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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.
Eat, see, and stay in Red Light District (De Wallen)
Dam Square is extremely busy with crowds. There is always something going on and most people are there people,watch. It seemed safe in the day but we had various people warn us there could be pick pockets around.
This is a great place to experience some Amsterdam history as well as a place to marvel at a true feat of engineering and architectural know-how. Plus, you also get to see the inside of an authentic "Amsterdam house'. Definitely worth a visit if you have the time.
Great food and drink bring people together better than anything else can. We were delighted to spend a charming evening with Martine and Olav in their darling city-center home on the canal! We got to know three other couples over a delicious four-course meal as our hosts shared their passion for Dutch food, drink and culture. The house was so...
We stumbled upon this quaint, unique, special little coffee shop by accident. We were early for our Freedam tour and were directed here until the tour commenced. What a find..such a lovely quaint coffee shop located in the former rectory. Wonderful calm ambience, coffee, homemade apple pie and best of all they had almond milk for me! Highly recommend a...
$$ - $$$ • Bar, International, European, Deli, Contemporary
"An expensive treat"
reviewed 3 weeks ago by bilbo2k
Visited the cocktail bar with friends as a treat. The prices are high, but that is expected in an establishment such as this. The cocktails were served with a flourish and even a spray of fragrance with one. All of the cocktails were delicious, although one had a hair in it, which was quickly replaced (perhaps the bar staff need...
$ • French, Dutch, European, Healthy, International
"Nice place if you come early"
reviewed 1 week ago by hm26445
I had a morning flight so decided to go to this place when it opens. Not many people were there and I was able to order then eat straight away. Everything is fresh and tasty. I would come back when I'm back in Amsterdam
If you are looking for an elegant extraordinary hotel in the heart of Amsterdam this is the perfect place to land. There is not one detail overlooked at this luxury boutique hotel, the service, the food , the decor is all outstanding! We have stayed here twice and we’ll be back!
Mauro Mansion is perfectly located a short walk from Centraal station. I stayed in room 32, which has a lovely view of the canal - totally worth the steep stairs to the top! The room was clean and cozy, big by European standards, and had all the necessary amenities. The gentlemen at the front desk were always friendly and willing...
Although we were unable to book given that we needed more rooms than were available, the team who runs the hotel went out of their way to offer alternatives.
They emailed me a list of similar hotels in Amsterdam which was very nice of them, and I was very pleased.
Everything already said it true. This place is magical......and well wort the cost.....from the lobby wine bar, the the extensive breakfast buffet. The views from the hotel and OF the hotel from the canals is spectacular
I just returned home from my first visit to Amsterdam. I am so grateful that I decided to stay at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. There are so many accolades to give. The location is ideal--located between the city's two oldest canals and steps from so many of the sites I wanted to see. The building is stunning--be sure to...