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Amsterdam Camping: Sleep even cheaper in a tent!

Amsterdam Camping: Sleep even cheaper in a tent!

Travelers who prefer a tent to a hotel room are in luck when visiting green, camping-friendly Amsterdam. Cheap, clean, safe, and relaxing, the city’s campsites serve as a haven for those who wish to indulge in Amsterdam’s city life by day, but retreat to a peaceful, natural setting by night. Here are my top four picks for » Read more

Amsterdam Tip: Free things to do

Amsterdam Tip: Free things to do

Amsterdam is a city of frugality. So, it makes sense that indulging in the art scene or soaking up a bit of sun here doesn’t have to involve a hefty price tag.  In fact, it doesn’t involve a price at all. Here are a few of my favorite FREE things to do in Amsterdam. 1) » Read more

Amsterdam Street Markets: Food, book, and antique markets

Amsterdam Street Markets: Food, book, and antique markets

Amy K. Goemans— What’s the easiest way to soak up the culture while shopping and sightseeing? Dropping by charming street markets, of course! Amsterdam is famous for its street shopping, where both locals and tourists browse for great deals. Here is a brief list of our favorite street markets in Amsterdam. Food and more: Albert Cuyp » Read more

Amsterdam: Free iPhone application for tourists

Amsterdam: Free iPhone application for tourists

Most people we know with iPhones like to brag about all the whiz-bang tools packed into their phone, as iPhone “applications” extend the possibilities of the device far beyond simply making a telephone call. The “Amsterdam Mobile Guide,” one of the latest tools in the box, is a free iPhone application that acts as a personal » Read more

Amsterdam: Last-Minute Ticket Shop offers deep discounts to shows

Amsterdam: Last-Minute Ticket Shop offers deep discounts to shows

The Dutch thrive on a passion for deal-making, and Amsterdam’s lively theater and music scene is, fortunately, not immune to great deals. Locals in search of half-price tickets to a wide-variety of entertainment events (from high to low-end), head straight to the Last-Minute Ticket Shop. Always half off, no more, no less Located at the » Read more

Amsterdam Cheapo Souvenir: Canal house salt ‘n pepper shakers

What better way to celebrate Amsterdam, the city of tulips and Rembrandt, than with a set of adorable canal house salt and pepper shakers? Better yet if the price tag is under €5! Pass the salt. The canal house has long been an icon of Amsterdam’s unique architecture. On our last trip to the canalled » Read more

Amsterdam Neighborhood Highlight: Plantagebuurt

Amsterdam Neighborhood Highlight: Plantagebuurt

Of course you know about Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District or perhaps its fabulous Old Center. But, what about Plantagebuurt? A neighborhood with flair We the Cheapos do love us some far-flung city character. So, when last in the city of Rembrandt and pancake houses, we opted to stay in Plantagebuurt, where today university buildings and historic » Read more

The Best Pancakes In Amsterdam?

Mere leaving with pancake happiness! Today’s absurdly cold weather in New York – 17 degrees fahrenheit anyone? – makes us crave warm comfort food like nobody’s business.  Hot oatmeal, a Bauernfrühstück, heck, even the thought of a full English helps fuel us up and persevere through winter’s bite. One treat that we never, ever, turn down » Read more

Cheapo Night Out Amsterdam: Cafe In de Waag

Cheapo Night Out Amsterdam: Cafe In de Waag

Photo of Cafe In de Waag by Peterhoneyman Editor’s Note: Pete and Meredith just spent a long weekend in Amsterdam. This is a post from their recent journey. A little bit of history In 1488, St. Anthony’s Port – today a weigh house that stands in the center of Nieuwmarkt Square in Amsterdam – opened its doors » Read more

Amsterdam “Photo Friday” Bonanza!

Amsterdam “Photo Friday” Bonanza!

