Amsterdam, the Dutch capital has plenty of nightlife activities and hot spots to include in anyone’s itinerary.
In fact, Amsterdam is one of the most lively cities in Europe. It has a very young tourism who come here for fun and recreation and this can be noticed at night with it’s intense and long nightlife.
Amsterdam has a total of seven districts, namely Amsterdam Centre, West, Oost, Noord, Zuid, Nieuw-West and Zuidoost. Out of this seven, most of the nightlife activities, hotspots, nightclubs, cocktail bars and coffeshops can be found at the Centre.
For the hipsters, creative, and wanderers, best district to visit would be at the vibrant area of Zuidoost where various cafés, restaurants, and shops are located.
To give you more insights on what you can explore in Amsterdam, our team of experts have created a well-curated guide for all of you. Enjoy reading!
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CULTURE AND DRINKING TRADITIONS
Fun fact: Netherlands is the world’s biggest exporter of beer. Expect great number of beer bars in each district serving local Amsterdam and international brews as well. Best to try would be the Proeflokaal Arendsnest and Brouwerij ‘t IJ.
In addition to a massive popularity of beers, guests. If spirits aren’t your thing, go for a Dutch-made beer at Proeflokaal Arendsnest and Brouwerij ‘t IJ.
DRESS CODE FOR AMSTERDAM’S NIGHTLIFE
Avoid wearing flip flops, sneakers, and baseball cap if you’re going to posh night clubs and bars. Since Amsterdam’s mostly surrounded in cobbled streets, it’s best to wear a fashionable boot, or anything comfortable yet classy for the girls, as something casual, smart, yet chic for the guys. Girls can also go for dresses with plenty of layers, and nothing too exaggerated on a night out.
Take note that also during non-cold seasons, bouncers oftentimes prohibit to wear too much accessories and huge jackets.
SAFETY TIP WHEN PARTYING IN AMSTERDAM
Remember that most of the streets are dominated by cyclist. Remind yourself to be on one side of the street while walking or walking to a night club, to avoid inconvenience and accidents.
And although Amsterdam has an open-minded drug policy, it is suggested not to buy drugs on the road. Lastly, always bring an ID and extra euros, because some bars don’t accept credit cards.
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Planning Your Amsterdam Visit
Amsterdam’s temperature can drop below freezing, and is rainy most of the time. The warmest months are from June to August, so make sure to bring thick and appropriate clothes in the remaining months.
You can also book day and night tours in advance if you feel much more comfortable travelling with a guide and with groups. Check out
How many days to spend in Amsterdam?
3 days is enough to roam around and get lost in the beautiful streets of Amsterdam. With renting a bicycle, visiting around the city is now made easier and hassle-free. It is also much easier to roam around the iconic landmarks from museums, art galleries, Ann Frank’s House, flower markets, boat trips, and even bar crawling.
Where to stay?
There are plenty of hotels in Amsterdam. Guests can either choose from budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels:
- Volkshotel Ibis Styles
- Hotel Dwars
- Seven Bridges
- Mr. JORDAAN
- Singel Hotel
- The Hoxton
- Amsterdam Mariott Hotel
- Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam
- The Toren
- Waldorf Astoria
- InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
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