Of course, the city is famous for being reefer heaven, but there is so much more to it than pot brownies and getting high. This city is architecturally one of the most stunning in northern Europe. Its unique layout over the canals give it a Venice like charm. However, it is much bigger than the Italian city, and there are many more bikes than boats in Amsterdam. Everywhere you go there are people zooming in and out of traffic on their bicycles.
That said, Amsterdam is a unique city full of history and culture that cannot be found elsewhere. If you are looking for a chance to see how real Dutch people party, then you might be disappointed. Many like to host parties at home for their friends instead of going out. However, the following will point you in the direction of the hottest nightspots in town for both locals and tourists alike.
The Red Light District
The Red Light District is easily one of the most well known neighborhoods of this vibrant city. This is the infamous center of sexual desire and erotic fantasy. Anything you want to try is yours for taking at the right price. Most tourists visit the Red Light District to see the girls in the windows offering themselves to the highest bidder. However, it is possible to watch a live sex show or engage in private club.
It is hard to recommend any particular place because everyone’s sexual appetite is different. Thus, it is best for you to visit the area yourself to see if the night will be to your satisfaction. Of course, feel free to browse and move on to the next night club if you would rather watch from the sidelines than participate.
Coffee Shop Culture
Dutch coffee shop culture is unlike anything one would find in other parts of Europe and North America. The Netherlands are very lax about drug laws when it comes to marijuana. Thus, if you visit a “coffee shop” in Amsterdam, then you probably expect to buy some products laced with hash.
Tourists from all over the world flock to the world famous shops to partake in some smoking heaven. Dutch weed is often regarded as some of the most potent in the world. Many say the highs are unlike anything else, and a relaxing time at the coffee shops is a great way to spend an afternoon if this is your scene.
One of the best places to go is Bulldog. This famous coffee shop is regarded as the first of its kind. There are many spots dotted all over Amsterdam of this particular coffee shop chain. However, the most popular can be found in the Red Light District. This gives tourists who want to party in the seedy neighborhood without all sex a chance to see what it is like.
The Green House is another famous coffee shop that is on the tourist path that is also frequented by locals. It has an old world feel that has been visited by hundreds of famous celebrities from all over the globe. Its location near the train station make it ideal for those who want to smoke before hopping on a train back home.
The Amsterdam Club Scene
The Dutch might like their house parties, but they never say no to a great club outing. Some of the best nightlife is located around Rembrandt Square and the Leidseplein. You will find a good mix of dive bars playing live music and exclusive clubs spinning the latest beats. One of the nicest clubs in Amsterdam is called Jimmy Woo. You need to visit this club if you are in the mood to dress in your finest and dance the night away.
However, if you want to go somewhere a little more laid back, then you must try Paradiso in Leidseplein. This is a very chill club that features always features live music. This club is ideal for tourists who want to get a taste of Dutch nightlife without spending too much money.
If you are in the mood for something more unique to Amsterdam, then Odeon is the place to party. This club was established in an old church, and it is always throwing great themed parties. The plus side is that it is a little hidden and off the beaten track. Therefore, it is not frequented by many tourists.