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21 Reasons Why You Should Put Amsterdam On Your Travel Bucket-List

It's one 'dam perfect city.

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1. Amsterdam is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the entire world.

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It's home to people of 178 different nationalities.

2. In fact, 86% of permanent residents are fluent in two or more languages.

Many speak English and Dutch along with a third language.
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Many speak English and Dutch along with a third language.

3. And that cultural diversity equals an amazing food scene.

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From Indonesian and Indian plates to North African and Mediterranean bites, you'll find just about any regional cuisine in Amsterdam.u

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4. Even the pizza rivals what you'll find in Italy.

Getting your hands on the thin and crispy pies at La Perla comes with a serious wait, but oh my godoness, that pizza.
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Getting your hands on the thin and crispy pies at La Perla comes with a serious wait, but oh my godoness, that pizza.

5. There's also an entire museum devoted to cheese.

Where you can chow down on local cheeses while learning about Holland's cheesemaking history.
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Where you can chow down on local cheeses while learning about Holland's cheesemaking history.

6. And free samples of cheese everywhere you look.

The Dutch are just so generous.
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The Dutch are just so generous.

7. But let's not overlook Dutch food itself.

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Amsterdam is pretty much a foodie's paradise. The apple pie at Winkel 43 is basically the best thing you'll ever put in your mouth. Gouda cheese is pretty much a religion, and stroopwafels are everywhere you look.

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8. Pancakes are a perfectly acceptable meal... any time of day.

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Pancake Bakery and Pancakes are two of the best spots in the city to get your hands on savory a dessert versions of this Amsterdam classic.

9. And poffertjes = the best.

They're baby pancakes usually served with anything from syrup and butter to chocolate sauce and powdered sugar.
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They're baby pancakes usually served with anything from syrup and butter to chocolate sauce and powdered sugar.

10. Amsterdam is super progressive.

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In fact, it was the setting of the first legal gay wedding back in 2001.

11. It's the bicycle capital of the world...

The city has built such elaborate bike lanes and paths that are so safe, that even young children and elderly people often bike as their main mode of transportation.
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The city has built such elaborate bike lanes and paths that are so safe, that even young children and elderly people often bike as their main mode of transportation.

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12. Even during the snowy winter months.

S'no big deal.
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S'no big deal.

13. Actually, there are more bikes than there are people.

There are 850,000 bikes in Amsterdam, which outnumbers its population of 800,000.
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There are 850,000 bikes in Amsterdam, which outnumbers its population of 800,000.

14. The houses along the canal look straight out of a storybook.

They're narrow and crooked, and that's because the soil underneath them is like a swamp, and buildings must be built on long poles that dig into the ground and prevent them from sinking. It's delightfully quirky.
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They're narrow and crooked, and that's because the soil underneath them is like a swamp, and buildings must be built on long poles that dig into the ground and prevent them from sinking. It's delightfully quirky.

15. But not everyone lives on land.

Welcome to house boat city, where 2,500 or so floating homes line the city's canals. You can easily stay on one during your vacation, if you're so inclined.
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Welcome to house boat city, where 2,500 or so floating homes line the city's canals. You can easily stay on one during your vacation, if you're so inclined.

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16. Farmer's markets are all over the place.

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On any given day, there are 12 outdoor flea and farmers markets open around the city selling everything from antique China and vintage books to cheese and decadent waffles. There are another 15 or so markets that open once or twice per week.

17. Amsterdam is also home to the world's only floating flower market.

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It's pretty amazing.

18. There are over 160 coffeeshops around the city.

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They're safe establishments where cannabis is legally sold and consumed.

19. You may even recognize one of them from the big screen.

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In Oceans Twelve, keep an eye out for George Clooney and Brad Pitt unwinding at Dampkring Coffeeshop. It's also famous for its "special cakes" and Bowie, the house cat.

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20. There are also literal weed menus.

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Along with coffee and snacks, the menus list the different types of cannabis available and the kind of high it'll give you.

21. All in all? No matter what season you visit Amsterdam...

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Winter, spring, summer, or fall.

It's impossibly beautiful.

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22. BRB, booking my ticket!

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