Gay Travel: What’s New in Gay Amsterdam

Published Date Author: , November 5th, 2015

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My jaw actually drops as I witness a 30-something woman ride past me on a bicycle: she holds an iPad with one hand, nonchalantly swiping it with the other, while a toddler rides shotgun in a rear-mounted baby seat.

Along with these supernatural biking abilities, Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most visited and progressive cities, also features legal marijuana coffeeshops, a “blue light” gay prostitution district, and the beautiful, iconic canals and architecture. This city also continues to evolve in exciting, design-forward ways, with a proliferation of hotels, housing, and Michelin-starred cuisine to accommodate the flood of visitors and expats charmed into staying. Hipster culture has fully taken root, bringing new life and slick artisanal businesses to previously neglected, ramshackle neighborhoods. Designers and artists here are joining the same league as Scandinavia’s with their superb clothing and lifestyle products (the G-STAR and Chasin’ brands were born here). It’s simply hard to not love Adam, as the city is nicknamed, although non-Dutch should perhaps refrain from iPad use while bicycling.

The NDSM wharf exemplifies this “new Amsterdam.” Accessed by either a free ten-minute ferry ride from Central Station or a 20-minute bus (via underwater tunnel), the NDSM was formerly home to the world’s largest shipbuilding company during the mid-20th Century. Today, NDSM has been reborn as a trendy, hipster mecca (with help from city council subsidies), with outstanding restaurants/bars, a skateboarding park, affordable student housing, creative offices, a museum, and more.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport

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