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this isn't really for me as such, but might be interesting anyway. someone wants to know good record shops in Amsterdam (addresses too if possible). plus other good places to buy things and go out i guess.

gareth, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Well IL*s resident Amsterdammer Omar is the man to ask but Distortion records is a great favourite of mine (provided you're into vinyl). Most of the Dance Stores are on the imaginately named Nieuwe Nieuwstraat. I'll also put in a plug for the Book Exchange on the Kloveniersburgwal too as 1) its a fine, ramshakled bookstore 2) I used to work there 3) the aging, irritable, eccentric jazz-freak owner Barry is worth meeting (although he'll probably tell you to fuck off). A film has been made loosely based on him is due out soon staring Burt Reynolds 'The Hermit of Amsterdam'. Ask him about the time he visited with Paul Bowles, or just jazz in gen. He saw an early Velvet Underground gig apparently but thought they were shit.

stevo, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Re record-stores, 'Concerto' and 'Get Records' - both in Utrechtsestraat. These have been recommended to me both by a native and by a close friend.

Jeff, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Few other tips: De Melkweg + Paridiso close to the Leidse Plein usually have something going on at night. The club scene I don't know at all. Most coffeeshops are dingy + seedy full of tiresome stoned alt-tourists + play the same old Bob Marley CD. Exceptions are 'The Global Chillage' on the Kerkstraat (?), and a place on the 'Rusland' street is predominantly local. There are a good couple of cheap Thai restaurants off the Nieuwmarkt. Waterlooplein has a big second-hand market each day, and don't buy anything off the so- called 'drug dealers' on the street as most are rip-off merchants. If you are ever over yourself Gareth send us a mail, I'll try to rope Omar in + we can have an IL* Amsterdam night out.

stevo, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I wanna go! Not that it influences me one way or the other, but I hear there's really cute boys there.

Sean, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Isn't there a Fat Beats (of Los Angeles fame) in Amsterdam? That would be the place to go if you have any interest in hip hop.

Tim, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

yes, there is a fat beats, close to the central station. distortion is a nice little store, alternative, vinyl. fat beats is located at the singel, distortion at the westerstraat. most import/dance stores are on the nieuwedijk, some more around the corner in the nieuwe nieuwstraat. the coffeeshop in that street gives a good deal of strong dutch weed for 25 guilders. :) my personal tip: if you like dancehall, i recomment to check out the melkweg ('milky way') on a thursdaynight. good vibe and music (digi/'80/'90 dancehall, lots of nowadays hardcore ragga, some new gangsta hiphop and sometimes other reggae or crossover stuff)

we eat tulips for breakfast

, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Welkom xtal.

stevo, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'd love to contribute something useful to this thread, but I can remember neither the name of the shop nor the name of the street on which I found a terrific vinyl'n'jazz-centric place on a recent (wonderful) trip to Amsterdam.

We were pretty close to our hotel on Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, but walking towards the Rijksmuseum, so it could've been Hobbemakade. A dusty basement of LPs complete with turntables to try the merchandise before purchase. CDs and rock/pop upstairs.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Here I am, sadly in a hurry, I'll try to get back later on. Get = excellent, Concerto = decent for 2nd hand stuff (and I have an inside man there who alerts me when good shit arrives). Boudisque close to Central Station is pretty good in the alternative/metal sector, used to be great for dance stuff, but their selection and prices are getting worse by the week. There are some specialist vinyl shops, across Paradiso there's a good one with loadsa jazz, pretty expensive though. 'Forever Changes' (Bilderdijkstraat) has a new friendly owner and has a very good selection of soundtracks and obscure stuff. Oh yeah and the cd-exchange C&D? by Elisabeth from Solex is a sort of cult-shop, still haven't paid a visit myself though.

oh yeah a excellent shop for film fans = Silver Screen on Haarlemmerdijk. Standard collection of D.Argento DVD's, lots of posters, etc.

Amsterdam get together sounds great if the little one permits.

Oh yeah Amsterdam girls are way way superior to the boys. ;)

Omar, Thursday, 8 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The shop across Paradiso (Weteringschans) = probably the same as the one Michael mentions. It's of course *Liesbeth* from Solex. Now, Stevo what's all this talk about Burt Reynolds playing Barry?!?

