Solo Female Travel in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is located in the picturesque region of North Holland. Known for its artistic heritage and elaborate canal system, it was a significant center during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. Best known for its narrow houses with gabled facades, Amsterdam is a city that brings history alive with its world-class museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and the Rijksmuseum. The city's vibrant nightlife is centered around Leidseplein and the iconic, neon-lit Red Light District. A cycling tour around its famed tulip fields and vast windmills is a must-do, reflecting the city's environmentally friendly, bicycle-friendly culture. Amsterdam, with its intermingling of tradition and modernity, offers a unique travel experience unlike any other in Europe.

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Is Amsterdam good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

Amsterdam is generally safe for solo female travelers. People are friendly, and English is widely spoken, which helps in navigating through the city. The public transportation system is efficient and reliable, making it easy to move around. However, as in any major city, it's always important to stay vigilant especially during the night and in lesser crowded areas. Instances of petty crimes like pickpocketing can happen, so be mindful of your belongings and avoid showing off expensive items. Always remember, safety is largely about awareness of your surroundings.
Transport:

Transport:Very easy

Amsterdam is incredibly accessible and easy to navigate. The city is quite compact, making it perfect for exploring on foot. Additionally, there are efficient and convenient options such as cycling, tram, and metro. English is well-spoken throughout the city, which also helps ease the navigation for non-Dutch speakers. Public transportation options are very reliable and usually on time, and there's also plenty of clear signs and directions. Safety is high and the locals are friendly and often willing to help if you get lost.
Things to do:

Things to do:Fascinating

Amsterdam is a city teeming with a myriad of activities that cater to all interests. With its rich historical and artistic heritage, there is much to appreciate in the Van Gogh Museum or Anne Frank House. The charming canals and narrow houses impart a whimsical uniqueness to the city that encourages exploration. Local cuisine can be enjoyed in a wide variety of eateries and there is always something to shop for in the Nine Streets district. Outdoor activities, like cycling or meandering walks through Vondelpark, are also options for the more adventurous. Beyond this, the city is known for its progressivism, openness, and warm hospitality, making it an ideal destination for solo female travelers.
Food:

Food:Above average

Amsterdam offers a truly diverse culinary experience, reflecting its multicultural fabric. It is home to a spectacular array of food ranging from traditional Dutch cuisine, such as stroopwafels and herring, to Indonesian, Moroccan, and Surinamese eateries, amongst others. While, it is not considered a foodie capital like Paris or Rome, the quality of food is generally high and it's possible to find delicious meals at a variety of price ranges. The vibrant street markets and stylish cafes also add to the charm of dining in this city. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for, too.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Amsterdam encapsulates a moderate level of budget-friendliness. Municipal museums, parks, and street markets offer numerous budget attractions. While dining out and accommodation can lean towards the pricier side, there are certainly options for backpackers and budget travelers. However, transportation and entertainment might slightly inflate your expenses.

Is Amsterdam worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 73 experiences

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.7/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

3.4/5

Solo travel experience

As Amsterdam is one of the more “expensive “ cities in Europe as well is one of the more fun with a lot of things to do. Also you can find a bunch of cheap or free things to explore such as parks, bikings etc. Is definitely a place where you feel safe and one to put in your list of “must go”in life

Posted: July 13, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

We went to the Red Light District like everyone else. The men there are disgusting, even to people on the street and not just the girls in the windows. We were asked for drugs, stared at, yelled at—it was just so gross. I knew it was going to be weird being there.

Posted: July 10, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

I visited a friend who was an au pair in a smaller city around Amsterdam. We visited some places together, but I also travelled solo for a bit. Amsterdam is so lovely! As a fan of art nouveau architecture, can't recommend it enough. The city is small enough that you get to see and do a lot in a week. Travelling in September was perfect, because less tourists were around and it was mostly calmer. I recommend biking outside of the city, its easy to reach the countryside and see beautiful landscapes!

Posted: July 4, 2024Experienced: August, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

We were only there for 2 nights at the beginning of our trip, the food was fairly expensive but the activities were good and I recommend the canal boat tour, was we started are trip with that and it help us get a feel for the area and where everything was. We also rented bikes for a day to ride around and visit the park with was great so I also recommend that.

Posted: June 27, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 4/5
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Laura

Laura

Germany

Solo travel experience

I really love Amsterdam and have been there several times as a solo traveller. It is easy to connect with people but you still feel safe everywhere! Everyone is kind and welcoming! It might be a bit pricy tho.

