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The '''Old Center''' is the historical heart of [[Amsterdam]].
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The '''Old Centre''' is the medieval heart of [[Amsterdam]].
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
Most visitors arrive in Amsterdam at the Central Station, and then walk south over the streets Damrak and Rokin. In medieval times, both these streets actually were the final end of the Amstel river. They used to cut Amsterdam in half: east of the Damrak-Rokin-axis was the '''Old Side''' (''Oudezijde'') of Amsterdam, the oldest part of the city dating from the 13th century. West of the Damrak-Rokin-axis was the '''New Side''' (''Nieuwezijde''), which was constructed later, but still dates from the late Middle Ages. Now Damrak and Rokin are the glue that hold both sides of the city together, and while walking there, you probably won't even feel that this once was a river.
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Most visitors arrive in Amsterdam at Centraal Station, and then walk south over the streets Damrak and Rokin. In medieval times, both these streets actually were the final end of the Amstel River. They used to cut Amsterdam in half: east of the Damrak-Rokin-axis was the '''Old Side''' (''Oudezijde'') of Amsterdam, the oldest part of the city dating from the 13th century. West of the Damrak-Rokin-axis was the '''New Side''' (''Nieuwezijde''), which was constructed later, but still dates from the late Middle Ages. Now Damrak and Rokin are the glue that hold both sides of the city together, and while walking there, you probably won't even notice that this once was a river.
  
The division between the Old Side and the New Side never faded away however, and both have a lot to offer for visitors. The Old Side is home to the '''Nieuwmarkt''', a large square that recently turned into a Chinatown district (though it doesn't match up with Chinatowns in other cities). The Zeedijk particularly offers some great Eastern cuisine. Nearby is the '''Red Light District''' located at the Oudezijds Burgwal, the oldest profession of the world at the oldest part of the city. The New Side's most iconic square is Dam Square, considered the ultimate center of the city. It's a spacious area dominated by the '''Royal Palace''' (''Koninklijk Paleis'') and the '''New Church''' (''Nieuwe Kerk''). It's the prime shopping area with the Kalverstraat and the Flower Market.
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The division between the Old Side and the New Side never faded away however, and both have a lot to offer for visitors. The Old Side is home to the '''Nieuwmarkt''', a large square that recently turned into a Chinese neighbourhood (though it doesn't match up with Chinatowns in other cities). The Zeedijk particularly offers some great Asian restaurants an snack joints. Nearby is the '''Red Light District''' located at the Oudezijds Burgwal, the oldest profession of the world at the oldest part of the city. The New Side's most iconic square is Dam Square, considered the ultimate centre of the city. It's a spacious area dominated by the '''Royal Palace''' (''Koninklijk Paleis'') and the '''New Church''' (''Nieuwe Kerk''). Around it are the city's prime shopping areas with the Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk and the Flower Market, and the bars at the Spui.
  
An outlying area is the '''Old Jewish Quarter'''. As the Netherlands had a relatively high level of religious freedom from the 16th century onwards, many Jewish communities had migrated to this area. In the 1920s this was one of the busiest areas of town with large open-air markets and smoky factories. This changed in World War II, when Nazi Germany occupied Amsterdam and most Jewish citizens were deported to concentration camps. The area went into decay and even today isn't quite as interesting as one might hope. It nowadays has turned into a big traffic junction, but the '''Jewish Historical Museum''' (''Joods Historisch Museum'') keeps the history of the neighborhood alive.
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An outlying area is the '''Old Jewish Quarter'''. As the Netherlands had a relatively high level of religious freedom from the 16th century onwards, many Jewish communities had migrated to this area. In the 1920s this was one of the busiest areas of town with large open-air markets and smoky factories. This changed in World War II, when Nazi Germany occupied Amsterdam and most Jewish citizens were deported to concentration camps, never to return. The area went into decay and even today isn't quite as interesting as one might hope. It nowadays has turned into a big traffic junction, but the '''Jewish Historical Museum''' (''Joods Historisch Museum'') keeps the history of the neighborhood alive.
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Next to the more official cultural venues, the old centre of Amsterdam offers the usual tourist traps. On Damrak you can find for example the Amsterdam Vodka Museum and the Sex Museum, and in the Red Light District you can find the Hash and Marihuana Museum.
  
 
==Get in==
 
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===By tram===
 
===By tram===
  
The Central Station at the north of the Old Center is the center of Amsterdam's public transport network. Most tram lines start, finish or pass through it.
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The Central Station at the north of the Old centre is the centre of Amsterdam's public transport network. Most tram lines start, finish or pass through it.
  
 
==See==
 
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===Museums===
 
===Museums===
  
* <see name="Allard Pierson Museum" alt="" address="Oude Turfmarkt 127" directions="Old Side, tram: Mint Square" phone="+31 20 525 25 56" email="" fax="" url="http://allardpiersonmuseum.nl/english/" hours="M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su 1PM-5PM" price="€6.50">The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam . The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Cyprus, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire are revived in this museum. Art-objects and utensils, dating from 4000 B.C. till 500 A.D. give a good impression of everyday-life, mythology and religion in Antiquity.</see>
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* <see name="Allard Pierson Museum" alt="" address="Oude Turfmarkt 127" directions="Tram Muntplein" phone="+31 20 525 2556" email="" fax="" url="http://allardpiersonmuseum.nl/en/" hours="M-F 10:00-17:00, Sa-Su 13:00-17:00" price="€6.50">The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam . The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Cyprus, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire are revived in this museum. Art-objects and utensils, dating from 4000 B.C. till 500 A.D. give a good impression of everyday-life, mythology and religion in Antiquity.</see>
  
* <see name="Amsterdams Historisch Museum" alt="New Side" address="Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357 or Kalverstraat 92" directions="" phone="+31 20 523 18 22" email="" fax="" url="http://en.ahm.nl/" hours="M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su 11AM-5PM" price="€6">The city&#x2019;s historical museum..</see>
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* <see name="Amsterdam Dungeon" alt="" address="Rokin 78" directions="Tram Spui" phone="+31 20 530 8500" email="" fax="" url="http://www.the-dungeons.nl" hours="11:00-17:00 daily, 24 Dec-8 Jan 10:30-17:30 daily, 2 Jul-4 Sep 11:00-18;00 daily" price="€21">The Amsterdam Dungeon is a horror tour through several dark chambers with live actors. It ends with a roller coaster raging through a real 13th century church.</see>
  
* <see name="Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum" alt="" address="Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148" directions="Old Side" phone="+31 20 624 89 26" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hashmuseum.com" hours="10AM-11PM daily" price="€9">Opened for over twenty years, the Hash Museum is dedicated to debunking the lies and demonization about one of our most useful plants, the hemp plant. Although small, busy and seriously overpriced, it is a well-done museum where people go to get informed.</see>
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* <see name="Amsterdams Historisch Museum" alt="" address="Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357 or Kalverstraat 92" directions="Tram Spui" phone="+31 20 523 1822" url="http://www.amsterdammuseum.nl/en" hours="M-F 10:00-17:00, Sa-Su 11:00-17:00" price="€10" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The city&#x2019;s historical museum, there is a free gallery of paintings & art that you walk through to get to the museum entrance.</see>
  
* <see name="Hermitage Amsterdam" alt="" address="Amstel 51" directions="Old Jewish Quarter" phone="+31 20 530 87 55" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hermitage.nl/en/" hours="" price="">Recently opened and an annex to the famous Hermitage museum in st Petersburg (Russia). This museum hosts exhibitions with paintings and other cultural artifacts from the vaults of its Russian parent.</see>
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* <see name="Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum" alt="" address="Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148" directions="Metro Nieuwmarkt" phone="+31 20 624 89 26" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hashmuseum.com" hours="10:00-23:00 daily" price="€9">Opened for over twenty years, the Hash Museum is dedicated to debunking the lies and demonization about one of our most useful plants, the hemp plant. Although small, busy and seriously overpriced, it is a well-done museum where people go to get informed.</see>
  
* <see name="Museum Amstelkring" alt="" address="Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40" directions="Old Side, inside the Red Light District" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.museumamstelkring.nl/" hours="M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM" price="€7">Most locals don't recognize the official name, but will know what you mean if you say "Our Lord in the Attic." This is a Catholic church stuffed into the upper stories of a house built in 1663, when Catholics were persecuted and had to disguise their churches.  It's a beautiful place to visit, and amazing to see how they fit worshippers, an organ, and an altar into such a narrow place.</see>
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* <see name="Joods Historisch Museum" alt="" address="Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1" directions="Metro Waterlooplein" phone="+31 20 531 0310" url="http://www.jhm.nl/english" hours="11:00-17:00 daily (except some Jewish holidays)" price="€9" lat="52.36735" long="4.9037">Jewish Historical Museum. History of the Jewish people, culture and religion.</see>
  
* <see name="NEMO" alt="" address="Oosterdok 2" directions="Old Jewish Quarter" phone="+31 20 531 32 33" email="" fax="" url="http://www.e-nemo.nl/en/" hours="" price="€11.50">NEMO is the biggest science centre in the Netherlands; an educational attraction where you can discover a world of science and technology in an entertaining way. NEMO takes you on a voyage of discovery between fantasy and reality. You will discover how scientific phenomena influence your daily life. You will learn about technology and engineering, ICT and bio- and behavioral sciences. This is a great place to take kids and is best for those ages 11 and below - teenagers will probably get bored.</see>
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* <see name="Medieval Torture Museum" alt="formerly Vodka Museum" address="Damrak 33" directions="Tram Centraal Station" phone="+31 20 528 6035" url="http://www.tortureamsterdam.com/" hours="09:00-22:00 daily" price="€12.50 " lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The latest gimmicky tourist attraction near the Central Station, it's a small museum about medieval torture and torture devices. In the Middle Ages, torture was a widely known punishment for almost all crimes committed, ranging from rape to murder, and above all for heresy. The type of punishment depended on the victim's crime and social status. The Medieval Torture Museum displays over 100 devices used to torture people. Before its make-over, it used to be a vodka museum; the vodka shop is still open in the basement with free entry.</see>
  
