Amsterdam Pocket Guide

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Known as the 'Venice of the North', Amsterdam is a city built on a cobweb of canals that boasts one of the most picturesque settings in the world. Sometimes known for all the wrong reasons, there is much more to the Dutch capital than hookers and hash. It boasts world-class museums, great architecture and a buzzing nightlife making it the perfect city for a few days break. Find out the best restaurants, bars and more in our free pocket guide.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what the Dutch put on top of their French fries, and where to go for Dutch cuisine and more.
  • Don't Miss The best museums, the best canal trip and more.
  • Budget Tips When you can catch free concerts in the Dutch capital.
  • A Day in Amsterdam... We give you our ideal day in the Dutch capital.

Amsterdam City Reviews

  • 60%


    Leaning houses and concentric canals

    Amsterdam is a beautiful city with very interesting history and lots to do and see. The city is organized in concentric streets, what makes places more close to each other than they should be in regular cartesian cities. The city centre has chaotic transit and is crowded with marijuana, other drugs and the sex industry, and all those things get annoying really fast. But as soon as you walk a little farther from the touristic centre (Red Light District and the Dam), it shows itself a cozy city!

    Insider Tip:Walk off the city centre. There is plenty to see other than the Red Light and the streets become less crowded, with no more stores of drugs and sex. It is incredible how these industries are sponsored by tourism! Amsterdam has much more to offer, and all is just a walk far. Go to the NEMO Science Center or to the Bibliotheek (6 floors high and you can see the entire city from the last one). The I AMsterdam sign near the port is not there anymore! Go near the Van Gogh Museum to find the other one.

  • 100%


    Belle Ville

    Recommendation: Free walking tour with Sandemans company Search on google: New Amsterdam walking tour

  • 50%


    Very unique

    The city is very beautiful, all of this old building and facades, having all this water running through, and bikes everywhere ! Problem are mainly the overcrowding and all about the coffee-shop/sex tourist attractions.

    Insider Tip:Go to Van Gogh or RijksMuseum if you have time, it definitevely worth it.

  • 90%


    Stayokay in an awesome city

    Amsterdam was one of my favorite cities I visited my last trip. All the food was delicious. I loved all the cute little shops and cafes. The people were all so friendly and welcoming. Take a canal tour- it is worth it. You must see the city from the water :) Get lost on a little side street and take in the beautiful homes and bridges. Buy your tickets for the Van Gogh and Anne Frank Home ahead of time or you will be standing in a long line. Enjoy! :) Cheers!

  • 80%


    I AmSterdam

    Having never been before, I didn't know what to expect. The city has SO much to offer. Their way of life is so chill. They are so relaxed, but seem to be always busy. Also, a very strong sense of community, even though I found more foreigners working there than Dutch. But still, it's like they accept you straight away.

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