Amsterdam Local Customs

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  • 1. Urinating

    There clearly is (or has been) a problem with men and their bladders in Amsterdam. Whether this is linked to inebriated gentlemen falling into canals whilst obeying a call of nature I cannot...

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  • 2. Coffee Shops

    Amsterdam (at least the central part) is lined with Coffeshops selling Marijuana. Although I am sure locals use them too, I got the definite impression that they cater to tourist and expats who have...

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  • 3. Architecture

    If I wrote somewhere enthusiast reviews about architecture in France, Italy, Spain, England, I don't feel motivated by the architecture of Amsterdam. Certainly very typical but nothing monumental as...

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  • 4. Red Light District

    What can I say about this? I love how the Netherlands promotes this on the tourist board web...

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  • 5. ATM - Credit Cards

    Netherlands was the first country (of 33) I have visited, that we had lots of problems with ATM:s. Outside Amsterdam most of them didn´t exept foreign cards! In AMsterdam there was also some witch...

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  • 6. Language

    Does anybody speak Dutch in Amsterdam? No they speak English (at least in the touristic centre of the city). I went in a restaurant, near the Leidse Plein, ordered in Dutch and the waitress asked...

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  • 7. La Canna Coffee Shop

    The weed and hash menu is displayed openly for people to see. Look and decide what you want to purchase, or not. It is a CHOICE. Even though they are not really known for their weed, I have heard...

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  • 8. Tipping

    I learned to look both ways twice before crossing a bike path, tram track or road. Cyclists are riding very fast, so I tended to let them go by first before crossing. Dutch people tend to cross...

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  • 9. French Fries - Frites

    Shall I repeat once again that there are NO French Fries in the EU! Not in France - did you ever read Frites françaises on a menu in France - NOT in Belgium of course and NOT in Holland. The Dutch, a...

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  • 10. Smart Shops

    This was new to me. Smart shops sell harder drugs and its all legal or tolerated. They dont sell weed or hash here. Smart shops sell mushrooms and ecstasy (an herbal ecstasy) and even marijuana seeds....

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  • 11. Haring

    For food on the hoof forget about MacDonald's (boo hiss!). Instead net a bit of raw fish from one of the many stalls around the city. Spankingly (once again for want of a better word!) fresh herring...

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  • 12. Books - Tourist guides

    This is one of the spots that can be truly hidden for someone in a rush or for somebody only visiting the main spots in Amsterdam. It’s a spot you easily walk by but it’s actually one you should stop...

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  • 13. Beer & Breweries

    Jenever: is the straight Dutch gin. Bols and Heineken: are the two main distillers of jenever in Holland. Bols was founded by Lucas Bols in 1575. Heineken is famous for the best selling jenever of...

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  • 14. Bicycle - Cycling

    There are thousands and thousands of bikes in Amsterdam. I knew that before I visited. But I hadn't realised quite how many bikes would be standing (or lying) around, everywhere. I suspect many no...

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  • 15. Queens Day

    Queens Birthday has a long history and it's not a day on current Queen, she's born on November, but she decided to change the day, at least the weather is better at the end of April. There are many...

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  • 16. Photography

    Are you taking a picture of me.... or am I taking a picture of you? Hahaha, a camera battle was on the go! We've been chasing each other around almost all day to get some fun pictures. And now it...

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  • 17. Bitterballen

    My Dutch companions looked somewhat askance when I ordered bitterballen.....I don't quite know why, and I didn't like to ask. Basically, bitterballen are a minced beef stew mixed with flour and...

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  • 18. Street Performers

    In the early part of twentieth century the Netherlands became world famous for its street organs. Love it or hate it, or just putting a smile on your face, even today the sound of street organs...

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  • 19. Houseboats

    On the canals of Amsterdam there are some 2400 families on houseboats living there, about 750 live within the 17th century canal system of downtown Amsterdam. You will find some stretches with lots of...

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  • 20. Poezenboot

    The " Poezenboot" is a houseboat that was converted into a cat asylum. It all started when Mr.s van Weelde living at the Herengracht found a stray cat mother and her kittens and started care for the...

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  • 21. Street Markets

    Good information about markets in Amsterdam on: www.dutchmarkets.org/markten/amsterdam/englishtour/markets.htm (full list) And for a bit of history and description ...

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  • 22. Wooden Shoes

    The wooden shoe has been worn since the Dark Ages throughout Europe (news to me, I only thought the Dutch wore them!). People still wear wooden shoes in Holland because of the swampy ground, and also...

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  • 23. FEBO

    Before I visited Amsterdam - I read on VT (of course!) about Febo's. Naturally I had to try something from this fast food snack place. For just 1 Euro I was pleasantly surprised with my instant hot...

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  • 24. Stroopwafel

    My fiance lived in Amsterdam for a year, and as a lover of all things sweet he soon discovered one of the most popular Dutch cookies: the Stroopwafel / Syrupwaffle. Stroopwaffels, Stroopwaffles, or...

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  • 25. Greetings - Kissing

    Kissing ¡V Three kisses starting on the right cheek & ending on the right cheek I always get my right & my left confused ¡K.. No not on purpose :-) If you are in a bakery, postoffice, deli etc make...

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Queensday and Sinterklaas are typical Dutch events that locals celebrated and you are invited to join. A local Amsterdam event is the Gay Parade. And we ride bicycles, eat herring and speak Dutch...

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