So there’s this whole racket about Amsterdam and all the taboo things that are legal there (weed, prostitution, etc) I would like to blame that on those movies from the early aughts like Eurotrip. There’s so much more to Amsterdam than meets the eye…like stroopwafles.
Avoiding the tourist trap areas can make your holiday really spectacular instead of simply a re-run of Rick Steve’s Europe. Just meandering in and out of the little cafes, and inhaling the local culture can feed your senses. There’s some wonderful parks just outside of the downtown areas that can be truly serene and peaceful, if that’s more your cup of tea.
Did you know that Amsterdam has a CAT art museum? You read that right. The Kattenkabinet is dedicated to the feline form in art. If you’re an avid fan of the likes of keyboard cat, grumpy cat, lil bub, or the neighborhood stray, you might want to check this one out.
Cheese fans, you must get a taste of the gouda here, it is almost a right of passage when you are visiting Amsterdam for the first time. Unless you’re vegan or lactose-intolerant–you poor, poor chumps.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, avoid the mess of overpriced hotels in touristy areas, and consider renting out someone’s home for a WAY better bang for your buck (no pun intended). It works the same way as booking a hotel, just look up Housetrip apartments in Amsterdam and enter the dates you will be staying. Imagine having a complete apartment to yourself instead of a cramped hotel room with a shared bathroom.
Eat at Koevoet . This place has been around for over a hundred years, with only minimal changes to the menu. How cool is that? Discover the old school charm of a place that was serving meatballs to someone’s great grandparents.