* <see name="Rembrandt House" alt="" address="Jodenbreestraat 4" directions="Old Jewish Quarter" phone="+31 20 520 04 00" email="" fax="" url="http://www.rembrandthuis.nl/" hours="10AM-5PM daily" price="€8">This is where the artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn and his wife, Saskia, lived between 1639 and 1658The house is a reconstruction of the painter’s life at that time and provides interesting insightYou will be able to see 260 of his 290 etchings, find out about how they were created, see where he worked and explore the nooks and crannies of this fascinating building.</see>
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* <see name="Museum Amstelkring/Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder" alt="Our Lord in the Attic" address="Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40" directions="Tram Centraal Station" phone="" url="http://www.museumamstelkring.nl/" hours="M-Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 13:00-17:00" price="€7" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Most locals don't recognize the official name, but will know what you mean if you say "Our Lord in the Attic." This is a Catholic church stuffed into the upper stories of a house built in 1663, when Catholics were persecuted and had to disguise their churchesIt's amazing to see how they fit worshippers, an organ, and an altar into such a narrow place.</see>
  
* <see name="Royal Palace" alt="" address="Dam Square" directions="" phone="+31 20 620 40 60" email="" fax="" url="http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/" hours="Tu-Su noon-5PM, M closed" price="€7.50">This former City Hall (built in 1651) has recently been completely renovated and is now open again. It is mainly used for diplomatic receptions and to welcome visiting heads of state, not as a royal residence.</see>
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* <see name="NEMO" alt="" address="Oosterdok 2" directions="Bus IJtunnel" phone="+31 20 531 3233" email="" fax="" url="http://www.e-nemo.nl/en/" hours="Tu-Su 10:00-17:00" price="€11.50">NEMO is the biggest science centre in the Netherlands; an educational attraction where you can discover a world of science and technology in an entertaining way. NEMO takes you on a voyage of discovery between fantasy and reality. You will discover how scientific phenomena influence your daily life. You will learn about technology and engineering, ICT, and bio- and behavioural sciences. This is a great place to take kids and is best for those ages 11 and below — teenagers will probably get bored.</see>
  
* <see name="Sexmuseum" alt="" address="Damrak 18" directions="" phone="+31 20 622 83 76" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sexmuseumamsterdam.nl/index2.html" hours="9AM-10PM daily" price="€3">The largest and most prestigious museum for sex art and sex history in the Netherlands. It shows a lot of sex oddities. Only ages 16 and up are allowed entry.</see>
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* <see name="Rembrandt House" alt="" address="Jodenbreestraat 4" directions="Metro Waterlooplein" phone="+31 20 520 0400" url="http://www.rembrandthuis.nl/" hours="10:00-17:00 daily" price="€8" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This is where the artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn and his wife, Saskia, lived between 1639 and 1658. The house is a reconstruction of the painter’s life at that time and provides interesting insight. You will be able to see 260 of his 290 etchings, find out about how they were created, see where he worked and explore the nooks and crannies of this fascinating building.</see>
  
* <see name="Torture Museum" alt="" address="Singel 449" directions="" phone="+31 20 320 66 42" email="" fax="" url="http://www.torturemuseum.com" hours="" price="">This museum depicts the history of different torturous techniques used over the centuries.</see>
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* <see name="Royal Palace" alt="Paleis op de Dam" address="Dam" directions="Tram Dam" phone="+31 20 620 4060" url="http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/" hours="Tu-Su 12:00-17:00" price="€7.50" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Royal Palace is one of the three official palaces of the Netherlands. It is at the disposal of Queen Beatrix by the Act of Parliament. It was built in 1651 as the city hall of Amsterdam, in a period known as the Dutch Golden Age. Many school children learn that because of the swampy soil, it was built on no less than 13,569 wooden poles. In 1795, the French Empire of Napoleon Bonaparte invaded the Netherlands, and his brother Louis Napoleon became the first King of Holland in 1806. He acquired the city hall in that year and turned it into a royal palace. It was restored to the original owners when Prince William VI returned to the Netherlands in 1812, but when he was crowded as King William I, he decided that Amsterdam should be the official capital and acquired the city hall once again as a royal palace. This still brings out feelings among the locals, some of who would like to see the palace returned to Amsterdam. It has been completely renovated in 2009 and is now open again. It is mainly used for diplomatic receptions and to welcome visiting heads of state, not as a royal residence.</see>
  
* <see name="" alt="" address="Damrak 33" directions="" phone="+31 20 528 60 35" email="" fax="" url="http://www.vodkamuseum.com/" hours="9AM-10PM daily" price="€7.50">The latest gimmicky tourist trap near the Central Station, claims to be the world's first and only museum devoted to the drink.</see>
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* <see name="Sexmuseum" alt="" address="Damrak 18" directions="Tram Centraal Station" phone="+31 20 622 8376" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sexmuseumamsterdam.nl/index2.html" hours="09:00-22:00 daily" price="€4">The largest and most prestigious museum for sex art and sex history in the Netherlands. It shows a lot of sex oddities. Only ages 16 and up are allowed entry.</see>
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* <see name="Torture Museum" alt="" address="Singel 449" directions="Tram Koningsplein" phone="+31 20 320 6642" url="http://www.torturemuseum.com/" hours="10:00-23:00" price="€7.50" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This museum depicts the history of different torturous techniques used over the centuries.</see>
  
 
===Art gallery===
 
===Art gallery===
  
 
* <see name="Schutters Gallery" alt="" address="Between Kalverstraat and Begijnhof" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Free">Plenty of 17th-century portraits.</see>
 
* <see name="Schutters Gallery" alt="" address="Between Kalverstraat and Begijnhof" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Free">Plenty of 17th-century portraits.</see>
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The most prominent synagogue is '''The Esnoga''' (or ''The Portuguese Synagogue'') [http://www.esnoga.com/] (1675) located at Mr. Visserplein 3, in an austere Classicist style.
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*'''Beurs van Berlage''' [http://www.beursvanberlage.nl/welcome]. Take a guided tour and check out the view from the top of the old stock exchange tower. It was built in 1903 (by Hendrik Petrus Berlage) and is considered the beginning of modern Dutch architecture. Costs €3.50, located on Beursplein near Dam Square.
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*'''Wynand Fockink''' [http://www.wynand-fockink.nl/].  Pijlsteeg 31 ☎ +31 20 639 26 95 (mailto:[email protected])  Wynand Fockink is a distillery started in 1679.  Right near Dam Place, they offer distillery tours (must reserve at least a week in advance as they fill up quickly), great liquors, and a great time in the back alleys of Amsterdam.  They have numerous liquors, brandies, and jenevers and encourage you to try them all.  It is traditional to stoop and sip the first drink and not spill.
  
 
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* Jewish Amsterdam Tour. Guided visit of Portuguese Synagogue, Jewish Historical Museum and Holocaust Memorial. With professional Jewish guide.
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* '''Free walking tour''' daily free walking tours from the national monument at dam square [http://freewalkingtoursamsterdam.com/ Free walking tours Amsterdam] and [http://freealternativetouramsterdam.com/ Free Alternative tour Amsterdam].
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* '''Hail or shine Amsterdam free walking tour''' Every working day in front of the Royal Palace on Dam Square [http://amsterdamfreewalkingtour.com/ Hail or shine Amsterdam Free walking tour]
  
 
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==Buy==
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===Markets===
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* <buy name="Flower Market" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The world's only floating flower market, open daily on the Singel Canal near Muntplein. It is very touristy, but you could do worse than buying your tulips here. Make sure you buy pre-approved bulbs if taking them to the U.S. or Canada. They will have the holographic licence and export tag on the bag.</buy>
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* <buy name="Spui" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Every Friday and Sunday, there is a market held on the Spui. Friday has books on sale, while Sundays are all  about art and antiques.</buy>
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* <buy name="Waterlooplein" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Mo-Sa until about 17:00" price="">A well-known but fairly overrated flea market.</buy>
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* <buy name="The American Book Centre" alt="" address="" directions="on Spui" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.abc.nl/" hours="" price="">Excellent shop for literature and books in the English language, particularly on American culture.</buy>
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*<buy name="Athenaeum Boekhandel" alt="" address="Spui 14-16" directions="Tram Spui" phone="+31 20 514-1460" url="http://www.athenaeum.nl/" hours="M 11:00-18:00, Tu-W, Sa 09:30-18:00, Th 09:30-21:00, F 9:30-18:30, Su 12:00-17:30" price="" lat="" long="">One of the most renowned book stores of Amsterdam, because of its wide array of fiction and more academic titles. It is very popular among local students; however, their study books are also interesting reading material for non-graduates. They have a particular large selection of books in the humanities, including history, media, language, culture and international relations.</buy>
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* <buy name="The Book Exchange" alt="" address="Kloveniersburgwal 58" directions="diagonally across from the youth hostel" phone="+31 20 626-6266" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-Sa 10:00-16:00, Su 11:30-16:30" price="">A second-hand bookstore specialising in English books, and has a large selection, with an especially good selection of travel writing, detectives, and SF/fantasy.</buy>
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==Eat==
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
* <eat name="Dim Sum Court Chinatown" alt="" address="Zeedijk 109" directions="Chinatown" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Just like the Rokin-branch, also offers all-you-can-eat for €7.50.</eat>
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*<eat name="OCHA" alt="" address="Binnen Bantammerstraat 1" directions="Metro Nieuwmarkt" phone="+31 20 625-9958" url="" hours="Tu-Su 16:00-22:30" price="€15" lat="" long="">This used to be just the little "Thai snackbar around the corner", but since a raving review in the local newspaper Het Parool, big crowds are waiting in line to get seated during dinnertime. The scenery is simple and the restaurant is very small and cramped. However, the hype is all about the food, which is absolutely mouth-watering. They have the usual Thai fare, but the dish to go for is the massaman curry, their specialty.</eat>
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* <eat name="Rapper" alt="" address="30 Oudebrugsteeg" directions="Tram/Metro Centraal Station" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Offers delicious sandwiches in freshly baked wraps and salads with a selection of home sauces. Prices vary from €3.95 for vegetarian wrap to  €5.95 for Black-Angus Entrecôte wrap.</eat>
  
