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1 hour ago, Gardner Barnes said:

Read though this entire thing. I don’t dig pot. Seen plenty museums.

 

I like to eat and drink.

 

Company is sending me to AMS for a week for work in 2 weeks. I have a 2 hour pres on Tues, a 1 hour pres on Friday and a dinner thurs Pm

 

Other than that I don’t have shit to do. I have a corporate card. Where should I eat like the pro that I am.

 

Get high AF and get a whore. Post pics.

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Not doing either one of those things. When I get high I turn into the Hulk.

 

“GB Smash”

 

The hookers like to be smashed.

 

Honestly walking the Red Light District can be pretty entertaining.

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The hookers like to be smashed.
 
Honestly walking the Red Light District can be pretty entertaining.
Also can be pretty depressing. Eastern European sea slaves and all...

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9 hours ago, shnsajax said:

 

The hookers like to be smashed.

 

Honestly walking the Red Light District can be pretty entertaining.

Make sure you take pictures of all the girls you see.

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Trip report.

Took the eurostar from London to Brussels. Generally Brussels was pretty meh and my airbnb had no hot water. Huge place right in the city center. But as others have said. It's good for a day trip but two nights was too much.

Brussels
Fin De Siecle
Grand Palace
Manneken Pis
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Bruges. Took the train from Brussels. Easy and easy walk to my hotel. Academie. Great little place. Away from the crowds. Did the canal boat tour but wandering at night was the best. The town is empty.

The mussels are from a place called Poules moules. Also went to the Halve Maan for lunch.

Found an Irish bar to watch some ucl. Ended up hanging out with some locals. After one them won a parlay on Ajax and Spurs they were going to drive to a whore house in Germany 3 hrs away and wanted me to go. If I were younger and didn't have kids I would have taken them up on it. 00ee906055ebabe71b2f78a8ab18255a.jpg399b31e6857a03b080f362c021605563.jpg9087e56bbd78f11173b2ba86e9b4dd0f.jpg8967b6cac7f5c0f27b3179c02ec74b2f.jpg

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Amsterdam.

Took the train from Bruges to Ghent then into Antwerp and Thalys to Amsterdam.

Stayed at the Arcade Hotel which was video game themed. Odd. But great neighborhood.

Anne Frank Huis first morning.
Then went to Paradox and bought a cake and ate half.
Canal boat tour.
Van Gogh
And wandered around dropping into pubs for a bite and drink and coffee shops to maintain.
Did a group walking tour.
Dinner at Stork

I know I missed a lot but I don't vacation like Clark Griswald.  I will definitely go back to Amsterdam and will still have lots of places to go. 

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Rembrandt square was my favorite place to just sit, chill, and people watch. Those statues are pretty neat :)

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I just got back. Some impressions on AMS:

Public transportation is outstanding. Use it. In fact the entirity of AMS infrastructure including the airport is outstanding.

Centraal sucks and is full of fat tourists and 20 year olds looking to get shitfaced. The red light district is the worst. It feels like a cross between New Orleans and Boston - but not in a good way. Spend some time there but know what you are getting into.

Jordaan and De Pijp are outstanding neighborhoods for walking and embracing the city.

The May weather is absurd.

Take a canal tour.

Dutch food is mediocre but there are gems to be found. Highlights of my trip was the Indonesian food at restaurant Max and the pizza at Sotto. The hoods that these restaurants are in are excellent for walking also.

Things in NED are surprisingly cheap.

Everyone speaks English and is very friendly.

The Heineken brewery tour was the biggest wast of money of my trip.

I’m sure I’ll think of some other stuff. All in it is a great place to visit this time of year. Apparently it is not as crowded right now as it gets in the summer.

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since I was there for work and didn’t want to spend my limited free time in a museum I decided to just walk and explore. Target for free day 1 was the Albert Cuyp Market in De Pijp. The market was meh (except the fresh stroopwaffel, get one of those) but the hood was awesome. Reminded me of the NYC LES.

