Barangay Bed & Breakfast – Gay B&B in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Author: , March 19th, 2016

Barangay Bed & Breakfast

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Barangay is a Filipino word meaning small village. Our tropical decorated Amsterdam bed and breakfast guesthouse was built in 1777 on the former coastline of Amsterdam and still has her original facade.

The rooms are decorated in nostalgic colonial style with a tropical accent. Each room has cable tv, refrigerator, digital radio alarm clock, coffee/tea making facilities (and video per request), and a private bathroom. Don’t worry – we also have nice beds!

The rooms are non-smoking but 2 rooms have garden doors to a small patio where smoking is allowed.

One street behind is the longest shopping street in the Netherlands, but Droogbak itself is very quite. All tourist attractions are within walking distance.

The Central Station for all kind of public transportation is a short 3 minutes walk. Bars, restaurants, (coffee) shops, canals, bike rentals, and more, you will find just around the corner. It will only take you 20 minutes from Schiphol Airport by car/train.

The guesthouse is next to the famous Jordaan quarter, where you can also find Anne Frank’s house.

The Area is called ‘the Golden Reaal’it, and is right in the old centre 200 meters southwest from the Central Station. Parallel with ‘Droogbak’ (our street) you will find the Haarlemmerstraat’ and the ‘Brouwersgracht’ (brewery canal). The Haarlemmerstraat is a former sea dike, now a very nice street with restaurants,(coffee) shops, barbers, laundry, and an art-deco cinema etc.

The Brouwersgracht is one of the most beautiful canals connecting the 4 main canals. Our B&B is next to the famous Jordaan quarter where you can also find Anne Frank’s house, and markets on Saturday and Mondays. Within easy walking distance:

  • Shops & Restaurants: 1 minute
  • Central Station: 3 minutes
  • Jordaan Area: 3 minutes
  • Red Light District: 5 minutes
  • Nearest Gay Scene: 5 minutes
  • Anne Frank House: 8 minutes
  • Dam Square: 10 minutes
  • Leidseplein: 25 minutes

To get here, take any tram, metro, bus or train going to Central Station. From the Central Station it is only a 3 minute walk to Barangay Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse. Coming out from the Central Station (main entrance facing the tram stops), you turn right direction Ibis Hotel. After passing the Ibis, immediately across the modern (steel) foot bridge and take the stairs up front.

In front of you, you’ll see a little square and a huge free standing red-brick building with white stripes,and a red door in the middle. this is on droogbak. With the railtracks at your right side, walk towards that building and you will find Barangay on its left side,on number 15.

We look forward to showing you everything in gay Amsterdam!

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Gay Travel: What’s New in Gay Amsterdam

Author: , November 5th, 2015

Amsterdam - Passport

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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Globetrotter Girls – Canal Stroll in Amsterdam

Author: , September 10th, 2015

Amsterdam - Dani - Globetrotter Girls

I’ve officially kicked off my European train adventure and my first train rides were fantastic! My initial train ride brought me directly from Berlin to Amsterdam (in less than 7 hours), a city I had visited several times in the past. However, my last visit was over a decade ago! That’s why I decided on a whim to include Amsterdam in my Euro train trip – everybody keeps raving about how gorgeous Amsterdam is, but my own memories of the city were vague.

Upon arrival, the city’s unique atmosphere put its spell on me immediately: the canals, the thousands of bicycles, the beautiful 17th century merchants houses with their hoists, the infamous 420 coffeeshops and the smell of fresh waffles lingering in the air.

As I wandered the narrow streets alongside the canals that criss-cross the city, I wished I had more time to explore the city, but I made the most of it: I aimlessly strolled through Amsterdam, without a map and without a destination, walked over dozens of the 1,500 bridges that span the canals, sat down by the water and let the scene around me sink in.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Netherlands Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Accommodations: Truelove, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Author: , April 5th, 2015

Truelove Amsterdam

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay owned guesthouse the old centre of Amsterdam, the Jordaan, and just minutes walking distance from central station, the main shopping centre, night life and tourist attractions. Truelove is centrally located and caters for travellers who want to explore the busy and lively city of amsterdam and like to stay in more tranquil surroundings You can find “Truelove” in the Prinsenstraat 4, between the Keizersgracht and the Prinsengracht. Close to the Noordermarkt.

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My Gay Amsterdam

Author: , January 30th, 2015

Tom SwatlingOriginally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

Why is Amsterdam a great city to visit?

Museums galore and a lively night life. It’s a small city and everything is within walking distance (although the Dutch prefer bikes, which are readily available to rent.) Many tourists are attracted to the coffeeshops with their exotic menus of grass and hash.

By gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Netherlands Gay Travel Resources

Image by David Swatling

The Jordaan: Amsterdam’s Prettiest Neighborhood?

Author: , August 18th, 2014

Jordaan, Amsterdam - Adam GroffmanLike in many cities across Europe, Sundays are a great day for wandering. On my recent trips to Amsterdam, I spent my free time meandering through the city streets, walking along the canals and just generally taking in my surroundings. Amsterdam’s a great city to visit on foot and far and away, my favorite area to wander through was “the Jordaan.” Bordered by four of Amsterdam’s largest canals, this area of the city is arguably Amsterdam’s most famous. And almost definitely its’ prettiest. If there is one canal name you need to know in Amsterdam, it’s this one: Prinsengracht.

