming eastern district with some of the coolest bars, restaurants and places to hang out.
 

Amsterdam


“Visit Amsterdam for a good time.” For years these words have been viewed by the uninitiated with seedy skepticism. In reality, few cities rival Amsterdam’s beauty, its candour, its soul.

The locals, like their city, are friendly and frank and Amsterdam has held onto its liberal way of being. The Red Light District remains a seedy, dope-smoking, backpackers paradise but it’s worth a visit for those on their first trip. There’s nothing quite like it.

Amsterdam, though, is so much more than its most famous district. The U-shaped canal belt that rings the city teems with art galleries, stylish boutiques and buzzy cafes. The Museum Quarter has seen the recent reopenings of the world-famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Stedelijk museums following years of refurbishment, while the area around the Anne-Frank house is home to arguably the prettiest of the canals.

Further out, the Jordaan is a great place to wander, where you’ll stumble across quirky shops, cafes and galleries while the foodie hotspot that is the Pijp area is all narrow-lane streets and multi-cultural cuisine. Oost, with Javastraat at its heart, is Amsterdam’s up-and-coming eastern district with some of the coolest bars, restaurants and places to hang out.
 

   

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