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your hotel should provide you with assorted meats for breakfast. Put that on a piece of pre-toasted bread and pour some chocolate sprinkles on top.

YUM!

Chocolate sprinkles on cold cuts? Man... you must always do a "wake 'n Bake" prior to hitting that hotel breakfast! (not that they is anything wrong with that)

Pa

All this talk of breakfast is making me hungry. However, it also reminds me that on Haarlemmerstraat there are several places other than Barney's that have been discussed as breakfast options. I know Picasso is near there, and so is Popeyes. Both offered some kind of breakfast deal. Has anyone tried them?

I saw them making some sort of breakfast sandwich at Pink Floyd. One of those uitsmitjers(bad spelling) Open-faced, slice of ham with fried egg on top.

I ate breakfast at Barney's on my first trip. Very disappointing. I had bacon, eggs & hash browns, fries?. The best I can say is it was smarmy tasting. Like re-used grease. Now, I'm used to NY deli breakfasts, most of which are excellent at just about any deli/diner.
From the sterling reviews I've read here, I think I should give Barney's another chance. Maybe I just got them on a bad day. It happens.

Thanks for the input.
I most definitely agree with Delta9 Barneys Breakfast is the goody. I have eaten there many times all the produce they used in the cooking tasted fresh as it could be. They also serve great diner dishes on the restaurant side of barneys & staff is really friendly & helpful. One morning it was pouring rain so when I finished my breakfast & spliff I was about to jet when one of the staff past me a complimentary barneys umbrella which I thought was a nice touch. Don't ever go to The Grasshopper to eat the omelet I got there was not cooked properly and was more like a raw beaten egg. I was sick the rest of the day from just eating a few bites.
A must stop is the Pancake Bakery though they do not open till 12 noon. The giant omelet I had there was eggcellent & to top it off I had a Brazilian Pancake which was a little thicker than a crepe & as wide as a dinner plate it was topped with almond ice cream, a syrup that tasted like mocha, whipped cream, & chocolate powder. Check out the menu on their site if the Brazilian does not sound appetizing I am sure you'll find a combo that will make you say YUM!! www.pancake.nl

Nuff Respect
BG


(drooling) UUUUUHHHHHH!!!! almond ice cream, a syrup that tasted like mocha, whipped cream, & chocolate powder. UUUUUUHHHH!!!
I most definitely agree with Delta9 Barneys Breakfast is the goody. I have eaten there many times all the produce they used in the cooking tasted fresh as it could be. They also serve great diner dishes on the restaurant side of barneys & staff is really friendly & helpful. One morning it was pouring rain so when I finished my breakfast & spliff I was about to jet when one of the staff past me a complimentary barneys umbrella which I thought was a nice touch. Don't ever go to The Grasshopper to eat the omelet I got there was not cooked properly and was more like a raw beaten egg. I was sick the rest of the day from just eating a few bites.
A must stop is the Pancake Bakery though they do not open till 12 noon. The giant omelet I had there was eggcellent & to top it off I had a Brazilian Pancake which was a little thicker than a crepe & as wide as a dinner plate it was topped with almond ice cream, a syrup that tasted like mocha, whipped cream, & chocolate powder. Check out the menu on their site if the Brazilian does not sound appetizing I am sure you'll find a combo that will make you say YUM!! www.pancake.nl

Nuff Respect
BG
where are some good breakfast places?
your hotel should provide you with assorted meats for breakfast. Put that on a piece of pre-toasted bread and pour some chocolate sprinkles on top.

YUM!

Chocolate sprinkles on cold cuts? Man... you must always do a "wake 'n Bake" prior to hitting that hotel breakfast! (not that they is anything wrong with that)

Pa

All this talk of breakfast is making me hungry. However, it also reminds me that on Haarlemmerstraat there are several places other than Barney's that have been discussed as breakfast options. I know Picasso is near there, and so is Popeyes. Both offered some kind of breakfast deal. Has anyone tried them?
You mean Le Place? This is indeed the bakery attached to and belonging to the Vroom and Dreesman department store on Kalverstraat. Super food at good prices!

Eet smakelijk!

:-)

Yes UK, I did mean LePlace. Thanks for the Information
We hit Barney's everyday we were there for breakfast. Good eggs and bacon, and had an omlette two of the days (yummy!!). The hash browns are out of this world too!!! I don't know how the pastries were or if they even have them, but after the before breakfast toke I'm not sure if it would've mattered what they put infront of me. No better way to start your morning IMHO.

