Amsterdam Journals

Friendly Folks and Fantastic Food

A June 1999 trip to Amsterdam by Susan

Quote: Amsterdam is known for its licentiousness, but we saw it in a different light.

Friendly Folks and Fantastic Food

Overview

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Any meal you eat in Amsterdam is memorable, as it is both tasty and non-European in its gargantuan portions. Also, the Red Light District is a must-see!

Quick Tips:

Be aware of the young people who will try to get you to stay at a cheap hotel. Sometimes the hotels are fine, but check the rooms out before you pay.

Best Way To Get Around:

Utilize the tram system, or rent a bicycle to feel like a local.

Arena Hotel

Hotel | "Arena Budget Hotel"

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Although multiple-guest rooms were available, my boyfriend and I opted for a private room. There were two single beds (to our dismay) and the room was newly decorated (the whole place was under reconstruction). Our tiny window looked out on the quaint suburbs of Amsterdam. While we were there, the Netherlands film debut of 'Notting Hill' was held there. We even got a glimpse of Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley!!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2000

Arena Hotel
's-Gravesandestraat 51
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1092 AA
+31 (0)20-850 24 00

Keuken Van 1870

Restaurant

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This place was a welcome sight after eating only bread and cheese in France! The portions were very un-European (LARGE) and tasty. I had some Thai chicken in peanut sauce, while my boyfriend had a Dutch potato dish. The menu varied greatly in ethnicity, and was a great deal for the money. Also, the service was fantastic. Anything we couldn't read, the waiter explained.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2000

Keuken Van 1870
Spuistraat 4
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 624-8965

Bars in Amsterdam

Attraction | "Various Pubs and Bars on the square"

Quote:
Amsterdam at night is a very friendly, open environment. Even if you're not interestd in drugs or prostitutes, you'll have fun in the Red Light District. All the locals are accomodating to travelers, and guarantee a good time.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2000

Bars in Amsterdam
Central Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Albert Cuyp Market (Albert Cuypmarkt)

Attraction | "Albert Cuypstraat open-air market"

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This was by far the highlight of our trip to Amsterdam. We visited booth after booth, where we bought a hand-knit sweater, wall hanging and wooden shoes. All were quite reasonably priced. Not only did we see traditional Dutch gifts, but also an international variety--Oriental fabrics,items from the rest of Europe.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2000

Albert Cuyp Market (Albert Cuypmarkt)
Alber Cuypstraat 217-219
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1073 BG

New Metropolis

Attraction

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This is a fun, hands-on museum. We made huge bubbles, played with electricity, built a house and had a fashion show. All the signs were in both English and Dutch, so we had no problems, other than neglecting to see the 'no drinks' sign! The gift shop was filled with fun, educational toys.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2000

New Metropolis
Oosterdok
Amsterdam, Netherlands