The Dutch word “gezellig” has no proper English equivalent but roughly translates to “cozy,” “pleasant,” or “comfortable” — a feeling of well-being that arises from a person or place. As an LGBTQ+ traveler, to visit to gay Amsterdam is to know what this means.
Gezellig lives in the tulips that spring from the flower boxes in front of 17th-century townhouses and the choral chime of bike bells cling-clanging through the air. Strolling along the snug houseboats that line the city’s iconic canals is gezellig, as is drinking craft beer with good friends in a classic brown cafe. Most importantly, Dutch locals inspire the feeling of gezellig.