*<eat name="Dim Sum Court Rokin" alt="" address="Rokin 152" directions="New Side" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">It offers an all-you-can-eat (maximum one hour) Chinese buffet for &euro;7.50 (beverages not included, but available for an additional fee). Vegetarian and vegan options are available, just ask the cashier/waitress about the contents of individual dishes.</eat>
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* <eat name="Bird" alt="" address="Zeedijk 72" directions="Metro Nieuwmarkt" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Very crowded little snack bar with Thai food. Not to be confused with the restaurant of the same owner, on the other side of the street. Try the chicken in oyster sauce.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Rapper" alt="" address="30 Oudebrugsteeg" directions="New Side" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Offers a delicious sandwiches in freshly backed wraps and salads with a selection of home sauces.prices vary from &euro;3.95 for vegetarian wrap to  &euro;5.95 for Black-Angus Entrecôte wrap.</eat>
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*<eat name="Broodje Bert" alt="" address="321 Singel" directions="Dam Square" phone="+31 20 623-0382" url="" hours="Mon-Sat 8:00-17:00" price="" lat="" long="">A delicious take on American breakfast and lunch, with arguably some of the best omelettes and sandwiches you can find in the Netherlands. Prices range from €5 to €15 and all options presented are excellent. If you only go here once (which would be a shame, since it is well worth repeat visits), get the Broodje Bert Burger. Very good value considering the quantity of food you get.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Thaise Snackbar Bird" alt="" address="Zeedijk 72" directions="Chinatown" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Very crowded little snack bar with fantastic Thai food. Not to be confused with the restaurant of the same owner, on the other side of the street. Try the chicken in oyster sauce.</eat>
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* <eat name="Maos Vegeterian" alt="" address="Back to Victoria Hotel" directions="From Victoria Hotel to Dam square" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A delicious food called Falafel, really good in taste with unlimited toppings €4,9 for Big. Very good option for Vegetarian people.</eat>
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
  
* <eat name="Gary's Muffins" alt="" address="Jodenbreestraat 15" directions="Old Jewish Quarter" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.garys-muffins.com" hours="" price="">A pleasant, warm cafe with oversized cups of coffee, muffins and bagels galore. It's a combination of a New York deli and a California cafe where American-style products are baked on location and available to eat there or to take away. Muffins, brownies, giant cookies, cheesecake and bagels spread with various toppings are served at reasonable prices to a clientele that is a mix of locals, tourists, and expatriates hungry for a taste of home. There are 3 locations in the city.</eat>
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* <eat name="Bar Italia" alt="" address="Rokin 81 / 83 - Nes 96" directions="" phone="+31 20 6202442" url="http://www.bar-italia.nl" hours="Monday-Fr 10:00-03:00, Weekends 10:00-04:00" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The unique sellingpoint of Bar Italia is that it consists of three different areas; a Restaurant, Café and Espressobar. During the day you're welcome in the Espressobar for lunch, around 5pm the Café opens for drinks and during the evening the Restaurant offers a menu full of authentic Italian dishes.</eat>
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* <eat name="Gebr. Niemeijer French style bakery" alt="" address="Nieuwendijk 35" directions="" phone="+31 20 7076752" url="http://www.gebroedersniemeijer.nl" hours="Tu-Fr 08:15-18:30, Sa 08:30-17:00, Su 09:00-17:00" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">French-style bakery with pastries, croissants, breads, sandwiches all baked fresh on premises. Open for breakfast and lunch, eat-in or takeaway. Bring the kids and eat in the small playroom upstairs.</eat>
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* <eat name="Gary's Muffins" alt="" address="Jodenbreestraat 15" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.garys-muffins.com" hours="" price="">Oversized cups of coffee, muffins and bagels. Muffins, brownies, giant cookies, cheesecake and bagels spread with various toppings are served at reasonable prices to a clientele that is a mix of locals and tourists. American themed. There are 3 locations in the city.</eat>
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* <eat name="Gartine" alt="" address="Taksteeg 7" directions="" phone="020 - 320 41 32" email="" fax="" url="http://www.theamsterdamguide.com/?p=56" hours="10:00 - 18:00" price="">Considered a great restaurant for romantic dinners and relaxing meals alike, Gartine is a cozy but elegant dining spot with multiple levels of dining as well as outdoor seating for those that prefer it. Smoked salmon turin, Curly kale quiche and scrambled eggs on sourdough toast is just some of the things you can find here. They also offer a delicious brunch.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Greetje" alt="" address="Peperstraat 23-25" directions="Old Jewish Quarter" phone="+31 20 779 74 50" email="" fax="" url="http://www.restaurantgreetje.nl" hours="" price="">Interesting, traditional Dutch dishes which you will not find elsewhere, alongside French classics. Excellent food combined with friendly, professional service. Located in an historic building on a quiet side street near Central Station; it's off the beaten track so most of the diners are local. Open 6 days a week (not Mondays); a reservation is usually necessary.</eat>
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* <eat name="Greetje" alt="" address="Peperstraat 23-25" directions="" phone="+31 20 779 74 50" email="" fax="" url="http://www.restaurantgreetje.nl" hours="" price="">Traditional Dutch, alongside French classics. Located in an historic building on a quiet side street near Central Station; it's off the beaten track so most of the diners are local. Open 6 days a week (not Mondays); a reservation is usually necessary.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Kantjil & de Tiger" alt="" address="Spuistraat 291" directions="New Side" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Great spices and meat dishes, Indian/Indonesian food. Try the Nasi Goreng Rames.</eat>
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* <eat name="Kantjil & de Tiger" alt="" address="Spuistraat 291" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Great spices and meat dishes, Indian/Indonesian food. Try the Nasi Goreng Rames.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Nam Tin" alt="" address="Jodenbreestraat 11" directions="Old Jewish Quarter, near Waterloo Square just opposite Rembrandt's House" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A huge Chinese restaurant. Very authentic food: about half of the customers are Chinese tourists or expats. They serve cheap but delicious dim-sum at lunchtime.</eat>
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* <eat name="Rembrandt Corner" alt="" address="Jodenbreestraat 2" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Around the corner of the "Rembrandt Huis" is a very nice "Eetcafe" with fresh food, WiFi hot spots and internet workplaces. Try the dish of the day or the mussels.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Rembrandt Corner" alt="" address="Jodenbreestraat 2" directions="Old Jewish Quarter" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Around the corner of the "Rembrandt Huis" is a very nice "Eetcafe" with fresh food, wireless hot spots and internet workplaces. Try the dish of the day or the mussels, this always seems to be a good choice!</eat>
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===Bars and pubs===
  
* <drink name="Belgique" alt="" address="Gravenstraat 2" directions="New Side, Tram: Dam Square" phone="+31 20 625 19 74" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Easily one of the smallest bars in Amsterdam, there is seating for at most 15 people, but if you can get in you will enjoy it thoroughly. Specializing in Belgian beers, Belgique's menu is extensive and it includes some hard to find beers on tap. This place is smoke friendly so don't be surprised to see people rolling joints as they drink.</drink>
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* <drink name="Belgique" alt="" address="Gravenstraat 2" directions="Tram Dam" phone="+31 20 625 19 74" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">One of the smallest bars in Amsterdam, there is seating for at most 15 people. Specialising in Belgian beers, extensive menu that includes some hard to find beers on tap. This place is smoke friendly so don't be surprised to see people rolling joints as they drink.</drink>
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* <drink name="Cuba" alt="" address="Nieuwmarkt 3" directions="Metro Nieuwmarkt" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Great bar, really nice atmosphere, close to the Red Light District with a nice terrace in the summer. Selection of cheap cocktails and long island ice tea.</drink>
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* <drink name="De Bierkoning" alt="" address="Paleisstraat 125" directions="Tram Dam" phone="+31 20 625 23 36‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.debierkoning.nl/" hours="" price="">Not a café, but a 'supermarket' specialized in beer.</drink>
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* <drink name="Gollem" alt="" address="Raamsteeg 4" directions="Tram Spui" phone="+31 6 53 780 273‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.cafegollem.nl/" hours="" price="">A special beer café, serving many beers, especially from Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and other countries.</drink>
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* <drink name="De Jaren" alt="" address="Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22" directions="Tram Muntplein" phone="+31 20 625 57 71‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.cafedejaren.nl/" hours="" price="">A minimal art-deco interior next to Hotel d'Europe and a great view of where all the main canals come together. Sip a cup of coffee or tea and read a newspaper.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Cuba" alt="" address="Nieuwmarkt 3" directions="Old Side, Tram/Metro: Nieuwmarkt" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Great bar, really nice atmosphere, close to red light with a nice terrace in the summer. Good selection of cheap cocktails, best long island ice teas in the world! No smoking naughty stuff though.</drink>
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* <drink name="In De Wildeman" alt="" address="Kolksteeg 3" directions="Tram Nieuwezijds Kolk" phone="+31 20 638 23 48‎" url="http://www.indewildeman.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A very well stocked beer café, or actually beer tasting room (bierproeflokaal) in the centre of the inner city. 19 beers from various countries on draught, and about 250 different bottled beers offered. There is no music played, which makes for a very friendly and talkative atmosphere.</drink>
  
* <drink name="De Bierkoning" alt="" address="Paleisstraat 125" directions="New Side, Tram: Dam Square" phone="+31 20 625 23 36‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.debierkoning.nl/" hours="" price="">Not a café, but a 'supermarket' specialized in beer.</drink>
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* <drink name="Katoen" alt="" address="Oude Turfmarkt 153" directions="Tram Muntplein" phone="+31 20 626 26 35" url="http://www.goodfoodgroup.nl/english/katoen.html" hours="" price="" lat="52.367718" long="4.894004">Close to the southern part of the Grachtengordel. Alternative music and cozy atmosphere also in the evenings.</drink>
  