My friend said the coffee was pretty good, I'm not much of a coffee drinker myself.
your hotel should provide you with assorted meats for breakfast. Put that on a piece of pre-toasted bread and pour some chocolate sprinkles on top.

YUM!

Chocolate sprinkles on cold cuts? Man... you must always do a "wake 'n Bake" prior to hitting that hotel breakfast! (not that they is anything wrong with that)

Pa
your hotel should provide you with assorted meats for breakfast. Put that on a piece of pre-toasted bread and pour some chocolate sprinkles on top.

YUM!
You mean Le Place? This is indeed the bakery attached to and belonging to the Vroom and Dreesman department store on Kalverstraat. Super food at good prices!

Eet smakelijk!

:-)
Try the bakery at Vroom & Dreesen. It is one of the biggest stores in Amsterdam. The location on KalverStraat has a bakery on the ground floor. Most of the pastries are delicious!!
I had breakfast at Barney's: eggs, bacon, fruit, juice...it was pretty tasty but also very unlike its companion in the states. Others have said it's substandard (depends what you're used to) and expensive (it is, a bit), butThe Pancake Bakery gets good marks from what I've read, as do the breakfast buffet at the Krasnapolsky and the Rho Hotel on Nes.
Sory:o)


www.debakkerswinkel.nl/
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have a spliff and try to remember the name.. it sounds damn tasty!
Sorry to be so vague. I was just looking for a response in general. I guess we are looking for a casual bite...pastries, eggs, coffee.

Do most coffeeshops have pastries and light breafast stuff?
I think it depends on what you like for breakfast.

Please try to be a little more specific.

I had an apple and bacon pancake there for breakfast that I would never see where I live in the US. It was terrific. It's a place near the Leidseplein across from the ABN Amro. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name. Wonder why??? :D
Barney's up on the Haarlemmerstraat (102 I think) is supposed to be pretty good.

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not bad, it's uitsmijter, out-smacker, and now you said the word i want one. damn it's 130 in the morning. i think uitsmijter is also an informal name for a bouncer, the doorman who tosses you for misbehaving.

on the breakfast subject, i should mention that the best *hotel* breakfast i ever had here was that buffet downstairs at the old tulip hotel on spuistraat, subsequently renamed the "NH city centre" hotel. it cost money but i liked being able to grab a big old american-filling breakfast without even setting foot outdoors. i haven't been there since fall of 2002 so i dunno what it's like now.

love
s g collins
The Krasnapolsky breakfast was 21 euro last time I checked.That would have to be some breakfast for that price.
not bad, it's uitsmijter, out-smacker, and now you said the word i want one. damn it's 130 in the morning. i think uitsmijter is also an informal name for a bouncer, the doorman who tosses you for misbehaving.

on the breakfast subject, i should mention that the best *hotel* breakfast i ever had here was that buffet downstairs at the old tulip hotel on spuistraat, subsequently renamed the "NH city centre" hotel. it cost money but i liked being able to grab a big old american-filling breakfast without even setting foot outdoors. i haven't been there since fall of 2002 so i dunno what it's like now.

love
s g collins

I agree. We stayed in the NH City Centre in 2003 and had breakfast included. A huge buffet with bacon, sausage, eggs etc, pastries, fruit, yoghurt, Cold meat, cheese, bread, croissants and as many of those fabulous little poffertjes as you could eat.
This house is next to the Buhdist temple Santoka


Not the Fo Kuang Shan Buddhist temple? Isn't that on the Zeedijk (111-113 or so)?

Sorry, I am wrong the narrow house IS at Oude Hoogstraat (22, I think) and not next to the temple at all!

:-)
This house is next to the Buhdist temple Santoka


Not the Fo Kuang Shan Buddhist temple? Isn't that on the Zeedijk (111-113 or so)?
Lol! But I always think that the house on Oude Hoogstraat has to be the narrowest in town, don't you agree?

:-)

I wish I could remember. Not sure if I saw that one or not. All narrow houses can start to look alike when it's misty outside, as it was for much of my latest trip. How many of those narrow (1 window wide) houses are there in Amsterdam?

This house is next to the Buhdist temple Santoka


:-)
Lol! But I always think that the house on Oude Hoogstraat has to be the narrowest in town, don't you agree?