Earlier in the week, several of the Cheapos in our office (i.e., my wife Meredith and me) were in Amsterdam for a short holiday visit.  Having recently picked up a new digital camera for the first time in 5 years – hello recession discounts! – we snapped an absurd volume of photos, and include a few » Read more

Amsterdam Highlight: Free art at Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam Highlight: Free art at Schiphol Airport

Editor’s Note: Pete and Meredith just spent a long weekend in Amsterdam. This is the first of several posts from their recent journey. Homeward bound You know the scene, Cheapos. It was a bleary day in Amsterdam and we were a bit veklempt about bidding farewell to all the old school bicycles, chocolate with our » Read more

Amsterdam cheap souvenirs: Flower markets, seeds and bulbs

Amsterdam cheap souvenirs: Flower markets, seeds and bulbs

Amsterdam is fertile ground for free and almost-free souvenirs. While floral bouquets don’t travel well on an airplane (and may not be allowed!), seed packets and bulbs are both easy to pack, travel well, and will blossom back home. Plus, they’re totally cheap. (Please note: US Customs doesn’t want American tourists bringing home just any old » Read more

Free Amsterdam: Gardens, art, ferries, conversation

Free Amsterdam: Gardens, art, ferries, conversation

Looking for ways to save some euros while visiting Amsterdam? Here are five suggestions: Try some flower power. Visiting the masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum will set you back €10, but the baroque and renaissance gardens behind it are free to stroll. Delight in the fountains, statues, and the carefully coiffed hedges and plants. The gardens are open daily from 9 am to » Read more

Amsterdam: The cheapest bike in town

Amsterdam: The cheapest bike in town

Amsterdam is one of the best European cities for cycling. See the city, speed along the canals, and act like a local. Ready to roll? First, grab a good map. The tourism office facing Centraal Station offers a bike-specific map with highlighted biking paths and touring suggestions. Then, go get a bike! Where? Mike’s Bike Tours Kerkstraat » Read more

Amsterdam: The Best Budget Theme Hotels

Amsterdam: The Best Budget Theme Hotels

Maybe it’s Van Gogh’s trippy sunflowers or that wacky, tacky Red Light District. But there’s something about Amsterdam’s love of the unusual that pops up in its hotel offerings. We’ve weeded out the ho-hum hotel experiences to bring you a few of our favorite joints (so many puns, so little space!): Hotel de Filosoof What: Three-star hotel near » Read more

Amsterdam: Red light district to get cleaned up

Amsterdam: Red light district to get cleaned up

Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District, that central section of seedy sex shops and cinemas, is set to clean up its act. Job Cohen, the city’s Mayor, announced on Monday that Amsterdam will soon begin requiring all red-light merchants and services to go “legit.” Since the trade’s legalization in 2000, the area has continued to be plagued » Read more

Amsterdam: Underground Instability

Amsterdam: Underground Instability

It’s possible to get almost anywhere in Amsterdam by foot, tram, bus, and, of course, the trusty Dutch bicycle. Since 2003, the city, recognizing a need for speedier transit, has been digging for a subway. In a city lined with canals and soggy earth, a dig of this sort presents some unique challenges. Yesterday’s Boston Globe had an » Read more

Amsterdam: Prostitute Erected to Face Old Church

Amsterdam: Prostitute Erected to Face Old Church

Photo by Milda Palilionyte One of these neighborhood gatherings is not like the other: block party, garage sale, open house at the corner bordello. Amsterdam’s sex workers participated in a meet and greet with visitors last Saturday in the second annual open house sponsored by Amsterdam’s Prostitutie Informatie Centrum (or Prostitution Information Center, PIC). For » Read more

On Screen: Snapshots of Amsterdam

On Screen: Snapshots of Amsterdam

When we think of Amsterdam, romance is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind. The city’s depiction in film has mostly been relegated to stories of Anne Frank, tales of horror (Hostel begins in A’dam, need we say more?) and movies detailing the, um, distinctive local merchandise (Cheech and Chong’s Still Smokin). A » Read more

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