Did the same on free afternoon 2 and just wandered Jordaan.

My advice is to pick a direction and just walk. It’s a small city. And only took me 20-30 minutes to walk to De Pijp which looks like a haul on a map.

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Heading to Amsterdam in late October with the GF/fiancee (no pics) for about three days.  She has a work obligation that will occupy her for a day.  After that, we'll both be free for a couple days before taking the train to Paris.  Lodging is covered -- hotel room through her company.  Not sure which hotel yet, but I assume it will probably be in the Central area.  She has never been to AMS; I visited once a looooong time ago.  Just need recs re: restaurants (esp. Indonesian), coffeeshops (for her), and places to visit.  Red Light district is probably a no go.  Not really into pot. 

I'd say at this point that the Rijksmuseum, a canal tour, Dam Square, and the Anne Frank House are probably going to be high on the list of things to see, but I'm sure we'll need to add an item or two to that list.  And I'm open to having my mind changed as to any of those if you think something is a "must see."  With only a couple days in the city, we'll only be able to cram in so much,  

I've read the other posts in this thread -- some good ideas and recs.  Just want to see if anyone has anything else to add.

 

 

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Just need recs re: restaurants (esp. Indonesian), coffeeshops (for her), and places to visit.  Red Light district is probably a no go.  Not really into pot.
 

Ummm, there's something we need to tell you about the red light district...

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Just need recs re: restaurants (esp. Indonesian), coffeeshops (for her), and places to visit.  Red Light district is probably a no go.  Not really into pot.
  Ummm, there's something we need to tell you about the red light district...


I was more confused about coffee shops but not really into pot.

Honestly wife and I had a blast walking the Red Light district. Look for a walkway where the walls are slowly closing in on you.

Just make sure you stay far far away from the Blue Light District!

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Just get on viator and find whatever activity you like.

Otherwise just wander around and do some tours and the typical shit.

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15 hours ago, Carl Spackler said:

Heading to Amsterdam in late October with the GF/fiancee (no pics) for about three days.  She has a work obligation that will occupy her for a day.  After that, we'll both be free for a couple days before taking the train to Paris.  Lodging is covered -- hotel room through her company.  Not sure which hotel yet, but I assume it will probably be in the Central area.  She has never been to AMS; I visited once a looooong time ago.  Just need recs re: restaurants (esp. Indonesian), coffeeshops (for her), and places to visit.  Red Light district is probably a no go.  Not really into pot. 

I'd say at this point that the Rijksmuseum, a canal tour, Dam Square, and the Anne Frank House are probably going to be high on the list of things to see, but I'm sure we'll need to add an item or two to that list.  And I'm open to having my mind changed as to any of those if you think something is a "must see."  With only a couple days in the city, we'll only be able to cram in so much,  

I've read the other posts in this thread -- some good ideas and recs.  Just want to see if anyone has anything else to add.

 

 

I was there last month

 

Canal Tour: Those Dam Boat Guys

 

Indonesian:

Bhatti Pasal, Authentic Nepalese Food - awesome, small and not easy to get into so plan accordingly

Ko-Chang - incredible and inexpensive, my kids loved this place so much they got take out another night

 

Rijkmuseum: meh

go up in the Westerkerk church tower (next to Anne Frank)

Anne Frank House: definitely go, but buy your tickets 60 days out or you won’t be going

 

Walk and shop the Jordaan / 9 streets area

 

And definitely the Brouwerij 't IJ (IJ Brewery) man I could go for an IJ Wit right now

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, shnsajax said:

  Ummm, there's something we need to tell you about the red light district...

 

Lulz.  Those were two separate thoughts/comments, i.e., (1) I doubt the GF is going to be jazzed about the Red Light District, so suggestions that we go there will likely fall on deaf ears; and (2) neither of us smokes weed, so suggestions that we get some pot/edibles at one of the jillion coffee shops and other dispensaries won't be of much help, either.  I didn't word things very well.   

