10 Amsterdam Solo Travel Tips So You Enjoy Amsterdam Alone!

Amsterdam isn’t the most popular and obvious city to travel solo to, I don’t think. Before I went to Amsterdam for the first time I really wasn’t sure if I should do a solo trip to Amsterdam. Would it be worth it? Would I have a good time in Amsterdam considering I wouldn’t be going out drinking and smoking? Can you visit Amsterdam solo??

Well, I did have a lovely weekend in Amsterdam solo, so much so that when I was offered to return 10 months later, once again solo, to check out the newly renovated Stayokay Vondelpark Hostel, there was no way I was going to pass up the offer!

When I went on this solo trip to Amsterdam I really focused on the fears I had around visiting Amsterdam as a solo female traveller before I first went and how funny these fears felt now after visiting twice. However, I know that at the time, the feelings and thoughts I had about Amsterdam were real and they were what put me off visiting for so long!

So let me give you 10 tips on how to enjoy solo travel in Amsterdam and reassure you that you can visit Amsterdam alone!

Amsterdam Solo Travel

Amsterdam solo travel

Keep Reading for my Amsterdam solo travel tips!

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  • Walking Guide through the Centre of Amsterdam!

1. Stay in a Hostel in Amsterdam

Everyone knows that staying in hostels are great if you’re travelling on your own, whether it’s because you want to actively meet people or whether you just want a friendly check-in and friendly staff (I find hostel staff much nicer and more friendly than hotel staff generally).

On my solo trip to Amsterdam, I did really love my stay at Stayokay Vondelpark Hostel but my biggest Amsterdam solo travel tip is to make sure you choose accommodation in Amsterdam that you’ll feel comfortable in and suits your style, this will make your Amsterdam solo travel experience even better.

For example, there are so many hostels in Amsterdam!! Some are focused on people who just want to party so if you want to experience the Amsterdam nightlife you can meet people in these hostels, but if that’s not your thing, that’s ok, just don’t stay in hostels that rave about their parties in their description on Booking.com.

To find the best place to stay in Amsterdam as a solo traveller that is just right for you, click here to see a huge choice of accommodation on Booking.com.


Alternatively, if you want to feel more like a local during your solo travel in Amsterdam, I’d recommend looking into the awesome Airbnb’s in Amsterdam like this:

Amsterdam Solo Travel, Amsterdam Stayokay Hotel

2. Things To Do in Amsterdam Alone

I used to think that the majority of people who went to Amsterdam went there to get high and to get drunk and that if I wasn’t doing this I would be the odd one out? But that’s simply not true!

Amsterdam is such a gorgeous city with so much to see that you could spend days exploring its canals, streets and parks. There are lots of things to do in Amsterdam alone such as Canal Tours, Walking Tours, Bike Tours and visiting World-Class Museums to keep you busy beside wandering the City on your own.

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t go to Amsterdam to do these things like you would in any other European City and City in the World for that matter.

To encourage you to visit more of Amsterdam’s main attractions, and save money on entrance fee’s, I’d really recommend looking to the Amsterdam City Pass and work out if it’s worth it for your trip!

If you want to book onto a tour in Amsterdam, I would recommend one of the below. I loved doing a boat tour on my first trip alone to Amsterdam and it passed a few hours well. And I really enjoyed visiting the Moco museum on my recent trip!

Amsterdam Solo Travel, Amsterdam loco museum

3. Get a Sim Card

Make sure you’re connected in Amsterdam and have internet data on your phone to search for the best restaurants to visit and place to see in Amsterdam!

Here are the Best Prepaid European Sim Cards which you can buy online and get delivered ready for your trip. I recommend the Orange Bestseller as it offers 20GB of data plus 120 minutes for $49.90!

If your phone is locked and you cannot put another sim card in it, you’ll need to get a portable wifi device for Amsterdam which you can get delivered to your home free of charge 2-3 days before you leave!

