Amsterdam is without a doubt, one of Europe’s top short-break destinations. It’s a compact, instantly likeable city, that’s appealing to look at and pleasant to walk around.

Amsterdam's Red Light District enjoys a notorious reputation on the international stage. A small version of Las Vegas, with cheesy sex shops selling blow-ups, massive dildos and other outrageous toys this section is the oldest part of the city. Here you'll be witness to a whole new level of window-shopping. Along the streets, the multi-cultural community of prostitutes, junkies, clerics, carpenters and cops freely intermingle, exhibiting a strange kind of social coziness.

As a tourist, you'll be a mere voyeur; Unless of course your plans are to dive head-first into the actions and leave your morals at home... and that of course, is why you're here

Our Top Picks !

  • Renaissance$$$

    Kattengat 1-11

    Stylish, contemporary rooms near the center of the city. Voted one of the top 10 hotels in Northern Europe by Conde Nast Traveler. The hotel’s concierge Lourens Speksnijder will lead you to hidden gems and trendy new spots.

  • Grand Hotel Amrath$$$

    Prins Hendrikkade 108-114

    Enjoy historic charm with amazing views of the city. Bordered by canals and a short walk to the city center, Amrath features spacious luxury rooms and suites with high ceilings designed in a modern Art Nouveau style.

  • Sofitel $$$$

    Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197

    The Sofitel has so much going on, it will be tempting to not even leave the hotel. It's got a luxurious spa, great restaurant, Raw Bar, Vinothèque, library and café. But it's also close to the Red Light District, so... don't forget your key.

  • Hotel Pulitzer$$$$

    Prinsengracht 315

    Close to all attractions, Hotel Pulitzer is comprised of 25 restored 17th and 18th century canal houses. Some rooms overlook the canals, others the gardens. It includes all the expected amenities and then some - including a Hotel Boat.

  • Citizen M$$

    Prinses Irenestraat 30

    citizenM is centrally located and near the Red Light District. It's not as pricey but still includes great amenities like a rain shower, wall-to-wall window and mood pad room control. CanteenM includes sandwiches, snacks and breakfast.

  • The Dylan$$$$

    Keizersgracht 384

    Dylan is located in the city center and is comprised of canal houses with a courtyard. Choose among luxury rooms that combine contemporary sensibilities with classic design. Enjoy a gentleman’s drink at the first class living-room style bar.

  • Park Hotel$$

    Stadhouderskade 25

    You can party all night at the Leidseplein and be back at your hotel almost instantly if you stay at the Park. The hotel's restaurant, MOMO, offers Pan Asian cuisine and a cocktail bar to top off the night on your way upstairs.

  • Inter Continental$$$$$

    Professor Tulpplein 1

    Directly on the banks of the Amstel River, The Intercontinental Amstel is renowned for its elegance. Right in the heart of downtown Amsterdam, it is within walking distance to everything you want, and that includes all the trouble spots.

  • Park Plaza Victoria$$$

    Damrak 1-5

    It's easy to get to any of the destinations you have in mind from the Park Plaza Victoria. So go do what you want to do (no question asked), then come back and enjoy the free fitness center, wi-fi and pool.

  • Hotel Okura$$$

    Ferdinand Bolstraat 333

    The Okura is located on the banks of the Amstel Canal and is close to everything Amsterdam has to offer. You'll be glad of that fact after you've sampled everything that Amsterdam has to offer.

  • Green House $$$$

    Oudezijdsvoorburgwal 191

    Being very close to Dam Square this shop can get pretty crowded. Green House is Amsterdam's first artistic coffeeshop and features an artsy, spacious, light interior, an energetic vibe and a huge selection of high-quality cannabis.

  • The Grasshopper $$$

    Nieuwezijdsvoorburgwal 59

    Some may consider this place a tourist trap because it's on the pricey side, however, this is the largest coffeeshop in town so if you want to mingle with large crowds and tourists, this is the place to visit. Try the space cakes if you dare

  • De Dampkring $$$

    Handboogstraat 29

    If De Dampkring looks familiar to you, it's probably because you saw glimpses of it in "Ocean's Twelve." It's also one of the most popular coffee shops in Amsterdam. Great grass and hash, low prices, friendly atmosphere.

  • The Doors $$$

    Singel 14

    If you're in the mood for a spliff, a beer, and some classic rock, this is your spot. There are pool tables, outside seating and Jim Morrison watches it all from a large painting on the wall. Far out, man.

  • The Rookies $$$

    Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 145-147

    Great selection of grass and hash in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Try the pre-rolled joints or ask for a bong. Good music, all kinds of beer, and a pool table.

  • Rusland $$$

    Rusland 14-16

    One of the cool things about this place is that you can choose your grass or hash, then go upstairs and kick back to smoke and watch TV. And when the munchies hit, they have breakfast and lunch available.

