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Canal Bike

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The Best Way To See Amsterdam is By Water (Part 2)

(Part 1 is here, by the way)

When people think of Amsterdam, images of bicyclists riding alongside the canals is the first thing that comes to mind. It did not take the Dutch long to combine their two favorite things into one awesome adventure: canal-biking.… Continue Reading →

St. Nicolaas Boat Club

Saint Nicholas Boat Tours

The Best Way to See Amsterdam is From The Water (Part 1)

So you arrive in Amsterdam at Centraal Station and walk out to get a glimpse of the city. Don’t look too long though – because you might get hit by any number of bikes, trams, cars, buses or mopeds zooming along in front of the station.… Continue Reading →

The 9 Streets

The Nine Streets

Picturesque Shopping District in Central Amsterdam

Get away from the crowds near Centraal Station and forget the chain stores along Kalverstraat; this is Amsterdam shopping in a nutshell. The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjen) is home to Amsterdam’s best boutiques, vintage clothing stores and one-of-a-kind shops. This is the perfect way to spend a morning (especially if you were up too late the night before).… Continue Reading →

Mercado de San Miguel

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Al fresco à la carte in central Madrid

The newly renovated Mercado de San Miguel is a beaux arts masterpiece housing an amazing assortment of Spanish food and drink. Inside the iron and glass market, 33 vendors vie for the attention of your taste buds, so grab some cash from the ATMs across the street and head in.… Continue Reading →

Brasserie Harkema

Dining at Harkema in Amsterdam

Hip Restaurant in Amsterdam

If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to splash out on your last night of vacation – go to Brasserie Harkema – it’s sleek and sexy without being stuffy. The food is tasty – a leetle on the pricey side if you’re used to being a budget traveler – but totally worth it.… Continue Reading →

Boom Chicago

Boom Chicago

American Improv Comedy in the Heart of Amsterdam

Wanna see where Seth Meyers and Jason Sudeikis cut their comedy teeth? Head to Boom Chicago at the Rozentheater to witness tomorrow’s comedy stars today.

All of the performers are American and the show is in English – but they frequently reference their experiences as expats living among the Dutch.… Continue Reading →

De Beiaard

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Restaurant and Bar in Central Amsterdam

Located on the Spui, near ABC Bookstore and the Amsterdam Museum, this restaurant is our go-to choice for dinner in Central Amsterdam. Like your favorite sweater, it’s old, comfortable and always there for you.

The beer list is respectable, with a pan-European assortment of the good and the great.… Continue Reading →

Randy Roy’s Red Light Tour

Red Light District, Amsterdam

Everything You Wanted To Know About Paying For Sex, But Were Afraid To Ask

Randy Roy has found her calling in life: exposing tourists to the world’s oldest profession in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. She will take you physically (and morally) down the main streets and back alleyways of this (in)famous neighborhood.… Continue Reading →

Hortus Botanicus

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Greenhouses and Gardens Galore in Central Amsterdam

Horus Botanicus is a quiet sanctuary amidst the traffic and noise of central Amsterdam. Located behind brick walls in the Plantage district, 4000 species call its 7 greenhouses and expansive outdoor gardens home.

The gardens were founded 1638 when the city needed an herb garden where doctors and pharmacists could prepare prescription medicines.… Continue Reading →

Screaming Beans

Screaming Beans Coffee is bliss

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Caffeine

At least, my head screams for caffeine in the morning, and the first thing we usually when we wake up is hunt around for my coffee fix. Good thing it’s easy to find great coffee in the Netherlands. Walk into any restaurant, cafe, bar or even coffee shop (yes those kind of coffee shops) and you’ll get a good cup of coffee served up with packets of sugar, and a little cookie or a mini-stroopwafel.… Continue Reading →