Tep Wireless

Find out more here:

Amsterdam Solo Travel, Ellie Quinn

4. Research Cool Places to Eat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is full of really cool restaurants and cafes. I know that some people worry about eating meals solo and being in a city like Amsterdam where there are a lot of groups visiting it may seem intimidating.

To help with this on your solo trip to Amsterdam, I suggest researching a place to eat in advance, whether that’s by looking on Instagram, looking at blogs or just asking Google and then going to your chosen place.

This will give your meals in Amsterdam a purpose and not only does this mean that you won’t waste a mealtime or waste money on a bad meal by choosing somewhere randomly and it perhaps not being good, but it means that you give your meals a purpose and extra enjoyment.

I also find that when I have somewhere in mind to visit I enjoy walking and getting there as I may not have visited that area had I not planned to eat there. For example, I went for dinner at Vegan Junk Food Bar in Amsterdam (which is great FYI), and I really enjoyed walking around the neighbourhood but I wouldn’t have visited that area had I not looked up the restaurant and planned to eat there.

If you want some idea’s on where to eat alone in Amsterdam, check out these posts from my blogger friends:

Amsterdam Solo Travel, Amsterdam vegan food eating alone

5. Get Out of the Centre of Amsterdam

The Centre of Amsterdam around Central Station and Dam Square, also known as Amsterdam Centrum, is busy, commercialised and a little intimidating at times I found especially whilst on a solo travel trip in Amsterdam, as this is where the Red Light District is, plus many Coffeeshops selling weed. Therefore it does attract the big groups of people who come to Amsterdam for this.

I would definitely recommend seeing this part of the city, and I’ve written up a really good way to explore the centre of Amsterdam here, however, know that there is much more to Amsterdam than this area I wouldn’t spend too much time here. A great local place to go is to Amsterdam Noord aka Amsterdam North.

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Amsterdam Solo Travel, Amsterdam central station

6. Do not Stay in Accommodation in Central Amsterdam

Following on from the above point and linking in with point one of my Amsterdam solo travel tips. I recommend you do not stay in accommodation in Central Amsterdam and close to the Red Light District if you are in Amsterdam solo as it could feel a bit intimidating at night (although the area in itself is safe) and it’s also just not a not place to stay.

That’s why I loved Stayokay Vondelpark Hostel so much, because it was further out, in a less touristy area of the City and right by the huge green park that is Vondelpark. I felt really safe and happy in this location of the city as a solo female traveller in Amsterdam.

These are also great Airbnb’s in Amsterdam that are out of the centre and in local parts of the city:

Amsterdam solo travel, Vondelpark

7. Avoid Weekends in Amsterdam if Possible

The first time I visited Amsterdam was on a weekend in November, the second time was mid-week in August and I really noticed the difference in people who were visiting. August was of course very busy because it was the school holidays so there seemed to be a lot of families, but there weren’t as many stags and hen parties as when I went on the weekend and to be honest, these are the groups I wanted to avoid.

You can, by all means, visit Amsterdam as a solo traveller on a weekend and there are probably more things to do on weekends in Amsterdam, but if you have the choice to come during the week I would.

My friend who lives in Amsterdam also said she sees how much the city changes on the weekend vs the week and it’s a lot more pleasant during the week.

Amsterdam solo travel, Amsterdam Canal

8. Know that Amsterdam is Safe

With all the drinking, smoking and the groups that visit, you may worry and ask’ is Amsterdam safe?’.

The area around the Red Light District is safe because it’s covered in CCTV and the Dutch themselves are very nice people, I felt completely safe in Amsterdam both times as a solo female traveller. I’m not sure on the exact figures of pickpocketing etc but it is by no means a city where people tell you to be careful, unlike places like Barcelona and even London, although you should of course always be sensible.

For female solo travel in Amsterdam, you should not be worried either, the Dutch are lovely people and it’s like going to any other city in Europe in terms of female safety in Amsterdam.

So if safety is something that is putting you off visiting Amsterdam solo, don’t let it.

