Every day is a weekend in this happening Dutch capital
Amsterdam definitely has more to offer than its luscious tulip fields, its rustic windmills and its intoxicating poppy plantations. The Venice of the North boasts a vibrant and diverse nightlife ranging from clubs and bars to its Red Light District and infamous coffee shops.
Notoriously popular among college kids for the partying scene and all that is illegal in most sovereign states of the world, Amsterdam is a city that doesn’t disappoint.
Some days all you need is to succumb to the music, shine in the spotlights and release extra energy. Amsterdam is the perfect city to help you let loose and have some fun. The two main nightlife areas for tourists are the Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein.
Explore the underground music scene at Korsakoff or enjoy some intricate programming at the Sugar Factory and Bitterzoet. For the history lovers, Paradiso, an old church turned into a music temple could be a treat. Searching for a classy club with luxury and style? Look no further than Jimmy Woo which offers a unique experience each of its themed nights.
For the locals, Melkweg wins it hands down. Housed in an abandoned dairy factory, Melkweg has a little something for everyone as it showcases literally all kinds of musical artists, cinema, theatre and photography.
In Amsterdam, you are not asked to keep off the grass. Tourists over 18 can buy and enjoy weed, hash and marijuana in a pleasant and safe environment and get their share of soft drugs until after midnight.
Having had received a great deal of attention from tourists, the coffee shops in Amsterdam have had to accommodate a varying degree of drugs in its many forms. Patrons can rest assured that they’ll get their fix irrespective of whether they’re looking to smoke a joint, eat a hash brownie, or enjoy a marijuana lollipop.
Red Light Districts
Don’t be surprised if nights are red in certain nooks and alleys of Amsterdam: De Wallen is a designated area for legalized prostitution. With its red lit windows and a large number of brothels it has become a famous attraction for tourists. Be advised that taking a camera into Amsterdam’s red light district is a serious breach of etiquette. You’re bound to have a bad time if you’re caught.
But apart from the former, there are barely any other rules that need following. Do make sure you’re ready for whatever it is you’re signing up for because there’s a reason why Amsterdam’s Red Light District is known around the world.
Amsterdam is a must visit city if you have the chance. With pissoir’s on strategic street corners and an always overly vibrant nightlife, it’s safe to say that there aren’t many other cities that can compare. It’s recommended that you visit during the warmer months to get the most out of the city, but to be honest, Amsterdam is just as lively during the winter.
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