Omar, Thursday, 8 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Omar - As you've probably noticed Barry's shop tends to draw a wierd collection A'dam's more erudite freaks, whilst the man himself is a bit of a 'character'. At times working there it felt like being in some strange sit-com eg Barry gratuitously insulting stoned american backpackers looking for Alistair Crowley books, amidst various junkies trying to flog stolen books.

A regular customer Irish writer Michael O'Loughlin was inspired to write a film-script for a romantic comedy loosely based on Barry and the shop. Dutch director Rudolf van der Berg liked it, got funding, and they filmed it last winter with Julie Christie, Carmen Chaplin, and (to everyone's great hilarity) Burt Reynolds as 'Larry'. Of more concern to myself 'Larry' has an amusing, but corrupt, English assistant played by Johnathan Ryland. Its been titled 'The Hermit of Amsterdam' but when (or if) it ever comes out isn't clear. : The Hermit of Amsterdam

stevo, Thursday, 8 November 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...
Revive, because work are sending me to IBC. Things to do, places to drink/eat mainly in the evenings.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Ed I am going to IBC too!

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I went in 2002 and was in Amsterdam for around 5 days in the end. Loved it but was relying on a dated Lonely Planet booklet for eating tips and stuff. Saw good comedy at Boom Chicago but didn't try the pricey food. There's a huge amount of South American steakhouses, we went to Chicano's one night and it seemed good enough. There was a nice cafe for pastas I forget the name of, and another for this strudel but this is all a bit vague I know.

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't know if you toke, but if you do, stay away from the big coffeeshops like the Bulldog. There's a great restaurant called Moeders but I'm not sure what street it is on. Take in a concert at the Melkweg. I used to get drunk at Korsikov (sp?) -- a fun bar with lots of different rooms.

Maria D. (Maria D.), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Is the Paradiso good? I know it's for the bigger shows - will have to see what's on. I'm looking forward to visiting the stunning Tuschinskitheater again.

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Paradiso is fun.

Maria D. (Maria D.), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Where are you staying, steve, I haven't booked anywhere yet and central hotel rooms are gtting thin on the ground (or bloody expensive)

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:47 (fifteen years ago) link

ha, i've just found out that apparently the person in charge of sorting it all out forgot to book hotel so we may be in similar boat. i'll keep you posted as i find out myself.

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:52 (fifteen years ago) link

i stayed here before - awful site design but the 3 star hotel itself was fine and lots of the rooms are custom designed by artists for that extra novelty.

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Unfortunately it's just me going and no one has even given me a budget for how much to spend so far. I'm putting my foot down and gong by train though.

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 12:01 (fifteen years ago) link

I'll be flying but if only I could tie this in with a trip to Paris I'd be happy

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 12:18 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Things to do, places to drink/eat mainly in the evenings.

I just got back! Best damn city ever. Here's a quick rundown if you're still interested.

Record Stores: Concerto or Get Records (same owners) on Utrechtstraat (b/w Keizergracht & Prinsengracht) are the only ones I shoppped at more than once. I don't have a record player right now, though, but Fat Beats looked like it would be good for that.
Restaurants: The Bolhoed on Prinsengracht b/w Leliegracht & Prinsenstraat or Cinema Paradiso on Westerstraat
Bars: There are pubs & cafes on every corner, but we frequented Cafe Tabac AKA The Cushion Bar on the corner of Brouwersgracht & Prinsengracht.
Clubs: Melkveg and Paradiso are pretty cool on some nights, but I had more fun at Bitterzoet. I never went to Eleven (on the 11th floor of the old post office near Central Station) at night, but it's supposed to be great. You can see the entire city from there.
Museum: I only made it to the Van Gogh-- the audio tour is rowdy. they have different actors playing vincent, theo, etc. haha
Markets: Every Saturday and Monday there is a market on Noorderkerkstraat-Lindengracht-Westerstraat that's nice. I found near-mint copies of Country Life, Sail Away, Paul Simon, etc. for 2 euros. The biggest outdoor market in Europe (Albertcuyp) goes on every day but sunday in De Pijp, but its mainly grizzled gypsies selling irregular Keds and deodorant.

Check out Vondel park, too. On Friday nights they have outdoor screenings. Just make sure they're showing an English language movie, though, or you'll end up sitting through All About My Mother or something.

Most coffeeshops are dingy + seedy full of tiresome stoned alt-tourists + play the same old Bob Marley CD.

