Three valuable tips for visitors
Aurelius Ambrosius, a bishop from Milan, happened to be a wise man. This is what he propagated a few hundred years ago:
If you should be in Rome, live in the Roman manner; if you should be elsewhere, live as they do there.
In other words: respect the beliefs and practices of a local culture. So in order to make your upcoming stay in Amsterdam for the EuroIA 2016 even better, we present three valuable tips for visitors. Coming straight from a reliable source: EuroIA attendee, UX designer & Dutch beer aficionado Jacco Nieuwland, who lives in Amsterdam for more than 20 years.
Travelling from the airport to the city
If you want to travel like a businesswoman/man, take one of the taxis at the taxi stand in front of Schiphol Plaza. Make sure it’s an official one — many of them are Teslas nowadays, so you’ll travel in style — and don’t use the services of the pushy people in the arrival hall. Expect to spend between 40 and 60 euros, depending on the location of your hotel.
Like Scotty once sang: Stop that train, I want to get on. If you want to save a lot of money without much extra effort, use the train! They run every 5–7 minutes from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central. You may want to ride a tram or bus from Central Station to your hotel, use the website 9292 with travel information on public transport for handy directions.
Bars & cafes
Sure, you are in Amsterdam for the conference. But luck has it that Amsterdam is has a very lively nightlife scene. Many bars dot the city, and pretty much every taste is catered for. A hip and upcoming area for bars is Amsterdam Oost — around the Javastraat and Beukenplein — with lots of great places to drink and eat.
The locals tend to stay away from the Leidseplein area with many tourist traps, but don’t let that stop you! If you’d like to stay a little closer to the conference location, why not try Het Arendsnest. This beer cafe serves only Dutch beers — 52 (!) different beers on tap, more than 100 in bottles — and does so in a very relaxed atmosphere.
With its multicultural background and a large number of expats living in the city, Amsterdam’s food scene is very diverse. Typical Dutch food is a little hard to find, but if you count the Indonesian and Surinam kitchens as Dutch, there’s more than enough choice. Try Kantjil & de Tijger, easily reached by foot from the conference location, for a proper so-called rijsttafel — a palette of many small dishes from the Indonesian kitchen — .
There are lots of restaurants around the city centre, and also noteworthy ones a little further out. You could also take the free ferry from Central Station to the North side of Amsterdam — head for Buiksloterweg — , where you’ll find THT, aka Tolhuistuin. It serves small dishes to share with your friends and colleagues, and has an amazing view over the IJ and the city centre.
In general, make sure you talk to some of the locals to get inspiration, or get them to take you on a trip to their favorite places!
…your stay in Amsterdam. When you commute from one place to another make sure to fill your head space with some music from 22tracks Amsterdam, to get the sound of the city.
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