:-)

I wish I could remember. Not sure if I saw that one or not. All narrow houses can start to look alike when it's misty outside, as it was for much of my latest trip. How many of those narrow (1 window wide) houses are there in Amsterdam?
I have a feeling it's down on the Herengracht,on the East bank and not too far from Raadhuistraat ~ but don't quote me on that!

:-)

oops.

Thanks for the answer, UKBL! Looks a bit Herengracty to me.

Lol! But I always think that the house on Oude Hoogstraat has to be the narrowest in town, don't you agree?

:-)
I have a feeling it's down on the Herengracht,on the East bank and not too far from Raadhuistraat ~ but don't quote me on that!

:-)

oops.

Thanks for the answer, UKBL! Looks a bit Herengracty to me.
I have a feeling it's down on the Herengracht,on the East bank and not too far from Raadhuistraat ~ but don't quote me on that!

:-)
Where is the one in MHD's picture?
The skinny house is at 7 Singel I believe.

d3kings
I also got that immediate impression. Those first impressions are usually correct.
I do believe you are right, Uk Bag Lady. I kind of thought that's where it was (based on other pics I took around the same time), but I wasn't 100%.

Cool site, BTW!! I haven't see that one.

MHD... I think I recognize the skinny house in your picture, is it on the Singel? Gotta love a-dam architecture!

:o)

Sorry I didn't say that. Yes it is the Singel. And I am sure UKBL is right too.

milehigh
Funny, I was imagining that it was the Brouwersgracht as well. I thought it was right around the intersection of Brouwersgracht and Lindengracht or Goudsbloemstraat, but looking across the Brouwersg. from the Harlemmerstraat side. However, looking at the excellent site UKBL provided, I think I'm mistaken.

If it's the skinny house that gets pointed out to all the boat tours, then I think it is the one on the Singel, just past the Lutherse Kerk. I'm sure there are others.

Let us know if you figure out where it is.
I do believe you are right, Uk Bag Lady. I kind of thought that's where it was (based on other pics I took around the same time), but I wasn't 100%.

Cool site, BTW!! I haven't see that one.

MHD... I think I recognize the skinny house in your picture, is it on the Singel? Gotta love a-dam architecture!

:o)
Does anyone know where this picture was taken? I took so many shots of the city, and I'm trying to remember where each one is, and this one is eluding me.

http://rebeccavt.smugmug.com/photos/12120530-M.jpg

Thanks!

It looks very much like the Brouwersgracht to me. Have you looked at the Jordaan website, taken a virtual tour there? You may just see the view you are looking for that way.

http://www.zien.info/jordaan.ukb/

:-)
I wonder how many of those there are? LOL

http://www.thebigtrip.us/images/skinnyhouse.jpg

milehigh
I do believe that is a skinny house next to the leaning house.
hi rebecca,

not sure where this is a picture is taken.
but is there a house to the right of the tree and the leaning house that is the width of a doorway?

wd
Does anyone know where this picture was taken? I took so many shots of the city, and I'm trying to remember where each one is, and this one is eluding me.

http://rebeccavt.smugmug.com/photos/12120530-M.jpg

Thanks!
From the response on the smoke, I assume its better over the counter there than the so so homegrown common here. I may be in for serous trouble. LOL

Its a pleasant plus but not high on my list of needs wants or desires.

No smoking unless sitting down, gotcha.
Be careful of the pickpockets and purse snatchers. They are on the trains from Schiphol, trams, and on the streets. Just keep an eye on your valuables and you should be alright.
I've been to Amsterdam several times and have never been ripped off yet. Myself I like to carry a non descript bookbag. I have my camera , passport, and maps all in one place. And I'm able to blend in and not look like a American tourist. I take it as compliment when someone comes up to me and ask a question in Dutch.
I feel safer on the streets there at 2 or 3 AM. Than I do here at home.
I cant hold my booze so I don't drink while trying to enjoy myself, and since the pot is looked past, I will enjoy a nice puff whenever. feel good yes, stoned, I don't like.


Keep in mind smoking is tolerated, mostly in coffeeshops. Don't think you should light a spliff wherever you are, it is not cool. If you are going to smoke outside a coffeeshop, keep it on the down-low. You woun't get arrested but someone may yell at you as it is frowned upon.

If you don't want to get blitzed, do your homework and choose the strain of weed/hash you would like to smoke. Chances are something like blueberry or moonshine will kick your ass.
Thanks for the replies.
I should be fine, because in here ;

Pickpockets and muggers, an American city pastime.
I wouldn't walk in dark alleys at night.
I don't buy stuff off the backs of truck in the streets.
I cant walk and read at the same time so the tourist book thing is a given.



