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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
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