Amsterdam solo travel, Amsterdam solo female traveller

9. Don’t Ride a Bike in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city made for bikes but unless you know how to ride one properly and know how to navigate the roads in Europe on a bike safely I wouldn’t hire one, especially alone in Amsterdam!

Why you shouldn’t hire a bike In Amsterdam is because you always have to be alert for the bikes, trams and cars and trying to watch out for all of these things, plus the canals, plus the pedestrians and navigate yourself around the city on your own is tricky business and harder to do alone!

If you want to explore Amsterdam by bike I would suggest doing a bike tour like one below. Bike Tours are also a great way to meet fellow travellers.

Amsterdam solo travel, Amsterdam houses

10. Remember People Live in Amsterdam and it’s their Home

I feel kind of silly remembering that I wondered if I could visit Amsterdam alone back when I thought perhaps I couldn’t or shouldn’t, because I didn’t consider that it’s a normal city and so many people live there.

They deal with the weekend crowds, they know the coffee shops are there, they tolerate the tourists darting in front of their bikes. It’s a city like any other in Europe, however, it is a fantastic city and definitely one of the best and better cities in Europe and you definitely shouldn’t avoid visiting Amsterdam due to visiting Amsterdam alone.

I hope this helps convince and reassure you that you should go to Amsterdam as a solo traveller.

Here’s my solo travel in Amsterdam YouTube video to watch!

  • More of my Amsterdam Posts:
  • How I Spent One Day Exploring Amsterdam Solo!
  • How To Visit Amsterdam on a Budget!
  • Stayokay Vondelpark Hostel Review!
  • Walking Guide from Amsterdam Central to Rijksmuseum.

This post is in collaboration with Stayokay Hostels but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Where to Stay in Amsterdam: Best Neighborhoods – By a Local

Where to Stay in Amsterdam: Best Neighborhoods – By a Local

While it’s easy to find a hostel, apartment, fancy hotel, or local guesthouse in Amsterdam isn’t hard, picking the best area to stay in Amsterdam can make or break your trip. Amsterdam is a very diverse city, despite its size. Each neighborhood in Amsterdam is different.

I’ve lived in Amsterdam, so this guide isn’t something that I created after a single short visit. Here are my recommendations for the best places to stay in Amsterdam to ensure you’ll have a great time on your trip.

Best Areas to Stay in Amsterdam

Map of Amsterdam Neighborhoods

Amsterdam is relatively small with only 850,000 inhabitants sharing 219.3 square kilometers / 84 square miles. This is why I highly recommend visiting other parts of the Netherlands as well, as this country is full of charming towns and villages.

Amsterdam can be divided into The Ring area and areas outside of the ring, basically on the outer side of A10 Highway. Areas within are also divided into smaller areas. Most hotel booking websites classify Amsterdam City Centre as the area within The Ring.

Amsterdam is broken up into 8 districts or boroughs (stadsdelen), which are divided into neighborhoods. These neighborhoods might seem confusing to a first-time visitor to Amsterdam, but they’re very helpful when it comes to getting around.

Where to Stay in Amsterdam

Best Hotels to Stay in Amsterdam:

Best Boutique Hotels in Amsterdam
The Dylan Canal House

Best Unique Hotels in Amsterdam
Hotel Not Hotel • Volkshotel

★ First Time in Amsterdam? Stay anywhere in the Old Centrum

★ Layover in Amsterdam? Anywhere near Zuid, Centraal or Sloterdijk Stations, so you easily leave your bags.

★ Best Neighbourhood in Amsterdam for Mature Travelers: Oud-Zuid.

★ Best Neighbourhood in Amsterdam for Families: NOT near De Wallen! Oost, de Baarsjes, Plantage.

★ Best Neighborhood in Amsterdam for Nightlife: Near Leidseplein & Rembrandtplein

★ Amsterdam on a Budget? Consider staying in Haarlem.

