Be smart, be safe

Amsterdam is a fun, free-spirited, laid-back city but, as in any other city, it's important to be street smart.

Street dealers

 Areas in the city centre including Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein/Thorbeckeplein, Red Light District, Nieuwmarkt and the Haarlemmerstraat area draw a lot of tourists, especially for the nightlife, and are therefore often targeted by street dealers. It's important to ignore street dealers, do not buy drugs from street dealers. Do not engage them as they can be intimidating and violent.