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Amsterdam Coffee Shop Ban For Tourists Proposed By Mayor Halsema

Posted on: April 11, 2022

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Amsterdam Mayor Proposes Coffee Shop Ban For Tourists

Many of the major problems in Amsterdam are fed by the cannabis market, according to the municipality of Holland’s capital. From nuisance caused by drug tourism to serious crime and violence.

The Mayor, Police Chief and Public Prosecution Service propose to introduce the so-called resident criterion. With this proposal, foreign tourists would no longer have access to coffee shops due to a coffee shop ban. The Amsterdam mayor – Femke Halsema – is sticking to a coffee shop ban for tourists, despite the major impact on coffee shop entrepreneurs (and staff) and the risk of street crime.

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Two tourists

In the proposal, the coffee shops themselves are allowed to carry a higher trading stock and more lenient action will be taken against violations.

Coffee shops will be imposed additional rules. This includes aspects such as transparency, operational management and information. The mayor of Amsterdam also proposes additional measures to combat street trade in the city center.

Mayor Halsema wants to quickly discuss the proposal with the new Amsterdam council.

Consequences Coffee Shop Ban

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Researchers from the company Bureau Breuer & Intraval warn that the economic consequences for Amsterdam coffee shops, especially in the city center, will be significant. The coffee shops sellers now profit from the millions of tourists, create many jobs and pay high rents.

“Not all coffee shops will be able to compensate for this by continuing in a leaner form and targeting local users,” the researchers said. “For some coffee shops, the operating costs, especially the rent, will be too high to be profitable.”

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Grey Area is one of Amsterdam’s most popular cannabis shops.

In addition to bankruptcies of some coffee shops, the researchers also warn that many coffee shops will continue to sell soft drugs to tourists, in order to survive.

Extra Measures Against Street Dealers

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Police arrest two men in Amsterdam.

The street trade in fake and real drugs causes a lot of crime and nuisance in the city center and Amsterdam Red Light District in particular. Street dealers hang out on the street, harass Amsterdam visitors and often behave aggressively.

The police regularly take action against street dealers during so-called sweeping actions.

In a letter to the council, the mayor, chief public prosecutor and police chief propose the following after discussions with residents and entrepreneurs:

In consultation with some residents and entrepreneurs of the Red Light District, ‘blind spots’ in camera surveillance are being improved. Entrepreneurs exclude street dealers from the catering industry and set up their own porter network for this purpose. These entrepreneurs have to finance this themselves.

There will be a warning campaign against street dealers on social media, in hotels and in public spaces.

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An anti street dealer campaign in 2014.

The Municipality, Public Prosecution Service and the police are taking a more active policy against street dealers by taking the ‘daily proceeds’ of arrested dealers, bringing cases to court more quickly and initiating lengthy administrative and criminal area bans.

Amsterdam Drugs Policy

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The production and trade in soft drugs (= cannabis) is intertwined with that of hard drugs and the accompanying violence, threats and so-called rip deals.

This is partly due to the fact that it is currently illegal to produce cannabis commercially. It is also illegal in the Netherlands for coffee shops to buy cannabis.

Coffee shop owners need to buy their cannabis illegally before they can sell it legally. The stock in cannabis coffee shops is tolerated. Sales, on the other hand, is allowed. In the Netherlands, this is also known as the ‘gedogenbeleid’.

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Smoking a joint at a coffeeshop in Amsterdam.

New rules are necessary to prevent mixing with the hard drug trade and serious and organized crime. The extra measures against street trade must prevent a shift to the street and counteract acute nuisance in the city center.


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Best Asian Restaurants In Amsterdam Red Light District

Posted on: November 22, 2021

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Amsterdam Ultimate Asian Restaurants List

Food lovers pay attention! Amsterdam is becoming one of the best places in the world for Asian food. This is because the Dutch capital is very diverse and has more than 190 nationalities. A lot of inhabitants with an Asian background live in Amsterdam. This diversity can also be found in Amsterdam Red Light District. In Chinatown that is. Discover the best asian restaurants here below.



Amsterdam Chinatown

Amsterdam’s Chinatown is located on Zeedijk Street – one of the oldest streets in the city, which is also a main street of the Red Light District. It is filled with restaurants from Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, you name it.

Below is the guide to the best Asian restaurants in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, according to local food critics and reviews of global travellers. We are always being asked about and looking for great Asian restaurants in Amsterdam.

Whether you’re looking for spiciness, distinct flavours or authenticity with an offbeat Amsterdam flair, just pick any Asian restaurants on this list.


Restaurant A-Fusion

This fantastic Asian restaurant can be found at the end of the Zeedijk street. Here you can eat Japanese, Chinese and Thai food. Both the quality of the food and the service of the staff are very good. Moreover, the interior is very beautiful and quite luxurious.

“Sushi was more than amazing! Cant wait to go again! One of the best sushi shops in Amsterdam 👍”

Stefan | 5 out of 5 stars.

A-fusion is perfect for couples who want a romantic evening, but also ideal for business outings or a dinner with friends. This Asian restaurant is also very active on Instagram where it shares beautiful photos of their specialties.


✦ Google: 471 reviews – 4,4 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 343 reviews – 4 out 5 stars.
✦ Yelp: 29 reviews – 4 out 5 stars.

Bird Thais Restaurant

Restaurant Bird Amsterdam

Okay this isn’t the best Thai restaurant in Amsterdam, but it’s definitely a great choice! Although the service here is somewhat mediocre, the food here is quite tasteful. It has a simplistic Thai decor which isn’t romantic perse but you get the feeling of being in Thailand for a moment. Especially in high season it can be quite busy here due to its popularity, so you have to wait in line at the entrance.

“They have an amazing price quality menu if you go before 4. Good food in general. Sometimes when its full waiters can be slightly rude.”

Julio Lopez | 4 out of 5 stars.

This Asian restaurant has two levels and 110 seats divided over 3 separate areas. Bird restaurant was founded in 1998 and partly due to its long existence it has thousands of positive reviews.

✦ Google: 2.581 reviews – 4,3 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 2,116 reviews – 4 out 5 stars.
✦ Yelp: 231 reviews – 4 out 5 stars.

Wau Restaurant

The food here is just wow! Wanna try something different than Chinese, Japanese or Thai? Then go eat at this Malaysian restaurant. Despite the fact that the food here is very good, we think there is room for improvement. We find the seats quite uncomfortable here.

“I’ve been coming here a few years now, and all times food has been very good as well as service. They also cater to food allergies/intolerances.”

Amanda B. | 5 out of 5 stars.

✦ Google: 465 reviews – 4,3 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 380 reviews – 4 out 5 stars.
✦ Yelp: 37 reviews – 4 out 5 stars.
✦ Facebook: 188 reviews – 4,6 out 5 stars.



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10x Sex Shows In Amsterdam 2022

Posted on: August 5, 2022

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Sex Shows in Amsterdam: Top 10 Erotic Shows 2022

Looking for really exciting things to do in Amsterdam but don’t know what? Don’t roam the city aimlessly. This way you will miss the most exciting venues in the Dutch capital. You don’t want that.

Sex Show Amsterdam

Discover this free, updated 2022 list with the 10 best sex shows in Amsterdam. This is what you really need for an unforgettable time in Amsterdam. Let’s check it out below!



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Don’t miss out on must-know information on The Moulin Rouge, The Peep Show, Casa Rosso and even world’s first 5D Porn CinemaDiscover it now!

(Last updated: 15 September 2022)


First things first. What is a sex show? What is the official meaning of it?

A sex show is a form of life performance featuring one or more performers who engage in some form of sexual activity on stage for the entertainment or sexual gratification of spectators. (source)

1 | Stripclub BonTon

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A party inside Club BonTon.

Club BonTon is without a doubt the best strip club in Amsterdam! Here everyone can have a great night.


It was opened in april 2019 – just next to the Heineken Experience. It has a super sexy, luxurious design which was made by Casper Reinders – one of the most succesful hospitality entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.

BonTon is a chique club with beautiful ladies inside who give the best sex shows in Amsterdam. Here, both men as women can have an unforgettable, exciting night out. This place has a great variety of delicious cocktails and the best champagnes at the bar, including Dom Pérignon and other Moët & Chandon’s.

One of the strippers with luminous heels.

Sex Rooms

Club BonTon also offers bedrooms on the top floors. Here you can have sex in one (or several) of the strippers. Not all strippers provide these erotic services though. But some do! They are offered by sex workers inside (who sometime also work as escorts). Ask the ladies themselves, if you’re interested.

Best Sex Shows in Amsterdam

TIP: Before or after your visit to Club BonTon, go to one of the bars or restaurants around the corner – on the Marie Heinekenplein. This square has a lively atmosphere and it is filled with other great places too!

Amsterdam Brothel Tour

During the daytime (when there are no customers), this place offers the Amsterdam Brothel Tour hosted by real prostitutes.



Google: 68 reviews | 4,3 out of 5 stars.


✦ Entrance ticket = 50,-
✦ Lap dance = > 20,-
✦ Drinks = > 5,-
✦ Private room = 300,- per hour



2 | Male Strip Show in Amsterdam For Women

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Women are getting ready for male strippers in Amsterdam

NOW, something just for the ladies! Amsterdam’s newest erotic venue is this place that offers the perfect girls night out. It’s of one the first sex shows in Amsterdam specifically for women!

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It offers muscular, handsome male strippers who give the best erotic shows in town – just for female customers. This place looks really cool from the inside and the atmosphere inside is amazing! Women go crazy during the men’s performances.

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“Freak me, baby! Oooh yeah…”

The visitors can also get a personal striptease on stage or at their seat among the other guests which can be great for a bachelorette. The waiters here serve delicious drinks in a stylish and sizzling setting.

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The crowd is having a blast!

Opening Hours

This male strip show in Amsterdam is hosted on Saturday’s. From 10:30 pm till 00:30 am.

Afterwards the party continues in trendy club Jimmy Woo in the city centre. For those who are looking for a complete night out experience, this organisation also offer a dinner option beforehand and a free afterparty entrance to one of Amsterdam’s most coolest club afterwards.

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A bachelorette is getting a private lapdance.


Google: 241 reviews | 4,9 out of 5 stars.
TripAdvisor: 74 reviews | 5 out of 5 stars.


Regular ticket = 35,-



3 | Casa Rosso Sex Shows

Amsterdam Sex Shows Casa Rosso

This is Amsterdam’s most famous live sex show theatre. Casa Rosso was established over 50 years ago and has ever since been a main venue of the Red Light District area. The shows inside run in a continuous loop of around 60 – 90 minutes. In that time slot you can experience 9 professional acts, 4 of which are couple sex.



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One of the acts inside Casa Rosso Amsterdam.

For 16 years, a couple have been working together who gets paid to have sex with each other. You can see how he eats her pussy and how they do all positions, like missionary, to the beat of the the music. At Casa Rosso you can also see how a woman smokes a cigar with her vagina and a mistress who “punishes” a volunteer.



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Casa Rosso is located on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

Once you enter you can stay inside till closing time but you’d be seeing the same performances every 60 – 90 minutes.

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Erica & Udy having sex on stage.

Whilst inside expect some amazing, high skilled sexual performances combined with a little bit of comedy. Important to know: there’s only limited seating available (especially in June, July, September and December). This means you’ll often have to wait in line.


Google: 16 reviews | 4,7 out of 5 stars.
TripAdvisor: 673 reviews | 3 out of 5 stars.


✦ Entrance ticket = 40,-



4 | 5D Porn Cinema

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Inside Amsterdam 5D Cinema.

This isn’t really one of those typical sex shows in Amsterdam. This is the first 5D sex show in the world! Strap yourself in and prepare for a bumpy and sexy ride.

In world’s first 5D Porn Cinema all your senses will be triggered. Inside the cozy theatre a X-rated 3D film is displayed. To make the experience 5D, other effects are added like moving seats, water, wind, lights and bubbles. All the effects sync to what’s happening on screen.

Amsterdam 5D Porn Cinema Inside Red Light District

The short 3D film takes place in and around the Red Light District area and lasts around 10 minutes. This is a funny experience, especially together with a group of friends.


Google: 55 reviews | 3,5 out of 5 stars.


✦ Entrance = 12,50



5 | Moulin Rouge Amsterdam

Moulin Rouge Amsterdam ticket
Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam is surrounded by window brothels.

Sex shows in Moulin Rouge are comparable to those in Casa Rosso. Moulin Rouge is a more cozy theatre. Expect a roster of seductive artists performing great shows. All the theatre seats are positioned close to the stage so prepare for an immersive experience.

An occasional male strip tease is also thrown in for the ladies. Other show types include: female stripteases, live couple sex, writing shows, banana shows, vibrator shows, ribbon shows, etc.

Moulin Rouge Amsterdam


TripAdvisor: 358 reviews – 3 out 5 stars.
Yelp: 10 reviews – 2,5 out 5 stars.


✦ Entrance ticket = 25,-
✦ Entrance ticket with four drinks = 35,-

One of our tour guides visited Moulin Rouge together with two female customers after our Red Light District tour. Discover how it went down:



6 | Bananenbar

Front view of this sex show in Amsterdam.

Spoiler Alert: the theme of the Bananenbar is the tropical fruit called the banana. Besides all the beautiful women the banana takes center stage, as a prop, held onto by the performer without using her hands.

At the entrance of the Bananenbar you can choose between two areas: the regular strip club (banana club) area or the classic bananabar area. Choose the classic Banana Bar area if you want to take a bite of a banana whilst its still inserted in a vagina. Interesting times!

Strippers in Amsterdam

Besides bananas the female performers also use their vaginas to sign postcards and do some other unimaginable feats. We would not really recommend this sex show to women.


Google: 213 reviews – 3,3 out 5 stars.


✦ Entrance ticket = 50,- (including one hour unlimited drinks.)
✦ Entrance club = 25,-



7 | Sex Palace Peep Show

Amsterdam Peep Show
The most accessible form of erotic entertainment in Amsterdam. 2 euro for 2 minutes.

The last peep show in Amsterdam!  Jan Otten owns this peep show, Casa Rosso Erotic Theatre, the Banana bar, the Hospital Bar and the Erotic Museum. All located on the main street of the Red Light District.

Jan Otten is also one of the 22 experts in our Amsterdam Audio Tours app. Download the app and learn everything you need to know about the Red Light District. You can hear stories of real prostitutes, historians, police officers, locals and many other experts.

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This app offer two hours of audio, GPS, photos and can be played anywhere. Listen to it at home or in a hotel like a podcast. Or, in the Red Light District of course.



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For just 2,- euro you get a front seat to the action: live stripteases and couples who have sex with each other for 2 minutes. All can be experience from a small private booth. The awkward and funny thing about this sex show is that in the booth not only sees the strippers, but also all the other viewers in the other booths.

Another historic feature of this place are the video booths. Travel back into time (1970’s) when there was no internet and no porn on television. Back then, people used these video booths to watch porn videos. In those years, that was super popular. One can choose between 400 videos.


Google: 148 reviews | 4,2 out of 5 stars.


✦ Live peep show = 2,- per 2 minutes



8 | Hospital Bar

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The Hospital Bar in Amsterdam is a venue where strippers work as nurses. It’s the newest of all sex shows in the Red Light District. The Hospital bar is an exciting lap dance bar with a modern, spacious and relaxed atmosphere. It’s not mandatory to take a lap dance here. It is frowned upon if you don’t order any drinks inside.

