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October 2011

Tucked on a side street near the Melkweg concert hall, De Zotte (“The Crazy”) is a tiny little Belgian bar that serves amazing Belgian steaks and frites with a range of sauces. And while the food is good (really, really good!), the true star of the space is De Zotte’s …

In a city with a plethora of Indonesian restaurants, Balti House rises to the top. The service is friendly and the food is amazing, if a bit pricey. In addition to traditional Balti dishes (from the Northwest region of India and Pakistan), the restaurant offers curries and tandoori options, with …

The kitchen in this little eatery along the Singel whips up a decent burger, particularly if you don’t have your heart set on a typical American burger, but take note of what everyone else is eating. It’s Zeezicht’s trademark apple pie, piled with layers of apple, cinnamon and whipped cream. …

If you’re looking for a shopping experience on par with the locals, check out the HEMA in the neighborhood you’re staying in. Originally the equivalent of the American Five and Dime, HEMA (A Dutch acronym for Hollandsche Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam, or “Dutch Standard Prices Company Amsterdam”) was first opened in …

After you cruise the city in a canal boat, or even before, you may wonder about the history behind the creation of such a magnificent architectural achievement. A new museum in Amsterdam, Museum Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House) is a great place to start your education on the history of …

Artis Royal Zoo is Amsterdam’s only zoo and the biggest zoo in the Netherlands. It is located in the Plantage neighborhood in the East of the city, very near the Plantage Kerklaan tram stop. Artis is a wonderland of plants and animals set among stunning examples of 19th century Dutch …

While the Dutch are not internationally known for their cuisine, there are many Dutch dishes that you simply must try on your visit to Amsterdam. Here are some things that are distinctly Dutch that you’ll want to sink your teeth into. Bitterballen – These little snacks can be found at …

Internet Only a few small internet cafes remain in the Old Center. Unless you have a laptop or smart phone, your best bet for internet access is the Amsterdam Public Library (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam) wich offers free internet access.  Located near the Central Station the modern and clean library has hundreds of …
Hortus Botanicus

The Plantage is a leafy neighborhood in the center of Amsterdam, most popular for its Zoo and botanical gardens. Get Around By Tram Walking to Plantage can take 30 minutes, and most visitors would want to take the tram there. From Central Station, trams 9 and 14 go right through …

The Jordaan District is one of the most famous districts in Amsterdam. The Jordaan District was first incorporated into the expanding city in the 1600’s, and initially served as an overspill area for some of the cities poorest inhabitants. Once notorious for its open sewers, crime and awful living conditions, …