Initially a notorious port of call for sailors, it still maintains a global feel, but that’s primarily because it is now one of the key streets in Amsterdam’s Chinatown.But this street was also home to the first gay & lesbian bar in the Netherlands!During Amsterdam Gay Pride and King’s Day, the bars in this district are prime viewing platforms for everything going on around and on the water.
Nearby there’s Café Vivelavie, while on Utrechtsestraat, there is the Netherlands’ only drag queen café, De Lellebel, which is renowned for its glittering lip-sync performances.
The historic and picturesque street cuts through the centre of Amsterdam, running from Leidsegracht to the Magere Brug on the River Amstel.
But this street is also a focal point for Amsterdam’s leather scene, housing bars and clubs such as The Eagle, Argos and Dirty Dicks and erotic stores such as Ro B and Mr. The street is also a key player during the annual Leather Pride Amsterdam, which takes place in or around November.
In addition to the huge range of LGBT bars, stores and companies in the areas featured above, you’ll find numerous pink businesses and institutions throughout central Amsterdam.
The Vrolijk Bookstore Amsterdam is a well-stocked LGBT bookshop spread over two floors; their selection includes novels, non-fiction, travel guides, children’s books, comics, photography, calendars, magazines, small gifts and films.
If you haven’t found what you were looking for at Vrolijk, try IHLIA, an international gay/lesbian library, archive, information and documentation centre about homosexuality and sexual diversity in the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA). there are two long-established leather and fetish bars in the centre: the Cuckoos Nest on Nieuwezijds Kolk 6 and The Web on Sint Jacobsstraat 6.
The area around Zeedijk and Warmoesstraat remains one of the most intensive hubs of LGBT-friendly shops and nightlife in Amsterdam.
Located at the edge of the Red Light District, the Zeedijk has a rich past.
Along its route, it crosses paths with the popular LGBT nightlife district around Reguliersdwarsstraat, but in recent years the Kerkstraat has begun to take on a life of its own.
As well as being home to a number of gay-friendly hotels and bed & breakfasts, the street boasts Club Church, which hosts large-scale club nights, often themed, throughout the week.
Key spots to visit include Chez René and Amstel 54.