That's true, but mainly the coffeeshops in the center circle. Barney's on Haarlemerdijk is great for their weed and atmosphere, but my favorite is Paradox (on one of those streests b/w Rosengracht and Bloemgracht) because of the bomb veggie food and dying old men reading the paper.

poortheatre (poortheatre), Friday, 19 August 2005 05:49 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
this thread is making me even more excited. i'm coming to amsterdam on wednesday for the black mountain/dead meadow gig at the paradiso, anyone here going to that? i'm on the cheapo bus and i got 24 hours in the city, 8am-8am. i'm planning to spend the day wandering (only been to amsterdam once before but it was winter then too and i remember it being utterly gorgeous and full of canals and bikes), but any tips on how to do amsterdam on a really tiny budget would be welcomed. also i was assuming the gig would end at a civilised hour like 1am or something, but from the paradiso's website it seems to finish at 10.30/11. kate mentioned the paradiso being open late late late for dancing, is it? i need to use the time between the end of the show and my bus leaving, and dancing sounds like a lot more fun than sitting in a caff for 7 hours. that also sounds fun in its own way but, you know, perhaps i can do both.

emsk ( emsk), Sunday, 27 November 2005 11:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Search: cafes I liked:

Coffeeshop 36
The Green House

also - there's this little Museum of Hemp which doesn't sell weed but has a wicked chilling out area upstairs.

also - look out for a pub called De Wildermann (I think that's it). Thousands of quality lagers, although might be a little quiet for some.

Destroy:
The Bulldog

dog latin (dog latin), Sunday, 27 November 2005 11:49 (thirteen years ago) link

thanks dl! and congrats on yr job yay! quiet pub sounds great, is it open all night d'you know? one of the side-benefits of going to amsterdam is i get to READ for ages bc of going on the bus (hard to read when you're on a bike, the pages keep flipping over) so falling into a quiet pub at 4am sounds aaaaaahhhhhhh...

emsk ( emsk), Sunday, 27 November 2005 11:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I know it's open till late. There's another similar pub quite nearby (I'm sorry my sense of direction was fucked when I was there) and they've both got something like 2000 different beers to choose from. In one of the pubs, it was like an old fashioned school with tabels and chairs laid out in a row, a blackboard with all the different drinks and a single waiter who has pictures of himself building a tower of dominoes on the wall. Great, but quaint, but cool.

dog latin (dog latin), Sunday, 27 November 2005 12:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Yay on DL's good advice. All I'll add right now is that I loved the couple of days I spent there in July, and that rarely has any city felt so immediately right, in the sense that after just a few minutes there I almost felt like I was at home, it was that comfortable and easy to get around.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 27 November 2005 14:13 (thirteen years ago) link

and it has TRAMS! love the lovely trams. a place must be good if the two most obvious forms of transport are trams and bikes, right?

emsk ( emsk), Sunday, 27 November 2005 14:41 (thirteen years ago) link

This is true, actually (and the trams do indeed rule). Plus canals. :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 27 November 2005 14:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Yay on DL's good advice. All I'll add right now is that I loved the couple of days I spent there in July, and that rarely has any city felt so immediately right, in the sense that after just a few minutes there I almost felt like I was at home, it was that comfortable and easy to get around.

OTM!

Plus - hire a bike! They're mental one-speed fuckers with back-pedal brakes and they're really heavy and can't really stop very easily but they're loads of fun for scooting about on.

dog latin (dog latin), Sunday, 27 November 2005 23:42 (thirteen years ago) link

ah! now i could probably even take my own bike on the bus, but as soon as i thought of it i thought it was prob a silly idea. i was planning to just do everything on foot... how much is a bike for a day? i'd like to try those weirdie one-speeders...

emsk ( emsk), Monday, 28 November 2005 00:00 (thirteen years ago) link

we managed to hire ours very very cheap (5-7 euro or something). we cycled all the way to a town called maarken, which i recommend but maybe if you ever go in the summer as the route is very windy and badly lit and pretty far away.

dog latin (dog latin), Monday, 28 November 2005 11:39 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...
anyone know of this place? i'm going in march for my birthday.
http://www.amsterdamescape.com/amsterdamcoke.html

not-goodwin (not-goodwin), Friday, 10 February 2006 12:19 (thirteen years ago) link

five months pass...
could anyone recommend a decent budget hotel? we're going in october and are broke!