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It looks inside as you would expect from a modern strip club. LED lights, leather benches, strip poles and uplifting music. The Hospital Bar can be a good choice if you want to surprise a friend with a lap dance. For example because he is getting married or has a birthday.

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This sex show in Amsterdam is located on the main street of the Red Light District. Almost half of the reviews on TripAdvisor are negative. But, it must be said that only 11 reviews can be found online.


TripAdvisor: 11 reviews | 2,5 out of 5 stars.


✦ Entrance: 25,- (including two drinks).



9 | Club LV

Sex Club LV amsterdam

It must be said that Club LV is a sex club – a brothel – but men can also get very good sex shows here. This is one of Amsterdam’s most exclusive sex clubs and has been serving clients for more than 14 years. This is why it deserves a spot on this 10 sex shows in Amsterdam list.

Club LV is really something for men who want to get intimate with the sex workers inside. At the bar area one can talk to any of the 12 ladies who are present. When you find one that you like simply head back to one of the 8 luxury private rooms for some intimacy.

Sex Club LV Amsterdam


Google: 82 reviews | 3,9 out of 5 stars.


✦ Entrance = 75,-
✦ Private room = 300,- per hour



10 | La Vie en Proost – Lapdance Bar in Red Light District

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It’s located in a narrow alley called Bethlehemsteeg.

This strip club in Amsterdam is situated well hidden at the end of an alley of the Red Light District. Just next to the game cafe Ton Ton Club and at lays apposite to the Trompettersteeg – Amsterdam’s narrowest alleyway filled with window brothels.

This is a low-end strip club is definitely not the best one in Amsterdam but due to its location you might want to go here when in the neighbourhood.

Stripclub Amsterdam Red Light District


The strippers here will try to sell you some expensive drinks. It’s something that many customers experienced. You can also read that in La Vie en Proost reviews. Ladies, we advise you to avoid this strip club if you are with friends.


Google: 87 reviews | 3,3 out of 5 stars.


✦ Entrance = 5,-
✦ Lap dance = > 10,-



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10 Cheap Hotels Near Amsterdam Red Light District

Posted on: May 19, 2021

Cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District area

10x Cheap Hotels in City Centre: Affordable & Prime Location

Are you planning to visit Amsterdam without spending much time in a hotel? Stop wasting money! Avoid high costs on expensive accommodations. Save a lot of money today. Discover this useful overview with cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District now!



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The oldest canal in Amsterdam located in ‘De Wallen‘.

This article shows hotels in adjacent neighbourhoods, like Rembrandt Square, Raadhuisstraat, Amstel, etc. All hotels have a great location, not too far away from the Red Light District. Scroll down and discover now.

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The Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam Red Light District.

5 Advantages

  1. The location will safe you lots of time.
  2. Many highlights within walking distance.
  3. It’s safer than other parts of Amsterdam.
  4. Easy accessible via public transport.
  5. It’s pretty.

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The view from the Amsterdam House Hotel – listed at number 10.

Public Transport

Another great advantage of cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District is that public transport is within easy reach.

Tip: use www.9292.nl/en for all information about public transport in the Netherlands. This is what all Dutch people use. This public transport website is free, available in English and always up to date!

Amsterdam Red Light District in summer time.

Interested in one of these cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District? Just click the green buttons below to visit the website of the accommodation.

10 | Amsterdam House Hotel

Cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District

The most expensive on this list of cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District. This beautiful hotel is situated in a monumental building and is located close to several entertainment areas such as Rembrandt Square, the Reguliersdwarsstraat and the Amsterdam Flower Market.

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The Flower Market offers all kinds of bulbs. Great as a souvenir!

It’s also one of the better cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District. The hotel offers a great view over the amazing Amstel River. All the rooms have a private bathroom and tea/coffee making appliances. A large separate seating area is also provided. Most of the rooms have views over the canal.



✦ Google: 223 reviews – 4 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 425 reviews – 3,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 1,454 reviews – 8,3 out 10

97,- euro per night  |  291,- euro for three night stay.



9 | Rembrandt Square Hotel

Rembrandt Square hotel

This hotel is located at the Rembrandt Square entertainment area which is just a 10 minute walk away from the Red Light District. The area has many cafes, a coffeeshop, a club, restaurants and the Albert Heijn supermarket is also around the corner. This is where the locals get their groceries.

The hotel offers free WiFi too. The rooms in the Rembrandt Square Hotel have shared bathrooms. Coffee and tea facilities are available in the hotel lounge area. Another advantage of this hotel is that it’s just a 2 minute walk away from the Amsterdam Flower Market.


✦ Google: 422 reviews – 3,7 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 368 reviews – 3,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 1,780 reviews – 7,4 out 10.


94,- euro per night  |  283,- euro for three night stay.



8 | Dina Perla Lodges

Dina Perla Lodges

This bed and breakfast is located close to Amsterdam’s Museum Square that hosts among others the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. The Red Light District can easily be reached via public transport or during a 20 minute walk.

The rooms at Dina Perla Lodges all have fully equipped kitchens. The bathroom is shared with other rooms. There’s free WiFi and a fitness area too.


✦ Google: 56 reviews – 4,8 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 19 reviews – 5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 118 reviews – 8,4 out 10.


91,- euro per night  |  273,- euro for a three night stay.



7 | Hotel La Belle Vue

Amsterdam, Raadhuisstraat – next to the Herengracht.

A beautiful hotel located in a monumental building. Situated at an ideal location. It’s super close to the Anne Frank House, Westerkerk, Nine Streets, Dam Square and near the Red Light District.

All rooms have a private bathroom and have a flat-screen TV. At Hotel La Belle Vue you either get a room with a balcony or garden view. The tram stops in front of the hotel. This hotel near Amsterdam Red Light District does not offer free WiFi.


✦ Google: 323 reviews – 2,8 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 328 reviews – 2,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 1,960 reviews – 5,8 out 10


87,- euro per night  |  260,- euro for a three night stay.



6 | Budget Hotel Hortus

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Hotel Hortus is located in the eastern part of Amsterdam close to the botanical gardens and Artis Zoo. Other attractions can easily be reached via public transport. The rooms are non-smoking and can provide accommodation for up to 6 people. Rooms have their own TV and safe. Bathrooms are shared and located in the hallway. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.


✦ Google: 401 reviews – 3,7 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 498 reviews – 3,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 2,087 reviews – 7,8 out 10


80,- euro per night  |  239,- euro for a three night stay.



5 | Budget Hotel Tourist Inn

Hotel Tourist Inn Amsterdam

Budget Hotel Tourist Inn is one of the cheapest hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District. This hotel is centrally located close to the Anne Frank House and Dam Square. The Red Light District is just a 10 minute walk away. All rooms in Budget Hotel Tourist Inn have private bathrooms, a TV and air-conditioning. A daily continental breakfast in included in the price. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.


✦ Google: 615 reviews – 4 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 1,452 reviews – 4 out of 5 stars
Booking: 2,234 reviews – 8,3 out 10


77,- euro per night  |  232,- euro for a three night stay.



4 | Generator Amsterdam

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This is one of the most cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District. It’s the latest designer hotel in town, but this one offers an affordable price! The hotel is located next to the Oosterpark – a beautiful park which is not really discovered by tourists.

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For visiting the main attractions you will have to use public transport. All rooms come with airconditioning and a private bathroom with shower. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.


✦ Google: 2,479 reviews – 4,2 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 1,203 reviews – 4 out of 5 stars
Booking: 4,676 reviews – 8,1 out 10


73,- euro per night  |  220,- euro for a three night stay.



3 | Ecomama

Ecomama hostel

The first hostel on the list is Ecomama. This hostel is located in the eastern part of Amsterdam city centre and within walking distance of the Red Light District and Dam Square. The hostel has a bar, a shared lounge area, a garden and the WiFi is free. The hostel also has an open kitchen, a great way to get to know your fellow travellers.


✦ Google: 424 reviews – 4,4 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 348 reviews – 4,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 700 reviews – 8,3 out 10


49,- euro per night  |  147,- euro for a three night stay.



2 | ClinkNoord Hostel

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This hostel is situated in a former laboratory in Amsterdam North, dating back to the 1920’s. Many of the original features of the time remain. Central station and the Red Light District are a short (free) ferry trip and short walk away (around 10 minute).

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The hostel has many lounge areas, its own café and even a library. Prepare your own food in the shared kitchen. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.


Super safe, squeaky clean & fully flexible. This is what this hotel in Amsterdam promises all guests.


✦ Google: 5,863 reviews – 4,5 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 1,919 reviews – 4,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 5,487 reviews – 8,7 out 10


48,- euro per night  |  144,- euro for a three night stay.



1 | Hans Brinker

cheap hostel amsterdam

You can stay here from 34 euro per night! This accommodation is located on the Kerkstraat which is only a 17 minute walk away from Amsterdam’s Red Light District. It’s recommended for young travellers who like to meet other people who don’t want to spend too much on an accommodation but still like to have a centrally located stay.

Budget Hotel Amsterdam

This modern budget hostel is situated nearby Amsterdam Leidse Square. Both Museum Square and Rembrandt Square are within easy walking distance. Hans Brinker gives you the option of a private room or a shared dormitory. All the rooms at Hans Brinker have a private bathroom and a safe. WiFi is available throughout the building.



✦ Google: 2,635 reviews – 3,8 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 1,649 reviews – 3,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 8,982 reviews – 7,8 out 10


34,- euro per night  |  102,- euro for a three night stay.



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Interview With Dutch Cannabis Legend Ben Dronkers 2022

Posted on: January 15, 2021

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Ben Dronkers About Cannabis, Weed & Hash

Ben Dronkers has for decades been one of the most prominent cannabis activists and successful cannabis entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. He not only founded the Amsterdam Hash Museum. He also became incredibly successful with Sensi Seeds. So when we got the chance to interview him we were very excited! Discover more about Ben Dronkers life below.



Full Interview: Weed Entrepreneur Ben Dronkers

1 | When did you first come into contact with cannabis?

Ben Dronkers: I was just 17 and I discovered it like most people; through some friends. The first joint that I smoked was in Rotterdam under a bridge and like many people I didn’t feel much of it. Nevertheless, I tried it again and then I felt the good vibes of it.

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Ben Dronkers inside his museum in Spain. (Instagram)

2 | How was the Dutch cannabis culture back then?

There wasn’t a real big cannabis culture back in 1966. It started a bit in Amsterdam with a few clubs. The Paradiso for example and later on at the Bulldog, Cosmos and just a few other places. The first coffeeshop was founded some years later.

In Rotterdam there were no coffeeshops in that time. Those were mainly in Amsterdam. So me and my friend would often go to Amsterdam to buy a piece of hash or weed and then we shared it when we came back to Rotterdam.

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Ben Dronkers with Sensi Seeds products. (Source)

We mostly bought hash back then because it was much better than the weed. Weed mainly came from Africa, Indonesia and Thailand. The hash came from Lebanon, Morocco, Afghanistan and other places. It was much better. In those days hash was more important than weed.

3 | Fast forward to 1985. What drove you to start Sensi Seeds?

Ben Dronkers: That story actually started earlier because I started to travel the world a bit like hippies do and I discovered hash around the world. And because I was interested I also visited the cannabis growers. When I saw the farmers grow their hash I also became interested in growing it myself.

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Ben Dronkers (3rd of the left) in a cannabis field. (Instagram)

‘…it felt amazing that we could just put some seeds in the ground, water it and grow your own weed.’

With a friend of mine in Rotterdam we started with just a few seeds to see what would happen. We had one cannabis plant under a heater and it worked! The quality wasn’t that good but it worked. For us it was a revelation. A wonder!

In America you already had homegrown, but not in Europe. Not many people grew their own plants. For us it felt amazing that we could just put some seeds in the ground, water it and grow your own weed.

weed plant

That made me travel the world more and I visited places like Lebanon and Morocco and later on I went many times to Pakistan and Afghanistan. From there I brought different varieties with me that I found along the way. I brought them back to Holland and together with a friend I started to grow cannabis in a greenhouse. The police arrested me quite a few times, also just for having some hash on me.

‘then I realised that there was a loophole in the Dutch drug laws: It was legal to just grow seeds.’

Ben Dronkers: But then I realised that there was a loophole in the Dutch drug laws: It was legal to just grow seeds. I went to an expensive lawyer to ask if my thoughts were correct and he confirmed it to me. So then I started growing my own seeds and I started my own seed company: Sensi Seeds. Around the same time I also started the Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum together with Ed Rosenthal.

Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Amsterdam

We were the first legal seed bank/ seed shop in the world and got customers from all over the world. Nobody had done it before and people started to write about it, including the American magazine High Times that brought me in connection to many people, people and knowledge.

cannabis plant

All the specialists from all over the world, writers and researchers, came over because our seed collection was a very special one. The first weed that we grew in the Netherlands I tried to sell in Amsterdam but nobody wanted it because it was too green. People called it spinach. But in fact it was so good that in a couple of years everybody was fond of it. Because the seeds were legal I kept growing for the seeds, not weed.

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Some of the items on display in the Hash Marihuana & Hemp museum in Amsterdam.

4 | You mentioned that you started the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in 1985. Did you already have such a large collection of personal items at that time?

‘…we wanted to share information about weed and hash to tourists.’

Ben Dronkers: We started with the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum a bit later than Sensi Seeds but around the same period. We did it because – like you guys – we wanted to share information about weed and hash to tourists who came to Amsterdam for the coffeeshops.

I had been collecting for quite some time by then, together with friends, but at first we also called it the Cannabis Info Museum back then. It was more about spreading information than having items on display.

Ben Dronkers Cannabis Info Museum
Amsterdam, 1996. The original Cannabis Info Museum.

Whilst the museum was there, me and my friends kept on collecting items. Collecting is quite addictive if you like your collection. When you now see our collection in Amsterdam and the collection in our museum in Barcelona, it is amazing! I cannot believe it myself sometimes when I see it.

Where did I get all that stuff? So in the beginning a lot of items were also from friends but by time I bought the items from them or gave it back.

5 | You travelled the world for your cannabis seed collection. Can you share the most extraordinary cannabis related story that you experienced?

Ben Dronkers: One of the most exiting moments for me was when I was in Afghanistan and it was still being occupied by the Soviet Union. We went into the mountains to find wild marihuana as I already had gotten the seeds from the farmers. I was interested in getting wild strains.

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On old photo of Ben Dronkers abroad.

So we went into the mountains and we came over hilltop and then there was big Russian platoon right in front of us. And that was quite scary, as I had to dress like an Afghan because I couldn’t walk around looking like a tourist. It was a forbidden area for foreigners or strangers. That was really scary because they started shooting at each other.

But Afghanistan itself was also extraordinary with such a beautiful culture and great people. It was amazing to see people walk around there with big bales made up out of super quality hash.

And they were really friendly so they shared everything with you like the food, the house and of course the hash. It was, especially the people, very nice. I went there quite a few times and it was always nice.

‘An Afghan farmer gets around 200 to 300 euros per kilo whilst in a coffeeshop in Amsterdam a kilo sells for around 16.000 euro per kilo.’

The Afghan people deserve so much better than the way they have it now. They have this beautiful hash if they could only export it on a fair trade deal. An Afghan farmer gets around 200 to 300 euros per kilo whilst in a coffeeshop in Amsterdam a kilo sells for around 16.000 euro per kilo (18k in US dollars or 14k in pound sterlings).

The Afghan people should have the right to export that beautiful product that they have. The money could be used for good schools and good agricultural practices. It could help with the development of their country.