* <drink name="De Jaren" alt="" address="Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22" directions="Old Side, Tram: Mint Square" phone="+31 20 625 57 71‎" email="" fax="" url="http://maps.google.com/local_url?q=http://www.cafedejaren.nl/" hours="" price="">A minimal art-deco interior next to Hotel d'Europe and a great view of where all the main canals come together. It's mostly a nice place to sip a cup of coffee or tea and read a newspaper. It's hip interior attracts many students, as well as the upper class.</drink>
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* <drink name="Molly Malones Irish Pub" alt="" address="Oudezijds Kolk 9" directions="Tram Centraal Station" phone="+31 20 624 11 50‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.mollyinamsterdam.com" hours="" price="">Authentic Irish pub with food. Mix of expatriates, locals and tourists, friendly staff. Situated on a canal off the Zeedijk, close to Centraal Station and Warmoesstraat. Open every night, live music in the week-ends and large-screen television.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Gollem" alt="" address="Raamsteeg 4" directions="New Side, Tram: Spui" phone="+31 6 53 780 273‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.cafegollem.nl/" hours="" price="">A special beer café, serving many beers, especially from Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and other countries.</drink>
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*<drink name="d'Oude Herberg" alt="" address="Handboogstraat 17/19" directions="Tram Spui" phone="+31 20 623 18 40" url="http://www.oudeherbergh.nl/" hours="09:00-04:00 daily" price="" lat="" long="">One of the oldest original brown cafés in the central district op Amsterdam, a side street of the famous Spui. Get a stool at the bar or get comfy in one of the three wood panelled booths. On weekdays a highly popular student bar and in the weekend the hangout for the more adult locals and travellers from Couchsurfing.com.</drink>
  
* <drink name="In De Wildeman" alt="" address="Kolksteeg 3" directions="New Side, Tram: Nieuwezijds Kolk" phone="+31 20 638 23 48‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.indewildeman.nl/" hours="" price="">A very well stocked beer café, or actually beer tasting room (bierproeflokaal) in the centre of the inner city. 17 beers (usually from various countries) and a cider on draught, and about 250 different bottled beers offered. There is no music played, which makes for a very friendly and talkative atmosphere, and it even has a separate non-smoking room.</drink>
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* <drink name="Schuim" alt="" address="Spuistraat 189" directions="near Dam" phone="+31 20 638-9357" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The super comfy cafe is a great place to spend entire rainy days at a time. It heats up quite a bit at night. Pot smoking seems to be tolerated even though Schuim is definitely ''not'' a "coffeeshop".</drink>
  
*<drink name="Katoen" alt="" address="Oude Turfmarkt 153" directions="Old Side, near Mint Square" phone="+31 20 626 26 35" url="http://www.goodfoodgroup.nl/english/katoen.html" hours="" price="" lat="52.367718" long="4.894004">Nice bar/cafe close to the southern part of the Grachtengordel. Alternative music and cozy atmosphere also in the evenings.</drink>
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* <drink name="Cafe Speijk" address="Nieuwesijdsvoorburgwal 260" directions="behind Koniklijk Paleis" url="http://www.facebook.com/cafespeijk">Awesome bar with lost of fun, artsy crazy locals. Various DJ play different styles. Open till late in the morning. Best place to meet laid-back and awesome Amsterdamers!! </drink>
  
* <drink name="Molly Malones Irish Pub" alt="" address="Oudezijds Kolk 9" directions="Old Side, Tram: Central Station" phone="+31 20 624 11 50‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.mollyinamsterdam.com" hours="" price="">Authentic Irish pub with affordable, high quality food. Pleasant mix of ex-pats, locals and tourists and a friendly staff. Situated on a romantic canal off the Zeedijk, close to Centraal Station and Warmoesstraat. Open every night, live music in the week-ends and large-screen television.</drink>
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===Nightclubs===
  
*<drink name="d'Oude Herberg" alt="" address="Handboogstraat 17/19" directions="New Side, near Spui Square" phone="+31 20 623 18 40" url="http://www.oudeherbergh.nl/" hours="Daily 9PM-4AM" price="" lat="" long="">One of the oldest original brown cafés in the central district op Amsterdam, a side street of the famous Spui Square. Get a stool at the bar or get comfy in one of the three wood panelled booths. On weekdays a highly popular student bar and in the weekend the hangout for the more adult locals and travellers from Couchsurfing.com. Low prices for a centre pub!</drink>
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* <drink name="Bitterzoet" alt="" address="Spuistraat 2" directions="Tram Martelaarsgracht" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bitterzoet.com" hours="" price="">This placed used to be alternative, but changed ownership and is now more hip hop and R&B oriented. Check their agenda to see what they're doing.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Schuim" alt="" address="Spuistraat 189" directions="New Side, near Dam Square" phone="+31 20 638 93 57" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The super comfy cafe is a great place to spend entire rainy days at a time. It heats up quite a bit at night. Pot smoking seems to be tolerated even though Schuim is definitely ''not'' a "coffee shop".</drink>
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* <drink name="Winston Kingdom" alt="" address="Warmoesstraat 131" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.winston.nl" hours="" price="">Music venue and nightclub in the red light district. Pleasant mix of tourists, students and other locals of all ages.</drink>
  
 
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
* <sleep name="Bob's Youth Hostel" alt="" address="Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 92" directions="New Side, Tram: Nieuwezijds Kolk" phone="+31 20  623 0063" email="booking@bobsyouthhostel.nl" fax="" url="http://www.bobsyouthhostel.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Breakfast, shower, dorm bed at €22 a night. Private rooms with a kitchen are €70 for two persons and €90 for three people."></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Intersail Hostel-Christina" alt="" address="Oosterdok 2 Dock 3" directions="Tram Centraal Station" phone="+31 6 5478 5934" email="intersail@hotmail.com" url="http://bitly.com/1aqSNzj" checkin="2PM" checkout="11AM" price="Shared shower and toilet, 4 bed private from €22,50 to €27,50 per bed per night. 2 and 3 bed private from €25-€30,- per bed per night .">Floating hostel. Close to Central station. Small cabins, bed-length is 1.90 m, but great staff and a nice spacious sun deck. Breakfast, sheets, towels are included in the price. 4 person cabins are better to be used for only 3 adults. Don't take too much luggage in these cabins.</sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="De Oranje Tulp" alt="" address="Damrak 32" directions="New Side, Tram: Central Station" phone="+31 20 428 16 18" url="http://www.oranjetulp.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€50" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Expensive, but posh.</sleep>
 
  
* <sleep name="Bulldog" alt="" address="Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220" directions="Old Side, Tram: Dam Square" phone="+31 20 620 3822" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bulldog.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="Breakfast, sheets, shower and a locker starting at €22.">Friendly, cheap hostel right in the heart of the red light district.  The Bulldog Coffeeshop is conveniently located on the ground floor (also where you get your breakfast). </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Bob's Youth Hostel" address="Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 92" directions="Tram Nieuwezijds Kolk" phone="+31 20 623 0063" email="[email protected]syouthhostel.nl" url="http://bitly.com/1aawdL7" price="€70, dorm €22 per person"></sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Durty Nellys Inn" alt="" address="Warmoesstraat 117" directions="Old Side, Tram: Dam Square" phone="+31 20 638 01 25" url="http://www.xs4all.nl/~nellys/nellmain.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="Breakfast, sheets, shower and a locker starting at €17" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good location (5 min walk to the central station). The staff was friendly, the dorms clean and the beds confortable enough. There is an Irish pub downstairs with discounts for people staying in the hostel (€3.5 for a pint of Amstel, 5€ for a burger and chips). Breakfast was served 9-11am and it was quite good compared to other hostels. The hosted didn't have any common area though (apart from the bar itself).</sleep>
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* <sleep name="The Bulldog Hotel" alt="" address="Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220" directions="Tram Dam" phone="+31 20 620 3822" url="http://bitly.com/KNDPto" price="Breakfast, sheets, shower and a locker starting at €22." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Friendly hostel in the heart of the red light district. A coffeeshop is conveniently located on the ground floor, this is also where you eat your breakfast.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Flying Pig" alt="Downtown Branch" address="Nieuwendijk 100" directions="" phone="+31 20 420 6822" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.flyingpig.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €14 for a dorm bed to €70 for a private room.">Wide range of prices and accommodations, f The Uptown is supposed to be a bit more quiet compared to the Downtown location, which has more of a party vibe. Both hostels are famous for their laidback atmosphere, bars and indoor smoking areas. A lot of free extra's, check out the facility page on their website.
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* <sleep name="De Oranje Tulp" alt="" address="Damrak 32" directions="Tram Centraal Station" phone="+31 20 428 1618" url="http://www.oranjetulp.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€50"></sleep>
</sleep>
 
