Stop #3: Gay Warmoesstraat
What you expect: Assless leather pants.
What you get: Dudes who dig dudes come here for supplies, but it’s easy to miss if you’re not in the know. Farther up, this street is actually tourist party central.
As most of the clubs on this block lack windows, it’s easy to miss that what you’re walking through is actually Amsterdam’s gay BDSM zone. The alternating rainbow and black, white, blue, and red-heart flags are kind of a tip-off, though.
If you’re looking for some toys for her, even your girlfriend will feel comfortable exploring the crazy-welcoming Nana Amsterdam sex shop. Bar-restaurant Getto, up the street, may be very gay-oriented, but its crazy-good, over-the-top burgers keep it packed to the gills with people of every orientation. The rest of this street is tourist central, with bars and hostels and more galore.
Next move: Head into the Wijde Kerksteeg alley and stop at the end of the block; you’ll see the PIC & Wallenwinkel (“red-light district store”) on your left. (That kiddie daycare, btw, is straight ahead to the left of the church, next to the Red Light Radio station.)