Frommer'sŪ Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam, 3rd Edition

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
  • Publisher: Wiley

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"Like being taken around by a savvy local." -The New York Times "Little fluff and lots of fun." -Boston Globe "Hipper and savvier than other guides." -Diversion magazine Are you tired of cliché-ridden guidebooks packed with promotional fluff? Then move over to the Irreverent Guides-the travel series that no tourist board would dare to recommend. Look inside for the lowdown on: Where to stay if you want canal house coziness Dutch dining worth seeking out-and tourist traps to avoid People watching, hofje hopping, clog shopping, and canal cruising away from the crowds Cafes, tap houses, and smoke shops that locals love The top nightspots for getting arty, lucky, or kinky And much more! Frommer's. The Name You Can Trust. Find us online at www.frommers.com

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Neighborhood Mapp. 6
You Probably Didn't Knowp. 7
Accommodationsp. 16
Winning the Reservations Gamep. 19
Is There a Right Address?p. 20
The Lowdownp. 22
In search of canal house cozinessp. 22
For tourists who want clogs, windmills, and tulipsp. 23
For enemies of clogs, windmills, and tulipsp. 24
The grande damesp. 24
In search of the undefinable gezelligheidp. 25
Taking care of businessp. 26
For travelers with old moneyp. 27
For travelers with new moneyp. 27
Dowdy but lovablep. 28
For those who hate surprisesp. 29
Luscious love nestsp. 30
Rooms with a viewp. 30
Homes away from homep. 31
Convention hotels with flairp. 31
To relive the Golden Agep. 32
In search of the perfect poolp. 32
The royal treatmentp. 33
For cheap sleepsp. 34
Lavender lodgingsp. 34
Party scenesp. 34
Family valuesp. 35
When smoke gets in your eyesp. 36
When you've got a plane to catchp. 36
When everything else is filledp. 36
The Index: An A to Z list of places to stay, with vital statistics
Mapsp. 45
Dining and Cafesp. 48
Only in Amsterdamp. 50
Cafe Societyp. 52
Tap Housesp. 54
How to Dressp. 54
When to Eatp. 55
Getting the Right Tablep. 55
Celebrity Chefsp. 55
The Lowdownp. 56
Going Dutchp. 56
Dutch on the runp. 57
Real Rijsttafelp. 58
Bombay on the Amstelp. 59
Thai me up, Thai me downp. 59
Asian delightsp. 59
Utopian Ethiopianp. 60
Multi Mediterraneanp. 60
The French connectionp. 61
For that special momentp. 63
Overratedp. 64
See-and-be-scenesp. 65
Landmarksp. 66
Cheap eatsp. 67
Isn't it romantic?p. 67
Tourist trapsp. 68
Something fishyp. 69
Can you put that out, please?p. 69
When the play's the thingp. 70
Kid pleasersp. 71
For a quiet tete-a-tetep. 71
Vegging outp. 71
When the boss is payingp. 72
Al frescop. 73
Take me to the riverp. 73
Cafes and Barsp. 74
Vintage brown cafesp. 74
Neo-brownsp. 74
White cafesp. 75
Designer cafesp. 75
Tap houses (proeflokalen)p. 75
For sudsp. 76
Best cafe foodp. 76
The Index: An A to Z list of restaurants, with vital statisticsp. 77
Mapsp. 89
Diversionsp. 92
Getting Your Bearingsp. 95
The Lowdownp. 96
Where the tourists gop. 96
Don't believe the brochuresp. 98
For culture vulturesp. 99
Perfect picturep. 101
Courting privacyp. 101
Ladies with a pastp. 102
Looking down on it allp. 102
Lifestyles of the rich and deceasedp. 103
Okay, if you've gotta see windmillsp. 105
For history buffsp. 105
Moments in timep. 106
Sacred sightsp. 107
Turrets syndromep. 108
