Far from the madding crowd.
Although I am Dutch, I have never lived in Amsterdam. The years I lived in The Netherlands I lived in The Hague: small, pretty, full of expats and, to put it bluntly, utterly boring. Amsterdam is far from boring but it took me some time to properly realise how special it actually is.
My first proper experiences of Amsterdam, apart from the odd day trip and museum visit with family members when I was younger, were when I was a teenager and wanted to experience Amsterdam’s thriving nightlife. My memories of Amsterdam were therefore of seedy nightclubs around Leidsche Plein and Rembrandt Plein, where we went because we didn’t really know where else to go. We thought it was cool because, seedy or not, we were still clubbing in one of the capitals of Europe. I never really enjoyed it that much, and therefore my associations with Amsterdam were always that it was busy, touristy and a bit grimy. I hated the walk from Central Station to Dam Square. I hated the, in my mind, ever-present smell of weed.
Then things changed. Perhaps I grew up. But I started going to Amsterdam not for its nightlife potential but to stay with friends who, luckily, lived in rather nice locations a little further away from the grime and smell of weed. And, through my friends, I discovered a different Amsterdam. An Amsterdam of the ‘Jordaan’, of Oud Zuid (Old South), of Museum Plein, of de Pijp. And I realised I had spent far too much time in the wrong parts of the city. I quickly started to defend Amsterdam of criticism from tourists, that all you should do in Amsterdam was smoke weed and visit the red light district. And get pissed on Heineken beer.
Now there are few places I would rather sit than in the sun on the banks of the Keizersgracht (one of the main canals of Amsterdam), with views of the most stunning canal houses, each with their own unique ‘gevels’ (facades).
Or pottering through the ‘little nine streets’, with their cute vintage shops, small cafes and heavenly-smelling bakeries. The Jordaan and the Pijp I found out are much more pleasant places to go out for drinks than Leidsche and Rembrandt Plein, with smaller bars and ‘pub-clubs’, much more low-key but still so vibrant and atmospheric. And what I enjoy most about Amsterdam is just walking along the canals, down the little alleyways, over the many bridges and through the Vondel park. I love it how there is a bakery selling ‘broodjes’ (bread rolls) on every street, how there is a busy terrace around every corner and how the narrow bicycle-ridden roads keep the cars at bay.
It is a special, beautiful city filled with history and culture and, unlike other European capitals, one which feels so small and warm and welcoming. All you need to do is just probe a little deeper and you will find a totally different city to the one you had in mind. And I hope you will love it as much as I do now.
Best airlines to take from London to Schiphol (Amsterdam International Airport) are:
- Easy Jet flights (from Gatwick, Stansted, Southend or Luton)
- British Airways (from Heathrow, Gatwick or City Airport)
- KLM or Air France (from Heathrow or City Airport)
Cheapest flights are usually Easyjet, though if you book late the difference between the Easyjet and BA/Air France flights is not much. Plus travelling to Heathrow or City Airport is much cheaper than to Stansted, Southend or Gatwick – so good to keep in mind when booking.
Prices are from £60 return. Book early to keep the prices down.
Want to know another good reason to visit Amsterdam? The flight takes 45 MINUTES! By the time you’ve settled down with a book or had a drink, you’re landing already. Ideal.
Did you know? Schiphol Airport is 4 metres below sea level?
From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city centre
Travelling to Amsterdam from the airport is too easy. These are your options, though the train is the best option by far.
The train station is connected to the airport so you can just walk to it. It has train connections to all over The Netherlands, including Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Best station for Amsterdam is Amsterdam Centraal (Amsterdam Central Station). Buy tickets from one of the many yellow ticket machines. They have an English option and allow you to pay for a ticket with card only.
You can check out http://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home for train times, other destinations and prices.
Journey time: 20 mins
Train run every 10-15 mins from 6am till just past midnight.
Tip: Avoid the area around the station – it is super busy, full of tourists who don’t know where they are going and pretty grimy. I promise you, Amsterdam gets so much better when you walk past Dam Square and into the proper centre.
If I were you I wouldn’t go for the taxi option. However, if you insist there are plenty of taxis waiting outside the airport. Trips to the city centre cost between €32-€44, depending on where you are staying.
Tip: Avoid taking a cab during rush hour – traffic in Holland in notoriously bad.