★ Most Romantic Neighborhood in Amsterdam: Canal Belt & Oud-Zuid

★ Local Neighborhood in Amsterdam: De Pijp

★ Best Place to Stay for Visiting Keukenhof: Keukenhof isn’t located in Amsterdam, it’s actually quite far from Amsterdam. If seeing the tulips is your priority then you might want to stay in Leiden or Haarlem. Find out more on the best ways to see tulip fields!

public transport in Amsterdam

Public Transportation in Amsterdam

Transportation in Amsterdam (GVB) works well regardless of the neighbor of Amsterdam you’re staying at, but not always excellent.

To arrange things before arrive you can pre-purchase either a 24-hour pass for €7.50 or get an OV Chipkaart. You can purchase them online, or at the counter at selected stations upon arrival.

Where to Stay in Amsterdam

Old Centrum

Various spots include:

  • Jordaan
  • Dam
  • De Wallen
  • Nieuwmarkt & IJ Waterfront
  • Leidseplein
  • Rembrandtplein
  • Canal Belt / Grachtengordel
  • Old Jewish Quarter & Plantage

2. Noord

3. West

  • Bos en Lomer
  • Oud West
  • Westerpark
  • De Baarsjes

4. Zuid

  • Museum Quarter
  • Oud-Zuid
  • De Pijp
  • Zuidas

5. Oost

6. Other Areas

  • Zuidoost
  • Amstelveen
  • Diemen
  • Bijlmar

7. Areas to Avoid in Amsterdam

8. When to Go to Amsterdam

Old Centrum

Old Centrum, as the name indicated, is the oldest area of Amsterdam. This is where most tourists stay and never make it outside of the area. There are many spots to eat, shop and hop on a boat for a canal cruise.

Old Centrum is is divided into smaller neighborhoods, each with its own characteristics and history.


The Jordaan feels like its own village in the city. Once a neighborhood for the working class and emigrants, now it’s renovated and trendy for young professionals and tourists.

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The area has many restaurants, small shops, and stunning bridges.


The Dam was built around the 1270s in order to prevent floodings, but now it’s the central square between Rokin and Damrak.

There you can find the National Monument, Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk, National Monument, and Madam Tussaud’s. During the spring there is a fair with a giant carousel there and in the winter a Christmas market.

De Wallen

De Wallen is known as the Red Light District. Walking around you’ll see prostitutes in red windows, sex shops, and many coffeeshops.

Personally, not a place I’d recommend staying, but if it’s your first time in Amsterdam you can pass through.


Nieuwmarkt is a square just a short walk from Amsterdam Central Station, located in Chinatown and next to the Red Light District.

IJ Waterfront

If you’re staying in Amsterdam for a layover, you want to be as close to the Central Station as it gets.

There are many beautiful hotels to stay in the area, often with rooftops offering impressive views.


If you’re looking for an epicenter of a nightlight, look no further than Leidseplein.

There are many bars and cafes in the area, plus the most well-known nightclub in Amsterdam – Melkweg. Stay there only if you enjoy loud nights out.

Rembrandtplein is another great area with bars and restaurants. The area feels more local than Leidseplein and it’s always full of locals and expats. I have good memories from Rembrandtplein because I used to have office parties there. I highly recommend going to Tuschinski Theatre, a working cinema that was built in 1921. It’s gorgeous!


The canalbelt is the picturesque area you’ve seen in iconic photos, as it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many houses are built on these semi-circular canals (“grachten”), dug around the old city center.

Old Jewish Quarter & Plantage
Plantage used to be the greenest area of Amsterdam. Waterlooplein Market in the area is one of the most local markets in Amsterdam. That’s the place where you’d buy a used bike, get some fresh vegetables and eat a kibbeling.


Spui is a good starting point from which to discover the rest of the city. Close to many shops, restaurants, and the Flower Market. You can easily walk to bars and clubs from here.

Recommended Lunch Spots in Old Centrum:

  • Bijbels Museum Cafe (Spui)
  • Greenwoods (Canalbelt)
  • Cocotte Creperie (De Wallen)
  • Back to Black (Canalbelt)

Recommended Restaurants in Old Centrum:

  • Moeders (Jordan) – Great stampot.
  • Café-Restaurant de Plantage (Plantage) – Located inside a 19th-century glass conservatory.