  • Barney's $$$

    Haarlemmerstraat 102

    Barneys is a great weed Coffeeshop. A bit out of the way and slightly overpriced, but worth the trip. Barney's offers friendly service in a laid back atmosphere with a great selection. Make sure you ask to see the volcano vaporizer. Amazing.

  • Jimmy Woo $$$$$

    Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18

    Jimmy Woo is a big deal among Amsterdam nightclubs. A Clooney-goes-there-when-he's-in-town kind of big deal. Dress to impress if you want to get in the door. It has a great sound system and a decor like an 18th century opium den.

  • Escape $$$$

    Rembrandtplein 11

    Escape is the biggest, loudest, and hippest nightclub in Amsterdam. Get dressed up a little as you'll probably find yourself rubbing elbows (and other parts) with some of the city's beautiful people.

  • Paradiso $$$

    Weteringschans 6-8

    Paradiso is known for its weekend bands, from the well-known to the up-and-coming. The former church has great acoustics, which helps. On weekend evenings, there are DJs but it's still a crowded, popular place.

  • Panama $$$$

    Oostelijke Handelskade 4

    If you've passed the quarter-century mark and are looking for fun but not such a frat house feel, try Panama. The clientele is a bit older and the club features dining as well as dancing. Great mix of music.

  • Studio 80 $$$

    Rembrandtplein 17

    Studio 80 is Amsterdam's most underground nightclub. It has two areas where you can hear electronic dance music or experimental techno. The club has regular gay nights featuring some of the edgiest DJs.

  • Club 8 $$$

    Admiraal de Ruyterweg 56B

    Located a bit out of the center of the city, Club 8 is one of Amsterdam's edgiest clubs. It's known for its indie music, including gay electro, techno and "twisted vaudeville." Perfect for when you're feeling a little twisted yourself.

  • Bitterzoet $$$

    Spuistraat 2

    Bitterzoet is a small club, popular with the younger set and known for its variety of live music, ranging from local indie bands to American newcomers.

  • Club NL $$$$

    Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 169

    Now THIS is a trendy nightclub. With uber cool cocktails, uber-cooler European DJs, and celebrities like Naomi Campbell and Mick Jagger dropping in, this is a club you'll be telling people about for weeks when you get back.

  • Odeon $$$$

    Singel 460

    Odeon is the site of the former notorious gay club, DOK, and is now a plush, all-in-one club for those who have a little more money to spend on dining and dancing. Have a cocktail or dinner downstairs before heading upstairs to dance.

  • Sugar Factory $$$$

    Lijnbaansgracht 238

    It sounds like a bakery, but Sugar Factory is one seriously trendy club. In the early evening there are art exhibitions, fashion shows, big band acts, performance art and cutting-edge multimedia events... then later, non-stop partying.

  • SupperclubContinental, Europea$$$$

    Jonge Roelensteeg 21

    Supperclub offers "an unusual dinner experience" featuring a variety of difference cuisines, plus drinks, dancing and performance art.

  • Ciel BleuEuropean, French$$$

    Ferdinand Bolstraat 333

    Located on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura, Ciel Bleu features a menu that changes four times a year and includes such dishes as marbré of foie gras and stewed veal cheek with chutney of Cévennes onions. Full wine service and an amazing view.

  • Pont 13European, French$$

    Haparandadam 50

    Pont 13 is a unique restaurant - housed in an old ferry dating from 1927 which ran back and forth across the harbor. Beautifully renovated, it offers indoor and outdoor dining areas and great views of the harbor.

  • De BolhoedVegetarian$$

    Prinsengracht 60-62

    If you are a vegetarian for real and not just because your significant other frowns when you order steak, you'll love De Bolhoed. All vegetarian/vegan, but still with alcohol and dessert on the menu, so you don't have to be TOO healthy.

  • De KasMediterranean$$$$

    Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3

    Whether you're a meat-eater or a vegetarian, you can get what you want at De Kas. There's no set menu, just whatever the chef feels like making that day, so go when you're feeling adventurous. Late hours make it great post-drinking.

  • Blauw aan de WalEuropean$$$$

    Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99

    You have to love a place that describes its location as "down an alley in the Red Light District." Limited menu but renowned for its quality. Good wine, too.

  • BirdAsian, Thai$$

    Zeedijk 72-74

    As if the Red Light District needs any more spice, Bird has it. Stop in for some of the best authentic Thai in town. Bird is known for its huge portions and low prices. Grab a cold Asian beer while you're waiting.

  • Rose's CantinaLatin, Mexican $$

    Reguliersdwarsstraat 40

    You know how sometimes, when you've been out drinking - hard - nothing sounds as good as Mexican food? Yeah. That's why Rose's Cantina is there. Amazing variety, affordable prices and, if you're up for it, 20 different tequilas.

