Get Around by Public Transport

Amsterdam’s center is fairly small, and almost abnormally flat, so you can easily get to most tourist destinations on foot – from the central station, within half an hour. In June 2010, a contact-less card called OV-chipkaart (“public transport chip card”) was introduced. Since…

Dutch Cuisine

The Netherlands is not known for its cuisine, but hearty Dutch fare can be quite good if done well. Some of these “typically Dutch” foodstuffs taste significantly different from, but do not necessarily improve upon, specialties from other countries. For…

Amsterdam Snackbars

In town centres, near public transportation areas or even in more quiet quarters you can find a snackbar, sometimes known as frituur or cafeteria. These snackbars are pretty much the antithesis of high cuisine, but their snacks are considered typical for the country, and…

Amsterdam Taxi’s

Taxi service was traditionally a tightly guarded monopoly. In recent years, the market was deregulated, but prices are still high. Taxi drivers are licensed, but they do not, as of yet, have to pass a proficiency exam, providing they know…

Cycling in Amsterdam

Cycling is a ubiquitous mode of transport in the Netherlands, with 36% of the people listing the bicycle as their most frequent mode of transport on a typical day as opposed to the car by 45% and public transport by 11%. Cycling has a modal share of 27%…