Transport in Amsterdam
Rent a Bike
Of course. It’s a must do. You cannot spend the weekend in Amsterdam without getting on a bike and cycling along the canals, over the many bridges, and down the narrow alleyways. It gives you the freedom to see what you want and to experience it the Dutch way. You’ll feel left out if you don’t.
Bike rental places are everywhere. One conveniently located near the station is:
‘Rent a Bike’
Open: Monday- Sunday 9am – 6pm
Rent a bike for the day for €8.50.
Warning: mind the tram and the tram lines. You don’t want to get stuck in the tram rails…
Amsterdam is ideal to walk around. The centre is small and easy to get around.
Tram & Bus
Plenty of them. A lot of them congregate around the station. Take Tram 1, 2 or 5 which will pass all the major canals and past the Leidsche Plein.
You will need an ‘OV chip kaart’ (a little like an Oyster card) to pay for your trips. You can top up this card in stations and kiosks or you can buy a 24 – 168 hr card so you don’t have to worry about having enough credit.
See I Amsterdam for further info: http://www.iamsterdam.com/en-GB/Experience/Plan-your-trip/Getting-Around/Public-Transport
Amsterdam, 1017 JL
Tel: 0031 (0)20/623-1772
Probably the cheapest decent hotel you will find in Amsterdam. Nothing fancy, but it has a great location on the Prinsengracht, a pretty breakfast room and friendly hosts. Newly refurbished. Double rooms from €65.
1015 BA Amsterdam
It’s not cheap cheap and nothing super glamorous but still, you’re not going to be spending much time in your hotel room are you? It’s in a great location, the staff are helpful and fun and it’s clean and modern. Book in advance and ask if you can have a room facing the canal. It will be worth it. Rooms from €80.
Weteringschans 136 1017 XV Amsterdam
Tel: 0031 (0)20 662 3233
If you like design you’ll like Hotel V. It’s pretty hip and also in a good, quiet location. The rooms aren’t big, many without a wardrobe but you get what you pay for (about €85 for a double room). Good tram connections to the station and very close to the Rembrandt Plein.
1012 VE Amsterdam
Tel: 0031 (0)206246358
Hotel Brouwer is a small, intimate place to stay in the heart of Amsterdam. Book well in advance to ensure one of the 8 rooms (6 doubles, 2 singles), all with views of the Singel Canal and named after famous Dutch artists. Charming and laid back, this 17th Century canal house is a good place to base yourself from and a perfect retreat from the bustling city. Be aware that at night you can hear the street noises though. Rooms from €65-€95.
Roelof Hartstraat 1 1071 VE Amsterdam
Tel. 31 (0) 20 571 15 11
This old secondary school was transformed into a four star Boutique hotel in 2005. Not only is it in the fashionable area of Zuid (South), with 40 unique rooms and high ceilings, but there is a twist… It’s a ‘teaching hotel’ – all the people who work here are students of ‘hotel schools’, supervised by teachers and hotel professionals. So while their service may not be flawless, it brings the prices down a bit. From €114 for a double room this is most definitely value for money. Check Mr & Mrs Smith for room deals.
When I am in Amsterdam, my favourite thing to do is just to wander through the streets and along the canals. There are very few cars around so all you really need to look out for is speedy bikers and the odd tram. The canals make up a large part of Amsterdam – especially the four central 17th Century canals (Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht) which make up the Canal District (see photo below) are absolutely stunning, with breathtaking houses, fun bars and lovely terraces.
This is the museum hub of the city and I absolutely love this ‘square’. Come here to visit the newly renovated Rijksmuseum (and see all the famous Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals paintings – and many more) and the modern van Gogh museum (with over 200 van Gogh paintings), or just to lie on the grass and take a typically touristy photo on ‘I Amsterdam’.
Address: van Luijkenstraat 1, 1071 CJ Amsterdam
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm
Price: € 14 (Free under 18)
http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/ (check out the website for new or up and coming exhibitions)
Van Gogh Museum
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm
Price: € 14 (Free 17 and under)
NB: Please note that from 29 September 2012 to 25 April 2013, much of the Van Gogh Museum collection will be relocated in the Hermitage Amsterdam for a number of special exhibitions. Also well worth a look (check out: http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp?page=279602&lang=en for more information)
Rent a bike (as mentioned in ‘Travel’)
This will give you all the freedom you need and it is so easy to navigate yourself around the city. It will give you the real Dutch experience.