Posted: June 27, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Aitana

Aitana (21)

Spain

Solo travel experience

I'm still in Amsterdam and I'm enjoying myself a lot . I'm even thinking about earning enough money so I can live here bc I find it a beautiful place. Also, everyone is sooo nice with me and they have a lot patient to explaining me everything that i ask a million times.

Posted: June 23, 2024Experienced: May, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Family travel experience

I felt very safe because i went with my father and cousin, even at night at park there were people having fun and nobody was being anoying, at night it wasnt scary at all only be careful at dark tight places

Posted: June 2, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Victoria

Victoria (23)

Israel

Solo travel experience

Amsterdam is a beautiful city that is really safe to explore both day and night and everyone is very friendly. I recommend staying in a female dorm at a hostel to make friends to explore the city with. There are tons and tons and tons of museums and galleries, and to hit all of them you'd need probably a week. The waffles and fries are so so yummy. Definitely hit a coffee shop before going to a museum it will elevate your artistic experience 🤩. Everyone is super friendly and speaks English, as always just be cautious at night, I had a very friendly but kind of weird interaction with a guy who wanted to hang out but as soon as he saw I was uncomfortable parted ways and I was really lucky he did that.

Posted: May 30, 2024Experienced: October, 2021
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Donya

Donya

Germany

Couple travel experience

Last year, we traveled to Amsterdam from Germany by train. The journey was pleasant and took about six hours. Upon arrival, it was immediately clear that we had entered a new country. I love lively cities where you can encounter diverse people, and unlike Germany, where finding English speakers can be challenging, Amsterdam had many. If you're a weed enthusiast, Amsterdam is the place for you. Even though I don't smoke, the smell was noticeable as soon as we arrived. I recommend visiting in the summer to enjoy the sun at the beach and have fun swimming. Amsterdam is a great destination for group travel. I went there with my partner, but most tourists seemed to be with friends, especially for bachelor parties. One of the highlights of our trip was the city tour by boat, which I highly recommend. It was the best experience I had in Amsterdam.

Posted: May 18, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

This February, I visited Amsterdam and had a really good time. I checked out some interesting places like the Torture Museum and the Upside Down Museum. Both were pretty unique and added something different to my trip. Walking through the streets, I enjoyed the lively scene on Central Avenue where I did a bit of shopping. One cool spot was the Ice Bar. It's exactly what it sounds like—everything is made of ice, which was a fun way to enjoy a drink in the cold weather. Staying at a youth hostel on Kerkstraat with my brother and his friends was great. We got to meet lots of people, including some locals who were really nice and shared their stories with us. Amsterdam was charming and easy to love. I’m glad I went and I definitely think about going back.

Posted: May 11, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Is Amsterdam safe for women?

Safety rating

4 /5

Based on 24 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.4 /5

Based on 24 experiences

Relatively safe, just like most Western Europe cities. Also depends on the neighbourhood but overall okay, I don’t mind walking alone or cycling at night but important to be carefully in general. Take regular caution as you would in general and be vocal, direct or just ask strangers for help

Posted: July 13, 2024
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Is a place where you can go out at night and literally feel you are safe. Maybe the “tourist “part look more crazy but generally is great. The freedom of biking and everyone is super nice. Is a cosmopolitan city with a lot of diversity that make it unique and sometimes as we have to do in this world, we have to be aware of people who takes advantage and also being a woman is a plus of awareness

Posted: July 13, 2024
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Meet locals in Amsterdam

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hi my name is floor (flora), i am a history student and love traveling ! when traveling i like to meet with local people to really get to know a place and it’s culture :) furthermore i love cinema, dance, art, cats and much more 💐 hope to meet you !

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Sonali

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Hi, I am Sonali, living by myself with my dog in Amsterdam. Outside my day job, I love cycling and hiking with my dog.

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Local tips

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floor

Netherlands

hi ladies! i live in amsterdam in the netherlands. it is a safe city for women in general. in daylight i recommend simply walking through the city (so put on your walking shoes). from central station you can take a tram to go to the jordaan area, it is very nice and not that much tourists as in the center. vondelpark is also nice and if you like buying things second hand i recommend waterlooplein (there is also a metro stop there). If you want to get active, hiring a bike is nice! biking through amsterdam can be stressful but if you just watch out a bit you should be fine. there is another option to take the free ferry to amsterdam north. amsterdam north is very peaceful because tourists don’t come here. if you want to go here: rent or lent a bike!!! from across the ‘Ij’ (the water above central station), you can bike through the cutest towns, chill in all the nature, take a swim and also the coffee over here is cheaper ;)

Posted: June 28, 2024
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Noa

Noa

Netherlands

Hi! Amsterdam is really safe for women! Some tips for (women) travelling to Amsterdam: *Use the GVB app for metro/tram info *Use the NS app for traveling by train *Also visit the area’s outside of the city centre! *Here’s my google maps list with places to visit: https://maps.app.goo.gl/13JAtyh4xdmxddaz9?g_st=i Have fun!

