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Local markets (2 hrs)
There are many outside markets in Amsterdam, but there are a few not to be missed. The most famous one is of course Albert Cuyp market in Albert Cuypstraat in the famous neighbourhood ‘De Pijp’. This market is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. You’ll find many things there like fruits, fish, meat, flowers and a lot of cheap clothes and cosmetics.
Then there’s the famous Noordermarkt, which has a flea market that is only running at Monday morning from 9 am to 1 pm, and at Saturday there’s a farmers market from 9 am to 3 pm. Noordermarkt is located nearby Central Station in the famous Jordaan district.
Another flea market is Waterlooplein, next to the Amsterdam City Hall. It is open six days a week except Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm. There’s a lot of second hand decoration and clothes for sale and a lot of souvenirs.
The last famous market is downtown as well, at Singel between Koningsplein and Muntplein, is the bloemenmarkt, the flower market. The tulip is a symbol of Holland and a lot of those bulbs and many other flowers and plants are sold here. Officially it’s only open during daytime, but for the tourists many of those shops are open in the evening as well.
Metropolitan Deli ½ hr
When in Amsterdam, of course you visit the famous red light district. And when you are there, you should go to Metropolitan Deli in the Warmoesstraat 135 as well.
From early morning until late evening you can get here the best homemade Italian ice cream, great coffees and the most delicious chocolates. Most of the products are made of fairtrade and organic ingredients.
Besides eatable products the sell items like chocolate body wash or chocolate body lotion.
Condom shop ½ hr
In the same street as Metropolitan Deli, you’ll find the world’s first specialised condom shop. Since 1987 you can buy all kind of condoms in a shop called: Condomerie.
It is a wonderful small shop with condoms in all sizes, flavours, colours and much more. They sell a lot of fun articles as well, so if you’re looking for a nice souvenir or gift, you should go to Warmoesstraat 141. The shop is open everyday from 11 am to 6 pm, except on Sundays.
Doubletree hotel Skylounge (2 hrs)
Next to central station you will find the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, which has a great Skylounge at the 11th floor. It is a truly spectacular setting to enjoy our unique views over the old town and beyond.
The Skylounge terrace offers a dramatic vantage point for taking in the beautiful views across the city. It is a great place to hangout in the evening for a nice wine, cocktail or bottle of Champagne. At this website you can make a reservation for a table.
When you come from central station on the city side, just walk to the left. It's the first building on the eastern side of the central station. The address is Oosterdokskade 4.
Bierfabriek (2-3 hrs)
A very nice place to have a beer and nice food is the Bierfabriek in the heart of Amsterdam very nearby Dam Square. They brew their own beers, which they actually do in a brewery in the middle of the restaurant. While enjoying the beer you can get some simple but very nice organic food. Famous is their roasted chicken. You can also get a table for a group with a beer tap, so you can tap your own draught beer.
They are open Monday to Thursday en Sunday from 12 pm to 1 am and on Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 3 am. The Address is Rokin 75, but they also have an entrance on the other side of the building at de Nes.
Droog Design (1-2 hrs)
Design lovers definitely have to go to Droog Design. This is a new cultural home in the heart of Amsterdam, which is housed at 700 square metres in a 17th century building. Besides the Droog Store and Gallery they also have Hôtel Droog where you can come for a drink, a bite to eat, exclusive shopping, exhibitions, beauty advice, a stroll in the garden, a lecture series, or even a bed for the night. More information can be found at their website.
The address is Staalstraat 7B (close to the famous Waterlooplein). The opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. The place is closed on Mondays.
Fa. Speijkervet (2 hrs)
‘West’ is a part of Amsterdam which is really upcoming. There are more and more great restaurants and bars popping up in this lively neighbourhood. A really great new restaurant is Fa. Speijkervet, which is located in a former bakery shop. They serve really good and pure food for very reasonable prices. The menu contains of very nice salads, great pastas, pies and delicious main courses. They serve very high quality but affordable food.
The place is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to midnight. You can go to the restaurant with tram 13 or 14 stop Admiraal de Ruijterweg. Or tram 7, stop Jan Evertsenstraat. The address is Admiraal de Ruijterweg 79. Reservations can be made by phone: +31 20 2236004.
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Language of the world
Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Amsterdam.