Amsterdam’s most popular park. It is sprawled across ‘Oud-Zuid’ (Old South), very close to the inner centre of Amsterdam. It’s not surprising it attracts at least 10 million visitors a year – it is lovely for a stroll, for lounging by the pond, for a drink at one of its cafes, and there is even an open-air theatre with shows (anything from classical music to plays) in the summer months.
Oude Kerk (Old Church) – Off the beaten track
This unique church is in the middle of the Red Light District. Milan Condera called it ‘the most paradoxical place on earth’. Orthodox Christians go to church there, while its in the middle of what’s called the ‘African Quarter’ because it’s where they have their brothels. Apart from that it is also the oldest building in Amsterdam, built by the Amstel fishermen in 1300. Worth a peek.
Anne Frank’s Museum
Address: Prinsengracht 263-267
Price: Adults: euro 9
Age 10-17: euro 4,50
Opening hours: Varies. But usually form 9am till 7pm
Visit the house where Anne Frank and her family hid during the first few years of World War 2 before they were found (betrayed? Who knows.) and sent to Auschwitz where tragically they all, bar the father Otto, met their death. Observe the hidden door behind the book case which hid the Frank family for 2 years. You will also be able to see the original diary of this brave young girl.
Warning: Queues can be very long
Other must-see museums:
Onze Lieve Heer op Solder
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
This is a church hidden in an attic, since after the Reformation, few Catholic churches were allowed to be visible from the outside
Paulus Potterstraat 13
Recently renovated and expanded, this much anticipated museum of classic modern art and contemporary art and design opened on the 23rd September. Well worth a look but you can easily spend a day walking around.
Currently showing exhibition Impressionism: Sensation & Inspiration
Incredible museum of photography, perfectly located
Entry price: €15
For beer lovers this is a must. This (fairly) newly renovated museum is fantastic fun but at the same time teaches you all about Heineken’s history and how beer is made. I love the beer-bottle ceiling. As the name gives away – it is not so much a museum trip but an ‘experience’. You get a free beer at the end of the tour. And they sell the best (if slightly over-priced) souvenirs as well: buy a custom-made Heineken beer bottle with your name on it before you leave. It’s not just a guy thing, girls will like it too.
Smoke & a Pancake
For many people, coming to Amsterdam means sitting in a ‘coffee shop’ and trying out the various types of Dutch weed. I never encourage it, mainly because I think Amsterdam offers so much more and it seems like a shame to just sit and while away your time in a dodgy coffee shop. With new rules banning tourists from smoking weed, this smoking possibility will soon come to an end. From January 2013 you can only buy/smoke weed if you are a registered Dutch citizen. For those who visit Amsterdam before and insist on smoking, these are the two coffee shops you should visit:
The oldest coffee shops in the world
I’ve never been here, but apparently it’s where people who know what good weed is go.
While weed isn’t my real expertise, pancakes are. When in Amsterdam you must try a pancake and some poffertjes (small pancakes in butter and powder sugar). Best place:
The Pancake Bakery
This is probably the oldest and most famous pancake house in the city.
- For High Street shopping: Kalver Straat (but on the whole I find it busy and quite trashy – the Esprit Cafe by Esprit is quite a nice place to sit though)
- Two very nice streets which a mixture of boutique, designer and high street shops: Haarlemmerstraat, Utrechtsestraat
- ‘De Negen Straatjes’ (the 9 Little Streets): absolutely wonderful to wander through. Lots of little shops, especially vintage shops. A few lovely cafes. Some bric-a-brac. Good vibe. Visit www.de9straatjes.nl for more info.
Waterloo Plein (square) – lots of stalls selling anything from bicycle chains to fur coats. Fun to walk around. Lots of vintage clothes.
Albert Cuyp – the largest street market of The Netherlands. Usually very busy, good atmosphere. Stalls selling fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese, flowers – you name it. Open Monday – Saturday (9am till 5pm).
