The Dam Essential | Amsterdam Guide For The Stokie In All Of Us

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What’s a Stokie you ask?

The backpacker on a budget, the student with some study abroad holidays to burn, the gap year gapper with a gap in their galavanting, the solo traveler looking for some soul mates or the group travel group! And we want all Stokies to read the Amsterdam Guide for the Stokie in all of us.

Started by a bunch of expat mates running a muck abroad, Dam Essential quickly evolved from a loose pack of animals roaming the streets and into a network of expats, travelers, local businesses and fun loving criminals chasing good times in Amsterdam. Whilst blazing a trail of glory through Amsterdam’s cobbled streets and winding canals (You like what we did there?) we discovered tonnes of epic shit, some not so epic shit, and we too, fell sucker to your typical tourist traps.

Between the basics like: Smashing back a whole a space cake on arrival could result in being glued to your hostel bed for 12 hours or remembering to update your Tinder profile to include height (Them Dutchies are tall) – we’ve chucked together a bunch of essential tips to keep you out of the shit and having a good time in Amsterdam.
A friends Mum once said: “Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s good for you”. Whilst we do love Amsterdam for it’s open and tolerant policies, the old saying definitely rings true. Just because you CAN jump on your newly acquired rental bike, grab 2 boxes of the strongest shrooms known to man and go out on a shot fueled pub crawl with that crazy Aussie guy from the night before doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Plenty of tourists fall victim to accidents every year, including falling into the canals which isn’t actually as funny as you’re probably imagining. Those fuckers are cold, full of shit and hard to get out of.

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