Damrak
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From bars and bicycles to cafes and erotic entertainment, you can find it all on this picturesque main street of Amsterdam.
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Neighborhood: Damrak
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  • Centraal Station • 6 min walk
  • Nieuwmarkt • 7 min walk

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therichastill
Stevenage, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Damrak is the main route from Amsterdam Centraal station to Dam Square.

It is possible to ride on the tram but for the sake of one stop it is really not worth it. I would recommend you walk down the street and take in the many sights and sounds. You will probably smell the weed as you walk along too.

There are plenty of restaurants and tourist shops selling souvenirs if you want to get something for friends and family before you head for Schipol Airport or whichever other method of travel you are using.
Written July 30, 2022
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feltroneu
George Town, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was a very nice place to hang around in Amsterdam connected to the centraal station. One side of the street are the list of gift shops, restaurants and different kind of shops. The trams passed by quite regularly make it a very busy CBD. With the medieval type of buildings surrounded I felt like I was in few centuries back. This was the typical CBD of Amsterdam.
Written April 16, 2020
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LivefromAmsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
Ok, dear tourist, welcome...as a local, this is probably the first street you see if you arrive by train at Amsterdam CS (tip 1: do not take a taxi there, you will be seriously overcharged, ..so take a tram). Well, it is also the ugliest street I guess. Apart from a couple good four stars hotels and clothing store C&A, there is not much here for you. Avoid the restaurants, avoid the budget hotels, ...trust me, no local ever goes here to eat.
Written October 10, 2013
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MiouMiou
West Long Branch, NJ
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The Damrak is the street that you will first come upon when you come out of the train station, and I agree with the other reviewers, it is a very poor first impression and introduction to Amsterdam. We had brought two friends with us, it was their first time in Holland, and they were pretty shocked actually at how rough it looked. Many of the stores are closed, as a result of the economy, so it just looks empty and dirty and sleazy. The usual tourist trip shops are still open, but there is nothing here worth your while. Just a street you need to walk on to get anywhere else in Amsterdam. I am sure once the economy gets back on its feet again the shops will again fill up and make it look a little less desperate.
Written November 25, 2010
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SophiaSeriouslyNow
Athens, Greece
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Starting from Dam Square walk towards the Damrak passing by lots of tourist shops. When you come to the waterfront turn right and stop for coffee at the Grasshoper and then continue in the smaller streets
Written August 16, 2019
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Jake23
New Jersey
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The iconic picture of the Amsterdam canal is taken here, just a few steps from Amsterdam Central. There is a lot going on here. Stores, restaurants, cafes and people everywhere. That being said it’s hard to avoid it being so close to Amsterdam Centraal.
Written April 27, 2019
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finglaspete
Dublin, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Most tourists will arrive at Schipol airport, then catch a train into Zentaal station, then walk into Old Amsterdam, at least half of them will walk down this road within the first few minutes of walking out of the station. To me this was my first impression, and epitomised to me what Amsterdam is all about for the tourist. The trams, the bikes, more bars and restaurants and hotels than you can shake a stick at. Really great street, will end up here, and you'll love it just like I did!!
Written February 23, 2015
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Sam H
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Long busy street that leads up from central station & the docks. Full of tacky overpriced souvenir shops & tacky museums. If you want to see the beauty of Amsterdam just walk straight through. If you want to feel like you are on the golden mile in Blackpool & are looking for a full English then make yourself at home.
Written January 21, 2015
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Jfizzable
Dundee, UK
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
Damrak is the main street in Amsterdam City Centre directly opposite to the Centraal Station however, it isn't really an attraction; its a collection of restaurant and souvenir shops.

The restaurants are worth the visit as they are all relatively cheap however, the souvenir shops are not so if you are venturing further, you'll find cheaper ones around the corner!
Written January 18, 2015
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aajsmh1
Stoke-on-Trent
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
This will be your first view of the city if you head down from Centraal Station, don't let it deter you! This is a wonderful city but this street is everything that is wrong about it: cramped, dirty and tacky. I'm pleased we saw this after the wonderful city.
Written July 20, 2013
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