ONLY BE AMSTERDAMMER
Only Be Amsterdammer
Fancy a walk around its canals? A tour of its coffeeshops? Travelers showing other travelers around. The phenomenon of free tours in Europe is here.
Curiosity or vice? We could say, if we were to exaggerate a little, that Amsterdam’s coffeeshops are almost National Heritage sites. Here are the 3 coffeeshops you can’t miss out on when you visit Amsterdam.
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Visiting the Red Light District in Amsterdam is an experience in itself. There are no prejudices or taboos, nor shame or virginity, but there are indeed rules. Each of the women offering their services must have a special license to practice as a prostitute, pay their taxes and have passed the relevant health checks. So really the fact that prostitution is legal in the Netherlands normalizes the situation and makes the famous Red Light District exceptional, elegant, and clean. But it’s still inundated by neon.
There’s nothing quite like a good breakfast. They say that the key to keeping one’s figure is to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar. Well, we took this literally, and found ourselves in some of the most interesting cafes in Amsterdam. To start the day, Dutch people generally like a big breakfast. They love a “slagroom” (hot chocolate with whipped cream), accompanied by the typical Dutch puff pastry known as “saucijzenbroodje” and, of course, their famous pancakes, “pannekoeken.” Come on, let’s go get a calorie bomb.
Once in a while the canals in Amsterdam are transformed into long ice rinks. It’s not a phenomenon that happens every year, in fact very difficult to foresee, but when it happens, the winter picture of the city is unbeatable. People all convene in the street, because for them it is a truly national event. Of course, skating on the canals of Amsterdam is a magical experience.
Talking about Holland means talking about tulips. National Tulip Day, which is celebrated on January 17, marks the kick-off of the season in the low country. And of course, this is a day that is celebrated in style in the city of Amsterdam. In the city’s Dam Square, you’ll find the largest tulip garden you’ve ever seen. The city center is transformed into a festival of smells. Take a walk through what seems like a gigantic rainbow, buy flowers, or simply snap pictures that you won’t need to retouch with Instagram.