I cant hold my booze so I don't drink while trying to enjoy myself, and since the pot is looked past, I will enjoy a nice puff whenever. feel good yes, stoned, I don't like.

trams and bikes... that I will have to remember.

My mother is worried to death like most small town people in the states she has this dire fear of me getting seized by the police and tossed in a dank cell for no reason. I said "I am going to the Netherlands not Columbia."

I'll be taking my girlfriend so if she wants to tip the hookers an extra 50, thats her business, I will be in the museum. LOL

Ive found a few sites with web cams and virtual tours.... pretty cool.
are all the streets so narrow?? Ive seen a few tiny cars I would love to have.
I don't think there are any "sneaky" laws you need to know about, though don't try to ride on the trains or the trams without a ticket. If you have a three day bus pass or something that needs to be stamped to be legit, get it stamped before you get on the bus or tram or train.

If you're just interested in law in the Netherlands in general, here is a link -

http://www.findlaw.com/12international/countries/nl.html
HI!
I was considering a nice vacation to the Netherlands, and I am curious about the laws in general.
Most every search I do for general law in the Netherlands comes up as mostly pot related.

I'm more interested in your common everyday laws on the street most tourists might not be aware of, over look or not even think about.

I don't want to step on any toes ;)

Does anyone here have a few links to on line guides for first time tourists pertaining to laws, customs and how to generally behave yourself? lol

Ive read that the Netherlands is quite a tolerant place to visit, but I would love to do some reading on the "day to day civil laws" of the country on line, if one of you would be so nice to post a few links, or pass along some friendly advice for my first trip?

It would be my first trip OUT of the US, so I am pretty nerved out about it.
THANKS!!

I don't know that much about the laws of the Netherlands but I think if you use some common sense and treat the city and the people as you would like to BE treated then you should have a pleasant time.

If I had to list 5 things you should NOT do in Mokum they would be:

1) Do not carry valuables about your person ; pickpocketing is not uncommon.
2) Don't walk in a bike lane ; the consequenses could be awful!
3) Don't walk in dark secluded alleyways at night.
4) Do not EVER buy anything offered to you in the street.
5) Do not walk about with an open map/guidebook as this immediately marks you out as a (lost) tourist.

But thats only 5 things and I could list 5,000 things that you could and should do in Amsterdam !!

:-)
give the Hookers an extra ?50 for the delux
1) Do not carry valuables about your person ; pickpocketing is not uncommon.
2) Don't walk in a bike lane ; the consequenses could be awful!
3) Don't walk in dark secluded alleyways at night.
4) Do not EVER buy anything offered to you in the street.
5) Do not walk about with an open map/guidebook as this immediately marks you out as a (lost) tourist.




I would also add:

Don't get so drunk and/or stoned that you make yourself an easy target. If you find you're compromised beyond repair, stay put for a while and sober up before you try to navigate the streets. Getting mugged, hit by a tram, bike or car or falling into a canal will make a great trip to Amsterdam a crap trip real fast.
I'll second this one and if you hear a bell behind you dive out of the way, and hope it's a young woman rather than an angry old man. The women usually weigh less, and don't hit you so hard.
Also avoid rabid Americans from New York defending them.
Dont Crush That Dwarf , and had me the pliers . Oooo yea and what XXX said " Stay Outta The Bike Lanes " good advice ! and stop trackin mud over my nice clean floor !
Prost
(_)-
Avoid drooling neanderthal English folk driven half-mad with desire for fish and chips.
Stay out of the bike lanes.
The giant chess board is at Max Euweplein. Professor (mathematics) Max Euwe was world chess champion from 1935-37 and a hero to Bobby Fischer.
http://www.europebyphoto.com/images/maxeuwepleinlge.jpg



I would be very careful of this advice, lol.
congratulations on your first trip! As for non pot related laws:The drinking/smoking age is 18,prostitution is legal(you probably knew that),A very important unwritten law is watch out for trams...they move fast and quiet,and apperantly atleast 10 tourists a year meet their demise this way,although as long as you pay attention youll be fine...also watch for the bike lanes,dont want to be mowed down by a bike.Definetly check out the Van Gogh museum,and all the pastry shops everywhere.Tour the heiniken brewery.Smoke a doobie,get a hooker,buy some mushrooms.....play with huge chess pieces (not sure EXACTLY where that is,but its near bluebird coffeeshop).Eat at FEBO....food out of a wall...nuff said.Eat Vlamse frites (french fries) with mayo. Have a blast!