Family Friendliness: Close to most things, so recommendable, but remember that some area like De Wallen or Nieuwmarkt might not be appropriate. Might be noisier than elsewhere at nights, especially close to Nieuwmarkt.

Personal experience: I enjoy hanging out in the area, but there’s a reason why I never lived there. If you want to be conveniently located close to major attractions stay there, but you’ll see more tourists than locals enjoying themselves.

Recommended Accommodation in Amsterdam Centrum:

Hotel De L’Europe
Beautifully located on the canal where you can enjoy your breakfast. The decor is also very stylish.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor

NH Carlton
Overlooking the canal and the flower market, this hotel is exactly in the center of Amsterdam.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor

Condo Hotel One
The location is just right and with the sun coming up in the morning it just makes you happy.Check Prices On:

The Flying Pig
The most famous hostel in Amsterdam, known for parties and convenient location for backpackers. If you’re not into partying you might want to stay elsewhere though.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor


Noord has undergone considerable regeneration and now it’s no longer associated with an unwanted place to be. In September 2016 Noord welcomed the newest attraction – A’DAM Toren with the tallest over the edge swing in Europe, observation deck and great restaurants inside. Many industrial buildings have been converted into rustic restaurants and ateliers.

Family Friendliness: Definitely. It’s a safe local area, just a short and convenient free boat ride from Central Station.

Personal experience: Last time I visited the area I enjoyed it a lot. Even if you end up not staying there, pay a visit to A’DAM Toren for the view.

Recommended Lunch Spots in Amsterdam Noord:

  • Pannenkoekenboot

Recommended Accommodation in Amsterdam Noord:

Faralda Crane
The best views of Amsterdam are from this design hotel located on a crane.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | HotelsCombined

This unique hotel has simply-furnished rooms aboard a boat in the center of Amsterdam.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor

Hotel Cafe Modern
Quirky hotel for those who love the hip decor.Check Prices & Reviews On:

Great hostel with a common room featuring a library, ping pong tables and bike rental. Common kitchen is available for guests to use.Check Prices & Reviews On:
Booking.com | HotelsCombined


Amsterdam Jordaan

If you’re looking for photogenic townhouses and typical Dutch architecture, West is the answer. It’s a quite posh area, making it particularly attractive to residents and visitors alike. Some of the best places to eat in Amsterdam are located in the West.

Bos en Lomer
Bos en Lomer an affordable and diverse neighborhood. It’s a place for a young and multicultural crowd, but also families. There are many ethnic shops in the area with cheap delicious food.

A posh area with small local markets and outdoor cafes.


Named after a large park in its center, Westerpark is located on the western corner of Amsterdam’s canal belt and trails into the city’s docklands.

De Baarsjes

Hip area with many terrace bar, much calmer than in the Old Centrum. Popular shopping streets where trendy concept stores, can be found standing opposite of Turkish shops, greengrocers and bakeries.

Recommended Restaurants in Amsterdam West:

  • De Foodhallen – Indoor food market you can choose from many different treats! From waffles to meatballs and burgers to oysters.
  • De Pizzabakkers – Great pizza for good prices
  • Abyssinia – Fantastic Eritrean food.

Family Friendliness: Kids might be less interested in restaurants and nice architecture, so there might not be the best choice.

Personal experience: I used to live in Bos en Lomer, so I know the area pretty well and enjoyed it. It’s affordable with plenty of spots to eat to discover every week. Hotels tend to be cheaper in this area, so if you’re on a budget this could be a great choice.

Family Friendliness: Kids might be less interested in restaurants and nice architecture, so there might not be the best choice.

Personal experience: I used to live in Bos en Lomer, so I know the area pretty well and enjoyed it. It’s affordable with plenty of spots to eat to discover every week. Hotels tend to be cheaper in this area, so if you’re on a budget this could be a great choice.

