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Blauw

Blauw (Amstelveenseweg 158-160, Amsterdam) — Situated at the end of Vondelpark, Blauw restaurant is the new face of Indonesian food in the capital. Forget batiks and gamelan music, the interior here is sleekly designed in white, black and red (in direct contrast to the name, which means blue), the music is loungy and the lighting […]

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Bojo

Bojo (Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 49-51, Amsterdam) — For quick, cheap, and tasty dishes served until the wee hours, head for long-established Bojo, a cheap and cheery eatery near Leidseplein. If hunger strikes after a late night on the town, drop in for a flavorful longtong rames (special boiled rice served with chewy rice cakes). If it […]

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Aphrodite

Aphrodite (Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 91, Amsterdam) — In an area awash with Greek restaurants that do a pretty routine island-taverna impersonation, Aphrodite stands out for putting more emphasis on taste and less on dazzling Aegean colors, fishing nets, and Olympian deities. Its single room is modern, restrained in its decor, and softly lit. The specialties — […]

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Akbar

Akbar (Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 15, Amsterdam) — The best Indian restaurant in the Leidseplein area has been here (though not always at this address) since 1981, as one of the city’s first Indian restaurants. It’s a consistently good performer across the range of Punjabi cuisine — tandoori, curry, balti, vegetarian, and seafood — without being exactly […]

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Transporte Amsterdam

ROTTERDAM TRANSPORTATION   The public transport system in Rotterdam is very well organized. All metro, tram and metropolitan bus lines are operated by RET. You need an OV-Chipkaart (“Public Transport chip card”).     The Rotterdam Welcome Card provides unlimited use of all RET public transport for 1, 2 or 3 days, and 25% or […]

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Taxi

Taxis: Due to the general layout of the city of Amsterdam, which is not car-friendly, options for using taxis will be limited (unless one is travel in and out of the city’s outerlying areas, and the airport, of course). For that reason, it is important to get familiar with fixed taxi stands (located in various […]

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Bike

Bike: first-time visitors to Amsterdam will immediately notice that it is the most bicycle-friendly capital city in the world. Many feel that riding a bike in Amsterdam is a “must do” activity there. The city is flat and compact with large and clearly marked bike lanes, often making cycling the most efficient way to explore […]

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Ferry

Ferry: Though transportation in Amsterdam used to be highly characterized by boat-travel on the city’s web of canals, today’s canal traffic is mostly comprised of tourist cruises and personal boats. Ferries in Amsterdam instead cross the local waterway (known as the “IJ River”), connecting the city center with the north (or Noord) neighborhood. These are […]

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Bus

Bus: During the day, buses are mostly used to connect Amsterdam to the greater metropolitan area. While locals use them on their daily commute, visitors are likely to use them even more so when venturing away from the city center to visit one of the Netherlands’ surrounding beach towns, gardens, or historic villages.   Buses […]

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Tram

Tram: Trams in Amsterdam are a fun and convenient way to travel around town. With fifteen different routes and frequent stops, trams are a reliable and efficient way to get to and around the city center. They have large windows and glide on tracks above ground, offering a unique way to stay cozy and enjoy […]