by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 14, 2018
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Intimate boutique hotel on the edge of the Red Light District.
Just off Nieuwmarkt Square in the Red Light District, this characterful 17th century canal house comprises just six individually-decorated rooms, all with king-sized beds and rain showers in the bathrooms. This boutique hotel punches well above its weight in terms of services provided and value for money, and the hospitable Dutch-American owners are happy to share their extensive knowledge of the city. Amsterdam’s nightlife is right on your doorstep; alternatively, you might be enticed by cocktails at the hotel’s intimate little bar.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Location
- Address: Kloveniersburgwal 20, 1012 CV Amsterdam.
- Nearest Metro: Nieuwmarkt.
- Area: Super-central, right off the Nieuwmarkt Square in the heart of the Red Light District, with its lively nightlife, and numerous cafes and restaurants. Rembrandt House is a 4-minute stroll away; Dam Square (7-minute walk), the historic Canal Belt, and Centraal Station (8-minute walk) are all less than 10 minutes away on foot; and the Museum Quarter is about 20 minutes by metro and tram. The nearest metro stop is a 5-minute walk away.
- How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then metro line 51, 53, or 54 to Nieuwmarkt stop, a 2-minute stroll from the hotel.
- Handy to: Red Light District, Rembrandt House, Jewish Historical Museum.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – The Basics
- Ages: Most guests tend to be couples on a romantic break. Children are welcome, but there can be no more than 2 persons per room, child included.
- View: The 3 larger Canal View rooms are at the front of the hotel, and look out over Kloveniersburgwal canal, while the 3 Garden View rooms face the quiet garden.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools/jacuzzis.
- Laundry: No in-room laundry service.
- Extras: There are lots of thoughtful little extras, from guidebooks, umbrellas, bicycles, and specialty books (on art, architecture, etc.) available to guests, to universal plug adapters, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, Nespresso machines, and fresh flowers in all the rooms, and white noise machines in the somewhat noisier Canal View rooms to ensure a good night’s sleep.
- When to Book: Reserve 3 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July and August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: 020-330-6241
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://misceatdrinksleep.com/
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: Not suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: A baby cot can be provided if you’re staying in a Canal View room.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: No onsite restaurant, but the surrounding streets are dotted with numerous dining options. Your hosts are happy to offer genuine local recommendations.
- Lounge/Bar: In the evenings, the colorfully-upholstered, cozy lobby, packed with curios from around the world (and a stuffed parakeet), turns into the lively Rosalia’s Menagerie bar from Tuesday to Saturday, popular with locals and guests alike. Jenevers and jenever-based cocktails are a specialty. Open until midnight.
- Breakfast: A hearty complimentary breakfast (available between 9am and noon) includes local cold cuts and cheeses, muesli, granola, jams, fruit, country-style breads, tea, and coffee. Early breakfast (from 7.30am) available on request.
- Room Service: No room service.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Rooms
- Room Types: Garden View Double • Canal View Double
- Smoking Rooms: Misc Eatdrinksleep is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: Of the 3 Canal View rooms, the striking Afrika room comes with wooden carvings from the continent, and a floor-to-ceiling landscape print. The Baroque room is our favorite Garden View room, complete with a canopied bed, chandeliers, gilded mirror, and luxurious upholstery.
- For Families: No family rooms per se.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – Local Transport
- Walking: Easy walking distance to attractions in the Red Light District and the Medieval Centre, Dam Square, Royal Palace, Amsterdam Museum, Rembrandt House, and Jewish Historical Museum. Walkable to the historic canal ring. Numerous restaurants, bars, and shops within a few minutes’ walk.
- Metro: Centraal Station is a 1-stop hop from Nieuwmarkt, and the tram hub in front of the tram station has connections to all points of interest, including the Museum Quarter and Anne Frank House.
- Taxis, Uber: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.
Misc Eatdrinksleep – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- City Free Tour – Departing from the Nieuwmarkt square daily, this engaging, free 2-2.5 hour tour walks you through 800 years of Amsterdam history. Specialized tours of the Red Light District also available. Start location: 2-minute walk.
- Jewish History Amsterdam – Historian Jeanette Loeb leads specialized walking tours of the former Jewish quarter, and in-depth tours of the Jewish Historical Museum. Book in advance. Start location: 14-minutes.
