Amsterdam - mini local travel guide!

Get to Know the Area:

Our hostel in Amsterdam is located in the heart of the Red Light District, also known as "De Wallen". Famous for its distinctive red-lit windows, the area is an iconic part of Amsterdam's cultural identity. Despite its association with the adult industry, the Red Light District has much more to offer, including historic architecture, picturesque canals, and a vibrant nightlife.


Why here?!

Our hostel in the heart of Amsterdam allows you to immerse yourself in Amsterdam's unique and lively atmosphere. With its central location, you can easily explore the city's historical landmarks, enjoy the lively nightlife, and experience the cosmopolitan charm that makes Amsterdam one of Europe's most popular destinations.


Our Hidden Gems:

The Red Light District has hidden gems beyond its famous reputation:


  1. Oude Kerk (Old Church): This stunning mediaeval church stands at the heart of the Red Light District. The Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam and offers a peaceful respite from the bustling streets. Inside, you can admire beautiful stained glass windows and intricate wooden ceilings, showcasing centuries of history and art.
  2. Chinatown: A lesser-known but fascinating part of the Red Light District, Amsterdam's Chinatown is a cultural enclave with authentic Asian eateries, colourful markets, and vibrant festivals. Explore the flavours of East Asia, shop for unique goods, and soak up the multicultural ambiance.


Our Foodie Recommendations:

We can't expect you to eat with us in Belushi's every night, so we’ve added in a couple of local restaurants we personally recommend. 


  1. Burgerbar: A popular spot to indulge in mouthwatering burgers made with fresh ingredients and creative toppings. Burgerbar offers a variety of options, including vegetarian and vegan choices, making it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.
  2. Balthazar's Keuken: This hidden gem is a delightful restaurant with a daily changing menu. Balthazar's Keuken offers a unique dining experience with dishes prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients, making it a perfect choice for food enthusiasts seeking a memorable meal.


Our Local Pub/Bar Recommendations:

The Red Light District's nightlife scene is diverse and lively. Here are two recommendations for you:


  1. De Twee Zwaantjes: A classic Amsterdam pub with a welcoming atmosphere. De Twee Zwaantjes offers a wide selection of beers and a friendly ambiance, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a drink.
  2. In de Wildeman: A historic beer bar located near the Red Light District. This traditional Dutch pub is housed in a former distillery and offers a wide selection of specialty beers from both local and international breweries. With over 250 types of beers to choose from, In de Wildeman is a paradise for beer enthusiasts. 
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