  
* <sleep name="Flying Pig" alt="Uptown Branch" address="Vossiusstraat 46" directions="New Side, Tram: Central Station" phone="+31 20 400 4187" url="http://www.flyingpig.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €25 for a dorm bed" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Wide range of prices and accommodations, f The Uptown is supposed to be a bit more quiet compared to the Downtown location, which has more of a party vibe. Both hostels are famous for their laidback atmosphere, bars and indoor smoking areas. A lot of free extra's, check out the facility page on their website. Undergoing renovations, noisy at times, kitchen is closed, as are some showers. Lockers require lockpads, which are not available for rent, only sale for 5 Euro.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Durty Nellys Inn" alt="" address="Warmoesstraat 117" directions="Tram Dam" phone="+31 20 638 0125" url="http://www.durtynellys.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="dorm €17 per person" email="">5 min walk to central station. Dorms are clean and the beds comfortable. The Irish pub downstairs gives discounts to people staying in the hostel (€3.5 for a pint of Amstel, 6€ for a burger and chips). Breakfast 9AM-11AM. No common area apart from the bar itself.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hans Brinker Hostel" alt="" address="Kerkstraat 136-138" directions="Tram 1: Keizersgracht" phone="+31 20 622 0687" url="http://www.hans-brinker.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$32.10/€24.00/£17.09 per person." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Very light atmosphere, one of the hostel's cleaners also moonlights as a lesbian vampire in one of Amsterdam's infamous sex shows. Doesn't take itself seriously. Very fun bar and downstairs club. Also has the Happy Feelings coffeeshop opposite. A must for students! </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Flying Pig" alt="Downtown Branch" address="Nieuwendijk 100" directions="" phone="+31 20 420 6822" url="http://www.flyingpig.nl" price="€70, dorm €14 per person, €33 in high season" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">The ''Uptown'' is supposed to be a bit more quiet compared to the ''Downtown'' location, which has more of a party vibe. Both hostels are famous for their laidback atmosphere, bars and indoor smoking areas. Free extras, check out the facility page on their website.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hostel Cosmos" alt="" address="Nieuwe Nieuwstraat 17" directions="New Side, Tram: Nieuwezijds Kolk" phone="+31 20 625 24 38" url="http://www.hostelcosmos.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Breakfast, sheets, shower and a locker starting at €24" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Friendly, cheap youth hostel right in the Centre of Amsterdam. As far as location goes, Hostel Cosmos is hard to beat. It is in central Amsterdam, a four minute walk from Central Station and within walking distance of most of the city’s major tourist attractions - including Dam Square, the Anne Frank House, the Rembrandt Square and the famous Red Light District. And if the fabulous location were not enough, the hostel has a resident cat so you can get a pet fix while you are away from home. (Of course, if you are allergic to cats, that is another problem entirely.)</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hostel Cosmos" alt="" address="Frans van mierisstraat 69a" directions="Tram Museumplein" phone="+31 20 625 2438" url="http://www.hostelcosmos.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="dorm €24 per person" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Friendly, youth hostel 4 min walk from Van Gogh Museum.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hotel Beursstraat" alt="" address="Beursstraat 9" directions="" phone="+31 20 626 3701" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelbeursstraat.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Hotel Beursstraat is a simple and clean hotel, mostly visited by (young) people who are looking for an inexpensive accommodation.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Beursstraat" alt="" address="Beursstraat 9" directions="" phone="+31 20 626 3701" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelbeursstraat.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Simple and clean hotel, mostly visited by (young) people who are looking for an inexpensive accommodation.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hotel Brian" alt="" address="Singel 69" directions="New Side, Tram: Nieuwezijds Kolk" phone="+31 20 624 4661" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelbrian.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Very basic hotel, but free breakfast and free internet included.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Brian" alt="" address="Singel 69" directions="Tram Nieuwezijds Kolk" phone="+31 20 624 4661" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelbrian.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Very basic hotel, but free breakfast and free internet included.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hotel Tamara" alt="" address="Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 144" directions="New Side, Tram: Nieuwezijds Kolk" phone="+31 20 624 24 84" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single/double/triple/quad/dorm, from €23 shared, €49 private">Cheap "hotel" in a great location. Very close to the center, basic but clean rooms.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Tamara" alt="" address="Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 144" directions="Tram Nieuwezijds Kolk" phone="+31 20 624 2484" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€49, dorm €23 per person">Cheap "hotel" in a great location with basic clean rooms.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="St Christophers" alt="" address="Warmoesstraat 129" directions="Old Side, Tram: Dam Square" phone="+31 20 623 13 80" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.st-christophers.co.uk/amsterdam-hostels" checkin="2PM" checkout="11AM" price="€20 with breakfast included">Also known as St Christopher's @ The Winston, this part hostel, part hotel is in the heart of Amsterdam. Each room is designed by local Dutch artists.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="St Christophers" alt="" address="Warmoesstraat 129" directions="Tram Dam" phone="+31 20 623 13 80" url="http://www.st-christophers.co.uk/amsterdam-hostels" checkin="2PM" checkout="11AM" price="€44-63" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Part hostel, part hotel. Each room is designed by local Dutch artists.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Stayokay Stadsdoelen" alt="" address="Kloveniersburgwal 97" directions="Old Side, Tram: Mint Square" phone="+31 20 624 68 32" email="" fax="" url="http://www.stayokay.com/index.cfm?lng=2" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Stayokay operates a network of 30 hostels in the Netherlands, this hostel is the Amsterdam city centre location. A little smaller than Stayokay Vondelpark, this location does not take groups.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Stayokay Stadsdoelen" alt="" address="Kloveniersburgwal 97" directions="Tram Muntplein" phone="+31 20 624 6832" email="[email protected]" fax="+31 20 639 1035" url="http://www.stayokay.com/stadsdoelen" checkin="early check-in begins at 7:30AM, rooms available at 2PM" checkout="10:30AM" price="Dorms €17+, privates €40+">Stayokay operates a network of 27 hostels in the Netherlands, and is the Dutch affiliate of Hostelling International. A little smaller than Stayokay Vondelpark, this location does not take groups. Free WiFi and pay internet terminals. Free security lockers are provided in the hallways outside the dorms.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="The Shelter (City)" alt="" address="Barndesteeg 21" directions="Old Side, Tram: Nieuwmarkt" phone="+31 (0)20 624 4717" url="http://www.shelter.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €17, €19 in July and August" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">An alcohol and drug-free Christian youth hostel in the heart of Amsterdam, controversially enough right at the Red Light District. Great value for money. Single-sex dormitories (including breakfast, bed linen).</sleep>
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* <sleep name="The Shelter (City)" alt="" address="Barndesteeg 21" directions="Tram Nieuwmarkt" phone="+31 20 624 4717" url="http://www.shelter.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="dorm €17-19 per person" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">An alcohol and drug-free Christian youth hostel, controversially enough right at the Red Light District. Single-sex dormitories, including breakfast, bed linen.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="White Tulip Hostel" alt="" address="Warmoesstraat 87" directions="Old Side, tram: Dam Square" phone="+31 20 6255974" email="" fax="+31 20 420 1299" url="http://www.wittetulp.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€20">About a 5 minute walk from the central station. Dorms and a few rooms right in the middle of things. Really a basic crash-pad, but quiet and relaxed due to their 'No large groups' policy.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="White Tulip Hostel" alt="" address="Warmoesstraat 87" directions="Tram Dam" phone="+31 20 625 5974" email="" fax="+31 20 420 1299" url="http://www.wittetulp.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="dorm €20 per person">About a 5 min walk from the central station. Dorms and a few rooms. Really a basic crash-pad, but quiet and relaxed due to their 'No large groups' policy.</sleep>
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
  
*<sleep name="CityCenter Bed and Breakfast" alt="" address="Sint Jacobsstraat 21" directions="" phone="+31 6 451 600 78" url="http://www.citycenter-amsterdam.com/" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="€90" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Just one minute walking from Central Station and Dam Square, in the center of Amsterdam. Famous sights, neighborhoods, museums and nightlife at hand. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="City Center Bed and Breakfast" alt="" address="Sint Jacobsstraat 21" directions="" phone="+31 6 4516 0078" url="http://www.citycenter-amsterdam.com" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="€115" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">1 min from Central Station and Dam.</sleep>
  
 
* <sleep name="Delta Hotel" alt="" address="Damrak 42-43" directions="" phone="+31 20 620 2626" email="" fax="" url="http://www.delta-hotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Doubles €65-160">Clean rooms and friendly staff.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Delta Hotel" alt="" address="Damrak 42-43" directions="" phone="+31 20 620 2626" email="" fax="" url="http://www.delta-hotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Doubles €65-160">Clean rooms and friendly staff.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Citadel" alt="" address="Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 100" directions="" phone="+31 20 627 38 82" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelcitadel.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="Doubles €65-160"></sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Hotel Citadel" alt="" address="Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 100" directions="" phone="+31 20 627 38 82" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelcitadel.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="Doubles €65-160"></sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Hotel Continental" alt="" address="Damrak 40-41" directions="" phone="+31 20 622 33 63" url="http://www.hotelcontinental-amsterdam.com/" checkin="14.00" checkout="10.00" price="" lat="" long="">Comfortable hotel located conveniently on a 5 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hotel Continental" alt="" address="Damrak 40-41" directions="" phone="+31 20 622 33 63" url="http://www.hotelcontinental.nl/" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="" lat="" long="">5 min walk from Amsterdam Central Station. Small rooms. Shared toilets. Dorms and privates. Saturdays only with a minimum of two nights stay.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hotel de Vries" alt="" address="Prinsengracht 717, Amsterdam" directions="" phone="+31 20 427 0728" url="http://www.hoteldevries.com/" email="[email protected]" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="" lat="" long="">Small hotel with a big heart that offers fresh looking rooms at an affordable rate. Located in the center of Amsterdam.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Hotel Falcon Plaza" alt="" address="Valkenburgerstraat 72" directions="Metro/Tram: Waterlooplein" phone="+31 20 638 29 91" url="http://www.falconplaza.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="€80" lat="" long="">Hotel Falcon Plaza is situated in the centre of Amsterdam, on 5 minutes walking distance from the famous Waterlooplein flee market and the buzzling Rembrandtplein, surrounded by cafés and restaurants. The wonderful and attractive location is a great starting point for exploring the city by foot or by public transport. The trams number 9 and 14, which stop at the Waterlooplein, will take you in a few minutes to the nearby attractions, such as the Heineken Brewery, the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House and the Dam Square.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Y Boulevard" alt="" address="Prins Hendrikkade 145" directions="" phone="+31 20 623 04 30" email="" fax="" url="http://hotelyboulevard.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€109">Includes a free breakfast.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hotel Y Boulevard" alt="" address="Prins Hendrikkade 145" directions="" phone="+31 20 623 04 30" email="" fax="" url="http://hotelyboulevard.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€109">Nice rooms, classy atmosphere, includes a free breakfast.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Rembrandtplein Hotel" alt="" address="Groenbrugwal 27" directions="" phone="+31 20 428 4244" email="" fax="" url="http://www.rembrandtpleinhotel.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€70-90 including breakfast">Sometimes tiny, near the flower market. Friendly staff, bar open all night.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Rembrandtplein Hotel" alt="" address="Groenbrugwal 27" directions="" phone="+31 20 428 42 44" email="" fax="" url="http://www.rembrandtpleinhotel.nl/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€70-90 including breakfast">Beautiful but sometimes tiny, near the flower market. Friendly staff, bar open all night.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="RHo Hotel" alt="" address="Nes 11-15" directions="" phone="+31 20 620 7371‎" url="http://www.rhohotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Doubles €100-190" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Rooms are quiet. Parking available. Friendly staff.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="RHo Hotel" alt="" address="Nes 11-15" directions="" phone="+31 20 620 73 71‎" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.rhohotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Doubles €100">Although the hotel is in the city centre, rooms are quiet. Parking available. Friendly staff.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Rokin Hotel" alt="" address="Rokin 73" directions="" phone="+31 20 626 7456" url="http://www.rokinhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="€100-190" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">2 star renovated 17th century mansion. Very clean and good atmosphere, own parking.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Rokin Hotel" alt="" address="Rokin 73" directions="" phone="+31 20 626 74 56" url="http://www.rokinhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="€100" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Nice place in 2 star renovated 17th century mansions. Very clean and good atmosphere, own parking.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Travel Hotel Amsterdam" alt="" address="Beursstraat 23, 1012 JV Amsterdam" directions ="" phone="+31 20 626 65 32" url="http://www.win-hotels.com/Hotel_Travel_Amsterdam" checkin="14:00" checkout="11:00" price="" lat="" long="">The hotel  is a comfortable 2 star hotel situated only a 5 minute walk from Amsterdam’s Central Station.</sleep>
  
