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Amsterdam has the reputation of being an “anything goes” city. Its relaxed approach to things like s*x and dr**s are legendary, but there are plenty of don’ts to keep in mind when visiting the Dutch capital. So Here are 12 things NOT to do in Amsterdam.
Don’t Take Pictures of the Women in the Windows.
The Red Light District with around 300 window parlors of pr*stitutes on display but if you get caught sneaking a pic, things could get confrontational.
2. Blue Lights are NOT Red Lights!
In the Red Light District, a blue light indicates that a trans-gender s*x worker is behind the glass.
3. Coffee Shops AREN’T St*rbucks.
Amsterdam coffee shops are for a fix of another kind. C*nnabis, h*sh and other soft dr*gs are tolerated inside.
4. Only smoke dr*gs in a Coffee Shop
You can legally light up a joint but not a cigarette. Many enforce the anti-smoking rule with fines.
5. Don’t Take Cookies from Strangers
If a pretty Dutch girl offers you a cookie, refuse! It can contain some dodgy ingredients and while you zone out your valuables are snatched.
6. Don’t Drive a Car
You can get around anywhere you want on foot or by bike, public transportation is efficient and taxis are plentiful.
7. Don’t Think Dr*gs are Legal Here!
Recreational dr*gs are technically ill*gal however the posession of under 5 grams of c*nnibis is not.
8. Don’t Block the Bike Paths
Don’t stop to take a selfie, check a map or gawk at the scenic canal in the middle of the bike flow, or you’re asking for trouble.
9. Don’t Drink H*ineken
As with most famous beers, you can enjoy them back home! Sample local beers from microbreweries for a more authetic experience.
10. Don’t Miss the Poffertjes.
These spongy spheres are like a Dutch donut hole served with a knob of butter and optional toppings like Nutella or strawberries.
Now you can enjoy your stay in the Capital of the Netherlands.