Leidseplein is one of Amsterdam’s most popular centers for nightlife and full of restaurants, clubs and cinemas. In summer you’ll find street musicians, jugglers and other performers in the square. Rembrandtplein is also lined with bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels and is a tourist magnet. It includes traditional Dutch bars which play real Dutch music. In the center is a small park. Around the area you’ll find night clubs, gay venues, diamond dealers and souvenir shops.
Amsterdam Nightlife Travel Guide
Amsterdam offers a wide choice of food and drink. There are more than a thousand restaurants to choose from in Amsterdam, most of them are in the city center. The Dutch eat early and some restaurants close earlier than you might expect. As the Dutch go out to eat as an activity in itself there is no rush to get going. Pancakes are a typical Dutch fare, and tasty and filling. Many bars offer inexpensive meals. Cafés and bars are everywhere and both sell alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, food and coffee.
Amsterdam has over fifty cinemas, where films are shown in their original language, with Dutch subtitles. Life music is easy to find, and there’s a wide variety of theater. In Amsterdam, coffee shop means a place where cannabis is openly sold and smoked. There are many different types, some relaxed, others more lively.
1. Coffeeshop Mellow Yellow
Vijzelgracht 33. Telephone – +31 20 638 0436.
The first coffeeshop in Amsterdam dating from the 70s
2. Tuschinski Theater
Reguliersbreestraat 26-28. Telephone – +31 0900 1458
Constructed in 1921 this is one of the most beautiful cinemas in Europe.
The Pancake Bakery. Prinsengracht 191 (Westerkerk). Telephone – +31 062 51333
Cheap and filling sweet and savoury pancakes.
3. De Blonde Hollander
Leidsekruisstraat 28 (Leidseplein). Telephone – +31 062 33014.
Offers real Dutch food.
Weteringschans 6-8. Telephone – + 31 20626 4521
The Paradiso offers the best concerts and atmosphere in the town. Programme varies from night to night, and it also offers numerous daytime events.
Prostitution is legal in Holland, and in Amsterdam most of it is concentrated in the Red Light District. The Red Light District isn’t very big. The easiest way in is on Damstraat, beside the Krasnapolsky Hotel. There are windows populated by women who tapon the windows as likely looking customers pass. There are also peep-shows, bars, theaters and specialised stores.