  • BazarAfrican, Middle East$$

    Albert Cuypstraat 182

    Bazar is crazy popular, so get a reservation if you can. African, Iranian and Turkish food available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cool decor, interesting menu options and affordable prices.

  • Balthazar’s KeukenMediterranean$$$

    Elandsgracht 108

    Set in a former blacksmith's shop, Balthazar's has a set three-course menu and offerings include a first course of "small bites" and usually fish or other meat to follow. Good house wines too.

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  • Club Elegance $$$$

    Nicolaas Witsenkade 38

    Considered the nicest and classiest of the city's sex clubs, Club Elegance charges €75 at the door, but that includes five drinks. It's centrally located enough to be within walking distance of most hotels, so you can avoid the taxi scam.

  • Club LV $$$

    Middenweg 144

    The trendy, luxury and most exclusive sexclub in and around Amsterdam with a wide choice of stimulating rooms and sexy, beautiful, elegant, and hot ladies.

  • Club Mayfair $$$

    Roompotstraat 1

    The club is about 1.5 kilometers south of Museumplein and Leidseplein, and it’s only a couple blocks from the RAI convention center complex.

  • Golden Key $$$

    Overtoom 294

    Are you looking for a brothel in Amsterdam? You are at the right address. If you're looking for sexy and convivial girls to party with, come join us at our convivial brothel.

  • Jan Bik $$$$

    Buitenwieringenstraat 3-5

    You can feel the informal, homely atmosphere which Club Jan Bik is famous for and experience great prices. At Jan Bik, you will find erotic partners and escorts to keep you and your friends entertained througout the night.

  • Ria’s $$$

    Overtoom 558

    Looking for the most exclusive nightclub in Amsterdam? Ria’s Men’s Club makes all your wishes come trough. and Ria's club is available every day of the week.

  • Asmara $$$$


    Known in Amsterdam for its high class girls and most reasonable price beginning at €80, with no entrance fees, extra room charges or drink charges. The ladies are top models with class and style. And therefore they are frequently booked.

  • Prik $$$

    Spuistraat 109

    A crossover between leather and fashion, retro and modern, Prik attracts men of all kinds. Enjoy mixed drinks, cocktails, and wine on an outdoor terrace. The bar has something for everybody, with a name that keeps patrons' eyes on the prize.

  • Cuckoo's Nest $$$

    Nieuwezijds Kolk 6

    The Cuckoo's Nest is a fetish oriented bar located right in the center of town. It's best known for it's elaborate darkroom - so large that the bar's website includes a map so patrons don't get lost. Play safely!

  • Argos $$$$

    Warmoesstraat 95

    Argos features the first darkroom in Europe (so you can include it as part of a historical tour). Enjoy 2 bars for some drinks and other forms of lubrication before heading downstairs for cabins, sling room, dark corners and a smoking room.

  • Web $$$

    St. Jacobsstraat 6

    Web features regular DJs and theme nights like food on Sundays and Lotteries on Wednesdays. This a friendly cruise bar has a newly renovated back room and a loyal customer base of men for you to get to know.

  • Club Church $$$

    Kerkstraat 52

    Club Church features two floor for both dancing and cruising. Known for different theme nights five nights a week (visit the website for the tantalizing details!) Features a smoking room, cabins, slings, douches, and showers.

  • Engel $$$

    Zeedijk 21

    Located in the red light district, Engel has that friendly neighborhood bar feel about it. Grab a drink and make new friends among the men and women who are enjoying a drink on the terrace overlooking the canal.

  • Dirty Dicks $$$

    Warmoesstraat 86

    A fetish bar, and the self described most sleazy spot of Amsterdam, this is a hard men's cruising bar. "Most come to a fetish bar looking for certain types of men," says the website. If this description speaks to you, this is your bar.

  • Queen's Head $$$

    Zeedijk 20

    Get there early as this place is crazy popular. Visitors call it friendly and unpretentious. It's owned by a drag queen and her partner, and is a great place to hang out and talk over drinks. There's even a terrace overlooking the Zeedijk.

  • Barderij $$$

    Zeedijk 14

    If you're looking for a nice, easygoing place to have drinks and a real conversation, this is it. A typical, friendly Amsterdam bar, Barderij is a popular meeting place. The 'Neatherbears' meet here biweekly, if you're staying around awhile.

  • Montmartre $$$

    Halvemaansteeg 17

    Named the best gay bar in Amsterdam for multiple years, Montmartre is lively and loud, with men and women singing and drinking to Dutch oldies and gay classics. And who doesn't love a two-hour happy hour? It goes from 6-8 p.m. every day.