Noordermarkt – Great for food & fur
Café George €€€
Leidsegracht 84, Amsterdam
Ok, it’s not cheap. At all. But if you have a slight hangover and crave something really good, you have to go here. They do a really good Eggs Benedict (and they are good), the Bloody Mary’s are more than commendable and the vibe is buzzing and fun. Even without a hangover, come and enjoy the Sunday papers and relax in the sun with a good cappuccino before taking on more of Amsterdam’s sights and pleasures.
Cafe Restaurant De Ysbreker €€
1091 EC Amsterdam
T + 31 20 468 1808
I absolutely loved this Brasserie. It was renovated and more than doubled in size in 2010, yet still keeps its intimate and cosy feel. It is almost multi-purpose. In the summer you can come here and sit on their terrace on the Amstel river. In the winter they have a fire place at the back with book cases and comfy sofas where you can work or surf the web. Or you can play games.
Or you can simply enjoy brunch, lunch, tea or dinner. And don’t be worried that they are trying to achieve too much, they can handle it. The food is excellent and accessible to all. You can have a ‘tosti’ (cheese/hame toast) for €2.50, or oysters or delicious steak tartar. I cannot recommend it enough and definitely intend on revisiting it in the summer.
Screaming Beans €
1016 CB, Amsterdam
Tucked away in one of the 9 streets, you’ll find Screaming Beans. It’s simple and its cosy. You can sit outside and watch the varied passers by. While waiting for your (excellent) cappuccino you can nip into one of the neighbouring vintage shops. There is free Wifi, a lazy cat who seems to own the place and really quite exceptional muffins which aren’t dry even after you’ve eaten the top layer (try the vanilla one). Apparently the croissants are good too.
De Laatste Kruimel €
Langebrug steeg 4, Amsterdam
Small and homely, walking into ‘The Last Crumb’ you are engulfed by Italian charm in the form of the two owners. In perfect Dutch (and English too, I’m sure) they will help you choose the most delicious ‘broodje’ (roll/sandwich). The menu is limited but the produce is fresh and you can experience an original take on the standard sandwich. While there isn’t much space to sit, there are a few rickety tables and there is a tiny terrace on the canal round the back where they can put a crate and a little table for you to enjoy the Amsterdam sun. Cakes are in abundance; their custard tarts are delightful. I didn’t really want to leave.
1012 PR Amsterdam
+31 20 6223072
Centrally located, this is a great place for sublime take-away sandwiches. If you’re a meat-lover, go for a meaty sandwich – Wouda is notorious for its great meat. The place itself is covered with photos of all the famous people who’ve eaten there, or simply of regular customers.
Zwanenburgwal 232, Amsterdam 1011 JH
Tel: +31 20 4235112
Its location alone is wonderful. In fact, it’s pretty romantic. Frenzi has a lovely terrace, not as crowded or as touristy as many of Amsterdam’s terraces. Perhaps good to combine with a wander around Waterloo Plein, since it’s close. The lunch options are perfect. Also, on Monday nights there is a tapas menu: €25 for two people & a bottle of wine. If it’s too cold to sit outside, book the front room in advance: its light and airy.
Oosterdokseiland 143 1011 DL Amsterdam
It’s the largest library in Europe, an impressive piece of architecture and easy walking distance from Central Station. Having 10 floors means it not only has incredible views from the top floor, but it also had a great little ‘self-serve’ restaurant. Food is simple, healthy and reasonably priced. Apart from that, there is free Wifi.
Huidenstraat 9 1016 ER Amsterdam
We walked past the restaurant/cafe Goodies and – despite the perhaps a little off-putting name – had heard good things about it, so decided to give it a go.It – naturally – was full. But the nice waiter said we could sit at the bar and have the next available table. We watched plates of thick, fresh and mouth-watering sandwiches go by. The tuna sandwich looked so good Mol had already made up her mind before we saw the menu. Chicken Tikka was not available so I went for the smoked salmon. The sandwiches (price from €4.50 – €7.95) tasted as good as they looked. The place itself is a little cramped but with a fun atmosphere. I liked it.
2e Egelantiersdwarsstraat 9
1015 SB Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 6260028
You don’t really get good Italian food in Amsterdam. But Italian-owned Hostaria certainly takes a good stab at it, with a delicious, authentic menu (don’t come here if you want standard Italian Spag Bol) and fresh ingredients. Be prepared to be pretty cramped: the place is far too small for the amount of tables they cram in, but that just adds to the Italian atmosphere. Plus it’s in the Jordaan, which is a great area for post-dinner drinks.