TheGoat
HI!
I was considering a nice vacation to the Netherlands, and I am curious about the laws in general.
Most every search I do for general law in the Netherlands comes up as mostly pot related.

I'm more interested in your common everyday laws on the street most tourists might not be aware of, over look or not even think about.

I don't want to step on any toes ;)

Does anyone here have a few links to on line guides for first time tourists pertaining to laws, customs and how to generally behave yourself? lol

Ive read that the Netherlands is quite a tolerant place to visit, but I would love to do some reading on the "day to day civil laws" of the country on line, if one of you would be so nice to post a few links, or pass along some friendly advice for my first trip?

It would be my first trip OUT of the US, so I am pretty nerved out about it.
THANKS!!
I have never seen the city as crowded as it has been this past week...there are people everywhere!
I hate it. Absolutely hate this. Except for Queensday itself...I never want to be there when it is crowded.

While the weather can be brutal (or not) during Jan/Feb/March I find it a delightful time to come to the city.

Doc
This is my third christmas and it has gotten worse every year. The weather has been great most of the month so my vacation has been great otherwise :)
I have 21 days until I go to AMS. Are the coffee shops real busy this time of year? WIll it be hard to find a seat to chill?

Thanks!

At this time yes but once NYE is out of the way it's not a problem

:-)
thanks! Glad to hear that I won't have to stand up the whole time.
no it will not be that crowded u will find seats no probs the only coffeeshop that will allways be packed is the dampkring .... have fun !!!
I have 21 days until I go to AMS. Are the coffee shops real busy this time of year? WIll it be hard to find a seat to chill?

Thanks!
I have 21 days until I go to AMS. Are the coffee shops real busy this time of year? WIll it be hard to find a seat to chill?

Thanks!

At this time yes but once NYE is out of the way it's not a problem

:-)

Yep, NYE is over now and I walked around today watching hundreds of people carrying luggage in the direction of CS. Glad I'm not leaving yet.
You're right Smutdog in thinking that Spring shouldn't be QUITE so busy as summer. Of course there are all the tourist buses with people who are here to see the bulbfields and visit the Keukenhof gardens in Springtime but even so it is still not so crowded as in high Summer, July and August.

:-)
I'm going during may 28 thru june 3, Ive been once in oct. twice in Nov. and another time in Jan., was never too crowded. I know it will be more people but this is more spring than summer so im wondering anyone been around this time, if so how crowed was the city
First two weeks last march was great on crowds and low numbers of tourists Expt Britt's,on the weekends their numbers tripple BUT;the whole city felt verry much more gezelligheid,having my own choice of great seat's in Dampkring was sweet that first day. Sometimes walking home at night it was like everyone left the city for us to enjoy.
The cold wind rain thig was a bear!!!
Downside was the city felt one dimentional I am excited to go back in the spring summer and do picnic's in the parks and sit out with the trees and explore without the Koud factor pushing me inside all the time.

If anyone would ask me about going in that time of year as to the more warmer crowded times I would say try em both and you will find good things but for me I would trade the warm weather for lower numbers I can easily be warm and wet but cold and wet?

Cheers
The dude
Thanks Stuartsdog for the info
when i was there 2 weeks ago it was still going strong !!
Is this Rockin coffee shop bar still open?I have heard its been closed down?
sorry mate no pics this time
but yes we still having a blast in this lovely city
roll on 5 weeks
Hey stuartsdog, do you have any digital pics of your latest visit? I recall you and your mates always have a wicked time in Amsterdam.
Heard its changed owners is this true?
it seems 3 since this is a friday
The latest some coffeeshop stay open on a Friday night is 3AM. Many coffeeshops have special hours for the holidays and some will close earlier than normal.
I guess.

We are the only shop that stays open in Haarlem on NYE, do not know about Amsterdam.

Indica, Koudenhorn 58, Haarlem.

Champagne and Oliebollen!!
How late do the coffeeshops stay open on New Year's Eve?
Damn, I would love to spend new year's smokin it up. I have done once, but that was in the street after the illegal rave/new year's party I turned up at had been shut down by the cops already!
I am not going to be in Amsterdam for NYE, but there are lots of web cams to watch the festivities. Please list yours here. My favorite seems to be done and out.

http://www.overtoom.tv/

milehigh
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