Lonely Planet author Erin Richards lived, worked and even got married in Amsterdam. It’s a lot more than the lure of the red light district and the business hub. Relax like a local, spend hours by the canal, cycle around and head off for a night at a brown café. Why are they brown again?
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Uncover a grand church hidden in an attic in the Red Light District.
Visit a shoe-shaped home and the office of the future at the Living Tomorrow Pavilion.
Sip jenever (Dutch gin) at a traditional tasting house or distillery.
Practice your dangling skills sampling herring from a street stall.
In This Guide:
42 days of in-city research, five walking tours, three cycling tours, 18 detailed maps.
Color Architecture chapter shows the contrast between Amsterdam’s classic and modern styles.
Local insights from a film director, a boat-tour operator and an author.
We like the Lonely Planet Amsterdam City Guide — albeit primarily for the reason mentioned by one reviewer who wrote,
The value in “Lonely Planet Amsterdam” is in the thumbnail sketches of cafes and reasonably-priced restaurants. The descriptions of the establishments that I am familiar with were right on the money. They are grouped by neighborhood and have basic information, such as opening hours.
As Amsterdam locals, we concur.
Lonely Planet itself says,
Some come to Amsterdam for the anything-goes party scene, some come for the Golden Age art and thriving theatre, but no-one leaves without being bowled over by the merchant’s villas lining the canals, the gracious parks and the laid-back, come-one-come-all vibe that is Amsterdam at its best.