I've heard different opinions about this place before I finally got to visit it. And not only that! I even spent 3 nights in a hotel in the very heart of the district! What can I say? Well, it's not for everybody but I kind of enjoyed the experience. I somehow prefer dodgy places to the poshy ones. It's true that there are some strange individuals horsing around but generally I don't check people out and avoid eye-contact, so I wasn't disturbed by anybody. Plus, I was with my boyfriend.
What I liked was a variety of people and dress codes, good restaurants, interesting architecture. What I disliked: rubbish lying around on the streets, the persistent smell of Ganja was getting on my nerves, but the biggest dissapointment was the fact that the dick fountain had been removed from the entrance to the Casa Rosso Theatre. Outrageous! ;-)
Warning: don't be tempted to take pictures of the working 'girls' and keep a keen eye on your belongings, as always, as anywhere else in the world.
Dress Code: Whatever you wish. Anything goes here. Coat and Tie not required :)
The red light district was certainly somewhere to see! It was a complete shock to me, if im honest! I went to Amsterdam with my boyfriend which I wouldn't reccommend. I found it funny and bizarre at first, however I did become uncomfortable after awhile. I was also quite nervous about my belongings. Every second person asked us if we wanted drugs, it was quite intimidating and I was pretty paroniod. The tourists seem to take over. There are a lot of hen and stag parties and general drug abusers floating about. Everywhere you look is seedy and grotesque. To me, it was a circus of destructiveness. Imagine all the negative elements in society thrown into this one district...I believe it attracts a very destructive energy. It is also an extremly expensive city.....I would be weary about what Im spending my money on...the flashy lights are a complete con!!!
Dress Code: Wear whatever you want!!! There are no rules on the doors. As long as you have the cash you can buy your way into anywhere. But it is a trendy city so perhaps comfy and bohemian if you are bothered!!!
Fantastic experience! If people come up to badger you reg'd anything they are trying to sell, just politely say no thanks and keep walking. If you stop and they think you are interested, thats when they may follow you for a bit trying to sell!
In Amsterdam, the opportunities are "fleur-de-lis" / whatever you desire, & if you are of the open-minded/"anything-goes" persuasion, this could be an interesting diversion.
At the Saow Thai cafe in the main red light district, it is possible to meet, pass the time & share a drink or nice dinner with (the food is very good there), and allegedly negotiate an evening out with some of the lovely Thai ladies who frequent this little place that sits on the west side of the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in the rld.
And at the climax of the evening, you might even get a little surprise.
Holly came from Miami, Fla.
Hitchhiked her way across the USA
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was she - she said
Hey Babe, take a walk on the wild side...
© the great Lou Reed
Dress Code: Dress upscale and clean up, the "girls" are beautiful.
8/24/06 - update: bummer .... it appears saowthai has moved on to the great katoeyclub in the sky .... will advise after checking around ... anyone in A'Dam know??
It's great to just walk around and people watch in Amsterdam, the Red Light District is full of all walks of life. From the dodgy drug pushers, to the family tourists giggling at the girls in the windows. It is a pretty safe area with a large police presence around and plenty of CCTV to keep an eye on everything. Can be a bit seedy for some people but I like it, I could sit and people watch here all day. Be sure not to take pictures of the girls in this area though, you could get your camera smashed up! I tried to get a few pics from a bar across the road which was ok but definitely dont try and stand in front of the window and do it.
Dress Code: Anything goes (literally) but try just to stay low key.
I was walking from the central station when I happened to notice this bar and the beautiful girls standing at thee door. The music coming from the inside was very loug and the place seemed very crowded, so I decided to enter: I must say that I was impressed by the atmosphere and the friendly manners of the female staff! The beer also was very good, and the shows played by the girls dancing on the bar was very exciting and not bad tasting.
The Casa Rossa was a valu for money night out. My first time in any strip/ entertainment club and it was very entertaining and in good taste. The "artists" were in good shape and partirculary the hunky, black man with the rythem of a jet engine. Also saw another show in the Moulin Rouge which was silly and anything but a turn on.
Dress Code: Smart casual. Anything goes.
VT meeting December 2004,
Don't take a pic like a certain VT member did, 2 girls threw water at us ....hehehe
On the picture one of the streets at "de Walletjes" at the 'Red District' zone.
My daughter and some Ukrainian friends of mine are on this picture.
Dress Code: whatever u like
When I went to Amsterdam I was about 15 years old maybe and traveling with my parents. I don't know if they had never seen the red light district, or if they thought they would be "cool" parents or what, but they decided it would be an interesting cultural thing to go to the red light district after dinner one night for a stroll. It was kind of traumatizing. The thing is, yes I was old enough and mature enough to see things and understand them and everything, but I'm not sure if I was old enough or mature enough to see those things with my parents. I didn't really know how to act and it was overall a VERY uncomfortable experience and kind of tainted that trip, which is pretty unfortunate. So make sure you take things like this into consideration.
Dress Code: n/a
This is actually a theater which is in the middle of the red light district.its expensive 45 euros to get in, however you do get four free drinks in that price.the theme of the show on offer is live sex, however despite it sounding exciting its actually rather boring.the sex is so chorographed you wonder if the performers are actually robots.There are four seperate acts.one involving a maid and a guy looking like darth Vader,another as two people in the Jungle and one woman looks like a mermaid.
I was uninspired and after act three my mind drifted elsewhere.
Dress Code: Dress Smart and responsible.
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