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As an international city with a rich history and diverse population, Amsterdam is famous for its beautiful canals, legal prostitution and joint-smoking culture. Canal Ring, the Red Light District and Jordaan are three top neighborhoods in the city, offering some of the best hostels in Amsterdam and so much more.

1. Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

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Centered around Amsterdam’s historic water network, Canal Ring is also home to  the city’s best-known night clubs, bars and cultural centers. The Canal Ring  neighborhood falls somewhere between a tourist hub and calm residential sweet spot, making it one of the most desirable areas to stay in, despite the higher priced housing. Check out the famous Anne Frank House, floating flower market and independent boutiques to make the most of your time in Canal Ring.

AllTheRooms Approved Hostel in Canal Ring: Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg

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Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg is housed in a former 1900’s school, creating a hostel with modern facilities and a classic charm. The place features spacious bedrooms with private bathrooms and also includes perks like free breakfast and bike rentals.

2. Red Light District (De Wallen)

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There are certainly peep shops, brothels, the sex museum, and prostitutes in glowing red displays within the famous Red Light District of Amsterdam, however, there are also historic landmarks and interesting areas to explore. In the heart of the city and the oldest part of Amsterdam, De Wallen offers fashionable shops, pubs, some of the most scenic canals, and excellent restaurants. Check out the Nieuwmarkt square in Amsterdam’s Chinatown, and the historic Old Church to see beyond the neon red dingy glow.

AllTheRooms Approved Hostel in the Red Light District: The Bulldog

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By the shopping district and in the midst of the Red Light district, The Bulldog hostel boasts a central location at a price that’s hard to beat. Clean and cozy, with comfortable beds and a great selection in the next door coffee shop, this hostel doesn’t disappoint.

3. Jordaan

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Originally developed for the working classes, Jordaan’s community has a historic connection with radical politics, as well as a gentler, less touristy feel than other neighborhoods. Scenic streets of Jordaan are gaining galleries, studios, and hipster hangouts from recent gradual gentrification of the neighborhood. Get to know the ins and outs of these labyrinthine streets and discover secret courtyards, a flea market and an organic farmer’s market.

AllTheRooms Approved Hostel in Jordaan: Shelter Jordan

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A Christian hostel, Shelter Jordan hostel is not the place to party. It is, however, a good choice a calm and peaceful hostel stay with a friendly staff and overall very clean environment. Shelter Jordan provides free breakfast and an ideal location near Dam square in the Jordaan neighborhood.

Canal Ring, the Red Light District and Jordaan are three top neighborhoods in the city, offering some of the best hostels in Amsterdam and so much more.

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