Posted: March 5, 2024
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Esse

Esse

Netherlands

The best places to thrift shop: - "ijhallen", this one is pretty famous. It is the biggest flee market in Europe and has lots of different stands. The market is twice a month on Saturday and Sunday, but you should check their website. I think its a great place for just about anything you are looking for. It is easy accessible with the ferry! You do need to buy a ticket beforehand, which is about 6 euros, but its totally worth it. Also, its recommended to bring some cash. - gideon. This second hand shop has a variety of things. On one hand, trash, on the other hand, really cheap cute clothes. You need to do some digging, but since there are multiple shops in Amsterdam, it cant hurt to visit. - there are many local "kringloopwinkels". My favorites are 'de buurt kringloop', 'kringloop west' and 'kilosale amsterdam.' the shop owners are really nice and you really get the local feeling. These shops aren't really in the city centre, but within a 20 minute bike ride, you will find them. Have fun!

Posted: January 24, 2024
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Museums - I highly recommend the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Moco, Hermitage, Stedelijk, Red Light Secrets, Sexual Art Museum, Diamond Museum, Van Loon Museum, Anne Frank House, Body Worlds, Eye Filmmuseum, and Ripley's Believe it Or Not. If you're feeling up to it, check out Madame Tussauds, Wondr Experience, and Heineken Experience. Walking - I recommend taking a stroll around the 9 Streets neighborhood, filled with charming little shops, vintage clothing stores, concept stores, restaurants, and cafes. This is also a perfect place to find a unique souvenir to take home, or to treat yourself to something special. Food and drink - Van Stapele Koekmakerij (cookies), Van Wonderen Stroopwaffels (caramel waffles), Chun (boba tea), Pluk (breakfast/brunch/lunch), De Laatste Kruimel cafe (breakfast/brunch/lunch), Tony's Chocolonely Bar (everything chocolate!), Polaberry (strawberries in chocolate), Vapiano (pasta and pizza), The Butcher (burgers), Vegan Junk Food Bar (no explanation needed, but I recommend the burgers), New York Pizza (best thick crust pizza). Try typical Dutch food from the vending machine at Febo or Smuller's. Snacks - My favorite snacks are frikandel, bami, and kipcorn. Order fries with mayonnaise for the full Dutch experience. Other - If you have time and you're in the mood, check out the numerous concerts, theater, dance, or cinema options available at Melkweg, Carré, Het Concertgebouw, Pathé, and other smaller venues around the city. Pathé Tuschinski is a beautiful old cinema definitely worth a visit.

Posted: December 14, 2022
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I grew up about 15 minutes from Amsterdam, so here are my recommendations: Museums: - Fashion for Good Museum - MOCO Museum - Fabrique des Lumieres - Van Gogh Museum (the best) - De Nieuwe Kerk - Foam Museum Other interesting things: - Canal cruise - WONDR Experience - Ice skating at Museumplein - NDSM-werf - De Negen Straatjes (nine streets) - Albert Cuypmarkt My favorite shops: - de Bijenkorf (mainly high-end goods) - De IJ-hallen (vintage/used clothing) - Zipper - Episode - Kalverstraat (shopping street with mostly chains) - We Are Vintage Food: - Syrup waffles from Van Wonderen - Fries from Vleminckx de Sausmeesters (the best in the world) - Morgan and Mees (elegant, Instagram-worthy brunch) - Twee prinsen cafe - De Hoppe cafe - Hans & Grietje cafe

Posted: November 26, 2022
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There are so many things to do! - Rijksmuseum (you can also sit in the historical library) - Various markets and restaurants that sell things like: poffertjes, oliebollen, stroopwafels and Dutch pannekoeken, and if you are feeling brave, fresh herring! - Markets (Albert Cuyp and Bloemen Markt) - Volendam (a really charming small village 45 minutes outside Amsterdam. Easy to get there by bus, definitely worth a day trip!) - Banksy Museum - 9 streets - Speigelgracht (opposite the Rijksmuseum. Lots of antique shops and galleries to browse) - Bijenkorf (expensive department store) - Begijnhof (small courtyard/ monastery in the middle of the city) - Tonton (funny arcade) - Markthallen (lots of food choices from around the world) - Canal cruise - Amsterdam Eye - Jewish Quarter - Anne Frank Museum (but it can be very busy, usually need to book in advance) - Lots of cozy cafes, galleries, and shops everywhere!

