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Amsterdam Find

Spent part of a very nice day doing Rick's "Amsterdam Jordaan Walk." Amsterdam near the Centraal Station and anywhere near Damrak, Dam Square and Leidesplein can be pretty busy with groups all dutifully following along behind someone holding an umbrella aloft. The Jordaan walk really gives one a chance to take a leisurely stroll through some very nice areas and the crowds just kind of magically disappear. While doing this walk I came across EetCafe Sonneveld ( a little local place named for the famous Dutch cabaret artist) and decided to go back later for dinner. It was like being in a Dutch version of Cheers. I got there about six and had no problem getting in. By 6:30 the place was packed with locals enjoying each other's company. This was Tuesday evening. It seemed that everyone that came through the door knew everyone else. Lots of three-cheek kisses and hearty greetings. Food was great, service was great (particularly as the proverbial solo diner) and just watching all of the people interacting was great fun. It's at the corner of Egelantiers Gracht and Tweede Egelantiers Dwarsstraat.

Otherwise, as noted by numerous others in this forum, getting tickets ahead of time for both the Rijksmuseum and The Anne Frank Huis is most definitely worth the effort. The Rijksmuseum offers a very nice app that you can download before leaving home. It has several very well laid out tours that one can try while in the museum so you don't need to stop at the desk to pick up an audio guide. The Anne Frank Huis also offers a 30 minute lecture that is done prior to actually touring the museum. Very well done.

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We wondered onto this corner while in Amsterdam this summer and had a lovely lunch at the Sonneveld. I honestly think the fries were the best we've had anywhere. I agree it was a great find in a quiet area still not too far off the beaten path.