The Jordaan was once a working-class neighborhood formed at a time when the city of Amsterdam was quite wealthy. The Jordaan, however, was long a home for immigrants, refugees and struggling artists (such as Rembrandt himself).

With small houses and cramped courtyards, the Jordaan was eventually renovated in the 1970s. (Though it seems that the area is still full of small houses and cramped courtyards…just a bit more pretty!) These days, the Jordaan still retains its neighborhood feel. Some cafes, such as Cafe Papeneiland, have been in the neighborhood for nearly 400 years!

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Is Amsterdam Gay Pride the Most Scenic?

Author: , August 6th, 2014

Amsterdam Pride - Adam GroffmanI just returned from a weekend in Amsterdam and I feel I need to share something important: Amsterdam is damn pretty. I’ve said it before but it calls for another shout-out. I spent pretty much all day of Saturday on a boat during Amsterdam’s annual gay pride (which takes place on the canals), and I can unequivocally declare Amsterdam to be oh-so-pretty.

The annual canal parade (probably my first ever parade on water) goes through the center of Amsterdam along some of the city’s prettiest canals–notably Prinsengracht where I’ve previously photographed approximately one million pretty buildings. But the parade also goes down the Amstel river and ends into the harbor

And along the entire route, the scene from the canals was nothing short of beautiful. From crowds of people wearing pink to the brownstone buildings draped in rainbow flags, Amsterdam’s gay pride parade didn’t just convince me that the city can be fun — but that it’s also stunningly beautiful.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Rain Can’t Stop Amsterdam Pride

Author: , August 4th, 2014

Amsterdam Gay Pride - Jean Paul Zapata80 pride boat floats… Hundreds of thousands of people… One fast and furious thunderstorm… Nary a wig hair out of place.

Over 300,000 people did not let a little rain get in the way of celebrating the 19th annual Amsterdam Gay Pride flotilla this weekend, taking to the canals in the early afternoon with families, pride paraphernalia and umbrellas in tow.

The weather forecast predicted thunderstorms in the afternoon, just when the floating parade procession through Amsterdam’s canals was meant to be reaching its high point. But when life gives you rainstorms, Amsterdam Pride doesn’t stop for anything!

By Jean Paul Zapata – Full Story at Gay Star News | Netherlands Gay Travel Resources

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A Day in the Netherlands

Author: , June 25th, 2014

Netherlands - Dolly Goolsby

Good morning,

I have a bit of time before going on a walking tour of Nijmegen. (These Dutch names seem hard to pronounce, but the town is pronounced “Nee-Megan “). Today will be our last day in the Netherlands, as after lunch we will sail again, this time into Germany.

Netherlands - Dolly GoolsbyYesterday we had the pleasure of visiting the little star-shaped village of Willemstadt. It is so tiny, our Program Director told us that if we got lost in that town there virtually is no help for us! I think he might have put it a bit more tactfully, but we got the message.

Frank and I walked down this lovely little street, and met a man who was trimming his garden. He spoke English very well, and he was so happy that we had stopped to talk with him. I asked if I could take his picture, and he said, “Oh, yes, just wait a minute until I put on my wooden shoes.” He and Frank had a great conversation, then we continued on our way.

We then found one of my favorite things, a fruit and vegetable market, but I restrained myself and didn’t buy anything.

After lunch, we sailed a short way, and were able to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, Kinderdijk, where there are miles of canals, with old windmills along the canals. Most of the windmills were built in the mid 1700\0x2032s, and many are still operational. We got to tour the inside of one, to see the living quarters. It was interesting to me to find that the kitchens were in a stone building set apart from the windmill, as the danger of fire was too great to have a kitchen inside. I do not know what they did for heat, as this area can get very cold. The baking kitchen was another stone building, much larger, and shared by many families.

We walked from our ship to the windmills, then returned by way of a canal boat. A local lady gave us more of the history of the canals and windmills. Very interesting.

I shall let you know how the rest of the day goes. The weather promises to stay pleasant. This part of the river is very busy with all kinds of boat traffic, much as in Antwerp. The Viking cruise ship was right next to us, literally, this morning. If the passengers on the Viking wanted to leave their ship, they would have walked through ours. Another cruise ship is right in front of us and another one in front of them.

I am enjoying the trip very much. Now I must close and go on the walking tour of Nijmegen.

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Netherlands Gay Travel Resources

Amsterdam’s Fetish Pride Coming at the End of May

Author: , May 4th, 2014

Amsterdam Fetish Pride 2014All kinds of fetish; Leather, Rubber, Army, Uniform, Sportswear, Neoprene, Lycra, Boots & Jocks, Harness, Skinhead and more…

After last year’s first-time event, we’re excited to announce the 2nd annual Amsterdam Fetish Pride 2014!

‘Fetish’ means leather, rubber and beyond. Army, uniform, neoprene, sportswear… our mission is to expand the scene and make it more accessible to everyone.

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