 
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* <sleep name="Estherea" alt="" address="Singel 303-309" directions="" phone="+31 20 624 51 46" email="" fax="" url="http://www.estherea.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €220">Four star hotel on one of the main canals in the centre, 300 metres from the Dam Square and the Royal Palace. 17th century facade, 75 recently renovated rooms.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Estheréa" alt="" address="Singel 303-309" directions="" phone="+31 20 624 5146" url="http://www.estherea.nl" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €220" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">4 star hotel on one of the main canals in the centre, 300 m from the Dam and the Royal Palace. 17th century facade, 75 recently renovated rooms.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Krasnapolsky" alt="" address="Dam 9" directions="" phone="+31 20 554 9111‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/the-netherlands/amsterdam/nh-grand-hotel-krasnapolsky.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="€159">A somewhat seedy location for a 5-star hotel - the entrance may be on the main square but the hotel backs onto the red-light district, with a view of sex-shops and peepshows.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Krasnapolsky" alt="" address="Dam 9" directions="" phone="+31 20 554 91 11‎" email="" fax="" url="http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/the-netherlands/amsterdam/nh-grand-hotel-krasnapolsky.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="€159">A somewhat seedy location for a 5-star hotel - the entrance may be on the main square but the hotel backs onto the red-light district, with a view of sex-shops and peepshows.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Luxury Hotel Sofitel The Grand" alt="" address="Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197" directions="" phone="+31 20 555 3111" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-2783-sofitel-amsterdam-the-grand/index.shtml" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €365">Close to Dam, offers canal views. Weather permitting, lunch is served in the courtyard.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Luxury Hotel Sofitel The Grand" alt="" address="Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197" directions="" phone="+31 (0)20 555 3111" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-2783-sofitel-amsterdam-the-grand/index.shtml" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €365">Close to Dam Square, offers gorgeous canal views. Weather permitting, lunch is served in the beautiful courtyard.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam" alt="" address="Damrak 1-5" directions="" phone="+31 20 623 4255" url="http://www.parkplaza.com/amsterdamnl_victoria" checkin="" checkout="" price="€104 per room" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+31 20 62 52 997">4 star opposite Central Station. Free WiFi in public spaces.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Park Plaza Victoria Hotel Amsterdam" alt="" address="Damrak 1-5" directions="" phone="+31 20 623 42 55" url="http://www.parkplaza.com/amsterdamnl_victoria" checkin="" checkout="" price=" €110" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Historic building (1890) directly opposite Centraal Station and next to Dam Square,four star hotel located in the heart of Amsterdam.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam" alt="Formerly Radisson SAS" address="Rusland, 17" directions="" phone="+31 20 623 1231" url="http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-amsterdam" checkin="" checkout="" price="€159 per room" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="Fax: +31 20 520 8200">Between two canals.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam" alt="" address="Rusland, 17"
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* <sleep name="Renaissance Amsterdam" alt="" address="Kattengat 1" directions="just off Nieuwe Zijds Voorburgwal" phone="+31 20 621 2223" email="" fax="" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/amsrd-renaissance-amsterdam-hotel/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €289">4 star hotel with conference centre, WiFi access in the lobby and café.</sleep>
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  Luxury hotel in Amsterdam offering hotel accommodation for city breaks or conferences in central Amsterdam.
 
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* <sleep name="Renaissance Amsterdam" alt="" address="Kattengat 1" directions="just off Nieuwe Zijds Voorburgwal" phone="+31 20 621 22 23" email="" fax="" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/amsrd-renaissance-amsterdam-hotel/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From €289">Four star hotel with conference center, wireless internet access in the lobby and café.</sleep>
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The Old Centre is the medieval heart of Amsterdam.

Understand[edit]

Most visitors arrive in Amsterdam at Centraal Station, and then walk south over the streets Damrak and Rokin. In medieval times, both these streets actually were the final end of the Amstel River. They used to cut Amsterdam in half: east of the Damrak-Rokin-axis was the Old Side (Oudezijde) of Amsterdam, the oldest part of the city dating from the 13th century. West of the Damrak-Rokin-axis was the New Side (Nieuwezijde), which was constructed later, but still dates from the late Middle Ages. Now Damrak and Rokin are the glue that hold both sides of the city together, and while walking there, you probably won't even notice that this once was a river.

The division between the Old Side and the New Side never faded away however, and both have a lot to offer for visitors. The Old Side is home to the Nieuwmarkt, a large square that recently turned into a Chinese neighbourhood (though it doesn't match up with Chinatowns in other cities). The Zeedijk particularly offers some great Asian restaurants an snack joints. Nearby is the Red Light District located at the Oudezijds Burgwal, the oldest profession of the world at the oldest part of the city. The New Side's most iconic square is Dam Square, considered the ultimate centre of the city. It's a spacious area dominated by the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) and the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk). Around it are the city's prime shopping areas with the Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk and the Flower Market, and the bars at the Spui.

An outlying area is the Old Jewish Quarter. As the Netherlands had a relatively high level of religious freedom from the 16th century onwards, many Jewish communities had migrated to this area. In the 1920s this was one of the busiest areas of town with large open-air markets and smoky factories. This changed in World War II, when Nazi Germany occupied Amsterdam and most Jewish citizens were deported to concentration camps, never to return. The area went into decay and even today isn't quite as interesting as one might hope. It nowadays has turned into a big traffic junction, but the Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum) keeps the history of the neighborhood alive.

Next to the more official cultural venues, the old centre of Amsterdam offers the usual tourist traps. On Damrak you can find for example the Amsterdam Vodka Museum and the Sex Museum, and in the Red Light District you can find the Hash and Marihuana Museum.

Get in[edit]

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By tram[edit]

The Central Station at the north of the Old centre is the centre of Amsterdam's public transport network. Most tram lines start, finish or pass through it.

See[edit][add listing]

Museums[edit]

