I’ve been living in Amsterdam for 5 years and I often get a question if Amsterdam is a good place to visit or is it a good place to live. Of course as many people as many opinions but most people have a very similar opinion about the capital of the Netherlands. Is Amsterdam A Good Place To Visit?
Of course it is! If you’ve never been here you definitely should give it a try. You won’t get bored, there are plenty things to do here. Architecture is breathtaking, social live is very interesting and Amsterdam underground scene is huge. I don’t mean weed, parties etc. but I mean meetups, contcerts, standups, events.
Is Amsterdam a Good Place To Visit?
Amsterdam is such a beautiful city, with its canals and narrow houses. Amazing museums, unique shops, that I am amazed with each and every day. People of Amsterdam follow their passions and there is a lot of artists, freelancers, performers. This city never sleeps, and each person
Amsterdam is a City of liberty and freedom. Here you can be yourself and no one will judge you. There has never been a place where I could feel more of myself then Amsterdam. You can wear whatever you want, no one is going to stare at you. You can go for any job you are willing to knowing no one will be dwelling why do you do something so funny. Being myself was always my concern, as where I come from I always had to fit in, and by being part of my community I have never felt my true self. When people around you accept you for who you are it is a game-changing, and eventually, you understand that you don’t need people acceptance to be yourself, but It came to me after some time in The Netherlands.
Amsterdam has been always
There are almost 200 nationalities in the city of Amsterdam and you won’t be a victim of racism whenever you are black, white or yellow. It’s a free country, with many religions, many beliefs and various people.
Bicycle Lovers Paradise
You probably have seen photos of thousands bicycles in Amsterdam. I enourage you to rent a bike when visiting Amsterdam. First of all it’s the cheapest way of transportation and second of all you will enjoy riding bike in this city as hell. Keep in mind biking culture and you can learn it from this article on dutchstylebike.com
What’s amazing 80% of Amsterdamers own a bike and 60% of them cycle daily. There are 900 000 bikes in this biking paradise and people here cycle all together 2 million kilometers daily!! Cycle paths are everywhere and you can get literally everywhere on your bike without any effort as The Netherlands is flat as a pancake. The only time I don’t like cycling is when the wind is so strong. Then it becomes a good cardio exercise.
If you don’t really feel like cycling, don’t worry, you can cross a whole city center within half hour and you can use a public transport.
How Many Days Are Enough To Visit Amsterdam??
If you want to run through the town and see tourist places, museums etc. 3 days are enough, but If you want to really feel this town, join some cool events happening here daily and live your little Amsterdam adventure then I would suggest at least 7 days.
Some people may say 7 days are too much. Hey brother… 10 days are not enough if you do your homework, make research and you know what you wanna do. I am telling you there are many events happening daily. Go for meetups, storytelling clubs, standups, don’t go for tourist tours, instead enjoy time with locals, meet some expats or other tourists. If you want to go for a trip I recommend you this website.
You may also ask when is the best time to visit Amsterdam. I would suggest you April to May because of tulips or September to November – because prices are lower and you will avoid crowds but the weather is still nice. April to August is High season as well as the end of the year – December – January ( New Years
Is Amsterdam a Safe Place To Visit?
Amsterdam is very safe. I have never had any problems here and I live in The Netherlands for 6 years. As far as I know in 2015 Amsterdam was ranked 5th in the global ranking of the safest cities in the world.
The only thing you have to be careful about is your bike. Keep in mind to lock it properly each and every time. You should lock it to some firm metal so no one can pick it and carry on with him.
Food in Amsterdam
Food in Amsterdam is very versatile. You can find here food from all over the world. It’s because The Netherlands was a colonizer for a very long time, there are huge ports and in The Netherlands live almost 200 nationalities. It means you can get here whatever you want if it’s about food.
You should be aware that Dutch cuisine isn’t the most subtle in the world. They serve a lot of processed deep fried snacks. They taste good, but they are very low quality, and as I know what is in it I won’t recommend any kroket or bitterballs.
But talking about typical Dutch food there are some gems. You should definitely try their Stroopwafels. They are one of the sweetest bites and they taste just like
Don’t Make Mistake of Staying Only in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is an amazing city, but I am telling you that this is not the only one in The Netherlands. There is much more
Volendam – It’s one of my favorites, full of colorful wooden houses, narrow lanes, lazy cats and some aged fishing boats in the harbor. You can eat here some seafood and watch passing by boats.
Spaarndam – It is a very small village, just near the city I live – Haarlem. There are barely 2 restaurants and I didn’t see any supermarket. It’s lovely and romantic. It’s a great place for couples.
Haarlem – I was living in Haarlem for 5 years and I can tell you: Go There. I would suggest you to get a bike and cycle around canals. There are some marvelous spots in this city. When you arrive in the central station you can hit Windmill restaurant ( you’ll find it on google ) beautifull restaurant with a view on a canal. On a sunny day you can seat outsite. ( Try their cheesecake… with whipped cream of course )
Zaandvort – That is your place to go if you like a sea. Near the beach there are some foodtrucks selling seafood. Make sure you try some kibbeling with knoflok sauce.
What is Amsterdam Famous for?
