Top 5 Random Things to do in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cycling in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Cycling in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Amsterdam is a city I have fond memories of, spanning 23 years. From my first ever trip without my parents back in 1991 (a school trip while at Kilmaine Primary School) to my more recent adventure in January 2014, there is so much to see and do in Amsterdam that I’ve still only scratched the surface. Netherlands tourism have listed a top 50, but I didn’t have that much time, so here are 5 cool and random things to do, some which naturally involve ‘activities’ not so common elsewhere!

Amsterdam by Night

Amsterdam by Night

1. Smoke Cannabis
Cannabis/Weed bars are everywhere so you might as well indulge into the old “waccy baccy”. You can buy weed freely here from actual vendors and coffee shops without having to rely on companies like Zamnesia to keep things all double legal. I smoked a fair few joints myself there and even made videos of it and took photos. The weirdest thing is that those are the only photos and videos from that trip that I can’t find on my hard drive, almost as if it was all a dream. It wasn’t – I was there and I had some weed!

smoke weed sign amsterdam

Smoke Weed and Drink – yes, this is Amsterdam.

2. Local Brewery
There are some cool micro breweries in the Dam and it’s up to you to locate them. Forget the brand names like Heineken and Amstel and do an authentic micro brewery tour. I went to Braurerie de Prael and loved it, they even had a home brewed beer called “Johnny”!

In a Microbrewery in Amsterdam.

In a Microbrewery in Amsterdam.

Johnny beer in Amsterdam.

Johnny beer in Amsterdam.

3. Football Stadium Tour
Not everyone’s cup of tea of course, but as a nomadic football nut, I loved my visit to the Amsterdam Arena, home of Ajax Amsterdam, a world famous team from the city. You can get a full guided tour of the stadium!

At the Amsterdam Arena, Netherlands.

At the Amsterdam Arena, Netherlands.

4. Try on Condoms
The world’s first ever condom shop is here and you can get all shapes, sizes and varieties here. One thing of note though – don’t try the condoms on in the shop. Yes it’s a free and liberal city but showing your willy to the girl at the counter will still get you kicked out. She doesn’t want to see it, at least not until the lights go down 😉

Condoms in Amsterdam

Condoms in Amsterdam

5. Live Sex Show
There are loads of erotic shows in the Red Light District and there’s no shyness about it. Erotic museums, strip bars and girls flashing their boobies are all part of the culture here.

Live Sex Show, Amsterdam.

Live Sex Show, Amsterdam.

LAST RESORT – Sleep with a Prostitute
The last resort of course but the option is here. If you have the money, then you can pick your girl from Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

I’ve still a load of Amsterdam stories to cover on here, in the meantime here are some of my videos:

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5 Responses to Top 5 Random Things to do in Amsterdam, Netherlands

  1. Ray says:

    Good call on the Micro Brewery tour! Although I do love a nice pint of Heineken and Amstel every now and then, the Europeans sure know how to brew some good suds! But, I’ll pass on the other suggestions — except for the football stadium tour, of course. 😉
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  2. Jonny Blair says:

    Thanks for the comment Ray – the smoking is worth a try and I’m always really angry when this happens but I lost all the photos from it, yet luckily uploaded my YouTube video of smoking the cannabis so I have some kind of proof I was there. Safe travels, Jonny

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  4. rosa says:

    In the condom pics it clearly says No Photos!! Lol

  5. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Rosa, thanks! I never noticed that, but if they don’t want me to take a photo of their condoms, then they shouldn’t let me in their shop or expect me to buy anything. Safe travels. Jonny

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