The one-dimensional Amsterdam of tulips, wooden shoes, and 17th-century architecture is the stuff of many a standard guidebook, but with its booming economy, legalized prostitution, and tolerant attitude toward recreational drug use, the city is much more than that. For savvy travelers who want to fully experience the place as the locals live it, Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam, 6th Edition is the way to go, offering the lowdown on this hip, cultivated city, where old and new sunnily coexist. You'll discover the proper way to knock back genever (Dutch gin--the potent national spirit), why Amsterdam is considered the Gay Capital of Europe, plus the inside scoop on the red-light district, complete with advice and warnings.
About the Author
George McDonald is a former deputy editor of and current contributing writer for Holland Herald, the in-flight magazine of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He has written extensively about Belgium and the Netherlands for international magazines and travel books such as Frommer’s Amsterdam and Frommer’s Europe.
Table of Contents
Map 1 Amsterdam Maps Overview.
YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW.
Winning the Reservations Game.
Is There a Right Address in Amsterdam?
Map 2 Central Amsterdam Accommodations.
Map 3 Southern Amsterdam Accommodations.
An A to Z of places to stay, with vital statistics.
Only in Amsterdam.
Van Dam vs. Iens.
Still Holland’s Best Ice Cream.
How to Dress.
When to Eat.
Getting the Right Table.
Dining in Cafes.
Map 4 Amsterdam Dining Orientation.
Map 5 Central Amsterdam Dining.
An A to Z list of places to dine, with vital statistics.
Getting Your Bearings.
King of the Culture Vultures.
The City of the 7,000 Gables.
Map 6 Amsterdam Diversions Orientation.
Map 7 Central Amsterdam Diversions.
Map 8 Southern Amsterdam Diversions.
Map 9 Eastern Amsterdam Diversions.
An A to Z list of diversions, with vital statistics.
4 GETTING OUTSIDE.
What to Buy.
The Spirit of Amsterdam: Distiller Cees van Wees.
Trading with the Natives.
Hours of Business.
Map 10 Central Amsterdam Shopping.
Map 11 Southern Amsterdam Shopping.
An A to Z list of places to shop, with vital statistics.
6 NIGHTLIFE & CAFES.
House of Ill Repute with a Great Reputation.
Map 12 Central Amsterdam Nightlife & Cafes.
Map 13 Eastern Amsterdam Nightlife & Cafes.
An A to Z list of nightspots, with vital statistics.
Info Sources & Tickets.
Map 14 Amsterdam Entertainment Orientation.
Map 15 Central Amsterdam Entertainment.
Map 16 Southern Amsterdam Entertainment.
Map 17 Eastern Amsterdam Entertainment.
An A to Z list of venues, with vital statistics.
HOTLINES & OTHER BASICS.