Amsterdam is famous for many things, but most often you can hear
- Rijksmuseum – It’s Dutch national museum, where you can find Amsterdam art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day.
- Tulips – The Netherland is famous for their Tulips and there are multiple ways to enjoy them: Keukenhof, Tulip Museum or Flower Market. I recommend you to go to Keukenhof but it’s open only from 21.03 – 19.05
- Anne Frank House – Anne Frank was a little Jewish girl writing a diary during the Holocaust. This museum is dedicated to her life. You will learn about her biography as well as about the second world war from point of view of a young girl.
- Red Light District – almost anyone visiting Amsterdam go to this famous part of the town. It’s located in the city center and you can find
therebrothels, museums, sex shops but also pubs, clubs, and restaurants.
- Coffeeshops – In The Netherlands, it is allowed to smoke weed but you need to follow some rules. You can get marihuana in Coffeeshops and smoke it in coffeeshops or in your private place. It’s forbidden to smoke on the street and own more then 5 grams of weed. If you are interested in this subject you should check my
anotherblog www.amsterdampartyguide.com There you’ll find information about cannabis culture in The Netherlands. If you are planning to visit Amsterdam for the first time you also need to read about my tips and tricks.
- Van Gogh Museum – Museum with the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh art. There are many in The Netherlands, so Amsterdam isn’t the only art gallery.
- Banksy art gallery – must go when in Amsterdam, the gallery is only temporary. Get a ticket here if you don’t want to wait in the line.
In Amsterdam, you can find more canals than in Venice. All together they measure 65 miles and they are a great way of transportation and recreation. You won’t believe that more than 15 000 boats are registered in Amsterdam itself. You will notice also some canalside terraces and house boats.
Here are some typical Dutch products you can get in Amsterdam as a souvenir:
- Dutch Clogs – Very typical, traditional Dutch Clogs. If you want to get some there will find them in any souvenir shop, but it’s wise to get some homemade if you really want to use them. Sometimes you can find homemade clogs being sold in houses on the roadside
- Licorice – In my opinion the most horrible sweets on earth
- Gin Jenever – Gin that was at the begin sold only in pharmacies as a medicine. My grandma used to say that one shot is always healthy ^^
- Guillotine Cheese Slicer – very special Cheese Slicers which I haven’t seen in any other place than The Netherlands
- Brouwerij ‘t
Ij– It’s a local brewery. They make a very good bear, but now it is very famous and they even sell their beer in supermarkets. If you are really into beer, go to the city center and there are few pubs where you can try beer tasting. Some of these pubs offer a very wide variety of beers.
- Tulips – In souvenir shops or on the flowers markets and even in the airport you will find bags with tulip bulbs and that can be a perfect souvenir from Amsterdam.
My point of View on Amsterdam
Of course everyone has its image of Amsterdam. Some people see it as a party paradise, city of evil, weed and big events. Some people perceive through Dutch culture, clogs, cheese, stroopwafels 😀 haring, canals and narrow beautiful houses.
I see Amsterdam a bit different. I almost never go in these touristic places. Of
If you would like to go for a tour you should try withlocals.com It’s a website where you can go for a trip organized by locals, enjoy a dinner cooked in someones house or go for a canal cruise on a private boat. Don’t go for big agencies trips because you will be just one of many and not treated special at all. Instead go for a private, personalised tour. You won’t regret. Withlocals is my favorite sites where you can find some entertainment while traveling.
CONS of Amsterdam
I can’t give an honest opinion without saying about
For example, I don’t like food in the city center. It’s typically tourist food. If you want to eat some good food, you should research where locals eat. There is plenty of great, decent price restaurant in Amsterdam, so do not buy warmed over Pizza on your way to Rembrandtplein. If you are hungry in the city center I suggest you get some fries.
I also don’t like Bachelor Parties, drunk British acting like idiots. Some people come here only for the party and they miss this beautiful part of this city, and it’s vibe.
My Recommendations for Amsterdam Visitors
If I were you visiting Amsterdam just for a few days I would choose carefully how to spend my time. I don’t really like to run from one tour to another, just relax and have a good time. Let me know what would you recommend to others. Below you can find some tips, my favorite places and important infrmations.
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- Enjoy some time walking around 9 streets and Jordan.
- Drink a Coffee in one of coffee bars. There are plenty good ones. Don’t search for any specific. Just walk around, explore the city and drink your little black one.
- Rent a Bike – a Must Do
- Go for a Canal Cruise. Choose one organized by locals, not by agencies. You will enjoy personalised tour much more and the price is same. I always recommend withlocals.com
- If you like storytelling, live music, standup your place to go is MEZRAB
- My favorite bar is Irish Bar The Mulligans
- Give a try to stroopwafel
- Enjoy Foodhallen. Just don’t go on the weekend, because it’s crowdy as hell.
- Get a free ferry to NDSM preferably on
weekendwhen flea market is there. Check beforehand if there is a flea market onthis weekend.
- Visit Artis ZOO
On this website you will find a lot of information about cool things happening in Amsterdam, Tips&Tricks for newcomers and much much more! Enjoy and if you have any questions please contact me email@example.com