Red Light District
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The area
Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
How to get there
  • Nieuwmarkt • 3 min walk
  • Centraal Station • 7 min walk
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Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Feb 2021
I didn't even realise where I was until I was standing outside a door with a beautiful young woman sitting on a stool in the door way playing on her phone. As it was lunch time the lights dont get turned on until dusk so you will be walking along the canal and looking around at everything as Amsterdam is so stunning and you find yourself standing near or in front of a bunch of glass doors all in a row and usually a woman will be sitting, standing or talking to you through the door. Majority have a small curtain they can pull across and most will be sitting on a stool dressed in lingerie. It was amazing to see how different and diverse the woman were and how they different in age they were from door to door. As you keep strolling along as quickly as you came across it is as quickly it ends and the next stunning part of Amsterdam is before you to discover. I was staying in Paris and took a few trips to Amsterdam by train as there is so much to see and do there that its impossibe to get it done in one day. I would recommend sitting down before you go and really working out what you really want to see and do, Everything is in walking distance but it does take it out of you and if you want to go to Anne Franks House or see a Starry Night I recommend buying your tickets online and avoiding the lines and waiting. Again I travelled in August to October 2015 back and forth from Paris so I put Feb, 2021. I hope that does not cause any misunderstandings.
Written February 20, 2021
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Tim F
Cambridgeshire, UK22 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Walking through this part of town is a cool experience. Lots of cafes, coffeeshops and bars. Avoid if you don’t like seeing women in windows and lots of tourists! We found the area had a vibrant atmosphere mid week especially in the late evening time.
Written April 7, 2022
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Aimee L
223 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This district is beautiful. The women in the windows don't ruin the vibe at all and during the day there are only a handful about and they don't engage overly with tourists. They're polite women who will smile a hello if you make eye contact.

There are a lot of strip clubs etc. and after around 10pm, the majority of the people around start to fit a stereotype you'd imagine in this area and it can be quite intimidating.

However, it has the most cafes, resturants and shops in one location without being heaving with people. You will always find a seat outside or quiet cafe to chill
Written June 4, 2022
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PaintedShoes
36 contributions
Jun 2022
An exploitative place, highly uncomfortable and sad to see. Research the first hand stories of the window girls for yourself before you visit for context, because you may decide not to legitimise this controversial part of town with your tourist presence.
Even better - ask young Dutch women who live here what they themselves think of this part of town. They will point out that the girls don't tend to be Dutch themselves and that the men here are drunk and frightening to have encouraged in the city for the money they bring in.
There's good reason why many of the window women looked unhappy and disassociated - it reminded me of a human zoo, which I really what this is.
Written June 11, 2022
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia47,474 contributions
Oct 2022
I actually stumbled across the red light area whilst I was looking for The Oude Church.

I noticed a window with some movement and it was a large girl scantily dressed and trying to get my attention. I then realised where I actually was . I did find the church though :)

Its a really lively area with lots of people bars restaurants and coffee shops that are popular with many.

Its really an area worth visiting.
Written November 12, 2022
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Temer2
Horley, UK1,071 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A group of 4 of us (2 couples) wandered through the Red Light District at around 9pm on a Saturday night and I have slightly mixed feelings about the area. It's nowhere near as sleazy as some make it out to be and is actually quite an organised and I think good way of ensuring the safety of these ladies. Some are beautiful and all are barely dressed, and it's obviously their job, but most smile as you walk past, though some did look a bit bored as they were looking at their phones. The ladies are literally standing (or sitting) in a person shaped window selling their wares with something to cater for all tastes. I didn't feel uncomfortable at all visiting with my husband- only for a walk through the area - and my only concern is whether the ladies are all selling themselves because they want to, but that would be the same for anywhere in the world. At least in Amsterdam, it's a legitimate industry and these ladies are more protected than in other areas. The whole area felt fairly safe to walk through though I wouldn't want to do it on my own and you could smell weed far more strongly in this area than the other places we visited.
Written January 24, 2021
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Jessica RC
Hawaii35 contributions
Jul 2022
The Red Light District was very crowded, especially when the evening started to get darker. It was weird to see the girls so open and practically up against the window along the street. It was the most crowded I saw the streets anywhere in Amsterdam. The eateries were also full as we were trying to find a resto to eat. There are a lot of side streets to walk to aside from the main drag along the canal. Definitely worth a try once but had no desire to go back there a second time.
Written July 27, 2022
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April B
Strafford, NH50 contributions
Jun 2022
Visiting the Red Light District is a must on your first trip to Amsterdam. It can be a bit uncomfortable, but it is really interesting after you acclimate a bit. I am glad we visited, I have been told that the district will be undergoing big changes or possible even eliminated within a couple of years.
Written June 21, 2022
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Liam p
Youghal, Ireland227 contributions
Aug 2022
well what could you expect after all it is the red light district.Someone once said that it does not matter where you get your appetite once you go home for your dinner.Well thats about right.We went for a walk down here about 8pm ,not much happening,and just a handful of ladies displaying the goods.There were a few groups that appeared to be stag parties,and i am sure that they have a different story to tell.This area is a nice part of the city and worth a walk through,just to say that you were there,anything else is up to the individual.
Written September 17, 2022
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mickplaice
York, UK195 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Been visiting Amsterdam for quite a few year now 6 out of 7. Visited Sun/Mon 22/23 February. Ongoing road works (3 years), streets flooding badly not coping with the rain, shop rubbish strewn everywhere with fag ends....this city centre is distinctively looking a dirty city. The current mayor wants rid of tourists well this will ensure that. It’s now very expensive for premium beers e.g x2 pints Blonde in Red light District £19. Bars seem to make up higher prices for tourists. One positive is the fast food burger outlets serve excellent burgers. Probably give this city a miss from now on.
Written February 27, 2020
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