Amsterdam is known as one of the most liberal Cities in Europe, and oh boy, was it liberal! However, I feel this city has a lot more to offer besides weed and prostitution #Facts. Before traveling to Amsterdam I thought I was a very open-minded person, and I was completely wrong… It can get to be a little too much if you are not used to the craziness.
This post is for those folks like me, who are looking to find the best experience while visiting this wonderful city. Here are a few tips on what to do and what to avoid in Amsterdam, according to me. Note – there are a lot more things to do than to avoid 🙂
What to Avoid:
♥ Avoid spending all the time in the touristy areas, there’s so much more to see out there!
♥ Avoid the red light district at night; I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that women are displayed in storefronts as if they were a new pair of shoes for purchase.
♥ Avoid the restaurants around the tourist area, just because there’s a lot of people in them, it does not mean that it’s good food!
♥ Avoid renting a bike if you do not have a lot of experience (maybe this happened to me…maybe…). The number one transportation method in Amsterdam are bicycles, so if you do not know how to ride safely, simply walk!
What to do:
♥ Take a free walking tour. I take these tours every time I travel, and it is the best thing out there. They are conducted by locals, and they are only paid by the tips you give them. They do a great job!
♥ Take one day to just do the tourist areas, and then drop it! We covered these areas with the walking tour and never looked back!
♥ Get some fries. O-M-G best fries ever! We had some at VleminckX, and it was worth every calorie.
♥ Explore the outer canal areas. This is where the locals are, and where you will experience the true culture of this city.
♥ Get lost in the little streets. There’s so much to see, and so much culture everywhere. Just walk or ride a bike and explore!
♥ Go to the Anne Frank Museum. As Burke wrote “ Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it”, so educate yourself!
♥ Shop! One of the things that I loved the most, was the effortless fashion here. Make sure you go shopping, find boutiques that are not so known in the US, and get those one-of-a-kind pieces that look good with everything 🙂
♥ Talk to the locals. They will send you to the best places and restaurants!
♥ Try the pancakes!
♥ Explore the canals at night. You will be able to feel a completely different type of vibe from this city. It was less chaotic and allows you to appreciate its true beauty.
- Two of my favorite boutiques were- Miuse and Maria Tailor.
- Go to the Anne Frank Museum closer to the closing time if you don’t have tickets, the lines are much better then. Not so close though, or you won’t have enough time to do the whole tour.
Here are some pictures from this awesome place, so you get inspired to visit Amsterdam!