Recommended Accommodation in Amsterdam West:

Meininger Sloterdijk
I stayed there once during my layover for a night, since it was conveniently located just in front of the exit of Sloterdijk Train Station. Everything was perfect.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor

The Student Hotel Bos en Lomer
I actually used to live in this place when I first moved to Amsterdam, since only half of it is for hotel guests and another half for long-term residents. In front of a metro station, shared kitchen available in each segment, clean and modern place I enjoyed living at.Check Prices On:

Bigger capsule hotel with loads of room. The toilets are really clean and even being shared they are really private.Check Prices On:

StayOkay VondelPark
StayOkay is the most popular chain of hostels in the Netherlands. I stayed in a few of them on various occasions and they were always great.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor


Amsterdam’s nicest residential areas with fashionable shopping streets, business centers and plenty of museums.

Amsterdam Oud Zuid

Museum Quarter

Museum Quarter is technically in Amsterdam Zuid, but just a bridge walk from the Old Centrum.


You can read my guide to Oud-Zuid here.

De Pijp

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My personal favorite area, but I might be biased since I used to work there. De Pijp has a very local vibe with a picturesque urban layout, many cafes, park and local Albert Cuyp market.


Business district. Unless you work there, there’s not much to do and many cafes and restaurants close after business hours.

Recommended Lunch Spots in Amsterdam Zuid:

  • ’t Blauwe Theehuis (Vondelpark)
  • Yoghurt Barn (De Pijp)
  • Albert Cuyp Market (De Pijp) – Great street food from the market.

Recommended Restaurants for Dinner in Amsterdam Zuid:

  • Bazar (De Pijp) – Arabic restaurant is housed inside of an enormous renovated church.
  • Cannibale Royale – Great spot for burgers and other meats.

Family Friendliness: While there are many young people in the area since there is a nice park around, markets and cafes, I don’t see the are would be bad for families.

Personal experience: I used to work in De Pijp and recently covered Oud-Zuid for Amsterdam Tourism Board, so I spent a lot of time in the area. I really love it as it’s very local with some expats. The atmosphere of this area was unbeatable.

Recommended Accommodation in Amsterdam Zuid:

Okura Hotel
Don’t forget to try the sushi at their rooftop restaurant.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor

The Muse
Quiet boutique hotel in Oud-Zuid, just half a mile from Rijksmuseum.Check Prices & Reviews On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor

Paul’s BnB
If you’re coming with a family and want a whole apartment for yourself. Great location, easy to work with host.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor

Bicycle Hotel
If you’re looking for a cheap hotel with original deco and next to a bicycle rental shop and tram stop, that’s the place.Check Prices On:
Booking.com | TripAdvisor


de Pijp Amsterdam

Oost is probably the least explored part of Amsterdam, despite being closely located to the Old Centrum. It has many museums and is home to many ethic neighborhoods.

Recommended Lunch Spots in Amsterdam Oost:

  • KHL – Old spot with beautiful decor and a friendly atmosphere.
  • Bar Bukowski
  • Girassol – Fantastic terrace.

Personal experience: Quite frankly I think I went to Amsterdam Oost twice in my life for a pole dancing class and once to take a bus from Amstel Station, so I can’t say much about the area.

Recommended Accommodation in Amsterdam Oost:

Mercure Amstel
Super close to main metro & train station Amstel. Only 9 min to the city center and 6 min to the airport by the local metro stop.Check Prices On:

The Student Hotel City
Partner hotel of the one I used to live in. Conveniently located between Oost and Zuid, each segment has a shared kitchen.Check Prices On:

Cityden Museum Square Hotel Apartments
The apartment was lovely, with various Vermeer accents, and has everything you need.Close to grocery store and museums.Check Prices On:

StayOkay Oost
Good and easy to find location of this hostel. I’ll always recommend StayOkay chain in the Netherlands.Check Prices On:

Other Areas

If you’re visiting Amsterdam for a few days, I’d suggest avoiding places that might seem nearby, but in reality, they are neither pretty nor convenient. That said, do NOT stay in Diemen, Amstelveen, Bijlmar, or Zuid-Oost. Unless you want to bike the city center for at least 25 minutes.

