Try the most beautiful Dutch Chocolate from Puccini.
This is hand made, fresh daily, chocolate in Desert, Milk and White with magnificent and different fillings. If you like chocolate, don't miss out on a chance to get some of this.
The shop is on Staalstraat at the corner of Ververstraat (quite near to the Waterloo Plein)
Favorite thing: If you're a beer drinker, you are definitely going to want to pick up some different bottles of beer at De Bierkoning(The Beer King). They have an enormous beer selection- 850 special beers and glasses according to their ad. Americans be warned, though. Everything is sold warm (except for one small cooler) and by the single bottle. I actually found this to be advantageous because I could sample several different brands and varieties. I stopped by several times on my vacation and took a few bottles home with me. The Belgium beers are the best! Located behind the palace- Paleisstraat 125
Favorite thing: Have a few beers at the Bierbrouweij 't Ij. The brewery is located inside a windmill on the river Ij and has excellent beers! If you go on a Friday try to get there before 4:00 for a tour! Note: the brewery is only open 3-8 pm daily AND closed on Monday.
Backpackers101- A lesson that was learned while me and my brother were out on a lash in Holland! Since me & my brother were so stoned all the time we never really got into what Holland was really about, but while my brother was out one morning he was buying a bottle of water from the shop and some guy says why are you doing that ? well it turns out he was wasting money because the tap water is better then bottle water. Very clean and taste great. For any american who might read this it was like drinking Polland Spring.....and that *** is goood.
Fondest memory: Being free from the police state that I was raised in! Being able to smoke cronic and see cool stuff, getting beer from the vending machine.....being a crazy young kid in a place a lot of people will only dream about!
Just take the first street between Burger king and sports cafe at leidse plein.. I call this street as the Gourmet street cause there are many restaurants from all around the world..
You can see a Uruguayan restaurant in once corner and a Greek on the other, while a Turkish restaurant is hosting you near a Brazilian restaurant.. Dishes fromall around the world.. Just choose one
I really love the cafe culture in Amsterdam, I like the choice, the atmosphere and although I am useless at remembering names and places, I had a 'wicked' time...We went to a cafe bar ish type place that had a funky band playing, the floor was sticky, the air was thick with smoke, it was noisy, there was alcohol and people...as you can see it was great, but some things can be too great....and you can over indulge....and you can do things to excess that you dont normally do, and some things are stronger than you are used to...and its easy to get pulled along with the flow of things when you are 18 and into experimenting...... anyway, take it easy I ended up having a serious panic attack, thought the wolves were coming to get me and I ended up in hospital...........ahh the joys of learning from experience ;-))
I love the people , the energy and the experiences that being there seems to throw at you.
Fondest memory: A silly night in a club in Rembrantsplein it was ladies night and myself and Jo could drink for free (we did A LOT) but the boys had to pay to drink and to use the bathrooms. Jo and I very very amused all night - the boys less so. :-)
Favorite thing: Even in the bleakest weather you are bound to find some bright spots. Here's a fruit stand which caught my eye.
Favorite thing: Chocolate sprinkles that are more commonly found on cakes. These are sprinkled on bread and butter as a favourite sandwich topping and come in a number of varieties. Also available in other flavours.
It isn't the best place in the world for food, so don't go with high expectations.
Fondest memory: Don't forget the Mars Bars.
Try some of the delicious Indonesian and Surinaamese food in Amsterdam...
Fondest memory: Wondering around the redlight district (in the daytime)
Restaurant Manolo,good spanisch restaurant where the serve a fantastic paella.
Fondest memory: A visit to the redlight district