Nothing fancy but it’s got a lively atmosphere. Good for lunch but they do a great dinner special. One Dish of the Day for €7.50, and that’s it. Bargain! You can sit outside or inside and watch how this arty little place turns into a cool bar. Draws mostly locals and creative kids. Open till 3 am on Friday and Saturday.
1016 VS Amsterdam
Festina Lente, Latin for ‘Hurry Slowly’, sums up the place. The food is simple, more than affordable and the atmosphere is relaxed, laid back, friendly. Their deserts and cheese options are always good too. They also serve breakfast/lunch here. An added cute thing about the place is that, since 1998, they organize a poetry competition here once a month. Usually on the 3rd Monday (make sure you’re there by about 7pm). Anyone can compete, as long as the poems are your own words.
Albert Cuypstraat 48
Plantage kerklaan 37
Opening times: midday-11pm
Clever play on words, meaning ‘Mayor’ in Dutch (‘burger’ means citizen in Dutch, ‘meester’ master = master of citizens/burgers…you get the picture). Best burgers in town. Choose the 3 mini burgers with interesting toppings such as truffle mayonnaise for €11. Located in the Jordaan, the Pijp and neer Artis, you won’t have to go far to sink your teeth into one of these.
L’Entrecote et les Dames €€
Van Baerlestraat 47-49, Amsterdam
There is little choice but you don’t need choice here. You’re served a simple but good salad for starter. For mains it’s entrecote (guess the name gives you a hint) or fish (Sole), with French fries. And it’s €23.50 for both. Easy. And delicious. And you get 2nd helpings! It has a modern vibe without losing its atmosphere. The chocolate mousse & lemon tart for pudding are also meant to be amazing.
Zeedijk 4 – 8, Amsterdam
Describes itself as a ‘cultural café’, that is ‘loving, honest and curious’. Might sound a little hippy-ish to you, but it is completetly run by students amd the food is really good, organic and original (though the menu is small). And it is good value for money. The atmosphere is fun, noisy, busy. Lunch or simply some drinks here is also worth-while. It’s close to Central Station, so great if you want to grab a quick bite before jetting off.
Indonesian food has become part of what the Dutch claim to be their own food, and eating Indonesian food has become part of the ‘Dutch experience’. So, you’ve got to try it. And Sampurna is the best Indonesian food in town. Go for a ‘Rijst tafel’ – the literal translation is ‘Rice Table’, but it actually means lots of small different dishes, usually shared. There is always a lot of Saté, so peanut haters – perhaps this isn’t the place for you. Around €25 per head.
Vleminckx Sausmeesters (only take away)
Address: Voetboogstraat 31
Opening hours: 11am to 6pm
Hard to find, in a back street close to the Kalverstraat, they serve the best fries in town.
Address: Haarlemmerstraat 46-h
1013 ES Amsterdam
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week
New on the block, and another good reason to visit the popular Haarlemmerstraat, this Deli serving delicious organic food and drink is well-worth popping by. They also do private dining and offer a catering service, so you can get their fresh food delivered to your door. The Deli is like a living room – you feel instantly at home. All the furniture is for sale, so if you fancy any Dutch or Danish furniture – you can eat as well as buy…
Cannot be missed for the ultimate Dutch experience. Best ‘appel taart’ (apple pie is probably the best translation, but still does it no justice) in the city. There will be a queue, on market days snaking around the corner – but that’s a good sign. Eat it with ‘slag room’ (whipped cream’ and a Dutch ‘koffie’ (as far removed from Italian coffee as possible, but combines well).
Blauwe Thee Huis €€
Vondel Park 5
Perfect place to come and rest after a stroll through the Vondel Park. It is always full, inside and outside. The terrace on the first floor gives you great views of the park. I have not eaten here before, but apparently the food isn’t bad either. See City Turtle’s post ‘Sunthusiasm in Amsterdam’ for more info.
Prinsengracht 277 1016 GW Amsterdam
Right next to the Anna Frank House, come visit this former coach house for lunch or an afternoon chill-out. They also have free Wifi, so if you want to do some work/research/blog/emailing it’s not problem at all. It is also a restaurant & their website has come good deals (e.g book a table for two and receive a free bottle of wine for dinner either on a Sunday/Monday/Tues/Wed).
