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Pauline's Travel Notes - Amsterdam
The Netherlands is a wonderful country to visit. Amsterdam is a beautiful city. We spent a week there on our big trip in 1988 and returned for a weekend at the end of our 1997 trip to Switzerland and Italy. Everyone speaks English, the people are friendly and the city is fun.
Hotels - Amsterdam
Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Hotel Pulitzer (a Sheraton hotel)
Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel, Prinsengracht 328-332, phone: 020-6263321
Walk ins only
Hotel Ambassade, 341 herengracht, tel:3120 626 2333, fax:3120 624
5321, 52 rooms
Restaurants - Amsterdam
Frites Stands: There are frites stands all over Amsterdam. They usually make the frites (fries) from fresh potatoes and serve them in a cone. Many mayonnaise based garnishes are available. We found a great stand right on Damark, the main street.
Indonesian Restaurants: There are several Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam. They serve "Risetafl" (vegetarian versions are available) - lots of little dishes of food.
Speciaal, Nieuwe Leliestraat 142. Indonesian. We had vegetarian Rijsttafel for two in July 1999. We had eaten there on a previous trip in 1988. A nice neighborhood restaurant. The Rijsttafel consists of rice, many vegetable dishes (8 or more), peanut sauce, coconut, fried bananas.
Cafes: The outdoor cafes are wonderful. Many have tables set up beside the canals or even on bridges over the canals. You can get good breakfasts at cafes.
Pancake Bakery, Prinsengrach 191. Big, plate-sized pancakes with many toppings to choose from.
www.diningcity.nl: Dining Guide for Amsterdam
www.culinairamsterdam.nl: Culinair Amsterdam, in Dutch. Restaurant listings.
www.vegatopia.com: Vegatopia, in Dutch. All vegetarian things in the Netherlands.
Stores - Amsterdam
De Bijenkork: big department store on the Dam. Wonderful things. Great kitchen towels (made in Europe), sheets in the linen department, books and magazines upstairs, great selection of Kipling bags.
Knopenwinkel: button store - lots of ordinary buttons.
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