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De Waag

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Nieuwmarkt, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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It's a little different from the architecture you will see in town. It is a beautiful fort kind of a building currently being run as a restaurant. A coffee here is definitely... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 December 2016
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place, friendly service. Unfortunately the mens toilet was used by some person performing his act standing on toilet seat - horrible mess and smell. But really the fault of the cafeteria as such.

Thank Kari H
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I went with a friend after 9pm for a drink and a snack at the Waag, which is well located at the city center of Leiden. The building is very spacious and has a high ceiling which is great to see! There are many spots to take a seat. We ordered nachos and the bowl was richly filled. The service... More 

Thank dtromp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

It's a little different from the architecture you will see in town. It is a beautiful fort kind of a building currently being run as a restaurant. A coffee here is definitely worth it. Go there in the late evening.

Thank aman_anil
Bucharest, Romania
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179 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

In its current incarnation it's a restaurant which at night is lit entirely by candlelight on the rails, on the tables and on the chandeliers. It's a wonderful overall atmosphere. The building itself dates to the 15th century and was once a weigh station for all the goods being transported from many places to be warehoused in Amsterdam. The area... More 

1 Thank Sam L
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Now a restaurant. Rich in history. It once housed Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp.

Thank Mick B
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

De Waag is a cozy restaurant in the center of Nieumarkt - Amsterdam where you can enjoy nice food.You can either make your choice from the a-La carte menu or from the restaurants daily menu.We had Dutch beef nicely cooked as per our order.The place is very cozy,staff very kind and doing their best to serve.The only thing we can... More 

1 Thank NCA-Istanbul
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Interesting spot, friendly staff but one dish did not agree with one of my party. Still would recommend this unique historical location.

Thank Dlupdan
Lombard, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This is a cool old building in an a square right outside of the red light district. There was a flea market there and it was very enjoyable. The building itself is very cool.

Thank LostALot22
Palermo, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

A wonderful building which can easily be identified as a "gate" to Red Light district. It also reminds a lot a gate itself. Situed close to a wonderful canal, it deserves without any doubt a bit of your time.

Thank Davide G
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

De Waag is a 15th-century building at Nieumarkt. This is one of the oldest standing structures in Amsterdam and is a wonderful opportunity to see a late Medieval architecture while sightseeing around the city. Originally built in 1488 as part of the city gate, De Waag became a weighing station in 1617. Over the centuries, it served a variety of... More 

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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