Amsterdam, Netherlands
Diogo, 35
Software Expert & Bedroom Music Producer
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What are the Amsterdam spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Museumplein for the "I AMSTERDAM" sculpture and the three most important museums: Rijks, Van Gogh and Stedelijk. Brouwerij 't IJ, for the windmill experience, everyone seems to love it.

Do’s and don’ts in Amsterdam: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Watch out for the bike lanes, they can be mistaken by sidewalks. A €10 entrance fee can make a difference in the crowd of the party in Amsterdam, so don't be cheap and enjoy. And if you have to choose one, tip the bouncer, not the waiter. He will remember you and let skip the line next time.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I was fascinated by computers when I was a kid, so I became Software Engineer. Also, to keep me away from tagging on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, my mom put me in the music school and I found another passion: The bass guitar.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Around €50, but I'm a big spender.

Which Amsterdam shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Can't help with this one. I mostly buy from the internet.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Jaco Pastorius, Stu Zender, Derrick McKenzie and loads more.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Walking around the canal streets in the center (Singel, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht) is a good way to spend the day and I always end up in Leidseplein during the night.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Red Light District, although the area is changing a lot lately. But mostly drunken dudes looking for trouble or hookers are there. However, you could still find me at Ton Ton Club playing Street Fighter II Turbo sometimes. So I don't really know haha

What’s the one place in Amsterdam you think is underrated?

Leidseplein. Lots of locals avoid it because it's touristic, but it's where all the fun happens.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Amsterdam?

McDonalds at Damrak, it closes really late. Otherwise go home and order a kapsalon through Thuisbezogd.nl. In Amsterdam, everything close really early, compared to other capitals.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Amsterdamers usually stick inside some cafés and pubs. Those places usually get really crowded during the winter. Gollem's is good example of a place to go.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

SkyLounge, the rooftop bar at the Double Tree Hotel in the center. The view is pretty nice. But we stay there for a single drink, because it's freaking expensive.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Toastable, they really raised the toasties bar. The Legend is my favorite toasty and I always get an OJ to drink.

Your perfect night out in Amsterdam includes:

Friends, steaks and music.

Which local creators do you admire?

Hero de Janeiro, not because of the reference to my hometown. The guy is like the Dutch Banksy. Super respected street artist here. There's also Laser 3.14, another street artist I like.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Following the Amstel river heading to the south is nice bike ride. In the summer, you can even stop for a quick swim.

You’re meeting the mayor of Amsterdam - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Extended opening hours for shops. It's been already talked about, but it never happens.

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Quincy Engelhardt