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Address: Oudezijds Kolk (near Centraal Station) to Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Zeedijk has some of the oldest bars around including Jenever bars so do check those out at the top of Zeedijk (i.e. nearest to Centraal). Moving further east and south, you go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Zeedijk has some of the oldest bars around including Jenever bars so do check those out at the top of Zeedijk (i.e. nearest to Centraal). Moving further east and south, you go into Chinatown which has lots of choice but sadly I am not knowledgeable enough to know which to recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

As others have mentioned this area of Amsterdam used to be a dodgy area and riddled with crime and drug dealing. But in recent years it has been given a major facelift and is now the home of the Amsterdam Chinese community and increasingly as a gay area as more and more gay friendly bars move in. As an interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Its a bit daunting to go off the main stretch if you are a newbie to Amsterdam. We have been here 6 times now and always seem to find ourselves doing something new, This area is a bit like a chinatown. Felt very safe, Lots of places to eat and drink Felt very locals orientated so I urge you to... More 

Thank SarahCorell
Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Great place for food ,drink, people and getting the vibe of Amsterdam. Pop into any restaurant, café or bar to meet really genuine friendly locals. Not expensive.

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Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Although I livein The Netherlands I like going to Amsterdam everytime. It's gfeels like a vacation in my own country.

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Anduze, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Really need to pas by when visiting Amsterdam! Some small streets in the red light district, typically Amsterdam!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We came here because it was close to the Red Light District. If you aren't a fan of Asian things don't come here. It is neat to walk around for abit though. Not my cup of tea, but others may enjoy.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A street chock full of cheap Asian eateries and knick knack stores. If you crave some cheap and quick Asian food then this is the place to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The section of Amsterdam called Zeedijk is a very unique area. It is an area where ladies and girls congregate, live and work; it has been so for generations. My first time there was in 1952------ since then , many times ---- the people (players) always changing. You can set in a bar or at an outside table and everyone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Such a cool street!!! sort of china town, I loved the atmosphere, the street just looked and felt like Diagon Alley. It has many shops to peek into.

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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