Amsterdam is a city with a tourism problem. Fewer than one million people live there, and nearly 20 million are expected to visit by the end of 2018. That number only seems to be going up, and despite the money it brings in, locals are getting sick of the neverending flood of people from the UK, the US, and elsewhere. It’s easy to understand why: Amsterdam is often treated like an adult Disneyland with plenty of legal weed, drinking, and prostitution. Overindulgence isn’t the real Amsterdam, though.
I went to the city to spend time with distillers, bartenders, and other people who live in Amsterdam. Yes, there were plenty of drinks and a coffee shop visit or two, but there were also experiences that the average tourist normally misses. Here are the coolest, local-approved things to do in Amsterdam.