Amsterdam is much more than marijuana and the Red Light District – it has so many upbeat, diverse scenes to explore. From the old, colourful buildings to the small canals, bridges and bikes, Amsterdam has a unique and charming appearance. There are dozens of areas in this capital city, each of them telling their own, interesting story. It’s not just Dutch culture that you’ll find here, either, since this international city is so diverse.
Draft pints at Brouwerij’t Ij
Located in a former bathhouse right under Amsterdam’s biggest windmill, this is the perfect place to meet up with friends and have a few local beers.
Get a ferry to the north to check out this restaurant/bar made of shipping containers, cosy in the winter and nice outdoor area by the water in the summer with live music.
Huis van Iemand Anders
Translating as The House Of Someone Else, this super cool bar has live music and DJs. Head down for a cool, vibrant atmosphere and some great cocktails. The interior is great!
Head to CANVAS (7th floor of Volkshotel) in the East part of the city. This is also a great hostel to stay. You can eat, drink, or chill in the jacuzzis on the 8th floor on Sundays. On weekends, you have fun events with DJs & live music. The basement of Volkshotel (DOKA) has cool parties as well.
Cocomama is a very nice hostel, it's in 'De Pijp', right in the centre of Amsterdam. The staff are very friendly and it's not too expensive. If you want to stay in the middle of the park in the East part of Amsterdam, which is really nice, stay at Generator Hostel. Cool places and there's also a bar/club in the basement; Oosterbar. With every weekend lots of nice music events and nice DJs. Flying Pig Uptown is also a great hostel, right on Vondel Park. It has breakfast included, very close to a supermarket and bike rentals. Also great for party vibes and group bookings.
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If you don’t know how to ride a bike, then don’t rent one. The locals hate the tourists who think they can ride a bike, but don’t know any of the rules of the city and the paths. It is tricky as there are so many bikes and it can get hectic! Cycling is the main mode of transport in Amsterdam. Otherwise, you can walk so much because it’s a small city.