Off the beaten bike path - Alternative Amsterdam



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Amsterdam draws tourists from all over the world, and many of them don't leave the small city center. But the city has a great deal to offer in terms of restaurants, museums and galleries outside of the main tourist attractions. From alternative museums to cozy restaurants, there is always something to do in Amsterdam. And because the city is so small, you're never too far from the major attractions as well.

Author: AnnaInAmsterdam


Day 1 - Amsterdam


Start the day with some shopping at Waterlooplein market, where you can find anything and everything. Nearby is the Oudemanhuispoort, a hallway that belongs to the University of Amsterdam and houses a daily book market. When you're ready for lunch stop by Pannenkoeken Upstairs for a traditional Dutch pancake, then head into the Red Light District to visit a church that's under everyone's nose, but no one seems to notice it. Museum Amstelkring is a secret church located in an attic, and also gives you an idea of what life was like for wealthy Amsterdammers in the Golden Age. If you want to relax and enjoy a great view of the river Amstel, Conscious Dreams Dreamlounge is a cafe overlooking the water, that also specializes in herbal alternatives to hard drugs; a truly unique place in the world. Up the street you'll find Condomerie, another unique shop that specializes in condoms and even has a small museum dedicated to the device. After a day of exploring catch a movie at the beautiful Tuschinski theater; you'll be able to forget the century you're living in.


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Waterlooplein

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Oudemanhuispoort

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Oudemanhuispoort
1012 CN Amsterdam, Netherlands


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Pannenkoeken Upstairs

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Grimburgwal 2
1012 GA Amsterdam, Netherlands

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tel: 31 20 626 5603


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Our Lord in the Attic Museum

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Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
1012 GE Amsterdam, Netherlands

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tel: +31 20 624 66 04
fax: +31 20 638 1822
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Conscious Dreams Dreamlounge

Location:

Kerkstraat 113
1017 GD Amsterdam, Netherlands

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tel: +31 (0)20 626 6907
fax: +31 (0)20 638 8865
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Condomerie Het Gulden Vlies

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Warmoesstraat 141
Behind De Bijenkorf
1012 JB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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tel: 020/627-4174
fax: +31 20 638 9265
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Tuschinski Theater

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Reguliersbreestraat 26-34
1017 CN Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Day 2 - Amsterdam


The Museum Het Schip is truly unique, as it spans an entire neighborhood. Explore with a guide and get a good idea of what the Amsterdam School of architecture is all about. Head into the city center along the beautiful Brouwersgracht, and stop at Winkel for the best apple pie in town. As you walk through the neighborhood, spot the unusual houses, including the Narrowest House and visit the Houseboat Museum to see what life on water is like. By afternoon you'll have reached the Albert Cuypmarkt, the city's largest market, for some last minute shopping.


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Museum Het Schip

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Spaarndammerplantsoen 140
1013 XT Amsterdam, Netherlands

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tel: +31 (0)20 418 2885
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Brouwersgracht

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Lijnbaansgracht and Singel
1016 Amsterdam, Netherlands

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tel: +31 (0)20 551 2525 (Tourist Information)
fax: +31 (0)20 625 2869 (Tourist Information)


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Winkel

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Noordermarkt 43
1015 NA Amsterdam, Netherlands

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tel: 31206230223


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Houseboat Museum

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Prinsengracht 296 K
1016 HW Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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tel: +31 (0)20 427 0750
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Narrowest House

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Singel 7
1012 VC Amsterdam, Netherlands

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tel: +31 (0)20 551 2512 (Tourist Information)
fax: +31 (0)20 625 2869 (Tourist Information)


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Albert Cuypmarkt

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Albert Cuypstraat
1072 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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tel: +31 20 678 1678 / +31 0900-8844 / +31 20 252 4000
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