Amsterdam, City Of Canals, City of Museums, Venice of the North, Sin City is one of the most dynamic, entertaining and cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Remenber, it’s a city that doesn’t sleep, no matter what time of day it is and you should always find something to keep you entertained, bemused and amused.
Support Amsterdam, enjoy!
Since 40 years, coffeeshops exist and have operated with quasi-legal status in the Netherlands.
These are not to be confused with coffee shops that sell only cannabis seeds and coffee, and others that sell only food and coffee.
Coffeeshops have existed since the mid 70 but Sarasani is the first coffeeshop ( 1968 Utrecht, closed since 2007 ).
Yellow Mellow is the first ( Amsterdam 1972 closed 2017 january ) but the first license was issued to The Rusland ( map coffeeshop ) in 1996, one of the best in Amsterdam.
Prices and quantities vary from shop to shop, and some offer much better deals than others. On average, in Amsterdam, one gram sells for around 5 or 10.00 euros.
Be careful, rates go up easily in tourist areas and some weed can be very strong.
You must be at least 18 or 21 ( rules adults according the resident country ) to enter a coffeeshop and they do check ID, so carry your passport.
Hours of business operation are set by law, all the coffeeshops are wheelchair Friendly Smokers.
Almost every area has a building, attraction or monument to make it special, but it's hard to get away from the history, popularity and intrigue wich surround the areas of Dam Square, Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein, Museumplein and The Jordaan.
Dam Square :
The Dam covers 17000 square meters and is the national square of The Netherlands.
It's also the oldest part and almost 1000 years ago fishermen, shipbuilders and craft workers settled in the area.
Between Dam Square and Centraal Station is the red light district ( De Wallen ).
Just a five-minute walk down the Damrak from Centraal Station.
Another vibrant nightlife district wich is illumined by neon lights, while the countless bars, clubs, cafés and restaurants ensure an energetic and high atmosphere. Melkweg, Paradiso are nearby.
The Leidseplein square is bustling with activity and terraces in summertime.
Museumplein Visually one of the must beautiful district. Top museums with The Rijksmseum and The Van Gogh Museum.
One of the top destination, the famous Rembrandt Square is amass with bars, cafes, clubs restaurants and bright lights.
The most sung about neightbourhood.
This 17th century district was originally established for the working class, but nowadays, it has become the place for Dutch revelers, students, artists ...
One of the most familiar street in Holland, has existed for more than 600 wonderful gifts and delicacies, as well as typical neighbourhood stores.
In the past this was a place where cows were sold. That is why the name of the street is ‘Kalverstraat’, which means ’street of the calves’.
The fashion parade that begins on Kalvertraat continues around the corner, across Koningsplein and along Leidsestraat ( venue for the Floatting Flower Market ).
Conveniently located near the new dynamic business district Zuid-As, RAI and WTC, is rapidly growing in popularity with top designers shops.
Shoppers will find exclusive fashion, wonderful gifts and delicatessen, as well as typical neighbourhood.
If you want to buy Italian or French design clothes, matching bags and accessories, tailor-made suits or exclusive gifts, this is the place to be.
Located near the Museumplein, Leidseplein and the Vondelpark.
This street is named after the famous Dutch author and poet Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft.
It's a street full of luxury design shops which are very popular amongst rich peopleyears and boasts countless high street stores.
It's the busiest stretch of pedestrian shopping.
The Nine Streets is in the heart of Amsterdam's canal district and is one of the city's most delightful shopping areas.
These picturesque streets straddle the 17th Century canals from the Singel to the Prinsengracht.
Spend a fabulous day wandering from one to the next exploring the designer boutiques, art galleries, jewellers, gift shops, fashion shops, specialist businesses and there are plenty of great bars, cafes and restaurants to refresh you along the way...
Just two minutes walk from the Royal Palace in the Dam Square. Learn more