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Red Light streets

Don’t be one of those tourists fresh off the train that asks the nearest local where the Red Light District is located. It’s not hard to find so just walk straight down the Damrak, as most people do, and make a left at the Grasshopper. Then just keep walking pretty much straight ahead until you hit Oudezijds Voorburgwal and, one canal farther, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, which is the main strip with lots of ladies and most of the sex theatres. The area surrounding the Oude Kerk (Old Church) is also chock full of working girls and you should definitely walk down the tiny alleys of Trompettersteeg, Bethlemsteeg and Goldbergersteeg nearby. Although not as popular with tourists, there’s also a street full of red lights between the Spuistraat and the Singel on Oude Nieuwstraat. If you’re a little too shy to talk the ladies while 10 Japanese businessmen and a hen’s night look on, this might be a good option for you.

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