I was in Amsterdam this rainful weekend and on my way there I contacted a guy I met in Beirut in June. We were at the same bar, apparantly the only Western Europeans around, and he came up to me with a cold drink in his hand and said:
"Hi, can I talk to you? I am all by myself."
A somewhat weird approach I remember thinking, but hey, original at least.
We spoke and exchanged numbers before I left - which I was happy to have done as I on my way to the capital of Heineken was lucky to receive a dozen insider tips that made my Amsterdam-weekend great!
However, two days was far from sufficient to discover all the hot spots recommended, so I guess another visit should be planned.
I am sharing some of the insiders with you and would like to say thanks or dankjewel -
Unfortunately I don´t know your name, on my iPhone you are saved as Beirut Dutch Guy working in Cairo
- Restaurant Envy on Prinsengracht - 6 course surprise dinner
- Pasta e Basta on Nieuwe Spiegeldwarsstraat - singing dinner
- Sama Sebo or Blue Pepper or Tempo Doeloe - Indonesian cuisine (book tables in advance!)
- MOMOs - stylish place loaded with design, where far east meets west
- Lion Noir on Reguliersdwarsstraat - fancy schmansy
- Burgermeester - high quality burgers
ENJOY NIGHTLIFE @
- AIR - clubbing on Amstelstraat - went there and went mad! The entrance gives you an immediate feeling as if your part of the Matrix (falling numbers) Expensive though..
- Odeon club
- Paradiso - old church converted into concert hall/club/bar - best spot in whole of Amsterdam
- Escape - club on Rembrandtplein - went there, had a Sambucca or two, live DJs and a cool location
- Panama - gigantic club near the central station
- Melkweg - club/concert hall housed in a former diary, hence the name. Variety of line ups and concerts - recommendable!
- Sugar Factory - opposite of Melkweg - not the best spot in town, maybe better with a different line-up than the bozza-jazza-soul-nova-ish thing we had..
- Bastille XL or Players for the afterparty
After the afterparty you can get a bike taxi home or a regular taxi.
1. Getting the bike taxi (rickshaw) home
If you do not know the way home, you might be taken on a ride just anywhere but to the hotel when jumping in the back of this 3-wheeled human powered transportation mean. My advice: discuss the route and price in advance - one guy demanded €10 for a 400 meter long ride. We gave him 5 and both parties perceived a so-called lose-lose situation.
2. I followed my own advice: Getting a bike taxi home and agreeing on the route and price in advance: The biker wanted € 7 per person. Not acceptable and we found that way too expensive (although we had no clue where we were, but always pretend like you know..) We jumped into a regular taxi and told him to take us to the hotel..whereupon he immediately stopped the car and turned around with a look on his face that clearly, without words, expressed: Are you f*ckin kidding me?
He suggested we got out of the car and walked just around the building to find our hotel..
A 150 metres walk (at no cost) - shame shame on you Mr taxi biker!
- Hotel V - cool design hotel
- Hotel Piet Hein
- Hotel Roemer
- Hotel de Filosoof
- Art Gallery Hotel
- Hotel Vondel
- Boutique Hotel Patou
- or the new Notting Hill Hotel
Vagablond - out&about