Hot Spots at the Red Light District
Of course the touristy stuff like erotic theatre ‘Casa
Rosso’ and the ‘De Bananenbar’ are fun to visit.. But
we, Amsterdam people, do have a slightly different view on the Red
Light District. There is so much more to this place than the eye meets.
Don’t worry though, we are happy to share our hot spots with you!
Start your adventure at the famous Zeedijk, close to Central Station.
At house number 1 you will find a charming bar within the oldest
remaining overhanging wooden house in the city that dates from 1551,
Café ‘In 't Aepjen’ ('In the monkeys'). A little
further on, on your right, night café ‘San
Fransisco’ will appear. A good late night café to hang out
when all else is already closed. Hungry? Go to Thai restaurant or
snackbar ‘The Bird’ (left and right side of the street) or
have a meal at the famous Chinese restaurant Nam Kee a little further
A great, friendly designer bar is ‘LIME’, just after the
Taiwanese ‘Fo Kuang Sham’ temple (both on right side). For
a great lunch, visit ‘Latei’. Everything in this little
shop is for sale; from the sofas you sit on to the nice, all natural
home-made cakes. At the end of the Zeedijk you’ll find a great
square; ‘the Nieuwmarkt’. More will be said about this spot
in a next eZine, when the weather permits us to sit outside without our
toes freezing off!
During these colder days go for a wander through the Molensteeg with
its many red lights. You’ll cross 2 canals. The 1st is the
‘Oudezijds Achterburgwal’ with those famous ‘Casa
Rossa’ & ‘De Bananenbar’. Go on, just have a look
if you can’t resist! The next, bigger canal is the
‘Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal’. There are loads of
café’s and red light-windows there as well. Both canals in
itself are a pretty sight too. It’s very nice to walk around and
you’ll find yourself in awe over those ancient, odd buildings leaning at impossible angles and overlooking tree-enshrouded canals. No
bird sounds here, but if you’re real quiet you can hear music
from all the pubs, cafes and coffeeshops almost every hour of the day.
At the end of the Molensteeg, you will come across the oldest gothic
‘Oude Kerk’ (Old Church). Nowadays it’s an epic
centre of cultural events, exhibitions and concerts (from the 24th of
April till the 18th of June: ‘WORD PRESS PHOTO 2006’).
One of the little alleys around the church is the ‘Enge
Kerksteeg’. At number 3 you can find the Prostitution Information
Center (PIC). They can tell you all about the do’s and
don’ts of red-light-lady-visits.