Guided tour

Amsterdam Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

Activity provider: Trigger Tours
Guided tour

Amsterdam Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

Activity provider: Trigger Tours

From US$ 39.58 per person

Learn more about Amsterdam’s famously liberal attitudes to drugs and prostitution on a tour of the Red Light District. Discover a coffee shop, and take a stroll down the city’s narrowest street.

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Duration 2 hours
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German, Spanish, English, Dutch
Private or small groups available


  • Learn more about Amsterdam's liberal attitudes to sex, drugs, and prostitution
  • Discover the most famous coffee shop of Amsterdam
  • Explore the Red Light District through the eyes of a local
  • See some of the narrowest streets in Amsterdam
  • Hear about the canals of Amsterdam and about how they are part of Dutch culture
Full description

Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs on a tour of the Red Light District. Learn about the district from a local perspective, and discover the locations of several coffee shops, including the first coffee shop in Amsterdam. Starting near the heart of the Red Light District, you'll explore the famous streets, alleys, and canals that are home to the city's iconic red-lit windows. Your guide will provide an interesting and informative commentary on the history and culture of the area.

Next, learn about the legalization of prostitution and the challenges that sex workers face today. Stroll into the atmospheric streets of the Red Light District. Explore the small shops and restaurants of Chinatown, and walk down some of the city’s narrowest streets. Finally, experience the unique and fascinating culture of Amsterdam's Red Light District as you hear explanations about the coffee shop culture, prostitution, political issues, and history.

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    • Children under 18 years

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    • The minimum age for this activity is 18 years old if you wish to visit a coffee shop
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    The guide was friendly and he certainly took us into to the red light district area and then some. We were taken into a coffee shop quickly (may have been longer had any of the group partaken in a cookie), a sex toy shop and a peep show establishment. A few of the party paid €2 to view a basic peep show (which stopped when the dancer got naked we were told later). We ended the tour in a pub where the guide ordered beers for everyone and provided a bag of nuts and crisps. The guide left 10-15 minutes early and we were left to pay for the beers. It wasn't a problem paying but it was all a bit strange when the guide absconded for his appointment.

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    March 14, 2023

    Guide Maurice was very interesting. Pointed out facts of this fascinating city. Stopped at a sex toy shop and coffee shop where you could buy anything. Told us about legitimate coffee shops, how not to get ripped off. Explained how this all came to be. Explained and walked the different streets of the different groups of prostitutes. Felt very safe with him, not knowing how it all worked. Great intro if you’re not sure.

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    December 17, 2022

    Booked this trip on arrival in Amsterdam for our first evening. The trip was an an excellent introduction to the area. Our guide was very informative both about Amsterdam as a city and the red light district as an area. We walked around the red light district (also now has a blue lights too - newly learned!). We were a small group which was a bonus as the area was very busy and trying to stay together as a group was a challenge. Be prepared for lots of people, the smell of cannabis mixed with all types of food. The shops windows are fascinating too - especially the one with the condoms.

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    October 31, 2022

    Product ID: 61781