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Amsterdam's Disneyland of vice: a tour of the Red Light District

Published On 01/21/2014 Published On 01/21/2014
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1. Condomerie Warmoesstraat 141, Amsterdam, 1012 JB (Red Light District)

The Condomerie, the world's first condom speciality shop, has done all the backbreaking research into every type of condom imaginable and are the foremost experts on condoms. They have products in all shapes, sizes, colors and flavors. Their slogan says it best, “Always keep a rubber on hand”.

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2. Metropolitan Deli Warmoesstraat 135A, Amsterdam, 1012 JB (Red Light District)

While “Deli” is in the name, you won't find any sandwiches or meats here. In the place of meats and cheeses you'll find every type of candy and treat you've ever dreamt of and more!

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3. Restaurant ANNA Warmoesstraat 111, Amsterdam, 1012 JA (Red Light District)

When dining at Restuarant ANNA, you'll have great views of the medieval church square from their outdoor patio. Choose from many fine dishes and then let them help you pair a great wine from their extensive list.

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4. Getto Warmoesstraat 51, Amsterdam, 1012 HW (Red Light District)

If you've ever wanted to eat an awesome, stacked and fully-loaded burger while listening to Madonna and ordering cocktails named after famous drag queens, then this is the place for you.

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5. Nana Amsterdam Warmoesstraat 62, Amsterdam, 1012JG (Red Light District)

This is the one-stop shop for all your adult gift needs. With toys of all shapes, sizes, and colors, it's basically a candy store for grown ups.

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6. Prostitution Information Center - De Wallenwinkel Enge Kerksteeg 3, Amsterdam, 1012 GV (Red Light District)

It's definitely worth a visit to Wallenwinkel in the Red Light District to find out all there is to know about Amsterdam’s world famous district (especially regarding the sex industry or prostitution). They sell gifts, many of them handmade, and will even give you a tour or lecture about all there is to know. And to top it all of it's for a good cause, because their profits go directly into funding the Prostitution Information Center.

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7. Bulldog Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90, Amsterdam, 1012 GG (Red Light District)

This classic Amsterdam coffee shop is often considered by many as the first in the city to receive a green and white license to chill that so many coffee shops in the city have now.

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8. Oude Kerk (Old Church) Oudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam, 1012 GX (Red Light District)

They don't call it "Old Church" for no reason. Built in 1306 (!), this church is the oldest structure in Amsterdam and it is still a center for both religious and cultural activities.

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9. Station Amsterdam Centraal Stationsplein 15, Amsterdam, 1012 AB (Medieval Center)

As far as public transport goes Centraal Station is one of the cleanest and most intuitive rail platforms out there. Whether you're using it as a hub to travel around Europe or just get to the airport they make it easy.

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10. Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic) Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40, Amsterdam, 1012 GE (Red Light District)

Built in the 17th century, this is the oldest museum in the city and is visited by 85,000 people annually.

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11. Mata Hari Oudezijds Achterburgwal 22, Amsterdam, 1012 DM (Red Light District)

The Mata Hari café prides itself on using sustainable, local and fair trade products whenever possible. They source their beer, meats and cheeses from local proprietors and craft specialists. Stop by to grab a bite to eat or a drink and enjoy their patio which is right on the waterway.

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12. Moulin Rouge Oudezijds Achterburgwal 7, Amsterdam, 1012 DA (Red Light District)

Stop by the Red Light District to see the famous sex show and a few of the other activities they perform at The Moulin Rouge.

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13. Black Tiger Oudezijds Achterburgwal 23HS, Amsterdam, 1012 DA (Red Light District)

The Black Tiger, founded in 1990, boasts 7 big screens on two floors in the Red Light District. If watching TV and downing drinks are not your thing, you can shoot some pool and down drinks.

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14. Erotic Museum Oudezijds Achterburgwal 54, Amsterdam, 1012 DP (Red Light District)

It's not surprise one of the most erotic cities in the world has a museum to learn about what really makes the Red Light District tick. Head inside and discover everything you didn't know about erotica and its artistic expression.

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15. Bananenbar Oudezijds Achterburgwal 37, Amsterdam, 1012 DA (Red Light District)

Located smack-dap in the middle of the Red Light District, the famous Bananenbar is one of the most fun and surprising bars in erotic Amsterdam.

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16. Bethaniënklooster Barndesteeg 6B, Amsterdam, 1012 BV (Red Light District)

Located in the Red Light District, this expansive structure is primarily used as concert venue but it is also utilized for various activities such as lectures, business meetings, weddings, and dinners.

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17. Casa Rosso Theatre Oudezijds Achterburgwal 108, Amsterdam, 1012 DS (Red Light District)

One of the most recognizable and well-known strip clubs in the Red Light District, this theatre with the pink elephant on its facade is basically the mascot of the area.

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18. Blauw aan de Wal Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99A, Amsterdam, 1012 DD (Red Light District)

Even though Blauw aan de Wal is a little bit off the beaten path, it is well worth the walk and adventure to find. But make sure to make a reservation ahead of time in order to secure a table at one of the premier restaurants in Amsterdam.

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19. Hash, Marihuana, and Hemp Museum Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148HS, Amsterdam, 1012 DV (Red Light District)

Want to learn everything there is to know about hash, marijuana, and hemp? Well unsurprisingly, the Red Light District has this handy and fascinating museum for your enjoyment and intellectual discovery.

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20. Cannabis College Oudezijds Achterburgwal 124, Amsterdam, DT (Red Light District)

The Cannibis College has one mission: "(Re)educating people about the history and beneficial aspects of the Cannabis plant." Who said getting your degree couldn't be fun?

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21. Oriental City Oudezijds Voorburgwal 177-179, Amsterdam, 1012 EV (Red Light District)

Centrally located, Oriental City is the authority in the Chinatown/Red Light District area for awesome Dim Sum and other Chinese dishes.

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22. Golden Chopsticks Oude Doelenstraat 1, Amsterdam, 1012 ED (Red Light District)

Golden Chopsticks cooks up some of the finest Hong Kong/Cantonese-style cooking in Amsterdam. They're serving up dishes like Spicy Crab with fried garlic and roasted Peking Duck.

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23. Green House Centrum Oudezijds Voorburgwal 191, Amsterdam, 1012 EW (Red Light District)

This is one of the most popular coffee shops in all of Amsterdam for those who want to partake in some relaxing herbal refreshment.

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24. Bridges Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, Amsterdam, 1012 EX (Red Light District)

Bridges is one of, if not the best seafood restos in all of Amsterdam. Their focus is purely on the freshest fish the ocean has to offer and they serve about every delicious creature you can think of, from their raw bar to their everyday entrees and specials. That's why they are a Michelin-starred establishment.