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Amsterdam's Leon Knoors shares how to act and eat like a local

Published On 12/13/2013 Published On 12/13/2013
Leon Knoors Act Like a Local Amsterdam
Elysia Brenner
Cinema Paradiso
BAUT
Sebastiaan Olij
Bar Baarsch
Bierfabriek
Cafe de Jordaan
Bar Italia
SkyLounge Amsterdam
Bar 22
The Butcher
Vesper Bar
Chicago Social Club
De Duvel
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Canal Company
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Ten Katemarkt
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1. Cinema Paradiso Westerstraat 186, Amsterdam, 1015 MR (The Jordaan)

This Italian resto serves an extensive menu of traditional dishes, including eight tasty pasta plates and a variety of pizzas.

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2. BAUT Wibautstraat 125, Amsterdam, 1091 GL (East)

Open seven days a week, BAUT is located in a space that was originally an office. The owners took out the desks, put in tables, and started serving up delicious international fare.

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3. IZAKAYA Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, Amsterdam, (De Pijp)

This Japanese resto may serve small portions, but every little bit is filled with flavor, whether you order sushi (recommended) or any other their other options, typically from the grill w/ South American influences.

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4. De Wasserette Eerste van der Helststraat 27, Amsterdam, (De Pijp)

De Wasserette has a pleasant, friendly, neighborhood atmosphere, but their best feature is amazing sandwiches for lunch and some of the best coffee you'll find in the city.

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5. CoffeeCompany Amstelstraat 5, Amsterdam, 1017 DA (South)

With numerous locations across Amsterdam, CoffeeCompany does a mean cup of joe that's widely available and pretty damn good, not to mention all the specialty styles you love.

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6. Bar Baarsch Jan Evertsenstraat 91, Amsterdam, 1057 (West)

This pub/cafe pretty much has it all, comfortable couches to lounge on, a breezy terrace to people watch while having a drink, and great menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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7. Bierfabriek Rokin 75, Amsterdam, 1012KL (Red Light District)

This massive beer bar has comfortable mood lighting and tons of space to sit, which makes it perfect for groups. And the kicker? They make their own brew and it's otherworldly.

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8. Café De Jordaan Elandsgracht 45, Amsterdam, (The Jordaan)

Head to the Cafe De Jordaan if you want to soak up some of the local Amsterdam culture. It's a small, but cozy spot to enjoy a drink and listen to the locals speak "Amsterdams".

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9. Bar Italia Rokin 81-83, Amsterdam, 1012 KJ

Head to this Italian bar/resto between 5 and 8p, and when you order a beer or cocktail, you'll also receive what amounts to an Italian buffet for only five bucks. Head there any other time, and it's still a pleasant experience.

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10. SkyLounge Amsterdam DoubleTree by Hilton, Amsterdam, 1011 DK (Medieval Center)

A lounge perched atop the balcony of the Hilton near Amsterdam's Centraal Station, SkyLounge lives up to its name. This bar is pretty pricey, but the food and drink (not to mention the view: killer floor to ceiling vistas of the entirety of Amsterdam, hello!) are definitely worth it. Globally influenced small plates and craft cocktails round out the menu.

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11. Bar 22 Wolvenstraat 30, Amsterdam,

With its central location and quality drink menu, Bar 22 is definitely a decent spot to wet your whistle while people watching or trying out some of your better pickup lines.

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12. The Butcher Albert Cuypstraat 129, Amsterdam, 1072 CS (De Pijp)

This is a tasty burger bar, but if you want to have some REAL fun become a secret member of their secret speakeasy located through a refrigerator in the back.

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13. Vesper Vinkenstraat 57, Amsterdam, 1013 JM (The Jordaan)

This award-winning, unpretentious cocktail bar usually has a fair amount of people in it (without overcrowding), enjoying a long list of specialty cocktails including their signature drink, the Vesper cocktail.

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14. Door 74 Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam, 1017BN (Rembrandtplein)

One of the best-kept secrets in the city, Door 74's 'tenders concoct what may be the very best craft cocktails in all of Amsterdam, and they're open 'til super-early in the morning.

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15. Chicago Social Club Leidseplein 12, Amsterdam, 1017 PT (Leidseplein)

The Chicago Social Club is one part nightclub, one part comedy club (Boom Chicago, located in the back), with a distinctly international vibe. Once the laughs end, the music and dancing begins.

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16. AIR Amstelstraat 16, Amsterdam, 1017 DA (Rembrandtplein)

The name might be very unassuming, but you'll probably find that there's not much air inside the this award-winning club, only because it's one of the hottest (i.e. most popular) clubs in all of Amsterdam.

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17. De Duvel Eerste van der Helststraat 59-61, Amsterdam, 1073 AD (De Pijp)

Located in the Pijp, this resto/bar is a lovely spot to hang out on their patio and have a few drinks during the day.

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18. Wok To Walk Kolksteeg 8, Amsterdam, 1012 (Medieval Center)

This Thai/Asian fusion spot is open late, and all other options considered, is much healthier, not too mention that it's damn tasty.

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19. Hermitage Amstel 51, Amsterdam, 1018 DP (East)

Located on the banks of the Amstel River, the Hermitage the is a branch of the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia, and houses two permanent art exhibitions.

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20. Anne Frank House Prinsengracht 263-267, Amsterdam, 1016 GV (The Jordaan)

Located on the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam, this is a museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.

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21. 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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22. 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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23. Albert Cuyp Markt Albert Cuypstraat, Amsterdam, 1073 (De Pijp)

The Albert Cuyp Market is a street market where you can find a wide array of items, from food and vegetables to wares and trinkets.

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24. Ten Katemarkt Ten Katestraat, Amsterdam, 1053 BV (West)

The Ten Katemarkt is an open-air farmers market in Amsterdam.