Posted: November 19, 2022
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Moco, NXT, STRAAT and Fabrique des lumieres are very nice museums with a similar climate! For breakfast/brunch, I recommend Georga, Mr. Stacks, Moak, Breakfast Club, Staring at Jacobs or Teds. For dinner, you need to make a reservation at Lolo's and Fiko, both are Italian restaurants. Cafe in the city for sushi and a pleasant atmosphere. Bar Rouge also for atmosphere/entertainment and sushi! Bangkok for Thai/Asian, it's a restaurant, it's not a very special place to sit, but the food is great. Shisho for the best takeaway sushi. Monopoly Burger or Artisani for fast food/burgers, try their waffle fries plate. Spend a day in Zaandam, in Zaanse Schans. This place is close to Amsterdam, Zaandam has a charming center, and Zaanse Schans is like an old Dutch town with windmills and other charming things. Oh, and take a canal cruise in Amsterdam at the end of the day and try stroopwafels in the center when you're there. Try poffertjes, as they are some of the best dishes that the Netherlands has to offer.

Posted: November 10, 2022
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If you have the chance to get to Amsterdam, I DEFINITELY recommend the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum - I'm a bit biased towards the Van Gogh Museum, but only because he's my favorite artist. The boat cruises they organize in larger cities are super interesting and are a good way to find places with interesting architecture that you can later find and photograph, while learning about the city's history. If you're able, try poffertjes (mini pancakes)! Frikandel and kroket are also super good - make sure to order fries with them! (Frikandel is almost like a sausage, but it doesn't have the typical casing like most sausages, and kroket is a breaded and fried meat ragout.)

Posted: July 27, 2022
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I live here, if you're looking for a cool place to eat, go to Foodhallen Amsterdam, take a boat tour, but choose one from a small company. Alternatively, you can rent a boat for a few hours, they'll tell you where to go, and steering it is very simple. Also, the Albert Cuyp market is great for trying fresh stroopwafels, and don't forget to order bitterballen at the bar.

Posted: July 21, 2022
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I live near Amsterdam and here are my recommendations for Amsterdam: Museums: - Fashion for Good Museum - MOCO Museum - Fabrique des Lumieres - Van Gogh Museum (the best) - De Nieuwe Kerk (there is an exhibition under the name Maison Amsterdam about fashion) - Foam Museum Other interesting things: - Canal cruise (any company is good, but I prefer Lovers) - WONDR Experience - Ice skating at Museumplein - NDSM-werf - De Negen Straatjes (nine streets) - Albert Cuypmarkt Market My favorite shops: - de Bijenkorf (mainly expensive items) - De IJ-hallen (old/second-hand clothes) - Zipper - Episode - Kalverstraat (shopping street, mainly high street shops, if you want to go shopping) - We Are Vintage Food: - Van Wonderen Stroopwafels - Vleminckx de Sausmeesters (the best fries in the world) - Morgan and Mees (a luxurious brunch worthy of Instagram) - Café twee prinsen - Café de Hoppe - Café Hans & Grietje I also recommend downloading the 9292 app for using public transport!

Posted: July 12, 2022
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Debbie

Amsterdam

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4 days

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Hi, I’m Debbie from Amsterdam. Mostly hosting via BeWelcome but also wanted to find a women-only platform. I love to host people who are independent and don’t need someone to accompany or babysit them. I have room for only one person because my apartment is quite small. I work 9-5 or longer every day, but would enjoy spending time with my guests when I’m not working. Please read ‘hosting’ before reaching out to me.

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Marijke

Amsterdam

Can host for:

1 day

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I am a sporty, social lady, 59. I like travelling, mountains, cycling, hiking, cinema. I study Italian and painting. Would love to meet nice women when I travel alone. It feels safe and nice.

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Michelle

Michelle

About Me

Im a grad student and research assistant in computer science based Montreal. Currently travelling europe and in Sofia for the next few weeks! I'm from Toronto and I've travelled to Asia, Western Europe, Mexico, and the US. I adore nature and animals. Some of my hobbies include film photography, classic cinema, bouldering, rock climbing, hiking, water activities, camping, partner or salsa dancing, TV, reading novels, and travelling (of course).

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Ola

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I'm usually travelling with my partner and our dog Pigwa 🌈🐶but for our next trip to Amsterdam the baby is staying with her petsitter 😊 We love camping and exploring cities, museums, learning about history and traditions. We love trying out different cuisines, but only vegan options 🧅🥔

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