You would be better off staying in Haarlem if you want to save some money, as it’s only 10 minutes by train to Amsterdam Central Station.

Areas to Avoid in Amsterdam

I’d personally advise against staying in the Red Light District, known as De Wallen, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Google Maps is actually slightly misleading in terms of the area, as it highlights the whole district – this is NOT true.

In reality, the area full of red windows and coffeeshops is much smaller: inside this district hugging Oudezijds Voorburgwal along the canal and in and around the De Oude Kerk church.

The majority of locals aren’t fond of prostitution and weed (which isn’t actually legal), so you’ll meet mostly young tourists. If you don’t want to stumble upon it, trust me, once you’re in Singel canal area you’ll feel that you’re getting closer to the Red Light District.

Do you have any questions about Amsterdam neighborhoods? Let me know in the comments below!

What is a typical place to stay when visiting amsterdam

Is Amsterdam safe? Areas to avoid in Amsterdam…

Many solo travellers (particularly female solo travellers) have concerns about the safety of visiting Amsterdam (largely due to its oft-quoted but unfair reputation as a slightly seedy party hub). The reality, however, is totally different and Amsterdam is actually one of the safest cities in the world – 5th, according to the last Safe City Index. Although many first-time visitors correlate the policy of tolerance of soft drugs and prostitution with a lawless or dangerous city, the opposite is true, and many visitors are surprised at how safe the city is.

That is not to say that no crime exists in Amsterdam – it does. Pickpockets and scammers roam around the city looking for easy targets (particularly in the Red-Light district) but, on the whole, the Dutch capital is a lot safer than most other European capitals.

Are there any neighbourhoods in Amsterdam to avoid?

Even previously ‘rough’ neighbourhoods such as Bos en Lommer, parts of Nieuw-West and Bijlmer, have improved significantly and unless you’re roaming around late at night alone, you’re highly unlikely to face any trouble or feel uncomfortable. Besides, these places have some great restaurants and with cool cafes, clubs like De School and Radion, and independent boutiques popping up across the west of the city, the area is fast becoming the trendiest neighbourhood for young professionals and students. If you’ve booked an AirBnB in one of these neighbourhoods before reading some of the more negative press surrounding these parts of the city, don’t panic! Just take the usual precautions that you would anywhere else.

Is Amsterdam Safe? Dutch police on horseback

The best advice is to avoid looking like an easy target and stay away from potentially dangerous situations, rather than specific neighbourhoods. Keep your phone, wallet and other valuables hidden – the people who are constantly taking selfies in the Red-Light district, for example, are typically easy targets for pickpockets. Equally, people who follow street dealers into dark alleyways often find themselves with a gram of washing powder and without a phone and all their money. Once again, safety just comes down to common sense.

Take the same precautions as you would in any other city and you will be absolutely fine. If you’re concerned about going out to bars or clubs alone, the best thing to do is to join a group of similarly-minded tourists on a pub crawl. There’s safety in numbers and with professional guides leading the pub crawl, you can always inform a member of staff if you feel unsafe etc.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a relatively small city (compared to other major European capitals) and, with an excellent public transport system, you’re never too far from the centre. Although areas outside of the canal belt and the city centre are less picturesque (and cheaper locations in the city may not have the romantic views and historic architecture that many people expect of Amsterdam!) every neighbourhood has its plus points and even the cheaper areas have their unique charms.

In summary, Amsterdam is a very safe city for visitors (even in the reportedly dodgy parts) and as long as you use common sense, it’s very unlikely that you’ll have any problems during your stay. If you do, contact the police on 112 (in case of emergencies), stop a police officer, or pop into one of the many police stations dotted across the city – all police speak English fluently and will be happy to help.

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