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The liberal city with an old soul, the only reasons you'll need to visit Amsterdam

Bikes, tall folks, canals, snack shops and red lights. Yes we're talking about the Dutch capital that is Amsterdam.

A par­adise for the laid back, the art enthu­si­asts, and home to an eclec­tic mix of cul­tures, mak­ing it a city that no mat­ter what your pref­er­ences may be, you’re bound to find your call­ing here. This pic­turesque place may only hold a pop­u­la­tion of just over 800k, leav­ing its cen­tral areas to be quite dense­ly pop­u­lat­ed and yet it still man­ages to be the third most vis­it­ed Euro­pean city, and we’re here to tell you why…

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First things first, upon arrival after get­ting set­tled we’d high­ly sug­gest find­ing your near­est bike rental ser­vice and hop on the two wheels. It’s engraved in Dutch cul­ture to ride bikes, let there be rain, sun­shine or wind there is always bike traf­fic. It’s been proven that you’ll get around faster by bike than any day in the car.

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As the say­ing goes, what is one person’s junk is anoth­er person’s trea­sure. And in Ams­ter­dam when look­ing for those unique trea­sures we advice you to take a pit stop to the the fol­low­ing three markets.

Albert Cuyp- we’re not too sure how many native Ams­ter­dam peo­ple you’ll find vis­it­ing this attrac­tion as it’s filled with crowds of tourists how­ev­er we still sug­gest tak­ing a stroll. Locat­ed in the old-south dis­trict this mar­ket is renowned for its selec­tion of inter­na­tion­al cui­sine, live­ly atmos­phere, and excep­tion­al­ly afford­able prices.

Water­looplein- smack down in the mid­dle of the city this flea mar­ket is best known for its selec­tion of vin­tage cloth­ing, sec­ond hand books, elec­tron­ics and much more.

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Noor­der­markt- bring­ing a shine onto the most hat­ed day of the week, that is Mon­day the mar­ket on Amsterdam’s Noor­der­markt gives this day a bet­ter rep­u­ta­tion. Small yet vis­it wor­thy, this inter­est is found in the dis­trict of Jor­daan, here you’ll find numer­ous stalls sell­ing tex­tiles jew­el­ry and fur­ther bits and bobs. Oh and not to be for­got­ten, on Sat­ur­days this square turns into a farm­ers mar­ket, the go-to to shop for your organ­ic fruits and veggies.

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Home to the his­tor­i­cal Anne Frank House, the famous Rijks Muse­um and FOAM, both which are found on the acclaimed muse­um square. Not to be for­got­ten are the cof­feeshops, and many quaint streets for shop­ping, this is a place for the young, the old, the soul seek­ers, the par­ty ani­mals, the his­to­ri­ans and those who are just look­ing for a week­end away. The city holds var­i­ous cul­tures and diverse eth­nic­i­ties, leav­ing your palette of food options to plenty.

The nightlife scene is on a steady rise, with sev­er­al clubs tak­ing the Berlin approach to long danc­ing hours and only top notch DJs. With that being said, if clubs aren’t so your thing then we sug­gest the array of local bars such as Strijk, The Minds, Diep and the Kop­stoot­bar all with­in the most high­light­ed districts.

So pack your cam­era, appetite and an umbrel­la and head over to Ams­ter­dam, you won’t regret it.

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Pho­tog­ra­phy by Texas Schiffmacher

10 Feb 2017 · neubau eyewear