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Amsterdam: Tips for tulip shopping (and peeping)

Amsterdam: Tips for tulip shopping (and peeping)

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— The world’s first stock market crash took place in Holland because of tulips. During the 1600s people were obsessed with buying the rarest tulip and, well, displaying it in a vase at home. The most sought-after varietals had fanatics dishing out 2,000 florins a bulb (in context, a skilled laborer might earn 150 » Read more

Amsterdam: 10 easy ways to save time when visiting

Amsterdam: 10 easy ways to save time when visiting

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Even during the off season Amsterdam is a busy place. Lines for museums are common, stuffy buses are all too familiar, and traveling in and out of the city can take some time. Here are 10 ways to keep you from playing the waiting game and make the most out » Read more

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Amsterdam isn’t the cheapest destination in Europe, but there are ways to get around the tourist prices. In fact, it’s easy to find freebies left and right in the city. Here’s a checklist of 20 great ideas for a free day in Amsterdam: 1. Start with a free map Free » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 late-night snacks for Cheapos on the prowl

Amsterdam: 5 late-night snacks for Cheapos on the prowl

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— There is so much nightlife in Amsterdam that “sightseeing” bars and coffeeshops can lead to late hours wandering the streets in search of cheap eats. You should know your options before ducking into a take-away joint or pizza bar. Here is my advice for Amsterdam’s best late-night cheapo snacks: King » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 tourist scams to avoid

Amsterdam: 5 tourist scams to avoid

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Avoiding tourist scams is part of traveling, and Amsterdam, like any major city, has its fair share of rip offs. There are situations that feel like a scam because they’re simply disappointing (“tourist traps”), and then there are the ones that are downright scandalous (“scams”). We’re focusing on the latter » Read more

Amsterdam’s best bars for beer

Amsterdam’s best bars for beer

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— In a city drenched with every conceivable vice, the one sin that pulls me in is good beer. I’m a sucker for a freshly-poured brew that’s flavorful, cold and tasty. And I don’t mean mainstream pilsners. If you like the satisfaction of enjoying a well-crafted beer at a good price, » Read more

Amsterdam: Our 3 favorite pancake joints

Amsterdam: Our 3 favorite pancake joints

The pancake is one of the most famous plates in Dutch cuisine. Short in stature but large in circumference, the Dutch pancake is served with mixed-in ingredients that can go sweet, savory, or quite experimental. Here are three Cheapo picks for my favorite pancake shops in Amsterdam: Pannekoekenboot (Pancake Boat) Web site (in Dutch) 4:30 » Read more

Amsterdam’s Museum Pass Options: Which is a better deal?

Amsterdam’s Museum Pass Options: Which is a better deal?

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— The Netherlands has over 400 museums – a hefty load of culture to pack into one tiny country. Locals know that museum passes are the way to go in Amsterdam, but the city offers two competing passes. Which is the best buy for you? It depends upon your length of » Read more

Amsterdam: Where to find workshops, classes and courses

Amsterdam: Where to find workshops, classes and courses

Amsterdam’s reputation of being open and liberal trickles down all the way to community classes and workshops, and we don’t just mean a trendy yoga class (though that’s common, too). From creative workouts like trapeze class, sports like ping-pong and kite surfing, to an open field of student-run events from debate to open mic, here » Read more

Amsterdam: How to dress and act like a local

Amsterdam: How to dress and act like a local

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Maybe it’s because I’m American, but I can spot our style from a mile away. I see it all over Amsterdam: The baseball cap, the oh-so handy cargo pants, and a sporty, all weather and near fluorescent wind breaker. We stick out like sore thumbs in Euroland. Of course, standing » Read more

Tipping in Amsterdam: How much to tip in restaurants, bars and cafes

Tipping in Amsterdam: How much to tip in restaurants, bars and cafes

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Tipping abroad can be confusing, especially when you’re on a whirl-winded European trip that takes you into and out of different countries with different customs. Often travelers tip too much, or to little, and rarely the right amount at the right time. How much should you tip in Amsterdam? Learn » Read more

Amsterdam: A day on less than €20 in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: A day on less than €20 in Amsterdam

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— A day on less than €20 in Amsterdam? Can it be done? Why, yes it can! Amsterdam might not be the cheapest Euro destination, but thanks to its outdoor happenings and entertainment freebies, it’s certainly possible. • Related: Heading to Amsterdam? Be sure to swing by our guide to the » Read more

Amsterdam Coffee Confusion: Coffee, cafes and coffeeshops

Amsterdam Coffee Confusion: Coffee, cafes and coffeeshops

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— On the surface Amsterdam’s café culture seems a little confusing and intimidating. If cafes serve beer and coffeeshops serve the “green goods,” where does one go for just a cup of joe? Here are some pointers. Ordering coffee? Ditch the details! If you’re craving a large mocha latte with 2% » Read more