Best Nearby Restaurants and Cafes
- Nam Kee – Classic Cantonese cuisine in more spacious surrounds than its sister restaurant in the Red Light District. 3-minute walk.
- TER Steakhouse – Prime cuts of meat seared to your specifications. Dinner bookings advisable. 3-minute walk.
- Thaise Snackbar Bird – Diminutive Thai restaurant, authentic curries, spicy papaya salad, and more. Takeout service. 4-minute walk.
- The White Room – Beautifully presented, seasonal, ingredient-driven creations from the Michelin-starred chef inside a stately 19th century white-and-gold dining room. Multi-course tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays; weekday lunches a bargain. Dinner reservations essential. 5-minute walk.
- Dabka – Good Lebanese mezze spreads and kebabs; eat inside, or on the canal-side terrace. 6-minute walk.
- Anna – White tablecloths, imaginative modern Dutch fare, terrific list of global and organic wines, and a fine location overlooking the Oude Kerk. 6-minute walk.
- Frenzi – Imaginative Mediterranean tapas, live jazz on Saturday afternoons, and over 100 types of grappa. 7-minute walk.
- Omelegg – Central branch of the popular all-day breakfast/brunch café. 2 dozen different omelettes and shakshuka are specialties here. 7-minute walk.
- Kam Yin – Large, inexpensive portions of Chinese and Surinamese standards. Popular with students. 8-minute walk.
- Gebr Hartering – Canal-side timber dining room, and daily changing multi-course menus that make the most of local ingredients. Romantic ambience; reservations essential. 9-minute walk.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- De Bekeerde Suster – 16th century cloister turned brewery with 4 own brews flowing from copper tanks, seasonal and guest beers, and numerous bottled brews. 1-minute walk.
- Lokaal ‘t Loosje – One of Nieuwmarkt’s oldest brown cafes, with etched-glass windows and a mixed local crowd. 1-minute walk.
- Proeflokaal ‘t Kelkje – The tasting room of the Nieuwe Diep distillery stocks an impressive range of jenevers, gins, and liqueurs, as well as a few Czech and Bavarian beers. 3-minute walk.
- De Sluyswacht – Former lock-keeper’s house turned brown café, with a wonderful canal-side terrace for sipping a beer. 4-minute walk.
- Wynand Fockink – Squeeze into this intimate 17th century tasting house to sample an extensive range of jenevers and liqueurs. 5-minute walk.
- Bubbles & Wines – This sleek wine bar attracts a lively, stylish clientele with its 50+ wines and champagnes by the glass, and superb bar snacks. 6-minute walk.
- Brouwerij de Prael – Multi-level tasting room of the eponymous craft beer brewery, with numerous IPAs, stouts, barley wines, and other brews on tap. 7-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Rutger Brandt Gallery – Modern art by up-and-coming artists as well as established international ones. Some art for sale. 1-minute walk.
- Anna & Nina – Eclectic earrings, accessories, clothing, and interior design that reflects the nomad-like travels of the store’s owners. 1-minute walk.
- The Headshop – Everything smoking and cannabis-related, from seeds to herb to vaporizers, with knowledgeable staff. 2-minute walk.
- Joe’s Vliegerwinkel – Kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors. 2-minute walk.
- RecordFriend – Basement vinyl store with good selection of LPs in every genre. 3-minute walk.
- Knuffels – Toy shop for all ages, from stuffed animals to optical illusions and gadgets. 3-minute walk.
- Droog – Cool homeware and design, unique gifts, plus a gallery space and café attached. 6-minute walk.
- Amsterdam Duck Store – Nothing but rubber ducks here, from classic yellow to Batman, S&M, and Game of Thrones ducks. 6-minute walk.
- BIEC – Ceramics, funky gadgets, bags, shawls, shoes, sketch books, and other cool gifts. 7-minute walk.
- Puccini Bomboni – Some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates. 1 of 3 branches. 7-minute walk.
Nearby Market or Grocery
Misc Eatdrinksleep – The Hotel
A hearty complimentary breakfast (9am-noon) includes local cold cuts and cheeses, muesli, granola, jams, fruit, country-style breads, tea, and coffee.