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Ben Dronkers (in white) in Afghanistan. Picture source: cnnbs.nl

But at this time the drug prohibition appears to be coming to and end so I hope to see the day that it’s completely legalised and all these poor countries can have some financial benefit from it.

‘…there is no quality control.’

But for us it’s the same thing. A lot of people smoke terrible stuff and there is no quality control. And it should be there like with any product that you buy in a grocery store.

Normally weed and hash are actually quite safe but since the prohibition was implemented people started using insecticides and other bad production methods. Consumers should be protected and the products should have regular prices.

What you see in Colorado – where it is legalised – the state government makes millions of dollars in tax revenue. That’s a good thing; it should be out of prohibition and legal.

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Ben Dronkers in a greenhouse filled with hemp. Picture source: weedworldmagazine.org

6 | What’s your estimation on the probability of full legalisation of cannabis in the Netherlands?

Ben Dronkers: The thing is that the Netherlands is like an ostrich that puts its head in the sand. We had a big advantage in the Netherlands because it was semi-legal with the coffeeshops and the technological innovations for growing cannabis were quite high here.

But the government changed the law and made it more difficult to grow. More and more the organised crime took over production. And then the guys with “the green fingers” – the hippies who grew a couple of kilo’s in their attic –  they all quit because they were too scared. The police also targeted them all the time instead of organised crime because that was a lot easier of course.

‘…when America completely legalises cannabis – the rest of the world will follow.’

cannabis plants

I think in a few years – when America completely legalises cannabis – the rest of the world will follow. I’m living in Malaysia right now and you can see medical marihuana in Thailand, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia getting legalised. It all starts with that.

Because all the lies throughout the years that marihuana is a bad thing are being refuted by the medicinal properties that it has like in a product such as CBD oil. They can’t stop it anymore. The cat is out of the bag, as they say.

Ben Dronkers Hemp
Picture source: jackermag.com.

7 | If it does become fully legalised in the Netherlands, do you believe that the Dutch government should safeguard the quality of cannabis through regulation?

Ben Dronkers: You can say the Dutch government but when you drink a beer or wine they are also regulated. If you buy some food there are also food regulations. Should it get legalised like other products that are legal then there should be no restrictions.

Marihuana is pure most of the time. It’s a herb, it’s a plant. It’s the same with your vegetables; there shouldn’t be heavy insecticides on it. But that is also the beauty of this plant is that you don’t need that to grow it.

While tobacco and alcohol give a lot of societal damage marihuana does not which is now extensively proven. In the Netherlands they even came up with a report that it isn’t bad and then the government falsified the report to keep it illegal. Nobody got punished for that. But if you sell a few grams of marihuana on the streets you go to jail.

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Ben Dronkers together with Richard Branson at the opening of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Barcelona.

It’s really stupid that it’s legally accepted that people can drink themselves to death with alcohol whilst marihuana is illegal and nobody has died from it. It’s prejudiced and discriminatory against a plant.

‘I believe all drugs should be legalised and then the world will change.’

If a religion tells you what you should eat or drink that’s your religion. But if a government tells you what you can and cannot eat and drink then you still have the self-determination of your own body, it should be up to you.

I believe all drugs should be legalised and then the world will change. Because now, when you say heroin should be legalised people get really upset, but would you like to buy some heroin? You don’t! But it’s the peer pressure and black markets that make new junkies.

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Some of the items in the Hash Marihuana & Hemp museum in Amsterdam.

8 | Could you tell more about your company HempFlax?

Ben Dronkers: That is one of the companies that I started after Sensi Seeds and the museum. We grow a lot of hemp with that company in the Netherlands and Romania. And with that hemp we make CBD oil, fibers and wool.

hemp oil

Fun fact: It’s a common misconception that hemp and marijuana are two different species of plant. They’re not distinct species at all. They’re just two different names for cannabis, a type of flowering plant in the Cannabaceae family. (Source)

This plant is very diverse in its use cases. They say that there are 20 to 50.000 different products you can make from hemp. You can buy the CBD oil from Sensi Seeds but you can also find the seed oil, hemp seeds and protein. It’s one of the plants that contains omega 3 and 6.

On the other hand we can see that the textile industry is entering the market, albeit slowly. They currently use a lot of cotton and that crop needs the most insecticides of all the plants in the world and requires a lot of water too. Hemp is the exact opposite, an amazing product.

‘At HempFlax we make car products for the automotive industry. BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar even the Bugatti Veyron.’

At HempFlax we make car products for the automotive industry. BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar even the Bugatti Veyron all have our hemp fibers inside the dashboard and door panels. That saves a lot of plastic; soon you’ll find plastic bags on the market that will be totally degradable instead of the plastics that we use now. That’s amazing!

And those are some of the things that hemp can do. People should inform themselves if they are interested in this subject. We also have a small shop in the Red Light District between the two museum buildings called the Hempstory. There we sell a lot of products that you can eat or wear or use for makeup.

Industrial hemp production. Picture source: dvhn.nl

9 | We found quotes of you saying that ‘hemp will save the world’ and the arguments you just made substantiate that point.

Ben Dronkers: It’s very simple actually; in the last couple of hundred years, in between 400 or 500, we cut 80% percent of the forests in the world. We’ve used up all that wood, but hemp can do the same as a forest but what takes a forest 12 years hemp can do in 1 year. It can produce fibers and it can produce wood.

‘In 1941, Henry Ford made a car completely of hemp…’

You can even produce ethanol from hemp, so you can drive cars on it. In our Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum you can already see a scooter completely made from hemp.

hemp product

In 1941, Henry Ford made a car completely of hemp and you can find this information in the museum. And that is the fun of the museum because people simply don’t know much about this plant. They always think it’s a terrible thing but it’s a friend of humankind.

Can hemp safe the planet? Well if the CO2 output is important then you can see that, what you learn is school, plants take in the CO2 from the air and store it and then when you burn it is released again. We use millions of years old oil and coal and only burn it releasing the CO2 into the air.

Hemp would take it in and release it again. But if you store the hemp like in the car industry, in wood or hempcrete (concrete made from hemp), a very interesting development at the moment, they are actually building houses from this.

Hempcrete replacing concrete. Source: isohemp.com

Then you store the CO2 for many years. It’s a wonder plant, it’s amazing what this plant can do. It comes close to the tree of life as I always say. And people don’t believe it, they don’t know about it. When they come to the museum they’re flabbergasted by all the possibilities that this plant has!

“Colombus could not have found America and Europe would not had any colonies if it wasn’t for Hemp.”

When you look back at history, Colombus couldn’t have found America and Europe wouldn’t had any colonies if it wasn’t for hemp. Wood and hemp made all those ships possible. The sails were hemp, the clothes were hemp, the food was hemp, the lights were powered by hemp oil.

Back in the day, we had around 3000 windmills in the Netherlands and most of them were used for hemp and hemp oil. These are some of the reasons for why we started with HempFlax even though we lost money with it for 24 years.

Ben Dronkers Columbus Hemp Sails
2 replicas of 3 ships that Columbus used to sail to America. Picture source: oswegocountytoday.com

But now it’s there and we have a factory in Romania and you’re now talking about 3000 hectares of hemp so it’s a real industrial company. It came from nothing because after WWI the cotton, plastic and alcohol industry took it all over. And look what we got with all the plastic in the oceans.

Can it save the world? It can help a lot. That quote was actually originally a phrase from Jack Herer, a good friend of mine who passed away. He wrote a very important book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes. He used to say hemp could save the world and then I would always say; come on, that is a bit too much Jack. But I really believe it now because as soon as the oceans have no more fish where do we get the proteins? The omega 3’s and omega 6? It’s in the hemp oil or seeds.

So what could we use to power our cars? We could use ethanol from hemp. Building construction, aluminium, cement and all that stuff are real big pollutants.

In the Netherlands there is a huge program for housing durability and they make insulation for the homes from glass fibre or rock fibre and they even use PUR-foam, and it’s so toxic. I say, and I really believe it, that this glass fibre isolation is the new asbestos.

But HempFlax produces good quality isolation made from hemp. We sell it and our sales are getting better. It’s more expensive of course and the industries that are involved and the government don’t like it so they keep it down. That is really happening.

And if people think that it’s a conspiracy theory, trust me, I’ve been working with hemp for 27 years and it was never easy. It’s still not easy!

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The Dutch parliament building. Picture source

10 | What has held back full legalisation in the Netherlands all this time?

Ben Dronkers: Lies and deceptions, with the story that the United Nations wouldn’t allow it. That’s what we heard for the last 20 years.

At one time we had 27 persons in Dutch parliament who smoked weed and they wanted to legalise it with D66 (Dutch social liberal party). But then they said we can’t do that because of international treaties.

But that is not true because in the meantime Colorado does it, Uruguay does it, Portugal does it, so many countries are doing it now. It was bullshit then and it’s bullshit now.

And now in the Netherlands they want to try what they call “the weed experiment” and it’s bullshit again. It’s unbelievable what they make up; they will again start to say that it’s bad and that you will get sick. No, cannabis, marihuana and CBD oil cure people. It’s a medicine.

You go to a doctor in the Netherlands and that doctor can prescribe it legally. You can get it at the pharmacy and you can travel the world with it legally. The treaty of medicine is signed so it’s officially a medicine.

They are liars, because when you ask how about alcohol and tobacco? They say “oh no, no we won’t talk about it now”. So it’s hypocritical, lies and deceit.

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Historical advertisement in the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

11 | What would you consider to be the ideal cannabis situation for the Netherlands?

Ben Dronkers: Well I don’t think just for the Netherlands but cannabis should be totally legal in the whole world. You should be free to grow it in your own garden, to grow your own medicine and you use it. And a lot of people do this now in the Netherlands. You’ve got 1000’nds of people who grown their own weed when you look at a website like Mediwiet.

I don’t know how many people are medical users but you have this stuff and it’s expensive but when you buy some seeds and grow your own it’s bloody cheap, a very cheap medicine!

What you also see in Colorado for example, and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out, is that alcohol consumption is going down. So the alcohol industry doesn’t like that, that they are really losing money.

And with the pharmaceutical industry a lot of people use 7, 8, 10, 20 different kinds of tablets from the pharmacy, bloody expensive! It’s a milk-machine!

“…alcohol consumption is going down. So the alcohol industry doesn’t like that, that they are really losing money.”

Ben Dronkers Hemp Advocate
Ben Dronkers in the high grass. Picture source: cnnbs.nl

And now people are using cannabis or CBD-oil or THC-cannabis as a medicine. They don’t need all this pharmaceutical stuff anymore and that is why those industries are the big funders of the anti-propaganda. They probably bribe the politicians to keep it illegal.

In America alone it is estimated that it will cost them 15 billion in sales per year. I’m not sure if that is for Colorado alone or all the states. But if a company loses that kind of money they don’t like it so they better pay a couple millions here and there to keep it illegal.

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Ben Dronkers in 1973. (Source)

But like I said; the cat is out of the big, they can’t keep it illegal anymore. In the last 45 years that I’ve been fighting against prohibition I met high standard people like Harvard University professor Lester Grinspoon (June 24, 1928 – June 25, 2020). He wrote back in 1972 that it is a medicine and not harmful.

Dr. Grinspoon: ‘Marijuana is one of the least toxic substances in the whole pharmacopoeia’

The real researchers and the government knew about it, nevertheless they kept it forbidden. But what I see now is that they cannot hide it anymore and that the prohibition is coming to an end.

As I say sometimes, as a politician you have to be both very stupid and totally uniformed, or corrupt.

Ben Dronkers and Ed Sensi Seeds Production
Ben together with Ed in a greenhouse filled with cannabis. 

12 | Where do you see the global cannabis industry in 10 years time?

Ben Dronkers: It’s like you state it. It will be an industry. It already is.

In Canada one of the biggest companies is Canopy and they work together with Corona beer. Corona invested nearly 4 billion dollars into it. Coca-Cola was even interested into cannabis drinks. You see it in the stock market. In Canada and the United States you can buy stocks now that are totally cannabis related, for consumption and medical purposes.

In Switzerland you can already buy cannabis cigarettes in the super markets and at gas stations. They are low in THC, only 1 percent and a bit high in CBD. But it’s there, in the supermarkets. Even in bags of just weed, in some countries they sell it like tea, but you can still smoke it. But in Switzerland it’s just weed.

So it’s already happening but it will take time, everything takes time. However, Hemp is even more important to me than cannabis because I think it can save the world, at a minimum it can save a lot.

The sooner we can change from a plastic and oil industry to a sustainable industry the better. And that with only one plant that doesn’t need insecticides or pesticides for industrial farming. There aren’t many plants that don’t need that.

Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Barcelona
The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Barcelona. Picture source: everipedia.org

13 | Some people say there’s a weed stock mania going on at the moment. What’s you opinion on that?

Ben Dronkers: Oh yes, there are also crooks in it of course. Some of them collected a lot of money but they don’t know what to do with it. Those people are more financial experts than agricultural experts or growing experts.

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Ben Dronkers in front of his Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum.

But there are of course also plenty of good ones. I don’t know how many there are at this time, I hear a lot. But I don’t know. A lot of them will die and go away but some others will grow very fast.

Figure it out yourself; if you want to buy some stocks you might want to buy some HempFlax stocks or Sensi Seeds. You never know the future of course but those two companies are both doing well and have a history of quality. And quality conquers all!

At this time HempFlax is the largest CBD oil producer in Europe. And on the other hand. If you look at our museums, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp museum in Barcelona is a masterpiece!

With everything in this business you have to wait and see how politicians and the pharmaceutical industry try to stop it. Don’t be surprised. I think they can’t stop anymore. And they should not, because the cannabis plant and medicine should be available for everybody!


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15x Must See in Amsterdam Red Light District

Posted on: May 29, 2020

Must see in Amsterdam Red Light District experiences

15x Must See in Amsterdam Red Light District

When visiting a city it is important to know what you really have to see. After all, you don’t want to miss the highlights and have a bad travel experience, do you? It’s even more annoying when your friends have seen something special in Amsterdam that you have missed. Here’s the solution! An overview with 15x must see in Amsterdam Red Light District.



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Two of the 288 window brothels in the Red Light District.

De Wallen Amsterdam

First of all, some basic information: De Wallen – the Dutch name for the Amsterdam’s Red Light District – is the oldest and most fascinating part of Holland’s capital. And, it’s one of the three prostitution areas in the capital. The other two are located on the Ruysdaelkade and the Singel and the Spuistraat.

The Dutch liberal and open-minded culture can be seen everywhere in the Red Light District. Only here you can see a church that’s surrounded by window brothels with sex workers, coffee shops, beautiful houses and a 5d porn cinema with a daycare next door.

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Amsterdam’s oldest canal.

This list contains 15 must see in Amsterdam Red Light District items that everyone will like. Whether you’re into architecture, art, Dutch culture, history, religion, food or (erotic) entertainment. There’s really something for everyone. It’s not without reason that more than 4000 people from different parts of society live in this part of town.

15 | Sex Worker Statue

Must see in Amsterdam Belle statue
Belle statue. Respect sex workers all over the world.

There are only two places in the world where there are statues for sex workers and one of them is in the middle of Amsterdam Red Light District – just next to The Old Church. The Dutch are quite tolerant and open-minded. Just two reasons why you can find this sex worker statue here, right in the old city centre.