Row, row, row your boatp. 109
Diamonds in the roughp. 110
Sex, drugs, and torture museumsp. 110
Museums that won't bore the kidsp. 111
More kidding aroundp. 112
People-watchingp. 113
Behind the eight ballp. 113
Chess cafesp. 114
Where to escape the crowdsp. 114
Art nouveau to gop. 115
When you're down to your last guilderp. 115
The red-light districtp. 117
The old Jewish districtp. 118
Hofic-hopping in the Jordaanp. 119
The Grachtengordel mansionsp. 119
A Singel-minded strollp. 120
Haarlem daysp. 121
The Index: An A to Z list of diversions, with vital statisticsp. 122
Mapsp. 134
Getting Outsidep. 138
The Lowdownp. 140
Green spacesp. 140
Two-wheeling itp. 141
Cycling beyond the city limitsp. 142
Pedaling and paddling on the waterp. 144
Horsing aroundp. 145
The squash and tennis racketp. 145
Jogging and pick-up sportsp. 146
On icep. 146
In the swimp. 147
Tiptoeing through the tulipsp. 147
The windmills of your mindp. 148
Shoppingp. 150
What to Buyp. 152
Target Zonesp. 152
Outdoor Marketsp. 153
Bargain Huntingp. 155
Trading with the Nativesp. 155
Hours of Businessp. 155
Sales Taxp. 156
The Lowdownp. 156
Budding prospectsp. 156
Where you'll be pamperedp. 156
Everything under one roofp. 157
Diamonds are a girl's best friendp. 158
Club gearp. 159
Royal fashionsp. 159
Wacky and one-of-a-kindp. 160
Bags and beansp. 161
Fashion forwardp. 161
Everything you always wanted to know about sexp. 161
For foot fetishistsp. 162
Home designsp. 162
Mosquito nets and hammocksp. 163
The art scenep. 163
Very old thingsp. 164
Kid stuffp. 164
Incredible ediblesp. 165
Smokesp. 166
Book nooksp. 166
Clogs, china, and kitschp. 167
The Index: An A to Z list of shops, with vital statisticsp. 168
Nightlifep. 178
Smoke Housesp. 181
Sourcesp. 182
The Lowdownp. 182
Kink on stagep. 182
That arty, multi-culti thingp. 182
Dutch drinking songsp. 182
Smoking outp. 183
Painting the town pinkp. 183
Dance feverp. 184
All that jazzp. 185
For fabulous, beautiful peoplep. 185
For youthquakersp. 186
For baby-boomers and upp. 186
Where to drink hardp. 187
Erotic play for gaysp. 187
The Index: An A to Z list of nightspots, with vital statisticsp. 188
Entertainmentp. 194
Info Sources and Ticketsp. 196
The Lowdownp. 197
Classical soundsp. 197
Music for the massesp. 198
Modern soundsp. 199
Kitsch concertosp. 200
Theater you can understand, sort ofp. 200
What's opera, doe?p. 201
Men in tightsp. 201
On the fringep. 202
Life is a gamblep. 203
Life is a cabaretp. 203
The sporting lifep. 203
The Index: An A to Z list of venues, with vital statisticsp. 205
Hotlines and Other Basicsp. 212
Airportp. 213
Airport transportation to downtownp. 213
Baby-sittersp. 214
Banks and exchange officesp. 214
Car rentalsp. 214
Consulates and embassiesp. 214
Currencyp. 215
Doctors and dentistsp. 215
Driving and parkingp. 215
Electricityp. 216
Emergencies and policep. 216
Events informationp. 216
Festivals and special eventsp. 217
Gay and lesbian sourcesp. 217
Holidaysp. 218
Internetp. 218
Languagep. 218
Newspapersp. 218
Opening and closing timesp. 219
Passports and visasp. 219
Post officep. 219
Public transportationp. 219
Radio and TV stations broadcasting in Englishp. 220
Standards of measurep. 220
Taxes and duty freep. 220
Taxis and limosp. 221
Telephonesp. 221
Timep. 222
Tippingp. 222
Trainsp. 222
Travelers with disabilitiesp. 222
Visitor informationp. 223
Weatherp. 223
Indexp. 224
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