Amsterdam Journals

January in Amsterdam

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A January 2003 trip to Amsterdam by Red Mezz

Setting sun in Amsterdam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Most people come to Amsterdam for one thing, but the beauty and interest of the city goes far beyond the coffee shop...

January in Amsterdam

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Overview

Amsterdam Canals Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam—a place that every traveller has on their list to stop in at some point. Even if Holland isn't a place that has long interested you, it's impossible not to be intrigued by the freedom of, shall we say, expression, that you can find in the renowned city of Amsterdam. And though sometimes the hype of these well-visited cities are a bit built up by Lonely Planet carrying backpackers, this is a city that is well worth the visit, even if you don't feel the need to come to 'express' yourself.Amsterdam has a lot to offer, and if I'm being totally honest, it wasn't somewhere that was very high on my list to visit. (largely because of all the 'Lonely Planet carrying backpackers' who ...Read More

Victoria Hotel Amsterdam

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Hotel

Victoria Hotel Amsterdam Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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This hotel is the definitive of straight forward. It's easy, it's clean, it's efficient--but it has no frills. It's not expensive by any means, but is a nice step up from hostels and what is generally considered budget hotels. The location could hardly be better, right in the forefront of the square directly across from the Central Station. If you take the train from the airport (the most efficient and easiest way into the city centre) then you come out pretty much looking at the Victoria Hotel. And to be sure that you don't miss it, the huge sign towers over the building directly in front of you. It's very hard to miss indeed. The inside isn't brand new, and I wouldn't call it luxurious b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 17, 2006

Victoria Hotel Amsterdam
Damrak 1-5
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 (20) 6234255

Restaurant Café in de Waag

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Restaurant

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The In de Waag is hard to miss if you're wandering around Amsterdam, it stands out around corners and across canals as one of the most interesting buildings there is to see. It sits like a mini castle, or large manor house in the centre of town, and it well worth a look. The inside is very well done, with the excellent atmosphere that comes of a place that knows how to do it well. The pleasant hum of happy customers enjoying the conversation and food buzzes across the rafters, and the candle lit evening meals make for a nice time, no matter what your budget or choice of food.The food isn't cheap, though also not overly expensive for those not on an extremely tight budget, and offers an interesting v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2006

Restaurant Café in de Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 422-7772

Bulldog Energy

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Restaurant | "The Bulldog Energy"

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Welcome to the Amsterdam coffee shop. For all that there is to see and do in Amsterdam that doesn't involve coffee shops and sampling the unique experiences that Amsterdam offers legally, there are also places to enjoy these rare experiences, and The Bulldog is at the top of this list. For the ultimate experience of Amsterdam's coffee shops, be sure to check out The Bulldog. You can easily spot it by the big circular sign outside the shop. There is more than one Bulldog in Amsterdam... one of the first coffee shop chains to offer the atmosphere and experience of a coffee shop, with a relaxed and safe venue. But for the best of the atmosphere, I highly recommend the Bulldog Energy on Oudezij...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 17, 2006

Bulldog Energy
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 218
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 638 25 93

Pancake Bakery

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Restaurant

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There were several places recommended to me before I headed towards Amsterdam, but The Pancake Bakery came up again and again as somewhere you had to go to experience Amsterdam properly… and I felt I should pass that tradition on.The Pancake Bakery is a special little place, filled with well satisfied locals and interested tourists. If you don't know what you're looking for, you could easily walk right past it. The only thing to let you know you're there is a small sign over a sunken doorway next to one of the canals, (about two minutes from the Anne Frank house) and a small wooden frame door you have to step down into.But once inside the Pancake Bakery you can smell all the reasons that you're friend...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2006

Pancake Bakery
Prinsengracht 191
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1015
0031 20 625 13 33