14 | Amsterdam’s Oldest House

On one of the oldest streets in the capital you can find the oldest house. Funny thing is is that this house was only discovered to be the oldest house back in 2010. The old house with a wooden skeleton dates back to 1485 but stands hidden behind a facade dating back to 1800. Before this discovery the wooden house at the Begijnhof was considered to be the oldest house in Amsterdam. Amsterdam’s oldest house is currently functioning as a gay club named Dirty Dicks.

13 | Chinatown

Chinese Temple Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Red Light District, Zeedijk.

Amsterdam has its very own little Chinatown. It was first established in the year 1911 and is the oldest Chinese neighbourhood on European soil. Since the year 2000 the area has had a Fo Guang Shan He Hua Tempel which is the largest Chinese style religious building in Europe. You can visit this temple for free!

Besides this highlight this is the place you want to be for asian food. All types of Asian restaurants can be found in this area including Thai, Indonesian, Japanese and Malaysian food.

12 | FEBO

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FEBO is Holland’s most famous snack-bar with typical Dutch food.

Food lovers pay attention. This is the most iconic snack-bar in the Netherlands. Walk on in and pull a deep fried snack from the automatique. Try out local delicacies like the kroket – a breaded deep fried cow or veal meat ragout which is super crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside.



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TIP: Grab a veal kroket out of the FEBO wall.

Or try the Frikandel, a minced meat deep fried snack that can be covered in a sauce of your liking. Tip: try it with mayonaise, curry and unions.

The CEO of the FEBO chain talks about this typical Dutch food in our app Amsterdam Audio Tours.

11 | Museum Of Prostitution

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Red Light Secrets on the famous Amsterdam Red Light District street.

Ever wondered what a brothel looks like from the inside? The Red Light Secrets museum is actually a repurposed former brothel. Inside you get to see the many different luxurious rooms. You even get the option to sit in a Red Light District window brothel. Try and find out if any of the passer-byes are interested in your flirting-skills.

10 | Our Lord In The Attic

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The last hidden church is definitely a must see in Amsterdam.

A hidden church museum right in the middle of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. This church is located in the attic of a completely restored 17th century canal house. This little hidden church is a great symbol of tolerance in Amsterdam. Back in those days celebrating mass was forbidden, but in the case of hidden churches they were tolerated. This museum is a must for those who’d like to see the inside of an old canal house and learn about world famous Dutch tolerance. You can find more information or buy your tickets via the link below:



9 | The Waag

Must see in Amsterdam Red Light District de Waag
Amsterdam’s second oldest building.

The 15th century former city gate still stands beautifully at the center of the Nieuwmarkt Square. The building has had many different functions throughout its life. These include being a guild house, a museum, a fire station an anatomical theatre, and currently it’s The Waag Restaurant. Rembrandt even made one of his art works here. The famous painting by Rembrandt called The anatomical lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulip” shows an anatomical dissection taking place inside The Waag

8 | Amsterdam 5D Cinema

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The 5D Porn Cinema next to the church, window brothels and a day-care.

The first 5d Porn Cinema in the world! This truly unique experience is a must for those who want to have a laugh. Inside the theatre you take a seat in moving chairs as a 3d porn movie is projected on the screen. The movie is about someone who visits the Red Light District for the first time. A plethora of other effects including wind, foam and water are then added in sync to the pictures on screen. This is a fun ride that you can only experience Amsterdam.



7 | Old Church Amsterdam

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Religious or not. De Oude Kerk is a must see in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam’s oldest building the Old Church stands proudly between the window brothels and coffeeshops. This church dates back to the founding of Amsterdam. The first records of the church come from the year 1213. A lot has happened since then and the church has undergone numerous reconstructions and a switch from Catholicism to protestantism. The wooden ceiling, which is the largest of its type in Europe, is made from Estonian oak and dates back to 1390. Very special!

6 | Narrow Alleys

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Nine windows in Amsterdam’s most narrow alley.

The Red Light District is home to the narrowest alley in Amsterdam. At its narrowest point this alley is just 1 meter wide. Besides being very narrow it also has nine window brothels so this is quite an intimate experience.



5 | Sex Shows

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Sex Show Casa Rosso Amsterdam.

A visit to the Red Light District isn’t complete without visiting one of the 10 sex shows in Amsterdam. We’d recommend visiting Casa Rosso. This is the most famous erotic theatre in Amsterdam with the long reputation. Open since 1968 this amazing theatre offers seating for up to 184 persons. Expect live couple sex on stage, stripteases, banana shows and some audience interaction! For details and reservations click on the button below.



4 | Street Art

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One of the many boobs you can see in the Red Light District.

De Wallen is filled with street art from graffiti to actual bronze items. This bronze plaque was placed secretly at night on the street of the Oudekerksplein. After noise complaints from the neighbourhood from people stepping on the plaque it was removed by the municipality. The secret artist came forward and a deal was struck with the municipality. The plaque was placed at another spot and the artist remains anonymous.

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We made a great app that offers a Red Light District audio tour with 22 experts who share their expertise about Amsterdam. This piece of street art is one of the 30 highlights. The app contains almost two hour of audio with beautiful picture and cost just 5 euro. You can list to it at home or in De Wallen. Do you want to learn more about Amsterdam?



3 | Coffeeshops

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The first cannabis shops in the world are definitely a must see in Amsterdam. 

Amsterdam has 164 coffeeshops. The first one was founded in 1972. Back in the 1990’s there used be over 400 coffeeshops in the Dutch capital. What happened with them? What are the drug laws in Amsterdam? Can you smoke outside on the streets? Why is it illegal for producers to grow cannabis in the Netherlands?During our informative Amsterdam Drugs Tour we’ll walk through a large part of the Red Light District area and our local guides tell everything about Dutch coffeeshops.

We asked more than 200 frequent coffeeshop visitors which coffeeshop they think is the best coffeeshop in town. This resulted into a list of 10 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam. Are you curious which received the most votes?



2 | Condomerie

Condomerie shop Amsterdam
Since 1987, this shop sells condoms only.

The first shop in the world completely dedicated to condoms. The idea came to the owners at the start of outbreak of the HIV-Aids epidemic in the 1980’s. They were of the opinion that the public needed a store with professional staff that could give advice on condoms. At the time you could already buy condoms at pharmacy but there were too few option, hardly any choice or any good information. Thus the Condomerie was born and it is a featured highlight on our Red Light District tour.

Theodoor van Boven is the founder of the Condomerie and one of the 22 experts in the app Amsterdam Audio Tours.



1 | Window Brothels

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The windows brothels are definitely a must see in Amsterdam Red Light District.

The best must see in Amsterdam Red Light District is of course a window brothel, or 288 window brothels if you’re lucky enough to find them all. Amsterdam and prostitution are inextricably linked. Prostitution has been legal in the Dutch capital since 1811 and prostitution has always taken place in De Wallen area. This is one of the few places on earth where you can see this. Learn more about this unique part of the Netherlands during a Red Light District with a licensed guide or with the app Amsterdam Audio Tours.

Discover the Amsterdam Red Light District map with all 288 window brothels. It also contains 10 great bars, hotels and coffeeshops. Do you want to see it?




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Posted on: August 1, 2022

Amsterdam prostitution menu

Amsterdam Prostitution Menu: Paid Sex In Holland

What’s for sale, where to get it, what are the prices and how about the Dutch prostitution laws? This Amsterdam Prostitution Menu has everything you need. The famous window brothels in Amsterdam will be discussed together with more exclusive options like private brothels and escort services. Discover it below!

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The Dollebegijnensteeg in the Red Light District.

This Amsterdam Prostitution Menu shows what is generally offered in the Red Light District and beyond. The prostitutes do not work by just one set of rules and do not have one specific menu.

“I’m glad I found this prostitution menu online because I had no glue how things worked in Amsterdam. It surprised me that sex work is so well organized in the Netherlands. I also thought it would be really much more expensive.”

Is Prostitution Legal In Amsterdam?

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Yes, in the Netherlands prostitution is a legal and a regulated profession. So sex work is also legal in the capital Amsterdam.

Brothels, escorts, homeworkers, window prostitution, etcetera. It’s all legal! As long as the rules, laws and obligations are adhered to. For example: the minimum age to work as a sex worker in Amsterdam Red Light District is 21 years.



Amsterdam Prostitution Menu: Prices & Services

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A stripbar ad in an alley in the Red Light District.

So what does the Amsterdam Prostitution Menu looks like? Below you’ll find a very useful overview divided into 4 parts:

✦ Amsterdam Window Brothel Prices
✦ Amsterdam Brothels Prices
✦ Sex Dating Websites
✦ Escorts in Amsterdam

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The Trompettersteeg in De Wallen.

Each part dedicated to their own unique experience and accompanying prices. Please note that this Amsterdam Prostitution Menu shows what is generally offered. It’s wise to discuss everything with the sex worker beforehand and to make clear agreements about the services and additional prices. You can always ask respectfully, if she (or he) is up for the service you’re looking for.

1 | Amsterdam Window Prices & Services

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Amsterdam, Red Light District, Sint Annenstraat.

The Amsterdam Prostitution Menu starts with explanation on window prostitution.

Window prostitution can be considered as the most accessible form of prostitution. Amsterdam has three Red Light District area’s and around 360 window brothels. The biggest and most famous Red Light District of the Netherlands is locally known as De Wallen. Most tourists talk about this area as Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

This area has currently 201 window brothels and approximately 350 prostitutes who work during the day or night shifts.

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The famous street in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

Most prostitutes are from Eastern Europe, but there’s also a big group of sex workers who are from Latin-America. Just a few are actually Dutch. Foreign prostitutes work here because in the Netherlands they can work safely.

Window brothels in Amsterdam can be rented by the prostitutes during the day or the night. So usually there are different sex workers between 10 am & 6 pm than from 7 pm till 5 am.

Learn everything about Amsterdam Red Light District with the Amsterdam Audio Tours App in which 22 experts explain everything you need to know.

Amsterdam Window Prostitutes

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Amsterdam, Red Light District, Stoofsteeg.

The window brothels are set up for a relatively short visit. Generally customers pay between 50 to 80 euro for around 15 to 20 minutes of sex. But if you want, you can also stay longer (30 to 60 minutes). Obviously this cost more.

The sex workers in the window brothels differ in the services that they offer and everything can be negotiated. As long as it is done respectfully. The starting rate for every window prostitute negotiation is usually around 50 euro.

Window brothels

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It’s good to know that the window brothels in Amsterdam are quite small. Window brothels are just small rooms with a plastic or leather bed, a washing table, a chair and toilet in the back. It’s nothing fancy like a “normal” brothel. This is also why prices are lower at the window brothels compared to brothels (like Club LV or Club BonTon) that are mentioned below. All window brothels in Amsterdam are clean though. 

Gender and Sexual Orientation

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The big majority (around 95%) of all Amsterdam window prostitutes are female and straight. A smaller part of the window workers are transgender.


The prostitutes who work in the window brothels of Amsterdam accept only cash money. No credit- or debit card payments. One reason that sex workers cannot be paid digitally is because (listed) banks do not want to be associated with sex work and therefore do not facilitate digital payments. The Red Light District has many ATM’S.

Amsterdam Prostitutes Health

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Amsterdam, Red Light District, Old Church Square.

The sex workers in Amsterdam’s Red Light District only do safe sex, with a condom. They only accept their own condoms which they often buy at the Condomerie – world’s first condom shop – located on the Warmoesstraat in the Red Light District.

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A condom shop in Amsterdam Red Light District.

In the Netherlands it is not mandatory for sex workers to be tested on sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). Prostitutes are regularly tested on a voluntary basis. They can be tested for free and anonymously by professionals. For example at the Geneeskundige en Gezondheidsdienst Amsterdam (GGD) or at P&G292. In general, the health of the sex workers is good. Prostitutes in the Netherlands know the risks of their profession and take it into account through safe sex and regular STD tests.

Amsterdam Window Workers Prices

  • Starting rate: 50 – 70 euro for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Services:  Oral sex |  Sex  | Erotic massage  | Hand-job | Stripping | Cuddling.

2 | Services & Prices in Amsterdam Brothels

Strip Club BonTon

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A stripper inside Club BonTon.

Club BonTon is one of the newest erotic venues in Amsterdam. It’s a stripclub and a brothel. The great thing about this chique club is that you can enjoy the atmosphere of a beautiful strip-club and when you see a lady that you really like, you can take her upstairs and have some more fun together in a private room. Not all the girls inside offer these erotic services though.

✦ Rates: Entrance: 50,-  |  Lapdance: 20,-  |  Private room: 350,-
✦ What’s on BonTon’ Amsterdam prostitution menu? In the club: Lapdance  |  Upstairs:  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |   |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  S&M role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Sex Toys

Club LV

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Club LV has been Amsterdam’s most exclusive brothel for over 14 years now. Enjoy a delicious cocktails, champagnes or nice wines in the bar area and let yourself be seduced by one of the 12 ladies that are always present. Pick the one you like most and take her upstairs to one of the 8 luxury private rooms equipped with large bathtubs and master beds.

Rates: Entrance: 75,-  |   Private room: 350,-
Services: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Threesome |  S&M role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Toys

3 | Adult Dating Websites in the Netherlands

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There are also websites in the Netherlands where it is possible to organise sex dates. Also legal! One is mentioned below. It just requires free registration


MySecretDate is made for men and women who are looking for a pleasant or exciting contact. Create a profile for free, post photos, send messages and find a nice date in the Netherlands based on your profile.

“I’d definitely recommend trying this sex dating site. At least once. You can make an end of your boring sex life with just a few clicks. It’s soooooo exciting!”

Maria Anderson, 32 year.

Get An Erotic Date Today!

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4 | Escorts in Amsterdam: Services & Prices

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Definition Escorts

Also part of the Amsterdam Prostitution Menu are escorts. An escort, is the provision of company by a sex worker with, if desired, sexual acts with the customer. Escorts offer a more expensive form of prostitution that gives the client more privacy. The meeting takes place, for example, at the customer’s home, in the hotel where the customer is staying, or in a hotel proposed by the escort (hotel prostitution).


✦ More discrete/ more privacy
✦ Customised service
✦ More time
✦ Can be combined with dinner, walking, shopping, etc.
✦ More comfortable
✦ More choice



Most escort services in Amsterdam work with a flat hourly rate. This flat rate includes the standard services like regular and oral sex (with protection). The other services that are advertised fall outside of the flat rate and cost extra. These extra services are not guaranteed beforehand and can only be negotiated when the lady has arrived at your place. The lady decides what extras she’s up for and will set the prices then and there.

Flat hourly rate: 150,-
Amsterdam Prostitution Menu: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  S&M role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Sex-Toys |  Overnight stay  | Drinks  | Diner  |  Clubbing

5 | Escort Service Agency: Escort Amsterdam

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EscortAmsterdam.com has almost 40 professional sex workers most of whom live in the Dutch capital. This escort agency in Amsterdam wants to offer as much diversity and realism as possible, so that it becomes easy for men to find the right lady.

This company distinguishes itself through a simple & safe ordering process, 24/7 accessibility, very serious discreetness and the best escort service in Amsterdam. All their escorts are licensed professionals who know how to provide your sexual & nonsexual desires.

The women are displayed on with pictures, additional information and services on the site of this agency. EscortAmsterdam can be contacted by phone, via the live-chat or through the booking form on their website.

✦ Flat hourly rate: 150,-
✦ Services: Sex | Erotic massages | Tantra | Oral sex | Threesomes | Stripteases | S&M | Golden showers | French 69



6 | Escort Service Agency: Amsterdam Finest

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Staying in a hotel in Amsterdam? Hotel Escort Amsterdam it the company for you. It has been serving clients at many hotels for quite a long time. An added bonus is that the ladies always show up in normal clothing. They know how to discreetly get to your hotel room. A massage, regular- and oral sex are all included in the flat rate.