wogan lenin (dog latin), Monday, 7 August 2006 23:30 (thirteen years ago) link

anyone?

wogan lenin (dog latin), Tuesday, 8 August 2006 09:50 (thirteen years ago) link

i nearly posted before then realised i knew next to nothing and other people could be way more helpful, but since no one else has anything to offer - the only time i've gone to amsterdam and stayed in a place, we got there and wandered around the hostels until we found the cheapest one and then we booked ourselves in. i have no idea what it was called but there are hundreds of them. we got a bunkbed in a room with i think 4 other people, a locker each in the room to keep your valuables in, and it cost about £10 a night. i think. it was clean, safe and friendly. this was about 7 or 8 years ago.

emsk ( emsk), Tuesday, 8 August 2006 10:14 (thirteen years ago) link

The Bridge Hotel is decent and reasonable.

Melissa W (Melissa W), Tuesday, 8 August 2006 10:51 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I'm going tomorrow! Yay!

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 15:26 (thirteen years ago) link

me too! woohoo!!!!!

wogan lenin (dog latin), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 20:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm going there next year, unless I go to Belgium instead! Whahey!

The Bearnaise-Stain Bears (Rock Hardy), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 21:41 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

I want to live there, and trundle my children around in a seat on the front of my bike, which I will ride while wearing a business suit.

The Netherlands are so awesome that when the natives return there after having been on vacation, after the plane lands they applaud and start singing the national anthem (I assume, it sounded like an anthem).

Dan I., Sunday, 18 November 2007 04:34 (eleven years ago) link

I'd go back to stay in a heartbeat.

Rock Hardy, Sunday, 18 November 2007 04:37 (eleven years ago) link

I prefer Utrecht. I lived there for 5 years.

Maria :D, Sunday, 18 November 2007 05:05 (eleven years ago) link

I still have a resident alien card. If things ever get REALLY BAD here in the States, I'm making Skot and the kids move back there with me.

Maria :D, Sunday, 18 November 2007 05:06 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...
two years pass...

Moving here w/my partner on Saturday for a minimum of ~1yr; aside from Paradiso & Melkweg, what other venues are worth keeping an eye on? Trouw looks great for techno/house, and the Voltt Festival at the Docklands (which = fancy new architecture part of Amsterdam?) has a great lineup. Is the Book Exchange mentioned upthread still about?

etc, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 15:56 (eight years ago) link

eight months pass...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/dutch-court-upholds-ban-on-foreigners-buying-pot/2012/04/27/gIQA95pwkT_story.html

I can understand that it sucks to have a bunch of stoned american bros walking around your city but this seems like an incredibly stupid thing to do

iatee, Friday, 27 April 2012 17:55 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

Revive, because work are sending me to IBC. Things to do, places to drink/eat mainly in the evenings.
― Ed (dali), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:32 (10 years ago) Bookmark

but if i can be more specific - i'd really really like to stay away from the main drinking/eating areas. I'm not in the mood right now, particularly with a load of salesmen etc floating around. Place to sit with a book, catch some music, see some interesting stuff. I've been a couple of times before so have *some• sense of the place.

So yeah, any suggestions for good places outside the main flow of people would be great.

Fizzles, Saturday, 6 September 2014 09:12 (five years ago) link

bump. save me from my colleagues.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 18:23 (five years ago) link

where are you staying? amsterdam oost is kind of far from the main drag but there are lots of good quiet spots for a drink/read in the area. volkshotel/canvas is nice. last time I was there I fell in love with this surinamese joint off of linneusstraat called roopram roti. weird hours, no english menu, line always to the door kind of place.

kyenkyen, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 19:20 (five years ago) link

thanks kyenkyen! all of that sounds great. I'm central (Herengracht?) but *will travel distances* to get away from networking/salesman hell.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:25 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

hi! would v much appreciate any amsterdam recommendations for anything - clubs, art, museums, FOOD FOOD FOOD - will be there for a couple of days later this month. have read this thread but a lot of it seems several years old...

lex pretend, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:43 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

bump- got a few days to spend here soon

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 19 June 2016 16:12 (three years ago) link

Anything particular you want tips on? If you're interested in twentieth century architecture I strongly recommend seeking out some Amsterdam School architecture; good places to look at are either Het Schip just north of the Westerpark) or (my personal favourite) De Dageraad just south of De Pijp - both housing complexes. There are various 100 years of the Amsterdam School exhibitions this year which give some context.

