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Attractions

Anne Frank House

4.0 Stars
( 4 Reviews ) Tags: anne frank, history, museum

One of the most moving, tastefully done memorial sites you will ever see. ...view spot

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Food & Drink

Maoz

3.33333333333 Stars
( 3 Reviews ) Tags: budget food, buffet fixings, late-night, made in amsterdam, vegan friendly, veggie friendly

Amsterdam-founded falafel chain. ...view spot

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Food & Drink

Puccini Bombini

5.0 Stars
( 2 Reviews ) Tags: no really the best chocolate ever, the best chocolate ever

Heaven-on-earth chocolates. ...view spot

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Local Culture

Grey Area

5.0 Stars
( 2 Reviews ) Tags: coffeeshop, ex-pats, willie nelson

Huge selection of strains in a very small space. ...view spot

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Food & Drink / Local Culture

Gollum

5.0 Stars
( 2 Reviews ) Tags: beer, candles, hobbit-esque

Most extensive beer-serving establishment in Amsterdam. ...view spot

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Nature & Outdoors / Sports

Vondelpark

3.5 Stars
( 2 Reviews ) Tags: bicycle trails, filmmuseum, grassy knolls, green spaces, public sex, snack stands, swans

The greenest of Amsterdam's outdoor spaces. ...view spot

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Food & Drink

Febo

3.0 Stars
( 2 Reviews ) Tags: burgers, fast, food, fries, vending machine

Vending machine food of the FUTURE. ...view spot

Attractions / Gay Friendly / Nightlife

Casa Rossa

2.5 Stars
( 2 Reviews ) Tags: drinks, exhibitionist, sex, show

One of Amsterdam's most famous sex shows. ...view spot

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Art / Attractions

Van Gogh Museum

2.5 Stars
( 2 Reviews ) Tags: art, museum

Where all his stuff is...sort of. ...view spot

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Attractions

Borneo Sporenburg Houses

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: contemporary architecture, mvrdv, west 8

Planned community with contemporary architecture ...view spot

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Amsterdam Architecture Center

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: architecture, design, exhibit

Exhibit highlighting Dutch architecture ...view spot

Food & Drink

Bagels & Beans

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: bagels, breakfast, coffee, lunch

American-style bagels and coffe shop ...view spot

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Food & Drink / Music & Entertainment / Nightlife

Café De Buurman

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: beer, excellent people watching, hotties, live music, nice bar, wooden tables

Cozy cafe with live music and strong drinks. ...view spot

Local Culture / Shops & Markets / Transportation & Rentals

Recycled Bikes

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: bicycles, bike gear, diy, independent, recycled, rentals, repairs

Buy a non-stolen bike for 60-80 euros. ...view spot

Food & Drink

Assaggi

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: appetizers, freebies, hot bartender, legit italian, raw meat

Italian food by Italians. ...view spot

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Art / Food & Drink / Gay Friendly / Music & Entertainment / Nightlife

Melkweg

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: artists, artsy, djs, dutch hipster culture, international acts, late-night, live music, super cool, theatre

Live music, theatre, a restaurant, and more. ...view spot

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Food & Drink / Local Culture / Shops & Markets

Saturday Market

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: bread, candy, cheese, fair food, flowers, fresh jam, gifts, honey, mushrooms, organic, produce, veggie-friendly

Great weekly outdoor market of organic products. ...view spot

Art / Food & Drink / Nightlife

Filmmuseum

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: classic films, dutch cinema, english-language friendly, exhibitions, huge film library, library, new films, open-air screenings, outdoor cafe

Restored and new films, exhibits, and a cafe. ...view spot

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Attractions / Local Culture

Houseboat Museum (Woonbootmuseum)

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: amsterdam culture, canals, houseboats, museum

Museum about houseboats located inside a houseboat! ...view spot

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Attractions / Local Culture

Dam Square Fair/Carnival

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: carnival fun, fair foods, fair rides, plates of meat, skee-ball

A quarterly madhouse of fun in the middle of Dam Square. ...view spot

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Art / Attractions

Foam Fotografiemuseum

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: museumnacht, photography

Amsterdam's photography museum. ...view spot

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Art / Local Culture

The Stedelijk Museum

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: cornucopia of temporary exhibitions, modern art, photography

Modern and contemporary art collection. ...view spot

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Food & Drink

Hein

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: breakfast all day, lunch, tiny restaurants

Home cooking for lunch only. ...view spot

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Food & Drink / Local Culture / Nightlife

Coffeeshop Ben

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: bud, chill, coffeeshop, juice bar, weed

Chill-ass spot with cheap-ass bud ...view spot

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Food & Drink / Local Culture

La Tertulia

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: coffeeshop

A cozy mother-daughter run coffeeshop in Amsterdam. ...view spot

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Art / Attractions / Education / Gay Friendly

The Sex Museum

5.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: erotica, museum, sex

It's a museum of sex! What more can I say? ...view spot

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Food & Drink

Raïnaraï

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: 4 tables, algerian, mint, moroccan, on a canal, outdoor seating, pillows

algerian food with outdoor seating. ...view spot

Music & Entertainment / Nature & Outdoors

Bitterzoet

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: actual records, cheap, dutch, funk, soul, struttin'

Club with a great soul night that's popular with locals. ...view spot

Art

Huis Marsielle

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: 18th century fountains, high caliber artists, minimal decor, non-pretentious museum, well curated exhibits

Great photography museum in fancy old house. ...view spot

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Art

De Appel

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: contemporary art, cultured, museum night, performance, publisher, readings

Contemporary arts space. ...view spot

Food & Drink

Green Planet

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: daily specials, great soup, organic beer, organic wine, resident cat, vegan friendly

Like eating a nice dinner in your mom's kitchen. ...view spot

Food & Drink

Bolhoed

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: fixed price menu, former hat store, mexican, organic, thai, vegan friendly, vegetarian, warm colors decor, wine

Delicious vegetarian food with an international empthasis. ...view spot

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Food & Drink / Gay Friendly / Local Culture

Cafe De Jaren

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: alcohol, magazines, multi-level, outdoor seating, student-friendly, study tables, views of the amstel

Grandest of the grand-cafes. ...view spot

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Food & Drink

Pancakes!

