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Visit the coffee shops, Amsterdam

Last Summer we agreed that we couldn’t really top the USA road trip, neither did we want to. We fancied something a little less intense but still a great adventure to somewhere new. After potentially looking at Croatia, we actually decided on Amsterdam and Paris – lots to see and do and all relatively cheap. The price between driving and flights wasn’t much in it, so we decided to drive, and get back to basics with camping πŸ™‚

So we set off at around 10pm to head down to Dover, catch the ferry at gone 12am, reach Calais and then drive 230 miles straight to ‘Camping Zeeburg‘ where we pitched our tent next to the noisiest goats they had as pets at the campsite.. Little did we know they were going to be our personal alarm clock for the next week! BUT they did get us out of bed nice and early to make the most of our time in Amsterdam πŸ˜€

The Campsite has a tram station right outside that takes you straight into the city centre – Perfect! Once we arrived off we went exploring! Bright coloured clogs in almost every shop window, bars upon bars (can’t complain about this), not to mention bikes… everywhere! – That’s when we knew we really were here, in Amsterdam. A few giggles and nervous laughs as we explored many sex shops as part of the fun – a lot of filth and who would have thought condoms could be so creative! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just google it).

Onto the bucket list, we managed to check off visiting the Amsterdam coffee shops! As all curious tourists do, we found ourselves visiting plenty of them with the help of a downloadable map. Funnily enough though, I don’t think we ever had coffee… The more well-known places include ‘Smokey‘ and ‘The Bull Dog‘ which is now so popular, they have 3 coffee shops so make sure you visit at least one! They are a must visit just to experience what the other side to Amsterdam is like, we chilled out in most of these during the day with a beer (any excuse huh?)

We also managed to get ourselves tickets to the House of Bols, a cocktail & genever experience that we fully recommend! After a good tour to give you the history behind genever, you can then choose your own cocktail and the professional bar tenders will then make it right in front of you using some of the best bar skills we’ve seen! Not only that but they have a practice booth for you to try your hands at juggling flair bottles – we were pretty hopeless so we just stuck to taste testing the cocktails πŸ˜‰ After knocking back 2 shots and a cocktail that’s included within the ticket price, we stayed for more! Loved them so much, the bartender gave us a map of all the Bols bars in Amsterdam with allowed access – How Awesome! After leaving the experience it then all the drink hit us… realising we hadn’t eaten all day, we made way to try out the local Hard Rock Cafe burger, Amsterdam style πŸ˜€

So what else did we do whilst in Amsterdam? Well we ended up paying €7 getting into a sex museum that was a complete laugh and well worth a visit seeing as it’s so cheap. I will never be able to look at snow white and the seven dwarfs in the same way again – ooerrr! There were also some great camera moments so had to share these with you πŸ˜‰ We also ventured into the red light district which was exactly what we expected after hearing a lot from people what it’s like.. although I didn’t expect the girls to be knocking on the windows, waving at me to come to them.. oooeeer! Just a snippet was enough and we then went off exploring the booming nightlife and even some Irish bars πŸ˜€

Article written by Adam Boston

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  • Catherine

    Commented on 27/02/2014 at 22:42

    I’ve always wanted to go to Amsterdam! Sounds like you had a great time. The sex museum sounds fascinating, if a little intimidating!

  • Adam Boston

    Commented on 01/03/2014 at 21:11

    Hi Catherine, we decided not to be or feel imtimidated at all by what Amsterdam has to offer, instead we jumped right in! πŸ˜€ We enjoyed it so much we will be back one day. We did a canal tour which took us all across the city – that’s something we’d recommend doing too πŸ™‚
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  • Mark Humphreys

    Commented on 28/03/2014 at 16:33

    Amsterdam is my favorite city in Europe! Drastically different culture, and such a fun place to explore! I booked a Heineken tour and that included a boat ride through the canals! I would also totally recommend Noorderlicht, a restaurant in Amsterdam-Noord! Great little spot with a patio that overlooks the river! Glad you guys had such an amazing time!

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 28/03/2014 at 17:14

      That sounds like a great idea to me for us to revisit.. We spent some time watching the world go by (and the odd canal boat or two) on the river edge at Hard Rock Cafe – The local Amsterdam burger is to die for πŸ˜€ There’s also an amazing Argentinian Steak Restaurant that had great offers, superb inside and the food was to die for! Maybe one day we’ll have to see if we can adopt the Amsterdam life and live there for a little while… πŸ™‚
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  • Lisa

    Commented on 12/06/2014 at 10:07

    I would love to know what coffeeshop I was in some years ago. It was not your normal coffeeshop. Behind the counter was an old lady and it was an antique store also. And still a coffeeshop where I was able to buy weed! Does anyone know this?

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 20/01/2015 at 19:53

      Hi Lisa, it may be worth googling to find your answer.. there are plenty of coffee shop maps out there that may help πŸ™‚

  • Marty

    Commented on 20/01/2015 at 17:40

    Thanks for the tour! Great photos… πŸ™‚

  • annastraveltribute

    Commented on 01/01/2016 at 17:47

    I am from amsterdam and had never even heard of the the House of Bols yet! But definitely going to check it out. Sounds fun!!
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 06/01/2016 at 18:43

      Give it a go! the cocktail making at the end is brilliant and you get more than enough to make the ticket price worth while πŸ˜‰


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