Amsterdam Bike Tours: 5 tours with fun themes

Amsterdam Bike Tours: 5 tours with fun themes

The preferred way to travel in Amsterdam is undoubtedly by bicycle, and bike tour possibilities abound. Know your options, however, before settling for just any old group cycle through the city. From beach cruises to picnic pedaling, here are my “top five” alternative bike tours that are offered in and around Amsterdam. Culinary bike tour » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 delicious Dutch desserts not to be missed

Amsterdam: 5 delicious Dutch desserts not to be missed

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— The Dutch were never known for their exotic cuisine–bread, cheese and fries being the basics. Thankfully the Netherlands has a satisfying sweet tooth. When visiting Amsterdam, don’t hold back on indulging in these five sugary surprises that are simple, cheap, yet oh so tasty. 1. Appeltaart met slagroom Typical price: » Read more

Amsterdam: Tips for navigating Schipol Airport

Amsterdam: Tips for navigating Schipol Airport

Schipol Airport in Amsterdam gets its name from its former days as a large lake where ships easily sunk from bad weather – the translation literally means “ship hole” (insert joke here).  It’s the third largest airport in Europe and in the world for international passenger traffic. To help keep you afloat, here are some » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 basic rules of bike safety

Amsterdam: 5 basic rules of bike safety

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Amsterdam by bike is the best way to see the city, hands down. The flat terrain guarantees a quick travel time, and there’s something special about the Holland breeze brushing your cheeks. Most importantly, as biking in this densely-populated city is the main form of transport, there are some important » Read more

Last Minute Cheapo: 5 hotels in Amsterdam for under $100

Last Minute Cheapo: 5 hotels in Amsterdam for under $100

By Pete Meyers—It’s officially “shoulder season,” Cheapos, and you know what that means: comfortable weather, more tolerable crowds, and most importantly…bargains galore! Best yet, even with fairly little advance planning there are plenty of cheap, last minute deals to be snagged. But where to go? We decided to tap into our inner-Van Gogh and searched » Read more

Amsterdam: Two beachside locales for end-of-summer fun

Amsterdam: Two beachside locales for end-of-summer fun

As summer rolls away in Amsterdam and fall brings in cooler temps, locals still flock to the beaches for one last hurrah. Luckily, the fun cafés, clubs and bars along the beaches of Zandvoort and IJburg throw grand finale parties until the last week of September. Getting to a beach in Holland is a breeze, » Read more

Amsterdam: Where to have a traditional Dutch breakfast

Amsterdam: Where to have a traditional Dutch breakfast

As in many European countries, going out for breakfast in the Netherlands is a rare event. Yet some of us cherish the true enjoyment of a morning meal. Here’s how the Dutch do it on the go and on the cheap, along with a few tips for finding a nice a.m. sit-down spot in Amsterdam. » Read more

Amsterdam Favorite Place: The Skinny Bridge

Amsterdam Favorite Place: The Skinny Bridge

In my opinion, the Magere Brug (the “Skinny Bridge” in English) is the best bridge in Amsterdam because of its beauty (by day and by night) and its ideal location on the Amstel River. It’s my favorite place to sit and dangle my feet in the sunlight. A trace from the Golden Age The Skinny » Read more

Favorite Museum in Amsterdam: Foam Photography Museum

Favorite Museum in Amsterdam: Foam Photography Museum

There are over 400 museums in the tiny Netherlands, but, for me, one stands out for its value and quality: Amsterdam’s Foam Photography Museum. Foam holds a roster of spectacular collections by world-famous photographers past and present, though its discreet Keizersgracht location keeps the place relatively peaceful. Its interior is modern and inventive, and the gallery size » Read more

Favorite Place in Amsterdam: Coffee and local culture at Café Koosje

Favorite Place in Amsterdam: Coffee and local culture at Café Koosje

Editor’s Note: For our “Favorite Places” blog series, we’re asking our local correspondents to write about one of their favorite places in town. For an ultimate Dutch time out in Amsterdam, head to Café Koosje. From coffee to apple pie with whipped cream, the place warms its patrons with cups of culture and a charming » Read more

Amsterdam: Outdoor fun (and fitness) in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: Outdoor fun (and fitness) in Amsterdam

While some folks relax by taking a leisurely stroll in the park, others unwind by sweating it out in the gym or going for a soothing swim in the pool. Accordingly, there are plenty of options for staying active when visiting Amsterdam. From golf to swimming, here are some ideas for recreation in the city. » Read more

Amsterdam: 3 lesser-known, Cheapo-friendly museums

Amsterdam: 3 lesser-known, Cheapo-friendly museums

With its vast number of museums, it is no wonder that Amsterdam is the cultural hub of the Netherlands. It is, of course, the quaint, lesser-known attractions that add color to this image. The smaller museums in Amsterdam are interesting in their own right, and they also come with a smaller price tag than the » Read more