In the evenings, the intimate lobby bar, Rosalia’s Menagerie, serves a large selection of jenevers and jenever-based cocktails to a mix of guests and locals until midnight.
During the day, the lobby doubles as a guest lounge; in the evenings, it moonlights as part of Rosalia’s Menagerie bar.
Each of the rooms is individually styled. Of the slightly more compact garden view doubles, Wonders is all crimson accent and Moroccan lanterns.
Bathrooms are on the snug side, but come with rain showers.
Of the garden view rooms, the Baroque is particularly striking, with a canopy bed, gilded mirrors, and chandelier.
The 3 canal view rooms are more spacious than garden view rooms, but get more street noise, so garden view rooms can be a better bet for light sleepers.
Just north of the hotel is Nieuwmarkt square, surrounded by bars. On Saturdays, the square hosts a farmers’ market; on Sundays, an antique market.
Facing the Kloveniersburgwal canal near the square is a row of bars and cafes. De Bekeerde Suster is a particularly atmospheric place for a beer. A 16th century cloister turned brewery, it has 4 of its own brews on tap, plus many bottled ones.
Nearby, Lokaal ‘t Loosje is a classic brown café, and a good place to mingle with locals over beer.
Tucked away along a tiny side street, the Rutger Brandt Gallery is a good place to search for pieces by up-and-coming artists as well as established international names.
Half a block south along the canal is Anna + Nina, one of the few fashion boutiques in a neighborhood that’s a little rough around the edges. It stocks women’s apparel and accessories by the Amsterdam-based designers.
Across the canal, The Headshop is one of the better smart shops in the neighborhood, with knowledgeable staff on hand to assist with anything marijuana-related.
2 blocks south, tiny Staalstraat runs east towards Amsterdam’s opera house. It’s dotted with a few good shops and eateries. These include BIEC, where you can pick up funky household gadgets, ceramics, women’s accessories, and other cool gifts.
To reach the Stopera, you cross small and picturesque canals such as the Groenburgwal.
Nearby, the neighborhood branch of the Amsterdam Duck Store sells novelty rubber ducks in every disguise imaginable: as Batman, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones characters, and more.
A few doors down, the local branch of Puccini Bomboni sells some of the best handmade chocolates in the city.
Just west of the bridge over Zwanenburgwal canal, bustling Frenzi is popular with its imaginative Mediterranean tapas, dozens of types of grappa, and occasional live music.
A short walk east is Stopera, Amsterdam’s opera and ballet venue that hosts performances by renowned ballet companies and orchestras from around the world.
Just north of Stopera, the Waterlooplein hosts a busy flea market (Monday to Saturday), selling everything from clothes to bric-a-brac. There are some food stalls as well.
Behind the market is the Rembrandt House, where the painter lived for much of his working life before going bankrupt. His rooms have been recreated as they once were, and you can see his original sketches. The audioguide is worthwhile.
Across the street from the Rembrandt House, and overlooking the confluence of 3 canals, De Sluyswacht is a former lock-keeper’s house turned into an adorable pub with an excellent waterside terrace.
North from Rembrandt House, along Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat, and overlooking Waalseilandsgracht canal is Gebr Hartering. It’s one of Amsterdam’s standard-bearers for modern Dutch cuisine, with daily changing menus composed of local ingredients, and a romantic ambience. Reserve ahead.
2 blocks east of Rembrandt House and down a narrow lane is the superb Jewish Historical Museum, with exhibits about the Jewish community in the Netherlands from 1600 to the present day, spread across 4 beautiful synagogues. The ticket gives you access to the Portuguese Israelite synagogue across the busy main thoroughfare.
Leading back to Nieuwmarkt square from the Rembrandt House, St Antoniesbreestraat features a number of quirky independent stores. These include Knuffels, a great place to pick up optical illusion toys, stuffed animals, and other fun things for kids.
Further north up the street, you can rummage through the basement vinyl collection at RecordFriend for pretty much any genre.
Joe’s Vliegerwinkel, on nearby pedestrian Nieuwe Hoogstraat, is another family-friendly store, with kites of all shapes, colors, and sizes.
