Tim is from Leiden, Netherlands, but moved to Amsterdam to study history in 2012 and never looked back. He’s quietly wondering how many years you have to live here to call yourself an Amsterdammer. Either way, it’s home.
Where I live:
De Baarsjes in the West, a formerly rough neighborhood transformed in part by gentrification. It is still a great mix of people from all walks of life; just with more coffee bars per capita.
Best way to get around the city:
Here’s some unexpected advice: Don’t rent a bike, as romantic as that may seem to anyone visiting the bike capital of the world. Traffic is a hazard, even for the very experienced local cyclists, who are equally victims and perpetrators in a system of lawlessness. Travel by tram and, if possible, by foot.
Don’t leave without seeing:
The North section of town. The borough across the river IJ has almost everything the mainland has to offer, from great food to clubs and movies, all housed in interesting former industrial locations. And riding the ferry is a great way to really take in the city.
But the local favorite is really:
The museum district. Our biggest national cultural treasures, from Rembrandt to van Gogh, all come together here in just one block. This is one of those rare places that will always draw both tourists and locals.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
The coffee. Amsterdam has a sprawling coffee culture. The espresso is very fresh and very acidic. It’s an interesting counterpoint to the darker flavor of Italian coffee.