Posted on: Apr 04, 2013

9 fun things you should definitely try in Amsterdam


1. Eat a raw herring

The best time to try one is between May and July. You have to try raw herring, you don’t want to miss this experience (we know it looks weird, but the taste is worth it). You can find raw herring in many places like Dam square or near Anne Frank’s House.

2. Skate day and night

In the winter, the frozen canals provide a playground for ice-skating locals. In Amsterdam you can find the largest skating arena, Thialf in Heerenveen (www.thialf.nl) and In the summer, you'll find locals and tourists alike skating through the parks.

Amsterdam's Skatepark is also another place to skate located behind the Amsterdam's Central station. Don't know how to skate? Get skate lessons (http://skateparkamsterdam.com/).

Every Friday night a different route is covered and the distances are between 15 and 25 kilometers. Start is between 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and departure from the round bench in front of Café Vertigo in Vondel Park. The ride ends at Café De Vondeltuin in Vondel Park. The trip takes two hours and is free of charge (http://www.fridaynightskate.com/).

3. Eat bougatsa and drink frappe

If you visit Waterlooplein, the famous flea market, you can find “De Bladerdeeg Specialist”, Billy from Thessaloniki, that he will serve you delicious greek breakfast and coffee. If you want good food and great company you can visit the place when the market is open and you will meet a lot of Greeks that come by for a quick coffee, to buy bougatsa for take out or just to say hi! (http://www.facebook.com/debladerdeegspecialist)

4. See the greatest view from the heart of Amsterdam

Go to the top floor of the Metz & Co in the Leidsestraat and drink an expensive coffee, enjoying the view. This restaurant has sandwiches and light fare for lunch and you can have a great view of Amsterdam.

5. Eat Japanese Pancakes

Japanese Pancake World, despite its monothematic menu of the Osaka specialty okonomiyaki, provides an exotic counterpoint in a culture where pancakes are also a traditional food and offers uniquely enjoyable dinners (http://www.japanesepancakeworld.com/).

6. Live the “Wynand Fockink distillery” experience

If you stand on Dam Square, facing the Krasnapolsky Hotel, and turn right down the narrow street right next to it, Pijlsteeg, you will find the “hidden” tasting room Wynand Fockink. Although this liqueur distillery dates back to 1679, and has changed hands many times over the years, it has managed to retain its authentic atmosphere. The distillery is still furnished in 17th-century style and 2 great guys are there to welcome you and help you decide which liqueur fits your taste (http://www.wynand-fockink.nl/).

7. Get drunk on a Beer bike

With the Beerbike, 1,50m width, you can consume alcoholic drinks when cycling with your friends across the many canal houses and house boats of Amsterdam. Perfect for your bachelor party, company event or just for having fun! Renting this bike means that you get a sober driver included. This is necessary to guarantee safety and makes it possible for you to explore Amsterdam when pedaling and drinking.

8. Explore the center with The Tuk Tuk company

Tuk Tuk Company is a fleet of 20 traditional Thai taxis that serves the central Amsterdam area. There are open-air (but covered), motorized vehicles offer a fun, unique way for travelers to get around Amsterdam and can be significantly less expensive than a cab. Can accommodate up to three people (http://www.tuktukuitjes.nl/).

9. Go and listen great music

Many bands their tours stop in Amsterdam. So, you have the opportunity to see the bands you were always dreaming of with low prices in great places all over Amsterdam. Cover bands, Jazz, World, Rock, Indie, Brasilian or Greek, you can listen to your favorite musicians at Melkweg (http://www.melkweg.nl/) or in Paradiso (http://www.paradiso.nl/), explore jazz, blues and Indie artists at CC Muziekcafé ( www.cccafe.nl), at Burbon Street (http://www.bourbonstreet.nl/) and Sugar Factory (http://www.sugarfactory.nl/) or give bands a chance to impress you in The Waterhole ( http://www.waterhole.nl/). Everywhere, anytime you can find original virgin voices or great hidden artists.

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Mike Klianis