  • Allard Pierson Museum, Oude Turfmarkt 127 (Tram Muntplein), +31 20 525 2556, [1]. M-F 10:00-17:00, Sa-Su 13:00-17:00. The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam . The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Cyprus, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire are revived in this museum. Art-objects and utensils, dating from 4000 B.C. till 500 A.D. give a good impression of everyday-life, mythology and religion in Antiquity. €6.50.  edit
  • Amsterdam Dungeon, Rokin 78 (Tram Spui), +31 20 530 8500, [2]. 11:00-17:00 daily, 24 Dec-8 Jan 10:30-17:30 daily, 2 Jul-4 Sep 11:00-18;00 daily. The Amsterdam Dungeon is a horror tour through several dark chambers with live actors. It ends with a roller coaster raging through a real 13th century church. €21.  edit
  • Amsterdams Historisch Museum, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357 or Kalverstraat 92 (Tram Spui), +31 20 523 1822, [3]. M-F 10:00-17:00, Sa-Su 11:00-17:00. The city’s historical museum, there is a free gallery of paintings & art that you walk through to get to the museum entrance. €10.  edit
  • Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148 (Metro Nieuwmarkt), +31 20 624 89 26, [4]. 10:00-23:00 daily. Opened for over twenty years, the Hash Museum is dedicated to debunking the lies and demonization about one of our most useful plants, the hemp plant. Although small, busy and seriously overpriced, it is a well-done museum where people go to get informed. €9.  edit
  • Joods Historisch Museum, Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1 (Metro Waterlooplein), +31 20 531 0310, [5]. 11:00-17:00 daily (except some Jewish holidays). Jewish Historical Museum. History of the Jewish people, culture and religion. €9. (52.36735,4.9037) edit
  • Medieval Torture Museum (formerly Vodka Museum), Damrak 33 (Tram Centraal Station), +31 20 528 6035, [6]. 09:00-22:00 daily. The latest gimmicky tourist attraction near the Central Station, it's a small museum about medieval torture and torture devices. In the Middle Ages, torture was a widely known punishment for almost all crimes committed, ranging from rape to murder, and above all for heresy. The type of punishment depended on the victim's crime and social status. The Medieval Torture Museum displays over 100 devices used to torture people. Before its make-over, it used to be a vodka museum; the vodka shop is still open in the basement with free entry. €12.50.  edit
  • Museum Amstelkring/Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic), Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40 (Tram Centraal Station), [7]. M-Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 13:00-17:00. Most locals don't recognize the official name, but will know what you mean if you say "Our Lord in the Attic." This is a Catholic church stuffed into the upper stories of a house built in 1663, when Catholics were persecuted and had to disguise their churches. It's amazing to see how they fit worshippers, an organ, and an altar into such a narrow place. €7.  edit
  • NEMO, Oosterdok 2 (Bus IJtunnel), +31 20 531 3233, [8]. Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. NEMO is the biggest science centre in the Netherlands; an educational attraction where you can discover a world of science and technology in an entertaining way. NEMO takes you on a voyage of discovery between fantasy and reality. You will discover how scientific phenomena influence your daily life. You will learn about technology and engineering, ICT, and bio- and behavioural sciences. This is a great place to take kids and is best for those ages 11 and below — teenagers will probably get bored. €11.50.  edit
  • Rembrandt House, Jodenbreestraat 4 (Metro Waterlooplein), +31 20 520 0400, [9]. 10:00-17:00 daily. This is where the artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn and his wife, Saskia, lived between 1639 and 1658. The house is a reconstruction of the painter’s life at that time and provides interesting insight. You will be able to see 260 of his 290 etchings, find out about how they were created, see where he worked and explore the nooks and crannies of this fascinating building. €8.  edit
  • Royal Palace (Paleis op de Dam), Dam (Tram Dam), +31 20 620 4060, [10]. Tu-Su 12:00-17:00. The Royal Palace is one of the three official palaces of the Netherlands. It is at the disposal of Queen Beatrix by the Act of Parliament. It was built in 1651 as the city hall of Amsterdam, in a period known as the Dutch Golden Age. Many school children learn that because of the swampy soil, it was built on no less than 13,569 wooden poles. In 1795, the French Empire of Napoleon Bonaparte invaded the Netherlands, and his brother Louis Napoleon became the first King of Holland in 1806. He acquired the city hall in that year and turned it into a royal palace. It was restored to the original owners when Prince William VI returned to the Netherlands in 1812, but when he was crowded as King William I, he decided that Amsterdam should be the official capital and acquired the city hall once again as a royal palace. This still brings out feelings among the locals, some of who would like to see the palace returned to Amsterdam. It has been completely renovated in 2009 and is now open again. It is mainly used for diplomatic receptions and to welcome visiting heads of state, not as a royal residence. €7.50.  edit
  • Sexmuseum, Damrak 18 (Tram Centraal Station), +31 20 622 8376, [11]. 09:00-22:00 daily. The largest and most prestigious museum for sex art and sex history in the Netherlands. It shows a lot of sex oddities. Only ages 16 and up are allowed entry. €4.  edit
  • Torture Museum, Singel 449 (Tram Koningsplein), +31 20 320 6642, [12]. 10:00-23:00. This museum depicts the history of different torturous techniques used over the centuries. €7.50.  edit

Art gallery[edit]

  • Schutters Gallery, Between Kalverstraat and Begijnhof. Plenty of 17th-century portraits. Free.  edit

Synagogues[edit]

The most prominent synagogue is The Esnoga (or The Portuguese Synagogue) [59] (1675) located at Mr. Visserplein 3, in an austere Classicist style.

  • Beurs van Berlage [60]. Take a guided tour and check out the view from the top of the old stock exchange tower. It was built in 1903 (by Hendrik Petrus Berlage) and is considered the beginning of modern Dutch architecture. Costs €3.50, located on Beursplein near Dam Square.
  • Wynand Fockink [61]. Pijlsteeg 31 ☎ +31 20 639 26 95 (mailto:[email protected]) Wynand Fockink is a distillery started in 1679. Right near Dam Place, they offer distillery tours (must reserve at least a week in advance as they fill up quickly), great liquors, and a great time in the back alleys of Amsterdam. They have numerous liquors, brandies, and jenevers and encourage you to try them all. It is traditional to stoop and sip the first drink and not spill.

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Markets[edit]

  • Flower Market. The world's only floating flower market, open daily on the Singel Canal near Muntplein. It is very touristy, but you could do worse than buying your tulips here. Make sure you buy pre-approved bulbs if taking them to the U.S. or Canada. They will have the holographic licence and export tag on the bag.  edit
  • Spui. Every Friday and Sunday, there is a market held on the Spui. Friday has books on sale, while Sundays are all about art and antiques.  edit
  • Waterlooplein. Mo-Sa until about 17:00. A well-known but fairly overrated flea market.  edit

Book stores[edit]

  • The American Book Centre, (on Spui), [13]. Excellent shop for literature and books in the English language, particularly on American culture.  edit
  • Athenaeum Boekhandel, Spui 14-16 (Tram Spui), +31 20 514-1460, [14]. M 11:00-18:00, Tu-W, Sa 09:30-18:00, Th 09:30-21:00, F 9:30-18:30, Su 12:00-17:30. One of the most renowned book stores of Amsterdam, because of its wide array of fiction and more academic titles. It is very popular among local students; however, their study books are also interesting reading material for non-graduates. They have a particular large selection of books in the humanities, including history, media, language, culture and international relations.  edit
  • The Book Exchange, Kloveniersburgwal 58 (diagonally across from the youth hostel), +31 20 626-6266. M-Sa 10:00-16:00, Su 11:30-16:30. A second-hand bookstore specialising in English books, and has a large selection, with an especially good selection of travel writing, detectives, and SF/fantasy.  edit
  • Waterstone's, Kalverstraat 152. Another good tip for English literature.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Below €20
Mid-range €20-50
Splurge €50+


Budget[edit]

  • OCHA, Binnen Bantammerstraat 1 (Metro Nieuwmarkt), +31 20 625-9958. Tu-Su 16:00-22:30. This used to be just the little "Thai snackbar around the corner", but since a raving review in the local newspaper Het Parool, big crowds are waiting in line to get seated during dinnertime. The scenery is simple and the restaurant is very small and cramped. However, the hype is all about the food, which is absolutely mouth-watering. They have the usual Thai fare, but the dish to go for is the massaman curry, their specialty. €15.  edit
  • Rapper, 30 Oudebrugsteeg (Tram/Metro Centraal Station). Offers delicious sandwiches in freshly baked wraps and salads with a selection of home sauces. Prices vary from €3.95 for vegetarian wrap to €5.95 for Black-Angus Entrecôte wrap.  edit
  • Bird, Zeedijk 72 (Metro Nieuwmarkt). Very crowded little snack bar with Thai food. Not to be confused with the restaurant of the same owner, on the other side of the street. Try the chicken in oyster sauce.  edit
  • Broodje Bert, 321 Singel (Dam Square), +31 20 623-0382. Mon-Sat 8:00-17:00. A delicious take on American breakfast and lunch, with arguably some of the best omelettes and sandwiches you can find in the Netherlands. Prices range from €5 to €15 and all options presented are excellent. If you only go here once (which would be a shame, since it is well worth repeat visits), get the Broodje Bert Burger. Very good value considering the quantity of food you get.  edit
  • Maos Vegeterian, Back to Victoria Hotel (From Victoria Hotel to Dam square). A delicious food called Falafel, really good in taste with unlimited toppings €4,9 for Big. Very good option for Vegetarian people.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Bar Italia, Rokin 81 / 83 - Nes 96, +31 20 6202442, [15]. Monday-Fr 10:00-03:00, Weekends 10:00-04:00. The unique sellingpoint of Bar Italia is that it consists of three different areas; a Restaurant, Café and Espressobar. During the day you're welcome in the Espressobar for lunch, around 5pm the Café opens for drinks and during the evening the Restaurant offers a menu full of authentic Italian dishes.  edit
  • Gebr. Niemeijer French style bakery, Nieuwendijk 35, +31 20 7076752, [16]. Tu-Fr 08:15-18:30, Sa 08:30-17:00, Su 09:00-17:00. French-style bakery with pastries, croissants, breads, sandwiches all baked fresh on premises. Open for breakfast and lunch, eat-in or takeaway. Bring the kids and eat in the small playroom upstairs.  edit
  • Gary's Muffins, Jodenbreestraat 15, [17]. Oversized cups of coffee, muffins and bagels. Muffins, brownies, giant cookies, cheesecake and bagels spread with various toppings are served at reasonable prices to a clientele that is a mix of locals and tourists. American themed. There are 3 locations in the city.  edit
  • Gartine, Taksteeg 7, 020 - 320 41 32, [18]. 10:00 - 18:00. Considered a great restaurant for romantic dinners and relaxing meals alike, Gartine is a cozy but elegant dining spot with multiple levels of dining as well as outdoor seating for those that prefer it. Smoked salmon turin, Curly kale quiche and scrambled eggs on sourdough toast is just some of the things you can find here. They also offer a delicious brunch.  edit
  • Greetje, Peperstraat 23-25, +31 20 779 74 50, [19]. Traditional Dutch, alongside French classics. Located in an historic building on a quiet side street near Central Station; it's off the beaten track so most of the diners are local. Open 6 days a week (not Mondays); a reservation is usually necessary.  edit
  • Kantjil & de Tiger, Spuistraat 291. Great spices and meat dishes, Indian/Indonesian food. Try the Nasi Goreng Rames.  edit
  • Rembrandt Corner, Jodenbreestraat 2. Around the corner of the "Rembrandt Huis" is a very nice "Eetcafe" with fresh food, WiFi hot spots and internet workplaces. Try the dish of the day or the mussels.  edit

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bars and pubs[edit]

