One of the oldest districts in Amsterdam, Nieuwmarkt and Lastage was once the city’s shipbuilding quarter. These days, the area is peppered with remnants of its past, such as markets and an old city gate, plus...
Things to watch out for in Amsterdam
Yeah, y’know, that green stuff – so despite what you may have heard, marijuana isn’t actually legal in Amsterdam. Possession of small amounts is 'tolerated' but don’t go walking around with more than five grams on you. Buying and smoking should only be done at one of the city’s many 'coffee shops' – definitely don’t buy anything off the street and always ask before sparking up a doobie at a normal cafe or bar.
Harder stuff – magic mushrooms are apparently legal/tolerated as well. Anything stronger (which means basically anything else) is definitely illegal and you should expect to be as much trouble as you would at home. Except your mum will have to come a whole lot further to angrily bail you out.
Rosse Buurten – De Wallen, situated at the heart of Amsterdam, is the largest Rosse Buurt (red light district). There’s also Singelgebied to the west and Ruysdaelkade to the south. Apparently, the main streets of these areas aren’t too dangerous if you do venture into them but probably best avoid going down any side streets for obvious reasons.
Stag parties – so all of the above elements attracts a whole lot of LADS LADS LADS. The good news is they don’t tend to find the rest of the city that interesting so can be easily avoided if you don’t go to any mainstream clubs.