But I'll still push your suggestion about walking the Red Light District.  Who knows?  Maybe the GF will surprise me and want to explore it.

 

  

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5 minutes ago, Carl Spackler said:

Lulz.  Those were two separate thoughts/comments, i.e., (1) I doubt the GF is going to be jazzed about the Red Light District, so suggestions that we go there will likely fall on deaf ears; and (2) neither of us smokes weed, so suggestions that we get some pot/edibles at one of the jillion coffee shops and other dispensaries won't be of much help, either.  

But I'll still push your suggestion about walking the Red Light District.  Who knows?  Maybe the GF will surprise me and want to explore it. 

Its fascinating to see, and while we did it every night any time my wife heard a door open she would still jump. 

Agreed on Brouwerij 't IJ is the brewery I would hit up, great location and great tour and you get two pints afterwards if I remember correctly. 

De Bierkoning for a beer shop with every Dutch and Belgian bottle possible and for a 1/3rd the cost as in the US (Westy 12 being the exception).

De Carrousel for  poffertjes and pancakes, its touristy and by Heineken. 

Beer Temple and Het Elfde Gebod were my favorite bars, but its hard to wrong.

Vondelpark is worth checking out as well.

Personally I liked Van Gogh and The Holocaust Museum more than Anne Frank. Nothing wrong with Anne Frank just personal preference.

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1 hour ago, Carl Spackler said:

But I'll still push your suggestion about walking the Red Light District.  Who knows?  Maybe the GF will surprise me and want to explore it.

It's more of a part of Amsterdam's notoriety  than anything.  My guess is that 75% of the people walking around the red light don't participate.  People who don't drink still walk down bourbon street  Maybe look at getting out of the city and seeing the countryside on a day tour if you aren't big on what the city has to offer.  

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41 minutes ago, midtown said:

It's more of a part of Amsterdam's notoriety  than anything.  My guess is that 75% of the people walking around the red light don't participate.  People who don't drink still walk down bourbon street  Maybe look at getting out of the city and seeing the countryside on a day tour if you aren't big on what the city has to offer.  

I'm sure we'll have plenty to do/see in Amsterdam.  If we had more time, I would definitely get out of town and see other parts of Holland.  That will have to wait until another trip, though.  We have one week, and we're committed to splitting it between Amsterdam and Paris.

I won't give up on the Red Light District.  But I have a feeling that if we end up seeing it, it'll be a spur-of-the-moment type thing after I talk her into it.

 

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6 hours ago, 4th and 5 said:

And definitely the Brouwerij 't IJ (IJ Brewery) man I could go for an IJ Wit right now

Listen to this man. 

Also, if you like gardens, go to Keukenhof Gardens to see the Tulips 

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18 minutes ago, HenryJames said:

Don’t think the tulips will be in season.

I'm sure his fiance's tu lips will be

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8 hours ago, 4th and 5 said:

Indonesian:

Bhatti Pasal, Authentic Nepalese Food - awesome, small and not easy to get into so plan accordingly

Ko-Chang - incredible and inexpensive, my kids loved this place so much they got take out another night

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The Red Light District is way overrated these days. Just take a quick stroll and then go elsewhere.

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10 hours ago, mycox said:

The Red Light District is way overrated these days. Just take a quick stroll and then go elsewhere.

This is true..walk through for about 15 mins to just check it off the list

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Amusing story about the live sex show. My wife was colleagues with a very senior manager who once held his team meeting of worldwide staff in A'dam and after dinner treated them to tickets to go see the sex show. Fucking dummy lost his very lucrative job soon thereafter. 

Just a few travel ideas that I didn't see mentioned here for anyone heading to Amsterdam. I had the pleasure of living there for 6 months due to a work assignment. 