Tim, Monday, 20 June 2016 08:21 (three years ago) link

Don't know if you like film, but the new Eye Film Museum is a treat.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 20 June 2016 12:33 (three years ago) link

If you're interested in twentieth century architecture I strongly recommend seeking out some Amsterdam School architecture

The Grand Hotel Amrath is a gorgeous example of this, only fifteen mins walk from the centre. Wonderful cielings:

http://www.starhotelamsterdam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Floris_leeuwenberg_12.jpg

It's opposite the Nemo science museum, which is kid oriented but still fun.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:06 (three years ago) link

was there earlier this year; easy easy EASY to get around on foot but learning the general route of a few outer-ring trams is useful as getting across town as you get further from city center can get tiring w/ the bridges and all (can't jaywalk a river...). An easy place to get lost in the good way.

Rijksmuseum is worth the price of admission and a solid half-day (ymmv).

Van Gogh museum was more of a hassle and the collection, frankly, isn't as good as in NY and the programming itself was based around spurious logic, in my mind, trying to justify juxtaposing van gogh w/ another artist. Just show me van goghs ffs.

It's an OK food town. Rijstaffel is the thing if you have multiple people in your party. Made stamppot last night for dinner. Jenever is the house liquor:

https://www.thrillist.com/venue/drink/nation/bar/in-de-olofspoort

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:42 (three years ago) link

Food wise, the dutch adaptations of Indonesian dishes shuch as chicken satay tend to be hearty and tasty.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:55 (three years ago) link

also I regret not having the street herring on a stick

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:00 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Any advice on where to spend a night in the Netherlands that's not Amsterdam or Rotterdam (which is where we'll be the rest of next week)? Delft, Leiden?

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:14 (two months ago) link

Delft and Leiden are both good choices for if you want to be in the proximity of A'dam and R'dam but not stay there. But I'd recommend looking into Haarlem as well. It's just as charming, with an old centre w/ buildings dating back to the 11th and 12th century. Plus, it's just 15mins away by train from A'dam, and very near the dunes and the coast. Looks like this weekend will be indian summer weather, so if that's your thing, you could have a look at the beach! (I'll be taking the boat out this Sunday, seems like it's the last day of the year you can, w/ expected 21-25 degrees).

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:02 (two months ago) link

For clarity, the "but not stay there" part was about A'dam and R'dam.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:02 (two months ago) link

Utrecht's good too.

Tim, Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:16 (two months ago) link

For sure! Thought it might be a tad out of the way, but yep, it's good.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:18 (two months ago) link

In Dutch terms it probably is but the extra 10 minutes on the train may be less of an obstacle for those of us with less well-integrated public transport :)

Tim, Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:30 (two months ago) link

Yeah, it was def written from a Dutch perspective, I realised soon after posting :)

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:31 (two months ago) link

Ha yeah, it seems very convenient from our perspective. We actually settled on Utrecht last night. :)

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:41 (two months ago) link

Rietveld Schröder Rietveld Schröder Rietveld Schröder

Or Miffy / Nintje if you're a tweeist.

Tim, Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:48 (two months ago) link

was going to say Utrecht as well. lovely to wander around.

Currently sitting in a hotel over Amsterdam Centraal station myself.

Fizzles, Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:49 (two months ago) link

May I repeat my recommendation for Het Schip and De Dageraad unthread please?

Tim, Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:51 (two months ago) link

Friend lives in de Dageraad and he gave me a tour the last time i was here.

Fizzles, Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:09 (two months ago) link

also recommend it!

Fizzles, Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:09 (two months ago) link

wijk-aan-zee ftw

theRZA the JZA and the NDB (darraghmac), Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:15 (two months ago) link

Is there some global ILX FAP happening in A'dam right now?

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:30 (two months ago) link

dont you identify as barnsley or something anyway

theRZA the JZA and the NDB (darraghmac), Thursday, 12 September 2019 14:20 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I'm throwing a party with some friends in Amsterdam on November 16 - drop by if you like to dance all night long in a cosy & fun setting!
https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1344452

willem, Friday, 8 November 2019 13:31 (five days ago) link


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