Keizersgracht 451 1017 DK Amsterdam
Prime location on one of Amsterdam’s most glamorous canals – this is the place to come to for a drink in the sun. Their terrace is always teaming with people (mostly locals), the staff are quick and friendly and it is a prime spot for people watching. You can have lunch or dinner here, but the menu isn’t extraordinary.
This traditional, famous but simple Brown Café has built up a very good name for itself over the years. Long established (one of the oldest bars in Amsterdam, set up in 1670), fun crowd (very diverse) and full of locals – the beer selection is vast and you’re in a super central location for post-beer partying.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 74, Amsterdam
Open everyday from 8pm
Amsterdam doesn’t really do ‘cocktail bars’… With the exception of Door 74. It’s deliberately hard to find, has an elusive feel about it and makes you feel like you’ve walked straight into a speakeasy. The cocktails aren’t cheap but boy are they good. You must reserve a table ON THE DAY – either through email or text/call.
Gerard Douplein 1, Amsterdam
Areas: Zuid, De Pijp
Tel: 0031 (0)20-6643539
Het Paardje means ‘the Pony’ and if you’re familiar with London’s White Horse pub (Sloaney Pony), this place is similar re: clientele (but the Dutch version). A lot of people do tend to come here to see and be seen. While it is a fairly normal ‘pub’, their terrace is wonderful & strongly recommended for a summer evening drink (or in the winter, they have heaters).
Zeedijk 1, Amsterdam
In ‘t Aepjen is a very old bar (more like a tavern) in one of the only two wooden houses remaining in Amsterdam, and the oldest house still standing. It’s very old school and well located near the station. The name comes from the word ‘aap’ meaning monkey in Dutch, and refers to the cute prints of monkeys hanging on the wall. Great beer.
Jodenbreestraat 1, Amsterdam
I love this place. Very cute little house on the canal – if the weather is good sit outside and watch the boats (and the world) go by. They offer really yummy savoury snacks and a good selection of beers. Close to Waterloo Plein. Must go!
Dijksgracht 4, Amsterdam
A lovely spot near Central Station; Hanneke’s Boom has a large terrace on the water, boots can moor along side, there’s often live music and it has a chilled vibe. It’s also great during and after sunset with a variety of parties. It has become pretty popular, so expect it to be busy and to wait in a queue for a while.
This pub is a special one. The owners shut it in the 80s after it being open for 40 years. They didn’t sell it or pack up but left the whole place as it was. Then a cousin of the owner re-opened it after 30 years. They didn’t change anything, and even left the Ajax football team of 1974 still hanging on the wall. It feels like time has not passed. Locals are the only ones who really come here, the beer is great and the atmosphere is brilliant and very ‘Dutch’. Worthwhile.
Tip: It’s next to a great Italian restaurant, so eat pizzas on the terrace on the canal
Café Nol, Jordaan – off the beaten track
Westerstraat 109, Amsterdam
This place is what the Dutch call ‘fout’ – meaning ‘wrong’. Everything is a bit OTT, it’s an old-fashioned working class café and which is pretty apparent. They play great old Amsterdam music and it will definitely add a different dimension to your weekend in Amsterdam. Just come with low expectations and an open mind and you’ll love it.
Paradiso – CT Recommends
I’m not a big ‘clubber’. At all. But I really like this place – it’s no wonder it is one of Amsterdam’s most loved clubs. Great music (large range, depending on night), incredible venue in an old church and good crowd. Plus the location is super central, aroudn the corner from the Leidsche Plein. The website shows you what’s on and you can pre-book tickets.
Lijnbaansgracht 238, Amsterdam
Another great place for brilliant DJs and music, often with international performances. There are huge dance halls, teaming with people – a mixture of Dutch and internationals looking for a great night out. No two nights are ever the same. Pre-book to be safe.
Rembrand Plein 31 or Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 90-82 (Leidsche Plein)
Opening hours: 10pm – early hours of the morning
Head here for the ‘after party’. This ‘club pub’ or ‘dance cafe’ as they call themselves is perfect to continue the dirnking or to dance off the booze. Ideal because of its location (on the Rembrand Plein and close to the Leidsche plain) and also because it’s guaranteed to be open when most bars shut. Really good fun but a bit of a meet-market.