The first restaurant I'd personally head to is Cafe Bern. Dinner only. The menu is primarily beer, wine, steak and cheese fondue and it's a longtime favorite. It's what used to be called a Grey Pub because of all the cigarette stains on the walls and ceilings. I don't think they allow smoking anymore though. Though even if they did, it would still be somewhere on my list of worldwide favorites. I'd also strongly recommend Restaurant d'Vijff Vlieghen. It's upscale and they serve seasonal, traditional dutch food in a beautiful, historic art-filled carved out of 5 adjacent 500-year old canal houses. If you don't find the entrees particularly appealing go for a group of starters and for sure get the cheese plate too. 

If you're near the Jordaan and want to grab a sandwich or soup to eat by the canal, go to Fa. H. Wegewijs, a small deli. Doing a cheese tasting is something I'd say is a must. De Kaaskemer on Huisenstraat was a favorite just based on how amazing it smelled the first time I walked into a Dutch cheese shop (kaashuis) but there are many cheese shops around town so find one that's convenient for you. 

There's actually 3 RLD's around town. Most tourists walk through the main and largest one but if you google the three red light districts of Amsterdam you can decide if any are worth your while. The two smaller ones were at one time devoid of most tourists at least in my recollection. I lived not too far from the main one and it was not a pleasurable stroll, particularly in the evening when it was packed with tourists.

The outdoor markets are pretty awesome too. There's a different one with a different focus (farmers, art, books) scattered around various locations around town nearly every day of the week. Albert Cuyp Market is the largest and doesn't have a real specialty but has great street food and was always a fun stroll just to people watch. 

As you walk around town you'll see various vendors selling herring from a stall. These were phenomenal. 

 

 

 

 

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Post-trip report.  Had a fine time in Amsterdam.  D'vijiff Vlieghen rec was spot-on.  Food was very good and the atmosphere was tremendous.  Great time at D'Brouwerij as well.  Indonesian at Tujuh Maret was outstanding, too.  Anne Frank House was powerful stuff.  Dam Boat Guys canal tour was very good.  Picked up some good weed at one of the coffee houses -- the menus cracked me up.  Didn't venture into the red light districts.  Uber is super easy to use there -- we didn't have to wait more than a minute to be picked up after placing the order.  All in all, had a blast.  

Only a few negatives, and they were minor.  Stayed at the Marriott (fiancee's company was paying), and it was conveniently located, but the rooms were meh.  Rijksmuseum was overrun with tourists like us (I can only imagine what it's like during high season) and they were working on restoring the Night Watch, so that was a bit of a bummer. 

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6 minutes ago, Carl Spackler said:

</snip>  Rijksmuseum was overrun with tourists like us (I can only imagine what it's like during high season) and they were working on restoring the Night Watch, so that was a bit of a bummer. 

That is a bummer.  I stood staring at it for about 45 minutes when I was there in '99.  Up close, then as far back as I could stand, amazing.  So much to see in one giant painting.  Did you catch the Van Gogh museum?

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1 minute ago, zork said:

That is a bummer.  I stood staring at it for about 45 minutes when I was there in '99.  Up close, then as far back as I could stand, amazing.  So much to see in one giant painting.  Did you catch the Van Gogh museum?

No.  I would have liked to, but we simply ran out of time.  Same thing with the Rembrandt house and some other places.  (Return trip agenda starting to take shape . . .)

We could still view the Night Watch, but they had two restorers working on it on a scissor lift, which obscured part of the painting.  It's an amazing work, but it was unfortunate that it was partly obscured.  Still glad we went to the Rijksmuseum, though.

 

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18 hours ago, Carl Spackler said:

(Return trip agenda starting to take shape . . .)

If you need something to convince your wife to make another trip the tulip festival at Keukenhof gardens in the spring may help. It sells out so tickets in advance are req'd. Lots of other Dutch cities worth exploring including Utrecht, Leiden and The Hague. 

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