✦ Flat hourly rate: 150,-
✦ Services: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  SM role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Toys |  Overnight stay  | Drinks  | Diner  |  Club



7 | Escort Service Agency: Desire Escort Schiphol & Escorts In Schiphol

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Desire Escort Schiphol and Escorts in Schiphol are both good options for those who are staying in a hotel close to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Holland’s main airport). The services of these specific companies are useful for layovers or a short visit to Amsterdam. With these companies you can expect gorgeous, experienced and friendly escorts. They maintain a minimum age of 21.

✦ Flat hourly rate: 150
✦ Services: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  SM role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Toys |  Overnight stay  | Drinks  | Diner  |  Club



8 | Escort Service Agency: Perfect Escorts Amsterdam

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Perfect Escorts Amsterdam has just perfect ladies. This company operates 7 days a week. Like all other escort companies in Amsterdam their workers get regular medical checkups and they all practise safe sex with a condom. Your health and the health of the ladies is a top priority. Tip: a lot of the ladies at this company are specialised in erotic massages.

✦ Flat hourly rate: 150
✦ Services: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  SM role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Toys |  Overnight stay  | Drinks  | Diner  |  Club



Did this Amsterdam Prostitution Menu answer all your questions?


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9 Laws For Amsterdam Coffeeshops

Posted on: October 20, 2021

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Amsterdam Coffeeshops: 9 Laws And Rules

The Netherlands distinguishes hard drugs and soft drugs. This is done in the Dutch Opium Act. The sale of soft drugs in Amsterdam coffeeshops is tolerated in the Netherlands under strict conditions.

Amsterdam Coffeeshops & Soft Drugs Policy

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Because soft drugs (cannabis and magic truffles) are less harmful to health than hard drugs (XTC, cocaine, etc), different rules apply in the Netherlands. Amsterdam coffeeshops can sell cannabis – weed and hash – under strict conditions to locals and tourists. Coffeeshops are businesses where weed and hashish may be offered for sale. They will not prosecuted for this. This is the essence of the Dutch tolerance policy (Dutch: gedogen beleid).

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The Greenhouse coffeeshop in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service also does not prosecute persons if they possess small amounts of soft drugs. It is about this:

  • maximum 5 grams of cannabis (weed, hash);
  • up to 5 cannabis plants.

9 Rules For Coffeeshops in the Netherlands

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The Bulldog is one of the first cannabis shops in the Netherlands.

For the sale of weed and hash, Amsterdam coffeeshops must adhere to rules and laws (the tolerance criteria). A coffeeshop must follow these 9 cannabis laws:

  1. No more than 5 grams of soft drugs per person may be sold per day.
  2. Hard drugs may not be sold.
  3. No soft drugs may be sold to minors.
  4. Minors may not be allowed into a coffeeshop.
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  5. No alcohol should be served.
  6. Drugs and the coffeeshop should not be advertised.
  7. No nuisance may be caused to the environment.
  8. Trade stock may not exceed 500 grams.
  9. No tobacco may be used inside.

Selling Soft Drugs Remains A Criminal Offence

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Coffeeshop Rusland is Amsterdam’s second oldest cannabis store.

The sale of soft drugs remains a criminal offence in the Netherlands. Do Amsterdam coffeeshop owners not adhere to the conditions? Then they can be prosecuted and the mayor can (temporarily) close the coffeeshop. Municipalities can impose additional requirements on a coffeeshop to prevent inconvenience. For example, adjusted opening hours or a greater distance from schools.

Tackle Illegal Cannabis Cultivation In Holland

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Coffeeshop Smokey on Rembrandt Square.

The cultivation of cannabis plants is prohibited in the Netherlands. With a maximum of 5 plants for personal use, the Dutch police will only confiscate the plants. The police can prosecute the grower if there are more than 5 plants.

Consequences of Illegal Cannabis Cultivation

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Coffeeshop Grey Area is known as one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam.

Is the police prosecuting the grower? Then the police will prepare an official report for the criminal prosecution by the Public Prosecution Service.

Hemp growers can lose their rented house. Did they illegally tap electricity? Then an additional assessment follows from an energy company. In tackling cannabis cultivation, the Dutch police works together with housing cooperatives, the tax authorities and energy companies, among others.

Source: Government of the Netherlands


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8 Ways To Get A (Sex) Date In Amsterdam Today

Posted on: January 16, 2022

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How To Get A Sex Date In Amsterdam: Sex Dating 2022

Get rid of your boring sex life today! There is absolutely no need to have so little excitement in your life. Dating doesn’t have to be difficult at all. And don’t think you can’t have sex with someone. You just need reliable sources that can help you have a good time. Find it here below!


The solution is here!  Discover this free overview with 8 reliable, transparent and accessible sex dating websites. Find out how to get a sex date in Amsterdam.



(Last updated: 12 June 2022)

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A date in Amsterdam.

6 Ways To Get An Exciting Date in Amsterdam

  1. Use dating companies such as MySecretDate, Parship, Lexa or Ashley Madison. (More sites below)
  2. Join speed-dating events (when available).
  3. Meet someone via sex dating sites in the Netherlands.
  4. Get a paid date by booking an escort in Amsterdam.
  5. Go to the Red Light District with its window workers.
  6. Visit a sex club in Amsterdam.

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Date tip: In the Netherlands it is very common to talk about the weather. So if you don’t know what to talk about, it’s always good to talk about the weather. After all, the weather changes every day in the Netherlands.




8x Sex Dating Sites In The Netherlands

If you’re looking for a sex date in Amsterdam, then have a look at the best sex dating sites in the Netherlands below.

1 | MySecretDate

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Some of the members of this exciting dating site.

This is definitely one the best dating websites if you’re looking for a sex date in Amsterdam. MySecretDate is fully focussed on erotic and sexual hookups in the Netherlands.

“This site easily helped me to have an incredibly exciting evening!”

Whether you’re single or in a relationship Mysecretdate makes wishes come true. This is a very popular dating site made for men, women and couples who are looking for sex, a relationship, an affair or just an exciting date in Amsterdam or in one of the other major Dutch cities.

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They are looking for a date as well!

The website is Dutch but it’s very accessible for everybody. Even if you don’t speak the language, you can easily navigate through the website. It is good to know that the Dutch can always speak English if desired. At this dating website it does not matter where you come from, as long as you enter your profile information correctly and completely.


Would recommend this platform. A lot of people looking for the same thing! 🍑 🍌

You can create a profile for free, post your photos and find a nice contacts based on your profile.



2 | Ashley Madison

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Life is short. Have an affair.” With this slogan, dating site Ashley Madison has been promoting cheating for many years. This international dating site in the Netherlands is for all singles who want an affair. With various features to keep your private information secret, anonymity is an important factor. It’s active in 52 countries which is great while traveling.

“Fucking hell… I had amazing sex through this website”

The members of Ashley Madison are single, married, or in a relationship. Anyone looking for something different is welcome! You can download the free Ashley Madison App or just visit the website and register today.



3 | Second Love

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Sign up for free and get in touch with someone today!

Second Love is not just any dating site. This Dutch dating platform specifically focuses on people where the routine has crept into their relationship. People looking for excitement and adventure in Amsterdam. However, they do not want to give up their current relationship for this. Second Love is an online service that helps you find like-minded people.

An innocent flirt or an actual date are all possible. Privacy and quality are paramount. For a discreet date in Amsterdam, go to Second Love!



4 | Victoria Milan

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Victoria Milan is an international dating platform specialised in affaire dating. It’s the world number one dating site for married and attached. Victoria Milan guarantees top privacy, discretion and even anonymous profiles can be made.

Just give it a try. You might like it!



5 | Passie Voor Twee

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Passievoortwee.nl (translated: Passion For Two) is another great Dutch accessible erotic dating site! That is to say … for those looking for exciting contact, but also for those who want to count themselves among the target group on the basis of life experience. This target group approach was deliberately chosen, because the familiar click mainly arises between people who are like-minded.

And… This dating website in the Netherlands focuses mainly on women and couples. Passion For Two would like to have a bit more class in the world of erotic dating, but also wants to distinguish itself with reliability, integrity and transparency.



6 | C-Date

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C-Date is the matching site for people who are looking for an adventure, an open relationship or an exciting erotic date in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and in 11 other countries. It’s the largest international erotic matchmaker and is active in 12 countries and on 4 continents. This dating platform combines style with eroticism and offers exciting variety. They offer a 72% succes rate!

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C-Date focuses on target groups of 25 years and older, men and women, straight or homosexual. This dating company appeals to a very broad group. It does not matter whether you are single, in a relationship or married, it is even possible to register as a couple. And, registering is free!



7 | Rich Meet Beautiful

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RichMeetBeautiful is only interesting for an exclusive group of men. This online dating website is for successful and economically established men who want to meet beautiful ladies for exciting dates or perhaps even more. The site brings together Sugarbabies – intelligent and charming women who date in exchange for gifts (like dinners), trips or financial support.

RichMeetBeautiful offers users in over 30 different countries the opportunity to meet successful and economically established gentlemen to meet beautiful young women for relationships or for dates worldwide.



8 | Ondeugend-Daten

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Ondeugend-Daten.nl (translated: Naughty Dating) is a professional Dutch dating site that focuses on both men and women in the Netherlands who love excitement and eroticism. The term “Naughty” offers participants the opportunity to give their own interpretation of the degree of eroticism. As a result, Ondeugend-Daten.nl attracts a very wide audience. On this platform you can search for new contacts in a trusted environment in a simple and safe way.

After registering for free, you can quietly look for a nice and suitable candidate who matches your search profile. By emailing or chatting with other participants first, you can convert the contact at your own pace. By sending the messages via this website you remain anonymous as long as you want: so you keep the reins yourself and decide when you are ready for a possible appointment in “real life”.



These were the eight best erotic dating platforms in the Netherlands. Do you want to be successful on a date? Then read the dating tips below.

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Tip: A canal cruise is fun to do during a date in Amsterdam.

3x Date in Amsterdam Tips

1 | Be Prepared

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Fun to do in Amsterdam: Visit the Moco Museum and see Banky’s art.

How can you prepare yourself for a first date? First of all, make sure you are rested. If you’ve been in a rush all day, you won’t have a relaxed date in Amsterdam. So take it easy and treat yourself for a nice bath or an extra long shower. Go to the hairdresser, trim your nails, wash well and have a good shaving session. This may sound obvious, but grooming has more influence than you think. Be fresh! If you look good you will feel better too. You radiate that and your date will see that too!

2 | Be on Time

The Waag: Amsterdam’s second oldest building.

Make sure you got enough time for your (beauty) rituals, so that you can be sure that you will arrive on time for your date. Because arriving late is really not done (in the Netherlands) on a first appointment. The Dutch like to be on time! And obviously you want to make a good first impression. Right?

3 | Wear Nice Clothes

The Nieuwmarkt Square in Amsterdam.

Before you go on a date, think carefully about what clothes you will be wearing. Choose comfortable (and neat) clothes that make you feel attractive. But: don’t lose sight of the fact that the chosen clothing must suit you. Clothing tells a lot about your identity, and your date will remember that. In addition, an outfit that suits you will make you feel more confident. And that’s how you want to come across on your first date!

11 Tried And True Dating Tips

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A date in Amsterdam.

We have created 11 fantastic date tips on how to prepare for a first date. Do you want to get better at dating? Hit the button below!



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15x Fun Things To Do In Amsterdam Red Light District

5x Museums In Amsterdam Red Light District That You Don’t Want To Miss Out On

Posted on: September 23, 2020

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Museums In Amsterdam Red Light District

Visiting Amsterdam without knowing the attractions and fun activities is not a good idea. You’ll get bored! It would be a shame if you missed the city highlights. You don’t want to end up in tourist traps or boring cafes, right?

The solution? Discover this list with five things to do in Amsterdam below. Impress your fellow travellers with these original and educational activities.

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There is a lot to do in ‘De Wallen‘. Also for those who want to learn something. There are currently five museums in Amsterdam Red Light District. At these museums you can learn more about cannabis, prostitution, the Red Light District, religion, erotica and… watches.

1 | Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

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In this museum in Amsterdam you can view cannabis plants up close, among others.

Located on the famous street in the Red Light District one can find Amsterdam’s cannabis museum. It was founded in 1985 by one of Holland’s most important cannabis pioneers: Ben Dronkers – who’s also the CEO of Sensi Seeds. He was one of the first to become commercially involved with cannabis in Amsterdam from the 1970s onwards.

Did you know that at one time in Europe 80% of all clothing was made out of cannabis hemp? And did you know that it is illegal to grow cannabis commercially in the Netherlands? Just two fun facts you learn at the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum.

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It offers audio tours in many languages.

Visitors to the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum can expect to find world’s largest collection of artefacts relating to the history of cannabis, its cultivation and its uses over the centuries. The cannabis collection is located on the ground floor where one can get an audio tour in six different languages. This museum in Amsterdam Red Light District is not too big and a visit takes about 30 to 45 minutes.


Google: 3,715 reviews | 4,3 out of 5 stars.
TripAdvisor: 729 reviews | 4 out of 5 stars.


✦ Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
✦ Price: 9 euro



2 | Red Light Secrets – Museum of Prostitution

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An interactive exhibition inside the Museum of Prostitution.

Do you want to know what it is like to stand in the windows? Do you want to learn how prostitutes become successful? Or, do you want to see what a brothel looks like from the inside? Then visit this Museum of Prostitution in Amsterdam, named Red Light Secrets. Here you can learn more about legal sex work in the Netherlands. It’s super interesting!

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What does it feel like to stand in the windows?

Become A Successful Prostitute

Inside you can also read 10 ways how sex workers become successful. We listed three of them:

  1. POSTURE. Pout those lips and work those hips. Stand upright and accentuate your curves.
  2. CHEERFUL. Make sure you look cheerful. Men don’t enjoy spending money in a surly woman.
  3. STAND OUT. Sitting quietly like the Mona Lisa will not get you attention. When you go unnoticed, you will have no business. Make sure to stand out.

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The museum even has an imitation window brothel.

Red Light Secrets used to be a building with real window brothels, but the city of Amsterdam bought it from a sex entrepreneur during Project 1012. The municipality wanted more variety in the Red Light District, so since 2014 the Museum of Prostitution has been around. Visit this attraction and get educated about one of the oldest professions in the world.


Google: 15,576 reviews | 4,2 out of 5 stars.
TripAdvisor: 2,339 reviews | 4 out of 5 stars.


✦ Hours: 10 AM – 12 PM
✦ Price: 12,50 euro



3 | Our Lord in the Attic

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Inside Ons Lieve Heer op Solder.

One of the best hidden gems in Amsterdam is this secret church. It’s located at number 40 on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal in the Red Light District. Our Lord in the Attic is one of the oldest museums in Amsterdam. The second oldest to be exact. Only the Rijksmuseum is older. It was established in 1888, its attic served as a Catholic church for two centuries. A hidden church in which Catholics could worship covertly when it was forbidden to do so in public.

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The last hidden church in Amsterdam may not be missed!

FACT: This church museum in Amsterdam is located next to a cannabis coffeeshop.

This church within a 17th-century Dutch house has been beautifully preserved. It offers an authentic glimpse into a house of a rich man during the affluent Dutch Golden Age. Here you can learn more about the history of Amsterdam and religion in Holland.

