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Amsterdam is not a big city; most venues are at walking distance. For accomodation however, you may easily end up in the entire wrong part of town. As to the gay areas, We cut out the part of the centre, where 99% of the gay venues can be found. We divided them into four main gay area's. Where you can find these area's you can see on the overview map.
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Leather & Kinky Area: Warmoesstraat
Warmoesstraat area

This is the area of Amsterdam where you find most cruis- and fetish bars, many bars with darkrooms and playrooms are located here. With the adjacent Zeedijk & Spui, it's also the gay area where most gay places can be found nowadays. Also you can find the famous leathershops here for all your kinky toys or clothes. The nowadays popular Zeedijk is close by.

hotel info
In this area you find lots of the de-luxe hotels, as well as the cosier and more spec. and basic gay accomodation. If you are looking for a quiet neighbourhood to stay, this is not the area.


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Dutch Area: Amstel
Amstel area
The Amstel-area is, together with the Reguliersdwarsstraat area the trendy neighborhood. It is situated around the Rembrandtplein, a square with lots of terasses outside in summertime. Here you wil find many gay bars, from dance-bars to cosy small bars where people meet.

hotel info
The smaller regular hotels can be found in this neighbourhood. Some pleasant gayhotels are nearby. It's also the area to rent a houseboat.

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Trendy Area: Reguliersdwarsstraat
Reguliersdwarsstraat area

The Reguliersdwarsstraat-area used to be one of the most trendy gay area's in Amsterdam, together with the Amstel-area. Although many gay bars here closed down though the last few years, a.o. Soho & the new Taboo are great places to go to.

hotel info
In this area you find, like anywhere in town, plenty of the de-luxe hotels. Most gay hotels are not in this area, but are close by. If you are looking for a quiet neighbourhood to stay, again, this is not the area.


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Local Area: Kerkstraat
Kerkstraat area
The Kerkstraat-area is one of the oldest gay-areas around town, and is situated near the Leidseplein, where the Casino and City Theatre are. The Leidseplein is the area for most straight people to go out. The Kerkstraat nevertheless, is a cosy, gay friendly neighborhood. You will also find most of the gay hotels here.

hotel info
One of the rural areas in town. During the weekends it's crowded here. Plenty of Luxury hotels; most gayhotels are also in this area. Close by to the museum quarter and the Vondelpark.

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Other areas you may want to consider staying at

Museum Quarter


A beautifull and quiet area in town, close to the 'Quartier Latin' of Amsterdam ("de Pijp"); average about 10 minutes away from the Leidseplein and Kerkstraat area.

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Vondelpark Quarter


The most beautifull buildings in town can be found here; lovely and quiet. Please be aware that the Vondelpark is quite big; if you stay at the down-town city side, you may be a few minutes walk away from the Leidseplein and Kerkstraat area. However, if you stay at the opposite side of the park, it may take you more then half an hour walk. Renting a bike might be a good idea in that case.

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Convention Centre (RAI) area


Not our choice to stay at if you would like to explore town, average taxi fee around 25 euro's one way and up; too far to go by bike.

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Schiphol airport area


Again a long long way from town. Would only stay there for a short stop between flights. It's not a very warm area to be at.

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Complete City Overview

We also included a complete overview map of the Amsterdam Centre, giving you a sense of direction where to find the 4 main Gay Area's. Please remember that Amsterdam is quite a walkable city, unlike any other capital, so you are never far away.
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