During my mini-sabbatical in Lecce, Italy, I met some wonderful people. One of them planned a visit to Amsterdam and I made a list of tips for her. I haven’t lived in Amsterdam for quite some time now and a lot has changed since, but I still love this city. Therefore, I wanted her to have a nice time and a less touristy experience, so I put together a list of personal recommendations. As I was writing and thinking, my list became longer and longer. So I warned her:
“Some things might be on my list for nostalgic reasons instead of currently being worth it. Definitely check their (review) sites as well, though I did do some research.”
Thought it might be fun to share my list with more people, so here it is. We’d love to hear your experiences!
Where to stay in Amsterdam
This one is a bit difficult for me, as I've never had to stay in an actual hotel in Amsterdam. So no personal experience there. But below some things to consider when it comes to accomodation in Amsterdam.
Museums in Amsterdam
If you don’t want to be cultural in the visiting-museums-kind-of-way, definitely skip it and do other things! It’s only worth paying the high entrance fees if you really want to see the exhibitions.
Interesting places, walking around the city and shopping
The roof terraces in Amsterdam are not that high, but then again, nothing in Amsterdam really is and the views still tend to be nice.
Madam and Moon are in the same building: a high, former office building on the North side of Amsterdam, right across the IJ (the river at the back side of the CS). There’s also the LookOut in that same building, for which you have to pay. Rather just go and have a drink at Madam or Moon and you get the view for free. Although: there apparently is a swing (for 5 euros extra) right there on top of the building if you do go and pay for the LookOut.
The ferrys at the back of CS are free, so you can easily cross over to the North-side of Amsterdam. Check this information for more stuff to do in Amsterdam Noord.
Eating out in Amsterdam
The person I wrote this for originally, asked specifically for tips on Asian food, hence the focus on them in the below mentioned restaurants. There are many more kitchens and options in Amsterdam, both good and bad. I recommend asking locals for their personal favourites, because this usually brings you places you would otherwise not visit.
Typical Dutch foods to try
The foods mentioned below, you can get anywhere in the Netherlands (only herring is seasonal) and Dutch people love tourists to try them. Some of these, you can eat walking around on the street; you definitely won't starve of hunger (and will probably gain weight, as these are not the healthiest of choices) is all I'm saying.
Methods of payment in the Netherlands
Lastly, some information about paying for things. I know from my own traveling experiences, that what is considered 'normal' when it comes to methods of payment is very different from country to country. Therefore the information below might be useful.
Barometer score contribution to Project Rich Life (1 = small, 5 = big): 5
I love my country and am proud to share some of the places, typical things, 'secrets' and foods we love to make your visit better. Making GENUINE contact with other people and 'doing as locals do' while traveling for me definitely contributes to leading a rich life. I hope this list helps you in doing this in the Netherlands.
- Sis B
Please let us know if you've tried any of the above experiences and add your own tips below!