Guided tour

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Cafe Tour

4.6 / 5

90 reviews

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Cafe Tour

From US$ 27.65 per person

Discover the infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide. Explore the district's narrow streets and learn about the coffeeshop culture and sex work industry of Amsterdam.

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Duration 2 hours
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German, English, Spanish
Small group available


  • Take a 2-hour walking tour with an expert guide
  • Walk through the narrowest street of Amsterdam
  • Discover the area’s secret spots and charms with a local guide
  • Learn about Amsterdam's coffeeshop culture and its prostitution industry
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Begin this tour in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city in either a shared, public, or small group. Start with a walk to the famous Amsterdam Red Light District, as well as the old town district and Amsterdam's Chinatown.  Continue to the center of the Red Light District where your guide will tell you everything about the sex work industry, coffeeshop culture, and the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District.

In this area you will see many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffeeshops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Your guide will tell you what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District, liberal laws, and many interesting facts about sex work in Amsterdam. Your guide will also tell you about the coffeeshop culture of Amsterdam. Learn where the name “coffeeshop” comes from, as well as some of the weird laws there are on the consumption and production of soft drugs.

Then, walk to the Dam Square where the tour will end. On your way to this area you'll see some of the last sights of the tour, like the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, and the Dam Square. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local cafe.

  • 2-hour private, shared, or small group walking tour (depending on option booked)
  • Local guide
  • Optional visit to a coffee shop and workshop
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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4.6 /5

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Great tour through the red light district. As I was the only one booked the tour I even got a private tour. Stan showed me the most important spots and told the whole background and history of prostitution and coffee shops in Amsterdam. We even stopped briefly at a coffee shop and he explained everything to me in detail how it works. Stan is a great tour guide and I would definitively book a tour again the next time I am in Amsterdam.

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October 16, 2020

Meeting point was at the train station, then we continued towards the Rotlichviertel. We learned some general information about Amsterdam, then we dived into the red light and learned a lot of interesting things about it. We also entered a table dance and were able to take a look. We also learned something about the coffee shop and what to look out for. All in all a great informative tour. We recommend! Very personable guide !!!!!

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February 15, 2020

Not recommended at the moment because of Corona. Better to wait ...

June 29, 2020

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