How to live like a Local in Amsterdam
The thing I love most about Amsterdam… is that it doesn’t feel like a capital city. The central area is very compact, and I love that I can jump on my bike and be on the other side of the city in under 30 minutes. It’s a really laid-back place to live and the central areas aren’t congested with traffic as most people travel by bike.
When I have friends in town… I like to take them to a bruin café (brown cafe) like ‘t Arendsnest. These traditional bars, complete with dark wood furniture, soft lighting and an abundance of antique clutter, make you feel like you’ve been transported back to an Amsterdam of old. Their warm and homely ambience makes them the perfect place to experience that gezellig feeling (a Dutch quality that roughly means cosy) with some friends, a couple of beers and a portion of bitterballen(croquettes).
My favourite place for shopping is… the IJ Hallen in Amsterdam Noord. This monthly flea market is the biggest in Europe and is located in a huge warehouse which overflows into an outdoor area. I can spend hours roaming the stalls, which sell everything from clothing to ice skates, all for next to nothing. Afterwards, I like to grab a drink or a spot of lunch at the nearby Cafe Noorderlicht or Pllek, before jumping on the free ferry back to Amsterdam Central.
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