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The director of this museum in Amsterdam – in the attic of Ons Lieve Heer op Solder.

Our Lord In The Attic is also one of the highlights in the Amsterdam Audio Tours app. It offers stories of 22 experts, including the director of this museum and Russell Shorto – writer and historian, about the Red Light District. For just 5 euro you can learn everything about the Red Light District in Amsterdam.


Google: 2,089 reviews | 4,7 out of 5 stars.
TripAdvisor: 3,373 reviews | 4,5 out of 5 stars.


✦ Hours: 10 PM – 6 PM
✦ Price: 12,50 euro



4 | Erotic Museum

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One of the funniest museums in Amsterdam.

The Erotic Museum in Amsterdam is located on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal and portrays the history of eroticism and sex through the ages. This is one of those museums in Amsterdam where you can take perfect photos for your Instagram account. It is a kind of Instagram museum as it offers numerous erotic art objects that will impress your followers.

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The Erotic Museum is a great place to update your Instagram-account.

This museum is owned by the same entrepreneur who also manages the erotic theatre Casa Rosso, strip club Hospital Bar, Sex Palace Peep Show, The Bananenbar and Sexy Loo.


Google: 2,120 reviews | 3,6 out of 5 stars.
TripAdvisor: 454 reviews | 2,5 out of 5 stars.


✦ Hours: 11 AM – 12 PM
✦ Price: 7 euro



5 | Watchmaker Museum

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Go through this narrow alley to enter this museum.

Watch enthusiasts can indulge themselves at the Watchmaker Museum which is surrounded by window brothels, a 5d Porn Cinema, a daycare and the Old Church. The Watchmaker Museum in Amsterdam is brand-new as it opened its doors in August 2020.

The owner – Ralph Jansen (53) – has decorated the four floors with amazing, rare watches in all shapes and sizes. Jansen has been browsing auctions for a few years in search of watches with the best stories.

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‘I’m fascinated about the passion of watchmakers. They spend so much time creating something that you don’t think is possible at all. Yet they make it. Bizarre!’

The Watchmaker Museum is not only interesting for watch enthusiasts: here everyone can learn more about watches in an accessible way. For example, on the ground floor there is a collection with the first automatic watches. Three floors up people can see a watch that can play music from the Backstreet Boys.

There is a collection of watches worn by astronauts, as well as a wall dedicated to watches from famous films such as The Da Vinci Code, Back to the Future, Knight Rider and Pulp Fiction. This new museum in Amsterdam also has unique spy watches, erotic watches, steam punk watches, special features watches and many others.

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“Every watch in the museum has something special. It’s about the story behind it.”

You can get the best experience with a tour of the obvious connoisseur and enthusiast Ralph Jansen.


Google: 6 reviews | 5 out of 5 stars.
TripAdvisor: 2 reviews | 5 out of 5 stars.


✦ Hours: 10 AM – 7 PM
✦ Price: 10 euro




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10 Best Coffeeshops In Amsterdam

Posted on: January 1, 2022

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Coffeeshops In Amsterdam: Ultimate Coffee Shop Guide (For Cannabis)

When you go to Amsterdam it is useful to know where to find the best things. You do not want to have a bad experience during your city-trip. And what’s worse than having a bad cannabis experience? There are plenty of companies in Amsterdam that are too expensive or offer poor quality products. The same applies to coffeeshops in Amsterdam.

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At a terrace of an Amsterdam coffeeshop.

We have the solution for you! An overview of the 10 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam created by frequent coffeeshop visitors. Votes from 224 cannabis lovers.

5x Frequently Asked Questions

First, we’ll answer some FAQ’s about coffeeshops in Amsterdam and weed in the Netherlands.

1 | What does coffeeshop mean in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam Coffeeshop Directory

For some this is a superfluous question, but many wonder what a coffeeshop means in Amsterdam.

Meaning: A coffeeshop in the Netherlands is a company where cannabis (weed and hash) can be offered and sold.

When the Dutch refer to coffeeshops, this expressly means that it concerns drug-related matters. If a Dutch person says that he or she is going to visit a coffee shop, then the person will buy weed or hash. No coffee or tea.


The Netherlands works with a tolerance policy (Dutch: gedoog-beleid), which simply means that it is allowed to sell and buy soft drugs (= weed & hash) in coffeeshops. However, it is illegal to produce cannabis commercially in the Netherlands.

This means that almost all coffeeshops in Amsterdam obtain their cannabis from illegal sources, or criminals. In that respect, the Netherlands works with a strange, clumsy and old-fashioned drug policy. This Dutch drug policy has been active in this way since the 1970s.

2 | What’s the number of coffeeshops in Amsterdam?

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The Bulldog was not the first coffeeshop in Amsterdam but the third. It was founded in December 1975, after Mellow Yellow & Rusland.

Amsterdam has currently 164 coffeeshops (source). 14 of them can found in the Red Light District. There used to be more coffeeshops in Amsterdam, but the government has closed many.

In the 1990s, the Dutch capital even had more than 400 coffeeshops (source). Most coffeeshops in Amsterdam were closed because of criminal activities. With such a complicated drug policy, that is almost unavoidable.

3 | Are tourists allowed in Amsterdam coffeeshops?

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Yes, Amsterdam coffeeshops allow tourists! Only a few coffeeshops close to the border with Germany and Belgium are prohibited for tourists. Coffeeshops in Amsterdam can let everyone in as long as they are 18 years old.

4 | Do coffeeshops in Amsterdam roll for you?

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Yes! All coffeeshops in Amsterdam sell weed and hash in pre-rolled joints and small seal-bags. Almost all shops have pre-rolled joints in stock. If not, you can always ask the staff to work for you. They will do this for you – if it’s not too busy.

5 | Where do coffeeshops in Amsterdam get their weed from?

Almost all coffeeshops in Amsterdam get cannabis via illegal suppliers and illegal growers. This is because it is prohibited in the Netherlands to cultivate cannabis for commercial purposes.

An exception to this is the so-called closed ‘coffeeshop chain experiment’ to clarify whether legal delivery, purchase and sale of cannabis is possible. The quality of this cannabis is also checked. This new experiment is also called the weed experiment or weed trial, in which growers will produce cannabis under the supervision of the Dutch government.

10x Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam

This list with the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam was based on 224 votes from members of the Dam Jam – Amsterdam Coffeeshop Culture Facebook group and the Amsterdam Coffeeshop Directory Facebook group.

The Facebook group Dam Jam has currently 14.401 members and is described as: “A page about Amsterdam, its coffeeshops and a cheeky bit of culture all rolled into one“.

The other one currently counts 60.612 members and uses this description: “A place for members of the ACD forum and fans of ACD to come on Facebook to discuss current coffeeshop culture and share info“.

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Some of the members prefer to lounge whilst others only vote for the quality of the cannabis.

With this top 10 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam you can’t go wrong during your visit.

1 | Coffeeshop Grey Area

10 Best Coffeeshops In Amsterdam Grey Area Weed

Number one on our list with a total of 31 votes out of 224 is coffeeshop Grey Area. This coffeeshop is a regular cannabis-cup winner and the staff is really knowledgeable.

Snoop Dogg has visited this coffeeshop as well. It’s named Grey Area because the Dutch law on using weed isn’t exactly clear-cut.

It also turns out that this is one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam because Grey Area is frequented visited by famous people. Snoop Dogg, Kelis, Cypress Hill, Woody Harrelson and many others have been here.


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The shop is located in the center of Amsterdam and is world renowned for the quality of their weed. Most visitors go there to buy their weed but not to chill as the coffeeshop itself is quite small. Due to the central location and popularity of the coffeeshop, it can get busy so expect to have wait in line.


✦ Google: 2.919 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 247 reviews – 4,5 out of 5 stars.



2 | Coffeeshop 1e Hulp

10 Best Coffeeshops In Amsterdam 1e Hulp

This coffeeshop in Amsterdam came in a close second with 28 votes out of 224. Coffeeshop 1e Hulp (translated: First Aid) is located at the outskirts of the city center making it relatively quiet. A really relaxed, very comfortable and cozy coffeeshop perfect for chilling.

Oh, and the weed is great too! This isn’t the cheapest coffeeshop in Amsterdam but they serve some unique and excellent strains. The staff is also really friendly and will help you out with making your selection. This is one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam and is well known for their moon rocks.


✦ Google: 2.001 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 100 reviews – 4 out 5.



3 | Coffeeshop Boerejongens Center

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Boerejongens is without a doubt one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam. This is a very modern coffeeshop with a touch of class. Boerejongens got a total of 20 votes out of 224. It’s very easy to reach due to it being located close to Rembrandt Square, on the Utrechtsestraat 21.

The staff wear crisp white shirts combined with black bowties and white aprons. They are also very friendly and knowledgeable. Expect a great selection of strains and to wait in line as this is a really busy shop. You can sit and chill in the cozy upstairs however most people just go here to get some of the best cannabis in town, and leave. This is because the upstairs is quite small.


✦ Google: 3.526 reviews – 4,7 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 131 reviews – 4,5 out 5.
✦ Greenmeister: 60 reviews –  5 out 5.



4 | Coffeeshop Het Ballonnetje

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Het Ballonnetje attracts a wide variety of guests, including tourists, musicians, artists and students. The staff here is friendly and they sell their top quality weed and hash for reasonable prices. Het Ballonnetje is located in Amsterdam Oost (east).

Tip: get your supplies at het Ballonnetje and visit Artis Zoo located just around the corner. It can be a fantastic experience to see all the wild animals stoned.


✦ Google: 600 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 15 reviews – 4,5 out of 5.
✦ GreenMeister: 7 reviews – 4 out of 5.



5 | Coffeeshop The Plug

 Coffee Shop The Plug

Number five on our best coffeeshops in Amsterdam list is The Plug. This place was formerly Coffeeshop Utopia but has merged with The Plug in Barcelona back in May 2018. This has greatly improved their original selection and menu. It is a small coffeeshop with the option to sit outside in the sunlight. The staff is friendly and patient. They also serve great coffee here. Come for the weed, stay for the coffee ?.


✦ Google: 518 reviews – 4,3 out 5 stars.



6 | Coffeeshop The Stud

10 Best Coffeeshops In Amsterdam The Stud

This is another shop on our list that is located at the outskirts of Amsterdam’s city center. The Stud was established back in 1982 and serves a good mixture of local regulars and tourists. It’s a small shop so seating is limited. Expect the best herbs for a fair price served by friendly staff. Coffeeshop The Stud also has a few (“old dated”) computers that visitors may use. The shop is located close to the Amsterdam Muiderpoort train station – in the more eastern part of the city. At Cannabis Liberation Day 2018 The Stud was nominated for the best coffeeshop in Amsterdam!


✦ Google: 2.124 reviews – 4,7 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 70 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.



7 | Green House Coffeeshop

10 Best Coffeeshops In Amsterdam Green House coffeeshop Voorburgwal

The atmosphere in Green House is completely unique. Green House has four separate locations spread out over Amsterdam. We’re talking about the Green House at the Oudezijs Voorburgwal located in the Red Light District. Great central location. All Green House coffeeshops have a high quality reputation and great quality products. One of those places where you can buy with your eyes closed.


✦ Google: 4.124 reviews – 4,4 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 702 reviews – 4,5 out 5.
✦ Smokers Guide: 181 reviews – 7,6/10.



8 | Coffeeshop Abraxas

Coffeeshop Abraxas Menu

Located in the heart of Amsterdam close to Spui Square and Rokin street, this is one of the oldest and the best-known coffeeshops in Amsterdam. Coffeeshop Abraxas is also known from a scene in a famous movie. This is one of the reasons why it’s part of our Amsterdam Drugs Tour.

The interior is really unique and “mind expanding” by itself. The place is really hospitable and they serve a nice selection of high quality coffee and tea. A fantastic coffeeshop to enjoy a relaxing joint.


✦ Google: 4.094 reviews – 4,6 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 819 reviews – 4,5 out 5.



9 | Coffeeshop Easy Times

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This is one of the more larger coffeeshops on our best coffeeshops in Amsterdam top 10. The vibe here is good and relaxing with plenty of comfortable seating for everyone. They also have some canal side tables outside for when the sun is shining. Besides serving up some great bud they also play quality music. Right next door are a McDonalds and Burger King for those who get the munchies.


✦ Google: 3.162 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 354 reviews – 4,5 out 5.



10 | Coffeeshop Voyagers

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Coffeeshop Voyagers in the Red Light District.

This coffeeshop is actually a hotel and coffeeshop in one. Its location is great! It is situated at one of the entrances to the Red Light District from Amsterdam’s Central Station. This is a great place to start your adventure. The staff is really friendly and the weed selection is good. It is a cozy coffeeshop, surrounded by two canals, with limited seating so not ideal for long chill sessions, unless you also booked a hotel room there.


✦ Google: 184 reviews – 4,4 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 55 reviews – 4 out 5.



Legal Cannabis In Holland

On the 11th of February, 2020, we posted a poll on our Facebook-page.

We asked whether the content of cannabis should be checked by the Dutch government. This is what 294 respondents answered:

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Amsterdam Ban Tourists From Coffee Shops

Tourists have long flocked to Amsterdam’s world-famous coffee shops, where they can purchase and consume cannabis. However, the current mayor of Amsterdam – Femke Halsema – is proposing a ban on tourists visiting these establishments. The rationale for this proposal is that tourists cause too much crowds in the center of Amsterdam. The left mayor wants fewer domestic and foreign tourists in the city. Additionally, the mayor argues that tourism is putting a strain on Amsterdam’s infrastructure, and that restricting access to coffee shops would help to alleviate this problem. While it remains to be seen whether this proposal will be enacted, it highlights the complex issues surrounding tourism and drug policy in Amsterdam. Many Amsterdammers and other political parties do not want a coffee shop ban for tourists

5x Drugs Facts

1 |  “Only” 7.2% of the Dutch adults used cannabis last month (source)?

2 | >95% of all cannabis in the Netherlands is produced illegally. Here it’s only tolerated to buy and sell cannabis. The commercial production of cannabis is not legal.

(It’s only legal when done via the new so called ‘weed-experiment’ or ‘weed test’ what goes through the Dutch government and in which only a few coffeeshops may participate).

3 | Ever heard of the Dutch Cocaine Factory that legally produced cocaine in Amsterdam? From 1870 till 1919 cocaine was a legal product in the Netherlands. In the 1910’s the Netherlands was actually a global market leader in the production of cocaine.

4 | The Netherlands is one of the biggest XTC producing countries in the world.


Which venues do you find the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.


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10 Penis Facts You Did Not Know About

Posted on: October 3, 2021

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10 Penis Facts Men & Women Should Know About

Two-thirds of all men think their penis is too small, while 85% of women rate the penis length as fine. Women find other qualities more important. The penis size is one of the less important factors for women. What matters most is how you use it!

Penis Definition

The human penis (Latin phallus) is the male sex organ that is used for urination and copulation.

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In humans, it is located at the base of the urinary bladder, below the pelvic diaphragm.

1 | Average Penis Size is 13,1 Centimeter

Worldwide the average length of an erect penis is 13.1 centimeters.

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✦ Men in Congo have the largest with an average of 18 centimeters.
✦ In Asia they have the smallest, 10 centimeters.
✦ In Europe, Icelandic men are number 1, with approximately 15 centimeters.
✦ The Dutch have to be satisfied with the global average of 13,1 centimeters.