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: american breakfast, fresh-squeezed orange juice, savory pancake, sweet pancake

Great place to try Dutch pancakes. ...view spot

Shops & Markets

Lady Day

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: accessories, chic, formalwear, retro, vintage, winter coats

Men and women's secondhand/vintage. ...view spot

Food & Drink / Local Culture

Vleminckx Sausmeesters

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: local approved, mayo, short hours, vlaamse frites

Belgian-style french fries. ...view spot

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Hotels & Accomodations

Flynt B&B

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: breakfast, cats, dogs, huge rooms, private bathrooms

Spacious pet-friendly B&B. ...view spot

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Food & Drink / Gay Friendly / Local Culture

Saarein

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: boiled eggs, brown bar, glbtetc, pool

Traditional Dutch "brown bar" with queer crowd. ...view spot

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Hotels & Accomodations

International Budget Hostel

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: ambiance, centrally located, lack of vomiting brits

Inexpensive centrally located backpacker's hostel. ...view spot

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Attractions / Education

Nemo Science Museum

4.0 Stars
( 1 Review ) Tags: architecture, hands-on, museums

Fun museum in a crazy building. ...view spot

Top Neighborhoods in Amsterdam

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Jordaan

4.0 Stars
Tags: amsterdam, artist neighborhoods, houseboats

Even though Amsterdam's canals and layout makes it feel like the whole city proper is ...

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The Old Centre

0.0 Stars
Tags: amsterdam, netherlands, old centre

Where Dam Square meets the Red Light District

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Red Light District

3.33333333333 Stars
Tags: alcohol, canals, highly policed, illegal drugs, legal drugs, pornographies, prostitutes, safe, swans, touristy, xxx

What Amsterdam's famous--or infamous--for. As picturesque as other canal-side strolls, except with windows full of ...

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Dam Square

4.0 Stars
Tags: carnivals, centraal station, national monument, royal palace, sinterklaas

The very center of the centrum, Dam Square is where you'll find the phallic monument, ...

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Oud-Zuid

5.0 Stars
Tags: chill, markets, museums, parks

Further south from the busy tourist center, Oud-Zuid offers large parks and cultural museums as ...

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The 9 Streets

4.0 Stars
Tags: antiques, cheese stores, independent shops, lady day vintage, leather stores, record stores

In between the Joordan and the Old Centre are three streets which cross over three ...

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Nieuwmarktbuurt

4.0 Stars
Tags: albert hein, benches, cafe bern, coffeeshops, da waag, weekend market

Neighborhood centering on the Nieuwmarkt square, home of many cafes, coffeeshops, vendors, and a weekend ...

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Eastern Docklands

0.0 Stars
Tags: borneo sporenburg, contemporary architecture, design, mvrdv, urban design, west 8

The Eastern Docklands is a developing neighborhood in Amsterdam. Recent renovations to historical buildings and ...

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Noord

3.0 Stars
Tags: amsterdam

Amsterdam Noord is just behind Central Station across the Ij channel. For cyclists and walkers, ...

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The Spui

0.0 Stars
Tags: american bookstore, art market, book market, bookstores, cafe dante, cafe luxembourg, coffeeshops, gollem, instrument stores

Technically more of a square than a neighborhood, the Spui is the epicenter of all ...

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Rembrandtplein

4.0 Stars
Tags: after-hours parties, amstel, documentary film festival, gay-friendly, outdoor seating, rembrandt's night watch

Open square next to the Amstel with great views, a few cinemas, and a bunch ...

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Oud West

0.0 Stars
Tags: b&bs, kinkerstraaat, shopping street, squats

South of the Museumplein, this is a great spot to find spacious housing, decent dining, ...

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Western Canal Belt

0.0 Stars
Tags: prinsengracht

Alright, you know the drill with the Southern Canal Belt, except this one is to ...

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Southern Canal Belt

0.0 Stars
Tags: herengracht, keizersgracht, prinsengracht

north of the leidesplein and south of the spui.

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Prostitutes! Legal drugs! These are some of the things that Amsterdam is unfairly known for. Sensationalizing what's legal here that isn't in other places is missing the point of Dutch attitude and tolerance, which is what makes it such a charming city in the first place. Where else on Earth are the hookers unionized and given health insurance and the drugs sold with helpful fact sheets detailing the effects?

Such is Amsterdam, where one year a leading gourmet restaurant can be located inside a squat, and where you're more likely to hear an indignant ringing of a bicycle bell than perpetually blaring car horns. There's pretty much every imaginable form of ethnic food, the nightlife and parties are legendary, and a combination of non-smelly canals and a serious lack of skyscrapers in the city proper makes it probably the most picturesque capital city on the continent.

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