From Nieuwmarkt square, the largely pedestrian Zeedijk street curves north in the direction of Centraal Station. This is Amsterdam’s colorful Chinatown. Nam Kee is one of the standout restaurants here; oysters with black bean sauce a specialty.
The north end of Zeedijk is part of the Medieval Centre’s nightlife scene, with scores of bars, pubs, and largely mediocre eateries. Exceptions include Dabka, a longstanding local favorite for Lebanese mezze, and a great canal-side terrace to boot.
Down the narrow Oudezijds Armstraat, Brouwerij de Prael is a real treat for beer lovers. The tasting room of the eponymous craft brewery has numerous brews on tap.
Tiny Nieuwebrugsteeg lane hides the central branch of Omelegg. Like the original in De Pijp, it’s all about the egg here: a couple of dozen different omelettes, shakshuka, and other eggy creations served all day.
Around the corner, Kam Yin is a cheap and cheerful place favored by local students, with heaped portions of Chinese and Surinamese dishes, and a canteen-style ambience.
The street culminates in the Damrak docks, where most canal cruise boat companies depart from. Have a look at a few, since some offer open-boat and small group tours that can explore the narrow, less well-trodden canals, while others have large boats that may only navigate the main canals.
The Damrak is the main thoroughfare and tramway that connects Centraal Station and Dam, Central Amsterdam’s busiest square, filled with visitors and buskers, and home to the Nationaal Monument, dedicated to WWII’s fallen.
The big attraction here is the Royal Palace, the official residence of the King of the Netherlands. When the king’s away, you can check out the sumptuous rooms.
Just north of the Royal Palace, the 15th century Nieuwe Kerk is well worth a look for its beautiful oak chancel, and excellent temporary art and photography exhibitions.
Running parallel to the Damrak from the tour boat docks, Warmoesstraat bisects the Red Light District and ends in Dam square. It’s lined with largely mediocre dining options. But if you duck into the tiny square surrounding the Oude Kerk church, you’ll find Anna, an excellent modern Dutch restaurant that pairs imaginative dishes with global and organic wines.
Inside the Hotel Krasnapolsky on the east side of the square, the White Room is the place to blow your budget or celebrate a special occasion. Multi-course Michelin-starred menus in the evenings, and a surprisingly affordable lunchtime menu. Dinner reservations essential.
Just south of Dam, along the narrow Nes street where you’ll find most of the city’s alternative theaters, Bubbles & Wines surpasses most Amsterdam bars when it comes to sheer class: it’s a stylish place with dozens of wines and champagnes by the glass, and superb bar snacks to match.
Behind Hotel Krasnapolsky, Damstraat runs east towards the Red Light District. Just before Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal, TER Steakhouse has a solid reputation for its expertly-grilled cuts of meat.
Around the corner from TER Steakhouse, Proeflokaal ‘t Kelkje is a venerable tasting room for a distillery responsible for numerous jenevers. There are also a few Bavarian and Czech beers on offer, if gin isn’t your thing.
A little way north and down a tiny lane, Wynand Fockink is a tiny 17th century tasting house: another great place to acquaint yourself with jenevers and other local liqueurs.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal that bisects the Red Light District is arguably the most picturesque in the Medieval Centre.
A block east of TER Steakhouse, you’re in the heart of the Red Light District, one of the most tourist-heavy parts of the city. Museums here cater squarely to tourists interested in marijuana and the prostitution industry, but that doesn’t make them any less worthwhile. The Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Gallery has entertaining exhibits on hemp art, marijuana cultivation, and the use of the ‘holy herb’ in religion.
A couple of blocks further north, amidst the live sex show venues, the Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution lets you check out a replica Red Light room, play dress-up in the dominatrix room, and learn about the inner workings of Amsterdam’s prostitution industry.
Nearby, the Erotic Museum offers a quirky look at eroticism through the ages, with nude photo and bondage equipment exhibits. Pricier than Amsterdam’s other sex museums, so you’re better off going to the Sex Museum along Damrak in the Medieval Centre.
In spite of the somewhat seedy reputation, the Red Light District is perfectly safe, and it’s fun to wander the tiny lanes. Just don’t try to take photos of the ladies of negotiable affection displaying themselves in the windows; they have bouncers for a reason.