Where to drink
Discover how home-grown Heineken is made at the entertaining Heineken Experience. Admission includes beers and a canal-boat ride to the Heineken Brand Store. Tours are also available at the wonderful independent brewery Brouwerij ‘t IJ, at the foot of the 18th-century De Gooyer Windmill.
Jenever (Dutch gin) is also a must-try, especially at tasting houses such as Wynand Fockink.
Party hubs Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein, the Medieval Centre and Red Light District are renowned for their pumping nightlife, with a plethora of pubs and clubs. But to truly experience the unique Dutch quality of gezellig (conviviality/cosiness), head to a history-steeped bruin café (brown cafe, ie pub, named for the nicotine-stained walls). Hoppe and Het Papeneiland are two of countless gems.
‘Coffeeshops’ (cannabis cafes) famously sprinkle throughout the city; popular ones include Dampkring and Abraxas.