Men are sometimes obsessive about the size of their penis. While many women find qualities such as humor, friendliness, intelligence and physique more important than the size of a penis. All studies show that. There is only one remedy: reassure them, tell men the size is okay.

2 | A Penis Rarely Breaks, Even Though ‘penile breakage’ Exists

A penis has no bone, so in the literal sense of the word it cannot break.

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Penile fractures already exist: this happens when a phallus receives a hard blow or push, causing the firm connective tissue around the erectile tissues in the penis to burst.

Such a snap can be heard ‘as if a branch or root is breaking’. The most common cause is when the penis slips out of the sheath or anus and misses the opening with great force when it wants to go back in. It’s rare and if it does happen? Get dressed and take your partner to a doctor urgently.

3 | Men Get Sleepy From Orgasm

Many men fall asleep immediately after sex. Why not enjoy some time together? There is a natural explanation for this. When you have an orgasm, a blissful mixture of hormones and chemicals is released that acts on the brain. That mixture contains, among other things, prolactin, a hormone that stimulates the brain to sleep. This prolactin level also rises in women after sex, but to a much lesser extent.

4 | Anxiety Keeps The Penis From Getting Stiff

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‘Lack of strength’, that is the translation of the Latin impotencia. The causes have been debated for centuries. Nowadays there are roughly two causes: organic and psychogenic (caused by the mind). If it’s not diabetes or high blood pressure, it’s best for women to start the conversation.

Perhaps there is fear. It may sound crazy, but the reassurance that there is no serious cause is often enough to get him up.

5 | A Curved Penis Has Nothing To Do With Masturbation

Barring exceptions, there’s no such thing as dead straight penissen. It is sometimes said that a genital area points to the side of the hand used in masturbation: to the left for left-handers, to the right for right-handers. Incorrect! The curvature has a genetic cause.

6 | Penis Enlargements Do Not Work

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Research shows that many pills and ointments contain dangerous substances such as lead, insecticides and poo. A vacuum pump can help with impotence, but it won’t lengthen your penis. Stretching exercises to increase height (jelqing) are harmless, but evidence that it works is lacking.

A penis puller makes the penis longer, but also thinner. “A vacuum pump is also used for this purpose, but no good studies have been conducted.” Surgery has limited success and produces an increase of up to one to two centimeters. “Cosmetic doctors place fatty tissue, from the man himself, under the penis skin to get more volume. That can cause serious problems, such as serious infections

Surgery is an option, albeit risky. Ligamentolysis occurs most often, with the result that the penis hangs 1 to 3 centimeters more. It doesn’t get bigger with an erection. Don’t take any risks. If your penis works, leave it alone.

7 | A Man Gets An Average Of 11 Erections A Day

Men get 11 erections a day in average, usually without sexual stimulation, and sometimes at times when it’s inconvenient.

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It has to do with your hormone balance. An erection is induced by the autonomic nervous system. The urologist advises to leave that pole in your pants for what it is. Or think of something asexual: food you don’t like or cleaning your bathroom. Babies also get erections. Don’t worry: they help to keep the blood circulation going and are good for the development of the penis.

8 | A Penis Does Not Need Soap

You don’t need scented soap for a clean penis. It is even not recommended: soap dries out the skin and removes protective substances.

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Only water is sufficient, with or without a neutral soap. A wash every other day is sufficient. And check your balls once a month. Do this preferably in the shower: the warm water relaxes the scrotum. Check for swelling, hardness or soreness.

9 | Women Do Not Like Dick Pics

Images of a phallus are of all times and always a symbol of power. Photos that men send of their genitals, dick pics, are going around on Snapchat and the dating app Tinder. Most women find them downright offensive, based on Norwegian research. It makes them feel uncomfortable and no woman gets turned on by it.

10 | Ginseng Has Positive Effect On An Erection

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Ginseng has been shown to have some effect on the erection of men with erectile dysfunction. However, that does not mean that a penis at rest will become larger or that the erection length increases.


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11x Amsterdam Date Tips

Posted on: February 14, 2021

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Preparing For A First Date: 11x Amsterdam Date Tips

You’ve met someone nice via a dating site. You have been exchanging messages and now it is time for the next step: a first date. How exciting! But of course you don’t want to show that you’re insecure.

If you don’t want to appear too nervous, it’s smart to prepare properly for your first date. You don’t want things to get awkward during the date, do you? You just need some good date tips. Discover below!



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This article offers the solution! 10 super useful date tips which you can use in Amsterdam or anywhere else in the world. Discover it all below!

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Fun to do during a date in Amsterdam: Search for a nice romantic spot, bring some drinks and have a talk.

11 First Date Tips For Men And Women

1 | Be prepared

One of the best date tips is to be well prepared. You have already taken the first good step by reading this article.

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Make sure you are well rested on day of your first date. You don’t want to take the stress of work or travel with you during the date. You have to stay focused, so rest well.

Also, make sure you pay extra attention to your appearance: take a bath, take a long shower, shave, trim your nails and use some care products like day cream. If you look good you will feel better too. You radiate that and yes, your date will see that too!

2 | Wear nice clothes

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Think carefully about which clothes you want to wear. Don’t wear old clothes, choose new, attractive clothes. In addition, it is very important that you wear clothes that you feel comfortable in. Don’t buy clothes for your date, buy clothes that you like.

Clothing tells a lot about your identity, and your date will remember that. If you’re not going to buy new clothes, at least make sure it’s washed and ironed.

3 | Choose a good location

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 Date tips: Canal cruise in Amsterdam Red Light District.

Do you want to prepare well for a first date? Then choose a nice location in Amsterdam! A good date location is not the same for everyone. A nice café or restaurant is always good but it’s not a super original idea. It can be noisy and challenging if the talking does not go smoothly. In that case you can also do something together. How about taking a canal cruise? Or you could visit a cinema (if you are a bit shy or nervous), but you can also do something.

Do you like photography? Then you could try the Eye Museum in Amsterdam! Are you a sporty person? Then you could rent some bikes and explore the city, or take a salsa lesson.

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Also fun to do during a first date: Take an Amsterdam tour. It’s an original, educational & healthy activity. An additional advantage is that afterwards you have enough to talk about.

4 | Do not exaggerate

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Going for a drink at a sunny terrace is always a safe choose. Make sure to check the weather forecast though.

Since you’re dating a stranger it might be a good idea to not overdo it. We don’t want to be too negative, but your first date doesn’t have to take the whole day or the whole evening – what if there isn’t a match?



Make your first date nice and short, and agree on this in advance. If it is great fun, you can always decide at that time to spend more time together. By determining the duration in advance, you also control the expectations.

Good dating advice is not just about tricks or smooth phrases, but about the underlying principles that make you a more attractive person.

5 | Make clear agreements

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Make clear agreements about the location and time in advance. You don’t want to keep waiting at the wrong restaurant, cinema, museum or park.

Also do not make vage appointments like “around 2 pm” or “4-ish”. That might cause discomfort and irritation, so make sure it is crystal clear where and when your date starts.

6 | Do some research

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You don’t want to come across as a stalker, but doing a little research is never wrong. Immerse yourself in the interests and work of your date. This way you know what you can talk about during the date. It also saves discomfort if he or she starts talking about a job or a hobby that you have really never heard of.

One of the better date tips during a first date: Don’t overdo it and bring things smoothly during the date. For example: “On one of your social media pictures, I saw that you were playing tennis. Is this something you often do?” Do not say: “I know you like tennis.” That just sounds creepy!

7 | Think about the way of greeting

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Pre-corona it was normal for men and women in the Netherlands to greet each other with three kisses. That’s quite different as other countries.

Today it is normal to just wave or do an elbow greeting. Greeting someone can be awkward due to miscommunication. So think about the way you are going to greet your date.

Our date tip: announce your choice. Say for example: “Nice to meet you, I’m just going wave because that’s safest!” This will avoid that awkward moment when you may both make different greeting choices.

8 | Prepare questions

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This is definitely one of the best date tips out there. You’ve already talked to each other via a chat but in real life it may be more difficult to keep a conversation going. Therefore, prepare some questions in advance. Questions about hobbies, travelling, the weather or sports are always good.

Do not about politics on a first date. That is not romantic at all.

Dating tip: Try to ask as many open questions as possible and add your opinion on those answers.

9 | Go to the bathroom beforehand

This might sounds weird but make sure you do “number two” at home. This will decrease the chance that this will happen unexpectedly during your date. You would rather avoid such an inconvenience, right?

10 | Remember his/her name

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Dating tip: Repeat his / her name to make it easier to remember.

One of the most important date tips to remember. It probably won’t be a successful date if you forget the name of your date. It’s important to remember! You don’t want look like a dumb-ass, right?

Date Tip: when greeting each other, repeat that persons name and ask where the name comes from. Or just repeat the name and say you like it. By doing so you give a compliment and you remember the name better.

11 | Flirt during the date

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Remember, you’re on a date – not a job interview. Relax! You are here together to explore each other. If you like the other person, show it by flirting: Listen carefully, smile, give compliments and look each other into the eyes.



Do you have any other good date tips? Please share them in the comment section below.


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Amsterdam Escorts: Everything You Want To Know!

Posted on: April 30, 2020

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Escorts in Amsterdam

It is not smart to just call the first escort agency you see online. Impulsive actions lead to undesirable outcomes. This overview offers accurate and up to date information about escorts in the Netherlands. Definitions, laws, rules, do’s and don’ts, advantages, disadvantages, prices and much more. Learn everything about Amsterdam escorts, prostitution and escorts who work in other Dutch cities.

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Definition Escort

An escort service is the provision of company by a sex worker with, if desired, sexual acts with the customer. An escort can be of any gender and can be of any sexual orientation.

Escort is a relatively expensive form of prostitution that offers the client more privacy and discretion. The meeting takes place, for example, at the customer’s home, in the hotel where the customer is staying, in a hotel proposed by the escort (hotel prostitution), in a restaurant, etc. The meeting place can take place almost anywhere.



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Escorts don’t just provide sexual services. Sometimes they go to restaurants or on a business trip for a fee to pretend to be a partner of the customer to third parties. This is especially important in cultures where there is a certain social stigma on loneliness. It is also possible that the customer only needs company and not so much sex. Sometimes customers just want to cuddle and talk.

Prostitution Legislation in the Netherlands

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A window brothel.

Prostitution is legal as long as it involves voluntary adult sex. In the Netherlands, someone is an adult from the age of 18.

A sex offense that concerns prostitution, however, is Article 248b Criminal Code, which provides:

A person who commits fornication with someone who makes himself available to perform sexual acts with a third party by payment and who has not reached the age of eighteen, is punished with imprisonment not exceeding four years or fine of the fourth category.

Every municipality in the Netherlands has a different policy regarding the regulations for self-employed sex workers. In Amsterdam, for example, one needs a permit when acquiring customers online as an independent sex worker. A number of Dutch municipalities do not require permits for sex workers, such as in Zoetermeer.

Street prostitution is illegal in the Netherlands.

Escort Synonyms

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Other terms for escorts are:

✦ Call girl
✦ Sex worker
✦ Gigolo
✦ Prostitute
✦ Geisha
✦ Lady of pleasure
✦ Escort boy


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There are both female and male escorts. Female escorts are mainly booked by heterosexual male clients. And male escorts are mainly booked by gay men.

In the Netherlands, there are very few straight male escorts, as straight women generally don’t pay for sex. And those who do, would like an escort who can fulfil specific erotic fantasies.

Mode of Operation

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In the Netherlands, one can work in the prostitution sector as follows:

✦ Employed as an employee by an operator/ employer who pays wages.

✦ Working as an independent entrepreneur. The escort works for him or herself and there is no third party who has authority over the escort’s activities.

✦ Working in a notional employment relationship for a client (operator) whereby the conditions package is met. This is an intermediate form of self-employment and salaried employment. The conditions package lays down the rights and obligations of the proprietor and the prostitute while the latter is not employed. (Dutch source)

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Escorts do not work in window brothels like in the Red Light District of Amsterdam (also known as De Wallen). The windows are used by window prostitutes who are not escort. Meaning, window prostitutes advertise by standing in a window brothel. They do not advertise online, like Amsterdam escorts.

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The Oudekennissteeg in the Red light District.



Escorts offers their services online (via apps, websites or social media). Eventually they meet at a preferred location. This can be at the escort’s home, in a restaurant, in a club, in a hotel, at the client’s home, or anywhere else.


In the Netherlands, there are no hard figures on the number of sex workers who work from home, but internet sites do provide an indication. Every day 150 sex advertisements appear on various sites throughout the Netherlands for sex work at home or as an escort.

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Dutch scientist and sex work expert Sietse Altink claimed that Amsterdam has about 500 sex workers. (source)

She published on her website:

‘Applied to prostitution research, we might conclude that large numbers are more an expression of a discomfort and moral anxiety on the part of the authors than a faithful representation of the empirical reality. (source)

… In addition, there are practical obstacles that prevent an accurate count of the number of sex workers. Some sectors (escort) are more difficult to count than others (windows prostitution). The biggest obstacle, however, is the mobility among sex workers. Both our interviews and our observations show that sex workers change workplace, city or even country very frequently. Mobility is not only geographic, however, but also concerns the prostitution sector and working hours. As a result, it is extremely difficult to determine how many sex workers are working at any given location at any one time.’ (source)

Difference Escorts & Window Prostitutes

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The main street in the Red Light District.

There are quite a few differences between escorts and window prostitutes. Escorts are active almost everywhere in the world. Window prostitutes only in countries where prostitution is legal. In the Netherlands, window prostitution may only take place in window brothels that have a permit for this. All differences are described below:

Escorts must be at least 18 years old.Window prostitutes must be >21 years old.
Escorts advertise online.Window prostitutes advertise in windows.
Escorts can also be employed.Window prostitutes work independently.
Escorts do not necessarily have to rent a work space.Window prostitutes rent a window brothel.
Escorts usually don’t have security with them.Window prostitutes get security.
Escorts charge higher ratesWindow prostitutes charge lower rates
Escorts can be of any gender.Window prostitutes are never heterosexual men.
Escorts can work anywhere in the Netherlands.Window prostitutes are only allowed to work in cities with window prostitution.

Escort Advantages & Disadvantages

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As with everything there are pros and cons. Below are mentioned the advantages and disadvantages of booking an escort.

It can be done discreetly.It’s more expensive (than window prostitution).
Ideal for special fantasies.Generally no refunds for dissatisfaction.
Romantic, passionate company.It may take a while for him / her to arrive.
Possibility to meet anywhere.
Wide choice of escorts.
Clarity and more controle.
Easy to book via apps or websites.

11 Golden Rules For Escort Clients

✦ Make good and clear agreements in advance.
✦ Respect the boundaries of the escort.
✦ Be clear about your wishes.
✦ Use a condom.
✦ Pay what has been agreed on. Do not try to negotiate a discount afterwards.
✦ Make sure you are fresh and clean. Take a shower if necessary.
✦ Be relaxed.
✦ Don’t drink too much alcohol.
✦ Do not cause any nuisance to the environment
✦ Don’t pay too much attention to the time, but enjoy the moment.
✦ Always ask permission from the escort if you want to take photos.

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Good to know: Most escorts lead a double life and (because of the stigma) do not tell people about their profession as a sex worker. Mainly because of this, escorts usually do not want to be photographed.

Prostitute STD’s

In the Netherlands it is not mandatory for sex workers to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s/ STI’s).


Everyone in the Netherlands can decide for himself whether to get tested for STIs or not. That is a fundamental right and which also applies to prostitutes and their clients.