  • Belgique, Gravenstraat 2 (Tram Dam), +31 20 625 19 74. One of the smallest bars in Amsterdam, there is seating for at most 15 people. Specialising in Belgian beers, extensive menu that includes some hard to find beers on tap. This place is smoke friendly so don't be surprised to see people rolling joints as they drink.  edit
  • Cuba, Nieuwmarkt 3 (Metro Nieuwmarkt). Great bar, really nice atmosphere, close to the Red Light District with a nice terrace in the summer. Selection of cheap cocktails and long island ice tea.  edit
  • De Bierkoning, Paleisstraat 125 (Tram Dam), +31 20 625 23 36‎, [20]. Not a café, but a 'supermarket' specialized in beer.  edit
  • Gollem, Raamsteeg 4 (Tram Spui), +31 6 53 780 273‎, [21]. A special beer café, serving many beers, especially from Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and other countries.  edit
  • De Jaren, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22 (Tram Muntplein), +31 20 625 57 71‎, [22]. A minimal art-deco interior next to Hotel d'Europe and a great view of where all the main canals come together. Sip a cup of coffee or tea and read a newspaper.  edit
  • In De Wildeman, Kolksteeg 3 (Tram Nieuwezijds Kolk), +31 20 638 23 48‎, [23]. A very well stocked beer café, or actually beer tasting room (bierproeflokaal) in the centre of the inner city. 19 beers from various countries on draught, and about 250 different bottled beers offered. There is no music played, which makes for a very friendly and talkative atmosphere.  edit
  • Katoen, Oude Turfmarkt 153 (Tram Muntplein), +31 20 626 26 35, [24]. Close to the southern part of the Grachtengordel. Alternative music and cozy atmosphere also in the evenings. (52.367718,4.894004) edit
  • Molly Malones Irish Pub, Oudezijds Kolk 9 (Tram Centraal Station), +31 20 624 11 50‎, [25]. Authentic Irish pub with food. Mix of expatriates, locals and tourists, friendly staff. Situated on a canal off the Zeedijk, close to Centraal Station and Warmoesstraat. Open every night, live music in the week-ends and large-screen television.  edit
  • d'Oude Herberg, Handboogstraat 17/19 (Tram Spui), +31 20 623 18 40, [26]. 09:00-04:00 daily. One of the oldest original brown cafés in the central district op Amsterdam, a side street of the famous Spui. Get a stool at the bar or get comfy in one of the three wood panelled booths. On weekdays a highly popular student bar and in the weekend the hangout for the more adult locals and travellers from Couchsurfing.com.  edit
  • Schuim, Spuistraat 189 (near Dam), +31 20 638-9357. The super comfy cafe is a great place to spend entire rainy days at a time. It heats up quite a bit at night. Pot smoking seems to be tolerated even though Schuim is definitely not a "coffeeshop".  edit
  • Cafe Speijk, Nieuwesijdsvoorburgwal 260 (behind Koniklijk Paleis), [27]. Awesome bar with lost of fun, artsy crazy locals. Various DJ play different styles. Open till late in the morning. Best place to meet laid-back and awesome Amsterdamers!!  edit

Nightclubs[edit]

  • Bitterzoet, Spuistraat 2 (Tram Martelaarsgracht), [28]. This placed used to be alternative, but changed ownership and is now more hip hop and R&B oriented. Check their agenda to see what they're doing.  edit
  • Winston Kingdom, Warmoesstraat 131, [29]. Music venue and nightclub in the red light district. Pleasant mix of tourists, students and other locals of all ages.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under €80
Mid-range €80 to €150
Splurge Over €150

Budget[edit]

  • Intersail Hostel-Christina, Oosterdok 2 Dock 3 (Tram Centraal Station), +31 6 5478 5934 (), [30]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Floating hostel. Close to Central station. Small cabins, bed-length is 1.90 m, but great staff and a nice spacious sun deck. Breakfast, sheets, towels are included in the price. 4 person cabins are better to be used for only 3 adults. Don't take too much luggage in these cabins. Shared shower and toilet, 4 bed private from €22,50 to €27,50 per bed per night. 2 and 3 bed private from €25-€30,- per bed per night ..  edit
  • Bob's Youth Hostel, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 92 (Tram Nieuwezijds Kolk), +31 20 623 0063 (), [31]. €70, dorm €22 per person.  edit
  • The Bulldog Hotel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220 (Tram Dam), +31 20 620 3822, [32]. Friendly hostel in the heart of the red light district. A coffeeshop is conveniently located on the ground floor, this is also where you eat your breakfast. Breakfast, sheets, shower and a locker starting at €22..  edit
  • De Oranje Tulp, Damrak 32 (Tram Centraal Station), +31 20 428 1618, [33]. €50.  edit
  • Durty Nellys Inn, Warmoesstraat 117 (Tram Dam), +31 20 638 0125, [34]. 5 min walk to central station. Dorms are clean and the beds comfortable. The Irish pub downstairs gives discounts to people staying in the hostel (€3.5 for a pint of Amstel, 6€ for a burger and chips). Breakfast 9AM-11AM. No common area apart from the bar itself. dorm €17 per person.  edit
  • Flying Pig (Downtown Branch), Nieuwendijk 100, +31 20 420 6822 (), [35]. The Uptown is supposed to be a bit more quiet compared to the Downtown location, which has more of a party vibe. Both hostels are famous for their laidback atmosphere, bars and indoor smoking areas. Free extras, check out the facility page on their website. €70, dorm €14 per person, €33 in high season.  edit
  • Hostel Cosmos, Frans van mierisstraat 69a (Tram Museumplein), +31 20 625 2438, [36]. Friendly, youth hostel 4 min walk from Van Gogh Museum. dorm €24 per person.  edit
  • Hotel Beursstraat, Beursstraat 9, +31 20 626 3701, [37]. Simple and clean hotel, mostly visited by (young) people who are looking for an inexpensive accommodation.  edit
  • Hotel Brian, Singel 69 (Tram Nieuwezijds Kolk), +31 20 624 4661, [38]. Very basic hotel, but free breakfast and free internet included.  edit
  • Hotel Tamara, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 144 (Tram Nieuwezijds Kolk), +31 20 624 2484. Cheap "hotel" in a great location with basic clean rooms. €49, dorm €23 per person.  edit
  • St Christophers, Warmoesstraat 129 (Tram Dam), +31 20 623 13 80, [39]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Part hostel, part hotel. Each room is designed by local Dutch artists. €44-63.  edit
  • Stayokay Stadsdoelen, Kloveniersburgwal 97 (Tram Muntplein), +31 20 624 6832 (, fax: +31 20 639 1035), [40]. checkin: early check-in begins at 7:30AM, rooms available at 2PM; checkout: 10:30AM. Stayokay operates a network of 27 hostels in the Netherlands, and is the Dutch affiliate of Hostelling International. A little smaller than Stayokay Vondelpark, this location does not take groups. Free WiFi and pay internet terminals. Free security lockers are provided in the hallways outside the dorms. Dorms €17+, privates €40+.  edit
  • The Shelter (City), Barndesteeg 21 (Tram Nieuwmarkt), +31 20 624 4717, [41]. An alcohol and drug-free Christian youth hostel, controversially enough right at the Red Light District. Single-sex dormitories, including breakfast, bed linen. dorm €17-19 per person.  edit
  • White Tulip Hostel, Warmoesstraat 87 (Tram Dam), +31 20 625 5974 (fax: +31 20 420 1299), [42]. About a 5 min walk from the central station. Dorms and a few rooms. Really a basic crash-pad, but quiet and relaxed due to their 'No large groups' policy. dorm €20 per person.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • City Center Bed and Breakfast, Sint Jacobsstraat 21, +31 6 4516 0078 (), [43]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. 1 min from Central Station and Dam. €115.  edit
  • Delta Hotel, Damrak 42-43, +31 20 620 2626, [44]. Clean rooms and friendly staff. Doubles €65-160.  edit
  • Hotel Citadel, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 100, +31 20 627 38 82, [45]. Doubles €65-160.  edit
  • Hotel Continental, Damrak 40-41, +31 20 622 33 63, [46]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. 5 min walk from Amsterdam Central Station. Small rooms. Shared toilets. Dorms and privates. Saturdays only with a minimum of two nights stay.  edit
  • Hotel de Vries, Prinsengracht 717, Amsterdam, +31 20 427 0728 (), [47]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. Small hotel with a big heart that offers fresh looking rooms at an affordable rate. Located in the center of Amsterdam.  edit
  • Hotel Y Boulevard, Prins Hendrikkade 145, +31 20 623 04 30, [48]. Includes a free breakfast. €109.  edit
  • Rembrandtplein Hotel, Groenbrugwal 27, +31 20 428 4244, [49]. Sometimes tiny, near the flower market. Friendly staff, bar open all night. €70-90 including breakfast.  edit
  • RHo Hotel, Nes 11-15, +31 20 620 7371‎ (), [50]. Rooms are quiet. Parking available. Friendly staff. Doubles €100-190.  edit
  • Rokin Hotel, Rokin 73, +31 20 626 7456, [51]. 2 star renovated 17th century mansion. Very clean and good atmosphere, own parking. €100-190.  edit
  • Travel Hotel Amsterdam, Beursstraat 23, 1012 JV Amsterdam, +31 20 626 65 32, [52]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. The hotel is a comfortable 2 star hotel situated only a 5 minute walk from Amsterdam’s Central Station.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Estheréa, Singel 303-309, +31 20 624 5146, [53]. 4 star hotel on one of the main canals in the centre, 300 m from the Dam and the Royal Palace. 17th century facade, 75 recently renovated rooms. From €220.  edit
  • Krasnapolsky, Dam 9, +31 20 554 9111‎, [54]. A somewhat seedy location for a 5-star hotel - the entrance may be on the main square but the hotel backs onto the red-light district, with a view of sex-shops and peepshows. €159.  edit
  • Luxury Hotel Sofitel The Grand, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, +31 20 555 3111, [55]. Close to Dam, offers canal views. Weather permitting, lunch is served in the courtyard. From €365.  edit
  • Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam, Damrak 1-5, +31 20 623 4255 (, fax: +31 20 62 52 997), [56]. 4 star opposite Central Station. Free WiFi in public spaces. €104 per room.  edit
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam (Formerly Radisson SAS), Rusland, 17, +31 20 623 1231 (, fax: Fax: +31 20 520 8200), [57]. Between two canals. €159 per room.  edit
  • Renaissance Amsterdam, Kattengat 1 (just off Nieuwe Zijds Voorburgwal), +31 20 621 2223, [58]. 4 star hotel with conference centre, WiFi access in the lobby and café. From €289.  edit

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