Ready for a short escape from the buzzing neons and bustling streets of the Red Light District and Leidseplein? Then we got you covered.
In contrast to the historical and charming buildings in Amsterdam Centraal, the free five minute ferry over to the North side of Amsterdam brings a cutting-edge vibe filled with cool street art, warehouses and amazing waterfront terraces.
Take the ferry from Amsterdam Centraal over to NDSM Wharf and enjoy a beer or a delicious lunch in the sun at Pllek, a perfect hotspot for Spring and Summer! Prices are reasonable, varying from €6 to €15 for a tasty lunch.
Afterwards, have a stroll around this part of the city while enjoying some cool street art created by the public.
P.S. don’t be surprised if you end up dancing around a bonfire with local hippies in one of the many hidden gems ;)
1. Head straight to a coffeeshop
It’s legal to buy marijuana at coffeeshops in Amsterdam, and there are literally hundreds of them throughout the city. Trust me, you’ll have no problem finding weed in Amsterdam! Just make sure that you go to a “coffeeshop.” Not a “coffee shop,” “café,” or “coffee house.” Cafés are usually the equivalent of a bar, and coffee shops not selling marijuana are called koffiehuis (which translates to coffee house in English).
Technically, the coffeeshops themselves operate in a bit of a legal gray area, as the suppliers they get the cannabis from aren’t supposed to be growing or selling marijuana. It’s a technicality that goes unnoticed, though, as there’s weed aplenty!
2. Bring cash, some coffeeshops don't take cards
It seems like the majority of the coffeeshops I visited during my stay in Amsterdam were cash only. We did come across a few that took cards, but they were definitely in the minority. Just make sure you have a chip and PIN card though, which is pretty much the standard now in Europe. Our favorite coffeeshop, Easy Times takes cards.
Techno fiends, this one's for you. Sugarfactory brings to you every Tuesday, Techno Tuesday. With a line-up of Amsterdam's best techno DJ's, it's advised you lace your boots up tight and wear something loose! Located in Amsterdam's buzzing Leidseplein, it's as central a you're going to get. Organised by local label Deep and Dance Records, expect the deliverance of a blazing techno rave!
For those looking to kick off the weekend early, Paradiso throws down a wicked party. On Thursdays, Paradiso's basement transforms into the party space for Dondergrondse. Expect new indie initiatives, underground live acts and a varied selection of DJs. Located in the the extremely popular party location, Rembrandtplein, Paradiso is a must do for a night to remember (or forget).
Hire a bike.
Rated the most bicycle friendly city in the world, Amsterdam is well renown for its great network of bike paths. Hire a bike from one of the many rental places around the city to discover the city’s many hidden gems. It’s by far the quickest way to get around allowing you to explore places inaccessible by car, tram or metro.
Download an offline map.
It’s easy (especially when you’re spaced out) to get lost in the cities network of canal rings which can prove both exciting but also frustrating. Make sure to have an offline map downloaded to your phone for when you have no data and need to make your way back to your hotel.
I wake up and look around at the other 8 or so half naked people passed out in the hostel room. I quietly get up and wash away the shame from the previous nights pub crawl, collect my thoughts and get ready for the day ahead. In the bunk bed across from me is a pretty Aussie girl I met the night before. We both get up and prepare to attack the day ahead.
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