That does not mean that sex workers do not often get tested. On the contrary, sex workers are regularly tested. In the Netherlands it is free for all sex workers to be tested for STDs. They do not have to pay for this.

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Sex workers are of course aware of the occupational risks, are always cautious and prefer safe sex. Getting an STD is not only physically unpleasant, for sex workers it can also be a danger to their future income.

With a condom you protect yourself against HIV and the chance of other STIs is considerably smaller. Completely 100% safe sex is not possible; not with a sex worker and not with your private contacts.



Also use a condom for blowjobs. The function of a condom is to prevent risks. If you are wearing a condom, you do not run the risk of getting STDs when you get a blow job. Without a condom you can contract herpes, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.


STD Test Locations

In the Netherlands, people can get themselves tested for STDs at a general practitioner (GP), the GGD, or with a home test.

An STD test is done by examining  blood, urine or mucous membrane. You can get tested for most STIs from three weeks after infection. An HIV test is only possible after three months. Get yourself tested before you have physical complaints.

STD Statistics Netherlands

Every year in the Netherlands STI’s are found at more than 100,000 people (source). The Netherlands has more than 17.4 million inhabitants.

How To Hire An Escort in Amsterdam?


Booking Amsterdam escorts can be done through a brokerage company/ escort agency, directly with an escort or in a sex club. An escort can be booked through apps, companies, websites or through a direct phone number.

Escorts can be booked anywhere in the Netherlands. This is also because this country is relatively small, which makes travel distances short. Most escorts in the Netherlands are active in the larger cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague.



Straight Escorts

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In the Netherlands there are many websites where female, heterosexual escorts can be hired. Hit the button below for an overview of the best websites to book an escort.



Gay Escorts

Paid sex is relatively common in the LGBT community. Generally speaking, gay escorts mainly recruit their clients through dating apps or through escort websites.

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Gay Escort Sites

✦ Boys4u.nl
✦ Bullchat.nl
✦ Kinky.nl
✦ Hunqz.com


Dating apps

In addition, there are also the dating apps. Sometimes escorts are also active there.

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gayParship is an online dating platform that focuses on singles and is one of the largest and most frequently used online dating sites in Europe.


Grindr has been specially developed for gays. It works slightly differently than others apps. You don’t have to swipe. You can send each other a message immediately. The app is based on how far apart you are today. Once you have created an account, you will receive multiple messages from other users within five minutes.

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You don’t have to do anything yourself. Yet it is not that user-friendly when you first use it. It really takes a while to find out how it works. In the meantime, you keep getting messages that distract you. There are no in-depth conversations, but usually you’ll immediately be asked what you are looking for and whether you want to meet. It is true that you get by far the most requests on Grindr.


Gay Sex Club

In the Netherlands there is only a few sex clubs for gay men only. One of them is BoysClub21 in Amsterdam. Another one is Dirty Dick’s on the Warmoesstraat in the Red Light District.


Lyle Muns – a Dutch gay escort stated in Amsterdam Audio Tours app:

‘…Personally, I’m an Amsterdam escort, so I go to my clients, rather than working in a brothel or behind a window. I do so because it gives me a lot of liberty… I don’t need to rent a room and work the whole day. I can just go to a client for an hour, come back home, and do my other stuff.

… And whether you’re standing behind a window, or work as an escort; being a sex worker in Amsterdam is particularly enjoyable because there is a lot of support from the government. They offer health services that are freely available, such as STD-checks. There are social services that help you out when you’re having emotional issues. And, most importantly: it is legal! You won’t find any police harassment like sex workers experience in other countries. And I am really grateful for that.’

Escort Prices

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Frequently asked questions about Amsterdam escorts are:
✦ How much for escorts in Amsterdam?
✦ How much are Amsterdam escorts?

The prices of escorts depend on the location and the method of booking. If Amsterdam escorts have to travel to The Hague, she / he will include the travel costs in the total price. The requested service also determines the price. But usually escorts in the Netherlands cost between 100 and 180 euros per hour.

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In general, the prices of escort agencies are higher than the prices of independent escorts. However, some advantages of such an escort agency are that there is customer service available, it is more professional and the customer gets a better guarantee.

✦ Minimum price: 100 euro per hour (120)
✦ Average price: 150 euro per hour ($ 180)



Report Crime or Abuse

Do you want to report forced prostitution, human trafficking, a minor sex worker or anything alike? In the Netherlands this can be done in various ways.

✦ Via the police, which has a vice department too. The phone number is 112.
✦ It is also possible to report crime anonymously via the phone number 0800-7000. Or via www.meldmisdaadanoniem.nl/english (translated: report crime anonymously).

TIP: Do you have doubts about the age of the escort? Then suggest that she / he shows proof of identity. If desired, the escort’s real name can be shielded with a finger or hand.


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Prostitution Policy: 12 Rules For Good Sex Work Legislation

Posted on: May 5, 2021

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12 Rules For A Good Prostitution Policy

1 | Distinguish sex work from human trafficking and keep it that way!
Sex work = work. Human trafficking = violence.

2 | Treat sex workers as adult citizens and see them as partners in the fight against human trafficking and other abuses.

3 | Combating violence and improving rights are two goals. That has always been the core of the Dutch prostitution policy against sexual violence. This also applies here.

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4 | Check that every policy and measure does not have undesirable negative effects on the safety, health and autonomy of sex workers. Do that together with sex workers.

5 | Break the maximum policy and the barriers between the different forms of sex work. Stimulate and facilitate the personal activity of sex workers, new initiatives and new organisational forms.

6 | Treat self-employed sex workers the same as self-employed persons in other employment sectors.

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7 | Use permits for what they are intended for: companies, not for self-employed people.

8 | Make sure that sex workers can choose whether they want to work at / for a company, or as an independent freelancer, whether or not in collaboration with other freelancers.

9 | Restore sex workers’ trust in the government and the police.

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10 | Provide accessible and independent conflict resolution and legal assistance in industrial disputes. Without a labor dispute leading to the loss of workplaces or permits.

11 | Make sure that (brothel) operators and sex workers can report human trafficking and exploitation without fear of negative repercussions. Require operators to do what in their power to prevent human trafficking, but do not penalize them if it does occur.

12 | Make sure that sex workers can always and everywhere safely go to the police if they are confronted with violence or exploitation, either by themselves or by fellow sex workers. Without fear of losing their workplace, home or income, or of being forced out.

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These 12 rules for a good, working prostitution policy have been developed / supported by the following organisations:

PROUD – Dutch Union For Sex Workers
SOAIDS Nederland
✦ Pitch

This overview has been translated from its original source with 12 rules for a good prostitution policy in Dutch.



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5 Bars In Amsterdam Dam Square

Posted on: July 16, 2020

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5x Good Bars in Amsterdam Dam Square

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Right in the center of the Dutch capital you will find a beautiful square that has several important historical highlights, which you must see. For example Amsterdam’s Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the National Monument. Furthermore, Dam Square is surrounded by beautiful buildings of typical Dutch architecture.

All of these highlights are fantastic to watch – especially when the sun is out. And what is nicer to see these cultural highlights from a terrace while enjoying a nice drink? This list includes five good bars in Amsterdam Dam Square where this is all possible. Five places in a prime location, in the middle of the city and all easily accessible by taxi, public transport and on foot.

(Last updated: 21 October 2021)

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Amsterdam’s Dam Square, Royal Dutch Palace and New Church in the back.


Undoubtedly there are cheaper options in the city to get a drink, but these good bars in Amsterdam Dam Square do offer the following benefits.

✦ Prime location
✦ Fantastic view
✦ Easily accessible
✦ Ideal for sun lovers
✦ Good place to meet other travellers
✦ Surrounded by attractions and shops (like De Bijenkorf)

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Holland’s National Monument in Amsterdam.

This list starts with number five and ends with what we think is the best bar in Amsterdam Dam Square.

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5 | Yip Fellows

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A typical Dutch brown bar.

This bar has a relatively small terrace overlooking Dam Square and it is also not too big from the inside. Nevertheless, this pub always exudes vibrancy, partly due to the beautiful wooden bar. “Gezelligheid” is what we would say in Dutch. Inside it has that old-fashioned look, but with modern amenities – including neat toilets. Also a good place for a first or last drink in town.

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TIP: Do you rather want to taste real Dutch gin which is called ‘jenever’? Visit the Wijnand Fockink bar around the corner.


✦ Google: 181 reviews – 3.8 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 87 reviews – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Sluurpy: 669 reviews – 72% out of 100%.
Foursquare: 26 reviews – 6,6 out 10.



4 | ‘t Nieuwe Kafé

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The New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and its cafe on Dam Square.

As the name suggests, this is more of a cafe than a bar. Located on a fantastic location, next to the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) – one of the oldest buildings in the city – with a friendly atmosphere. Most people who visit this place come here for lunch supplemented with a drink. You won’t find many tipsy people here. You can sit here both inside and outside on a terrace where you can enjoy people-watching. Dutch tourists regularly come here to visit an exhibition (such as the World Press Photo) in the Nieuwe Kerk.

TIP: Order coffee with Dutch apple pie or a delicious pancake here. Mind the opening hours which are between 8:30 AM and 6 PM.


✦ Google: 224 reviews – 3.7 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 265 reviews – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
✦ Facebook: 41 reviews – 4.0 out of 5.



3 | Cafe Zwart

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That is written on the awnings of this place (originally from 1927), located on the corner of Dam Square and Damstraat. This shows that they find high service very important here. For more than 30 years, Cafe Zwart (Cafe Black) is owned by one of the best catering entrepreneurs in the Netherlands  – Won Yip – who also owns other good bars in Amsterdam Dam Square.

The terrace (with heaters) is relatively small, but it has the right, lively atmosphere. At Cafe Zwart they also have very modern and clean toilets which can be used for free. Cafe Zwart is also a great spot for people-watching! See how fast Amsterdammers ride through the city on their bicycles. Or listen to all the different languages ​​you can hear from the terrace. There is always something special to see here! One side faces ‘De Dam’ and one side faces the busy Damstraat.

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Amsterdam’s beautiful Damstraat.

Cafe Zwart is a good place to enjoy a good glass of beer or wine after a busy day. It’s a nice spot to celebrate that you are in the most beautiful city in the world. Perhaps this bar is not much visited by Amsterdammers, but there are always many cheerful Dutch and foreign tourists. Here they serve all kinds of European beer such as Bavaria, Palm, La Trappe, Guiness, and whatnot. But you can also go here for wines, cocktails, whiskey, shots and soda. Take into account that the prices are higher here than elsewhere in the city because of the fantastic prime-location.


✦ Google: 380 reviews – 3.4 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 293 reviews – 3.0 out of 5 stars.
✦ Facebook: 64 reviews – 4.2 out of 5.



2 | Euro Pub

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Euro Pub sits on the corner of the Warmoesstraat.

The Euro Pub is located on the corner of Dam Square and Warmoesstraat (which is part of the Red Light District). It has a larger terrace than Cafe Zwart and a good view of the rear part of the square and the monument on Dam Square. The Euro Pub is located on the corner of Dam Square and Warmoesstraat. It has a slightly larger terrace than Cafe Zwart and a good view of the rear part of the square and the National Monument. This is also a pub where sports matches are broadcasted. It is often visited by foreign tourists and football fans. This pub is often used as a meeting place to start a nice day in Amsterdam. Inside is a round bar, where visitors can stand around. Downstairs you can find clean and modern toilets, just like at Cafe Zwart.


✦ Google: 514 reviews – 3.8 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 238 reviews – 3.0 out of 5 stars.
✦ Facebook: 11 reviews – 4.0 out of 5.

1 | Majestic

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The big terrace of Majestic offers sun and shade.

If you want to drink or eat something on Dam Square, this is the best place to go. Why? First of all, Majestic has the biggest terrace and the best view of all bars on Dam Square. Moreover, inside restaurant Majestic you will find a beautiful bar, lots of space, a luxurious interior and an extensive menu. Again, this is not the cheapest place in Amsterdam but certainly one of the better catering establishments that offers a fantastic view of the central, historical point of the capital.

From here you can see whole Dam Square perfectly.

In general, the crowd at Majestic is a bit neater compared to most of the bars in Amsterdam Dam square. The people who come here love quality and are willing to pay for that. Especially with good weather it’s really nice to sit on the terrace here. It has spots with shade and sun.


✦ Google: 783 reviews – 3.6 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 943 reviews – 3.5 out 5 stars.
✦ Facebook: 213 reviews – 4.2 out of 5.
Sluurpy: 4.946 reviews – 71% out of 100%.



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Learn everything about Holland’s most fascinating area with Amsterdam Audio Tours App and listen to stories of 22 experts. Within two hours you’ll learn everything you need to know about the Red Light District. Afterwards, treat yourself on a drink at one of these good bars in Amsterdam Dam Square.

Amsterdam Monument
One of Amsterdam’s best highlights.

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15x Amsterdam Quiz Facts

Posted on: September 17, 2020

Amsterdam Quiz Facts

Amsterdam Quiz Facts

How much do you know about Amsterdam? Are you a true connoisseur or do you think you could come across as an Amsterdam expert by just guessing the right answers?

Put your knowledge to the test by answering these 15 Amsterdam quiz facts. Whether it is about the coffeeshops in Amsterdam, its history, legal sex work in Holland or other unique Dutch facts, we reckon you might learn some things about Holland’s capital you had no idea about before.

Let’s get down to it, answer these Amsterdam quiz facts and see if you’re an Amsterdam-expert.

Tip: Play these Amsterdam Quiz Facts with friends, your partner or colleagues. It’s more fun with others!

Amsterdam Quiz Facts Instructions

Grab a pen and a piece of paper, or write your answers in a note-taking app on your phone.

The answers can be found the bottom of this page. Don’t peak, play honest and check these after answering the quiz questions yourself.

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1 | Which one is true?

A. Amsterdam has 164 coffeeshops.

B. The Red Light District has no inhabitants.

C. Rembrandt van Rijn got married in the Rijksmuseum.

D. Dutch people pay bicycle tax.

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2 | Which one is true?

A. Holland is the smallest country in the world.

B. The minimum age to use cannabis in Holland is 16.

C. A cycling license in mandatory in Amsterdam.

D. Amsterdam’s oldest canal is in the Red Light District.

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3 | Which one is true?

A. The Royal Palace is Amsterdam’s oldest building.

B. In 2019, 11% of all jobs were in tourism.

C. Amsterdam has 2 windmills.

D. Vincent Van Gogh designed Amsterdam’s Central Station.

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4 | Which street is not in Amsterdam Red Light District?

A. Warmoesstraat.

B. Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

C. Zeedijk.

D. Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal.

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5 | Which one of these is not a Dutch beer brand?

A. Grolsch.

B. Skuumkoppe.

C. Hertog Jan.

D. Leffe.

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6 | Which one is true?

A. Amsterdam’s oldest house is a gay club.

B. The Dutch use more cannabis than alcohol.

C. The Red Light District is closed on Sunday’s.

D. Amsterdam has 120 window brothels.


7 | Which one is not true?

A. In Amsterdam, it’s not allowed to hold your phone while cycling.

B. The mayor of Amsterdam is a woman.

C. Smoking tobacco in cannabis shops is not allowed.

D. The richest Dutch person is a man.

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8 | Which one is true?

A. Amsterdam’s oldest non-religious building is The Waag.

B. World’s first gay marriage took place in Rotterdam.

C. In the Netherlands, maternity care is not provided at home.

D. Blue tulips can only be grown in the Netherlands.

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