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Amsterdam: Shopping for books, movies, music, and clothes

Amsterdam: Shopping for books, movies, music, and clothes

For a lot of us, the appeal of Amsterdam lies in its diversity—be it food, culture, or the shopping experience. Tucked away from all major shopping spots, you are likely to find smaller, Dutch-specific stores that offer an interesting gift-hunting experience. Try these shops for a unique souvenir from the Netherlands: For Books: De Slegte » Read more

Amsterdam Food: Three budget-friendly restaurants in central Amsterdam

Amsterdam Food: Three budget-friendly restaurants in central Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the most popular city in Netherlands, and so, unsurprisingly, it can be hard to find a cheap meal here. By a cheap meal, I mean a nice, sit-down meal at an eatery, as opposed to grabbing something from a bustling fast food spot or street food vendor. (View my earlier post about Maoz » Read more

Amsterdam: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Amsterdam: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Those of us who drop by a city like Amsterdam for a short visit never really get to see each and every attraction. Nor do we want to in most occasions. Quite often, however, we try to stay in neighborhoods that offer our various interests and seem “right” for our trip. Choosing the right ‘hood, therefore, is » Read more

Amsterdam: Three comedy clubs for a Cheapo night out

Amsterdam: Three comedy clubs for a Cheapo night out

You’ve been to all the famous Amsterdam attractions—the zoo, the Van Gogh Museum, and other popular spots. But what about Amsterdam’s beloved comedy club scene? Stand-up gigs, improvisation shows, and all other forms of comedic performance are immensely popular in this city. As it is, you will come across a number of Amsterdam shows by » Read more

Amsterdam: Making the most of a trip to Artis Zoo

Amsterdam: Making the most of a trip to Artis Zoo

If you are putting together a list must-see sites of Amsterdam, the Artis Royal Zoo will definitely be on that list. And why not? An expansive ground featuring beautiful architecture and housing more than 700 weird and wonderful creatures will be fun viewing on any trip. However, Artis Zoo, with its €18 admission fee, can » Read more

Amsterdam Cheap Eat: Healthy treats at Maoz

Amsterdam Cheap Eat: Healthy treats at Maoz

Who says that every type of fast food is bad for you? Maoz, a popular fast-food franchise in Amsterdam, breaks the norm with their delicious vegetarian on-the-go snacks. At the very least, Maoz offers Cheapos a healthy quick meal at a modest price. A bit of History Maoz is a chain of vegetarian eateries that started » Read more

Amsterdam: Canal cruise options

Amsterdam: Canal cruise options

You’ve walked through the charming little streets of Amsterdam, but have you explored the city’s charming waterways? Sure you can (and will!) walk them, but cruising down the canals on a boat is a fun and exciting way to soak up a bit of the Dutch culture. After all, canal cruising was the preferred means of travel for » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 fun (and affordable) bars

Amsterdam: 5 fun (and affordable) bars

It’s been a tiring day of sightseeing and you’re all set to grab a beer or two. Luckily, Amsterdam’s streets are sprinkled with cafés and bars that cater to the tastes of various travelers. Here are five pubs and cafés that offer drinks and snacks at attractive prices. 1. Cafe Belgique Gravenstraat 2 Located at » Read more

Amsterdam: Celebrate “Open Heritage Day” on Sept 12-13 with free events

Amsterdam: Celebrate “Open Heritage Day” on Sept 12-13 with free events

Every September, Amsterdam celebrates its cultural heritage with gusto. Usually set on the second weekend of the month, Open Heritage Day is a two-day event offering various attractions and a glimpse of Dutch heritage for free! This year’s celebration, set for September 12-13, 2009, will open about 4,000 attractions all over the Netherlands. Here are some highlights from » Read more

Amsterdam Tip: Take a more budget-friendly canal cruise.

Amsterdam Tip: Take a more budget-friendly canal cruise.

Boat rides in Amsterdam are a must for anyone looking to experience an authentic view from the city’s romantic waterways and cozy canals. If the typical €15-euro option offered by mainstream tourism companies is off-putting, here are some low-budget alternatives offering a more personal, intimate, and customized touch. Happy cruising. Self-operated boat tours If you » Read more

Amsterdam Tip: Where to find sun, sand and summer fun

Amsterdam Tip: Where to find sun, sand and summer fun

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach. In Amsterdam, a city of canals and coffee houses, a sandy oasis can sometimes seem far away. But, with a little insider knowledge (read on, dear Cheapo!), it won’t be hard to imagine working on your tan while sipping on a beachy cocktail. Or, taking in » Read more

Amsterdam Tip: Free festivals and summer events

Amsterdam Tip: Free festivals and summer events

Be it summer or winter, Amsterdam celebrates life with a passion. And it’s no secret that the locals crave those sunny spells of July and August, considered some of their favorite times of the year. And for travelers on a budget, the offerings aren’t so bad either. These balmy days offer free citywide music events, » Read more

Amsterdam Transport Update: Trams and metro budget tips

Amsterdam Transport Update: Trams and metro budget tips

Public transportation in and around Amsterdam can be confusing for outsiders. And now a recent makeover in the city transit system has altered the cost and protocol of inner-city travel. Here’s some useful info to keep trams, buses and metros convenient and affordable for sightseers. Remember, there are low-cost and efficient ways to get around » Read more

Amsterdam: Five Free Museums

Amsterdam: Five Free Museums

Amsterdam is bursting with arts and entertainment, and The Netherlands itself boasts over 400 museums to marvel at. Although viewing the work of Van Gogh and Rembrandt can often be pricey, there are still ways to satisfy a museum craving free of charge. Here are five hotspots that offer a complimentary dose of Amsterdam culture. » Read more

Amsterdam: New Hermitage Museum opens in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: New Hermitage Museum opens in Amsterdam

On June 19, 2009, the newly renovated Hermitage Amsterdam opened its doors to reveal the best of Russian culture. Located on the Amstel River, this museum is a grand venue. The Hermitage Amsterdam’s building, known as the Amstelhof, dates back to 1682, when it served as a retirement home for elderly women. Now it houses » Read more

Amsterdam: Free live music on weeknights

Amsterdam: Free live music on weeknights

Looking to groove to some live music in Amsterdam on a weekday? The city’s got you covered with bands performing nightly across town. And there’s no need to dish out funds from your “miscellaneous” pile: Here are some hot music venues that are free (or nearly)! Sunday: Mulligan’s Irish Bar Amstel 100 Website: www.mulligans.nl Cost: » Read more

Amsterdam Cheap Eats: “Febo” dishes up snacks, automat-style

Amsterdam Cheap Eats: “Febo” dishes up snacks, automat-style

By Amy Goemans– Say you’re on your way to catch the train out of Amsterdam and don’t have time to sit down for a meal. Maybe it’s a nice day and you just want to take in the city’s floating flower market while munching on something cheap. Or maybe you’re having trouble pronouncing those Dutch » Read more

Amsterdam Brewery: Free tours of the Brouwerij ‘t Ij

Amsterdam Brewery: Free tours of the Brouwerij ‘t Ij

Amsterdam’s “Brouwerij ‘t Ij” brewery has been serving up a selection of Belgian-style organic brews since 1985. Located in an eastern corner of the city, the brewery is worth the trip for those seeking flavorful, fresh beer at a surprisingly low cost. Plus, if you swing by Brouwerij ‘t Ij on Fridays, you can take a » Read more

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