A simple walk through the streets of Amsterdam – or a bicycle rides if you want to join the locals and have passionate about bikes – and it’s perfectly possible to understand why the capital of the Netherlands is one of the most popular destinations for tourists worldwide. Surrounded by canals, bridges and bike paths, full of old buildings and breathtaking landscapes, the city also boasts a rich cultural life. But the truth is that despite all this movement, Amsterdam does not disappoint those who want a quiet stay or even romantic moment.
The vibrant city offers numbers of cultural and entertainment options, like some internationally famous museums such as Van Gogh and Rijsk, well structured parks of the Vondelpark. At the Begijnhof, a secluded garden and courtyard offers a hidden sanctuary where traffic sounds dim and the bustle of the city fades into the distance.
Amsterdam foods (Amsterdam foods guide)
The traditional bars that serve the famous Dutch beer are also everywhere, along with nightclubs, concert halls and restaurants with cuisine to suit all tastes. Don’t forget to take your pick from the cheap Surinamese-Indonesian-Chinese snack bars or visit the purveyors of the rijsttafel (rice table), an extravaganza of veggie, fish, and meat, served in small but mouth-watering portions. The spiciest place to eat this is a cozy, classy restaurant called Tempo Doeloe.
This is one of the most emblematic and famous coffee shops of Amsterdam. Surely it is also one of the best in terms of products sold and social environment. The decor is very varied, with furniture and ornaments of different ages, with different colored lights … so the effect is very psychedelic.
Tujuh Maret Restaurant / Indonesian food in Amsterdam
Besides Indonesia itself, the other place where you can eat the best food Indonesia is Holland and of course Amsterdam. Indeed, in the city there are many Indonesian restaurants but one of the best, no doubt, is the Tujuh Maret, where you can taste the typical “rijsttafel” rice table with 22 bowls of vegetables, meat and chicken with different degrees of spicy, an adaptation of the great Indonesian food appetite of Dutch settlers. Certainly, you will not leave the place with hunger
Amsterdam monumental sites
For more city’s monumental sites, Amsterdam also has the oldest church is the Oude Kerk, which had 38 altars during its heyday of the mid-1500s, while in n contrast, the Chinese Fo Guang Shan He Hua Buddhist Temple at Zeedijk is a place of cultural enlightenment, with a library, internet cafe and vegetarian restaurant.
After all, what would be the correct term of its country name, the Netherlands or Holland? Many people do not know, but the Netherlands is the official name. The explanation for the second name (unofficial) is that because a province called Holland really existed that entered the region which now occupied by the Netherlands. This province has emerged as a dominant power in the seventeenth century and this is the reason why the name is so famous worldwide, the region of the former Netherlands corresponds to the provinces of South Holland and North Holland, which Amsterdam is located.
The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch and the natives are happy when the visitor tries to pronounce some phrases like “Dank u wel”, the same as “thank you” in English. However, because of the increasing inhabited of foreigners – are currently more than 700 thousand people – English language is widespread in the Amsterdam. Actually, those who are fluent in Dutch not only can speak English, but French and German are also among other languages that are more common than you think.
Tolerance and practicality are intrinsic qualities of the city that despite 737 years of existence it exudes modernity. Thus is proven from the existence of Red Light district, which is a famous location, where prostitutes can expose in shop windows while offering their services legally. Not to mention, in the coffee shops, mostly concentrated in the historic center, it is possible to consume mild drugs, or weeds. Speaking of drugs, the use of some substances is legal in the country since 1976, but in recent times, the Dutch government has been studying the tightening of the rules to sell them to tourists.
All in all, with so many options, book at least three days to explore the city and will be delighted with such beauty. And as could be expected, the Dutch people are extremely friendly and communicative who loves celebration, which certainly makes you feel comfortable like staying in your own home.