how to experience amsterdam like a local

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What does it mean to "live like a local" when traveling?

It means choosing to stay in an apartment in an up-and-coming neighborhood with an actual resident.

 A large living room, but a teeny-tiny bathroom (not pictured)!

A large living room, but a teeny-tiny bathroom (not pictured)!

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amsterdam-netherlands-apartment-airbnb
 I promise this isn't an ad for Airbnb.

I promise this isn't an ad for Airbnb.

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amsterdam-netherlands-apartment-airbnb
amsterdam-netherlands-apartment-airbnb

Grabbing a beer at a bar down the street on a warm(ish) spring afternoon.

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...and people watching.

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amsterdam-netherlands-bikes

Popping into a museum to stay dry when it rains.

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...a museum for cats!!

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amsterdam-netherlands-katten-kabinet-cat-museum
 Fact: Kattenkabinet's home makes an appearance in Ocean's Twelve.

Fact: Kattenkabinet's home makes an appearance in Ocean's Twelve.

 Actual cat not for sale.

Actual cat not for sale.

Eating meals at locally-owned and delicious restaurants.

 Give me all the hummus!

Give me all the hummus!

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amsterdam-netherlands-happyhappyjoyjoy
amsterdam-netherlands-happyhappyjoyjoy

You're totally singing the song from Ren & Stimpy now, aren't you?!

 Worth a visit for the decor alone.

Worth a visit for the decor alone.

Noticing the details.

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amsterdam-netherlands-window-display
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And immersing yourself in everyday life.

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That's how you live like a local.

And ok, this could totally be an ad for Airbnb.

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