Amsterdam for work

Moving to Amsterdam soon for work, 6+ months, from another European country.

Anything I should know in terms of general lifestyle, safety, things to do? Interests include art galleries and movies. I also enjoy laid-back clubs with a slightly retro taste.

How many Dutch people will I actually meet? I've been told it's an international city and the locals keep to themselves as most do in these places.

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  1. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    where are you from, OP?
    (also bring your sisters)

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm French, from a medium-sized provincial city
      >(also bring your sisters)
      I have none, fortunately

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        unfortunately, you mean
        to answer your question:
        you will probably meet few actual dutch people
        the general populace is quite tired of expats

        • 7 months ago
          Anonymous

          That's understandable. I didn't choose Amsterdam personally and I'm not too much into expat cities like that or Barcelona. But I'd still like to learn a little Dutch with the time I have on my hands.
          Where can I go to experience Dutch culture in Amsterdam and potentially meet Dutch people?
          Could I at least meet some Dutch students or do they too tend to stay among each other?

          • 7 months ago
            Anonymous

            just dive into the nightlife I would say
            you'll probably meet some people if you're not too much of a sperg
            dunno about specific places, not too familiar tbh

          • 7 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Where can I go to experience Dutch culture in Amsterdam and potentially meet Dutch people?
            Forget spontaneity. It's not in the Dutch vocabulary. You plan. You can already look up clubs related to your hobbies. They all have their football groups, hockey, padel, cycling, running, etc groups. As a foreigner you will be fresh meat on tinder and other apps, so you won't have a problem finding a date.
            Another key is money. Dutch do everything for a free meal.
            The art movie scense sucks compared to basically all European big cities I've been to. There are a few good festivals here and there, and there are these semi-legal movie clubs weekly in eg. Nieuwe Anita where you have some old movies that aren't always the same few American and Dutch releases all the cinemas show. If you really like cinema, Cineville pass for arthouse, Pathé pass for blockbusters.
            De Uitkijk is a cinema ran by students. You can always hang out at their tiny café before and after the movies, hoping someone is ready for a chat, but don't be surprised if they aren't.
            The Movies also looks nice. Basically all the Cineville cinemas have their own charm, even the VU Rialto which is literally at a new university building. lol
            Art galleries: Just walk around, you'll find plenty. The only place I got excited at was at an atelier of the Gerrit Rietveld academy. The students there made some more interesting stuff than what you see in town.
            What is a slightly retro taste? What genre do you enjoy? partyflock.nl/agenda if you need dance club schedules.

            • 7 months ago
              Anonymous

              >you won't have a problem finding a date
              How is the dating culture in the Netherlands? Any chances I may actually meet Dutch girls and not other expats or university students, or do they keep to their own kind?

              Thanks for the cinema recs, I'll make sure to check out those places, Movies seems good and De Uitkijk has a good program.
              >hoping someone is ready for a chat, but don't be surprised if they aren't.
              Surprising, here in my country students are usually the open and curious type. I'm not 25 yet (though very close) so I shouldn't stand out too much.
              >was at an atelier of the Gerrit Rietveld academy
              Open to the public I suppose?

              >What is a slightly retro taste?
              I like clubs that play music from the 70s/80s. I know it's quite rare, but there was one in my town that had weekly vintage nights. I prefer chiller or denser settings to massive clubs.
              Jazz clubs too.

  2. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    Amsterdam is shit. I hate being there as a Dutchman.

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      What's wrong with it?

  3. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    blue light district of the red light district is for gays and troonys

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not interested in prostitutes or drugs
      Give me recs for comfy clubs or arthouse/vintage cinemas instead

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        Cinema
        >kriterion, Tuschinski

        Bars/clubs you’d like
        >doka, ot301, murmur, radion, de ceuvel

        Best way to get to know locals
        >speak Dutch, join a club/organization (sport, arts, politics,etc).

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