Red Light District, Amsterdam

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    Red Light District: Window Shopping

    by 416Guy Updated Mar 6, 2004

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    When in Amsterdam you must take a walk through the Red Light District. It's very touristy during the day and early evening, and not as dangerous as you might think when the sun goes down. You will see lots of fellow tourists ranging from 18-80 taking it all in, it's something that you just won't see anywhere else. Take in a live sex show or just wander around and 'window shop' as they say. Ladies wait behind glass in various states of undress, some even bang on the glass to get your attention, the price? 30-50 Euros. Word of warning, don't take pictures unless you can run really really fast.

    Dress Code: Don't leave your wallet hanging out of the back of your jeans. Use some common sense and you'll be alright.

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    Saow Thai Cafe' and Restaurant: Take a walk on the wildside

    by davequ Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    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??

    all lady and daddy's toolbox
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    Red Light District: The kids

    by nyl Updated Sep 13, 2005

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    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

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    Red light district

    by sylvie-uk Written Jan 12, 2005

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    It has to be seen to believe it. It s amasing and sad at the same time as some of the girls (or boys: dont get fooled) looked drugged and unhappy. It is not recommended to take any pictures, my one is only a manequin in one of the sex shops.

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    Red Light District: Was this place worth it?

    by JJBlondie Written Aug 19, 2004

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    For tourist value, go, see, conquer the Red Light District in Amsterdam. Its entertaining, a great place to watch people, and an interesting place to end the night.

    If anything, it'll make for a good story later.

    Dress Code: Whatever you want to wear.

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    Eating and Drinking: Hot or Not

    by mickeyboy07 Written Apr 9, 2012

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    Amother bar in the Red Light District but rather tooked away down a narrow street is the 'hot or not' bar.Seems rather seedy at first with its dark interior but is actually a very friendly place to sit and relax and have a beer or two.Nice staff and a great selection of beers,wines and cocktails.Music videos and loud singing locals add to the lively atmosphere.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    red lights mean go!: nighttime when everyone comes out to play!

    by funkychunkypartymonk Written Feb 16, 2005

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    This place has it all day and nite! you can do anything and i mean anything! during the day its well worth taking your time and checking out a few bars and of course exploring the red light district (if thats your scene!) because come dark everything seems to change and its easy to get lost (or stoned un-intentionaly!) on each side of the road theres loads of bars cafe's pot shops and tattoist's. A cool place to go is the bannana bar youll no why when you get there! Just watch out for the push bikes there every where and the scooter's are a law to themselves and keep to the cafe's and window girls it may sound stupid but there's some dodgy people there to.

    Dress Code: dress code dosnt exsist here thats one of the best parts wear whatever you want no one cares and everyone chats to anyone!

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  • red light area: eye opener

    by kalem Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    hope some1 reads this as i came across site 2 late! Cool place- wish i had more time there, was surprised by how clean the whole place is,was accosted by several dodgy people and NO doesnt always work, try and avoid eye contact! But on the whole the people are really friendly. ladies in windows are pretty urgh! but i suppose its whatever takes your fancy. Dead cheap place to stay if u r only looking for a bed. But be prepared to spend loads- even if a sex show is only 2euros! wait to get food n drink- if you go to the first place you see you will be ripped off!!!

    Dress Code: try not to look like a tourist- you will get attention ! be casual

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    Coffeeshops: nighttime

    by goth_life Written Aug 28, 2004

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    the coffieeshops are very nice
    you can find one every 1 meter
    it is very nice and relaxing to go to a cofeeshop and drink tea and have a nice little hashish cigaret
    but be carful the drugs are very strong in amsterdam so smoke them sloly from the light ones to the heavy ones

    Dress Code: ther is no dress code

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    The other side of Amsterdam...

    by eitakorlando Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    The other side of Amsterdam comes alive at night. The lights from the bars, restaurants and shops twinkle and reflect off of the water. There are lots of people bar hopping, sitting in cafes (smoking pot, of course). Everywhere you turn, there are crowds of people. The lines to get into restaurants or to get french fries are looooooong. I couldn't visit Amsterdam without touring the Red Light District. It was not what I expected. Instead of finding one long boulevard bathed in a scarlet glow, lined with beautiful women tempting men with sex, I found that there are several areas. However, the women were not beautiful (not usually). The women were most often wearing lingerie while sitting on a barstool behind a plate glass picture window. Occasionally, she would be young and sexy, but the norm was a woman in her late 20s to early 30s and a little chubby. These women all shared the same look of boredom. I think that I would have to be a man to understand the attraction of having sex behind a curtain with a woman who was indifferent.
    Don't be surprised if you come up on someone urinating in the street (hence the overwhelming odor in the streets). Amsterdam is a crazy town. People get loaded with booze and pot. You'll have a great time no matter what. The people watching aspect alone makes the trip worthwhile.

    Dress Code: Anything goes!

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    Red Light District: Red Light District

    by syllybabe Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I never did get to go at night because I was only in Amsterdam for 1 day but I am told that when all the windows are full of girls and the red lights are on, the whole street is a spectacular sight. I personally wouldn't go there alone and without a group of people with me because I have been told that the area is kinda seedy, but I'm sure for a bunch of guys it would be fun.

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  • You can't get away from the...

    by canuckcj Written Sep 7, 2002

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    You can't get away from the nightlife here. The Redlight District was interesting. As a female I had no problems walking around at night. There were lots of police walking around. I have heard some stories about people going a bit crazy after a bit of 'partying', but I hit none of this out-of-hand stuff. Everyone seamed really quite mellow...HHmmmmm..

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    Every one talks about the Red...

    by Livermore Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Every one talks about the Red Light district in Amsterdam. Well me too. It is also an interesting area to stroll down. It does sit along a canal. I will not get into the merits of this place. Just suffice it to say you will see some unique people and things here.

    I like spending the evening in one of the many 'Brown Cafes' located all over the city. Try a jenever or some of the finestest beers in the world

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  • This is going to sound really...

    by delilahdee Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is going to sound really naughty, but one of my only positive experiences in Amsterdam was when I hooked up with some locals who took me to all the underground live sex shows. This wasn't your standard tourist acts, or even anything suited for the porn channels. I will just let you imagination wander on that one.

    If your into this, even not, its definately something you should see in your lifetime.

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    by EUROTRAVEL Written Aug 26, 2002

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    RED LIGHT DISTRICT is a pedestian area on the both sides of the chanell.Walking through,you'll see the public houses and rooms with the red lights,and the ladies that invite you in.

    Dress Code: It's free.Nobody will watch you how are you dressed.

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