I don’t know what I expected Amsterdam to be like but I was definitely surprised in a good way! It’s hard to find cities with such personality and I’m happy to say Amsterdam was oosing with it. Like most cities there are a few things that surprised me! Here are some things to know before going to Amsterdam –
6 Things To Know Before Going To Amsterdam
Bikers – There are bikers everywhere. I mean everywhere. You know people go, “Oh you need to rent a bike in Amsterdam!” Well everyone has a bike in Amsterdam. An almost overwhelming amount. You’re dodging trams, cars, mopeds and then to top it off you have a million bikers coming at you in every direction! It’s nuts!! I was picturing cute little bikes strolling down the canals but once you hit busy spots in the city it becomes crazyyy. I don’t know how they do it in Amsterdam I didn’t see one yield sign!
The food is amazing – People talk about the Red Light District and coffeeshops but no one mentions the food! I didn’t have one bad meal in Amsterdam and I don’t think you could! Bar B has amazing burgers and lots of vegetarian options with the best onion rings ever. Bagels and Beans has unreal bagels (get the oathie one with cream cheese and jam it’s soooooo gooood) and Metropolitan has amazinngggg brunch. Think acai bowls and baguettes smothered in avocado. You won’t regret any of these and soy lattes are so cheap! I really really like food and my lattes.
There are a lot of people – When you go to places like Paris or London you expect a lot of people – But I didn’t expect Amsterdam to be as busy as it was. It was really busy everywhere and I don’t know why I thought it wouldn’t be. I mean the place is gorgeous and so full of culture and great people. I guess once you’ve been to most major cities you kind of just have an expectation of how crowded it would be. But once you think about it it’s kind of like the Vegas of Europe? Expect a lot of people.
Central Amsterdam is huge – You know when you go somewhere and there’s that one area you kind of stick around because that’s where it’s most busy? Amsterdam doesn’t have that. At least where I was walking (and I got lost a few times in the canals wandering around for hours!) It’s buzzing everywhere which was really lovely! One minute you’re walking down a canal and the next you’ve hit a book market – Then a few streets up you’re in another shopping district littered with cool alleyways and unique shops. You really could just get lost in Amsterdam and have an amazing time just looking at it’s uniqueness. I got lost one day and ended up in a vintage Japanese kimono shop. Pretty cool.
Everyone speaks English – You will not have a problem with English because everyones English is flawless! Probably better than mine. We didn’t have one encounter where we couldn’t get by. You begin to feel like an ass for not knowing another language if I’m being honest. It’s definitely motivating to pick up another Language and upping your game!