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Four Jandals Visits an Amsterdam Peep Show

Have you ever wanted to visit an Amsterdam peep show? We had the chance to go and embraced it with open arms. Check out our experience here



Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

An Amsterdam peep show is a must, just like visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Okay slightly different. But you have got to go!

And if you have ever wanted to visit Amsterdam then more than likely you are going to be interested in checking out a peep show in the red light district. It might be worthwhile checking out this Amsterdam’s Red Light District – The ultimate guide.

Amsterdam Moulin Rouge Red Light District

There is something about the red light district that draws the punters and tourists alike in. Maybe it is the bright red neon lights that illuminate the darkened alleyways that pull them in like moths to a flame. Or the bars and coffee shops that let a certain smell waft lazily across the glistening canals.

Or maybe it is just the fact that sex really does sell.

When we visited Amsterdam with a couple of friends we actually spent what I now consider an embarrassingly long time in that same area. The fact is that we seriously could not get enough. Then we headed over to Germany where High Class Escortes had us covered.


Not like that of course!

We just couldn’t believe that everyone is so open and carefree about what is for all intents and purposes, window shopping for sex. The number of guys knocking on windows and being ushered behind the curtains of every room were staggering.

However, we were not enticed ourselves to fork over $50 euros but were intrigued enough to want to check out an Amsterdam peep show. I just want to clarify here that it was actually Adela that was the most keen. I just didn’t want to let her down so went along with it…

Amsterdam Red Light District

Visiting the Amsterdam peep show

Much to our surprise, there is only one Amsterdam peep show left in the whole city back in 2012!

The very originally named “Sex Palace” is situated on the banks of one of the main canals in the heart of the red light district on Oudezijds Achterburgwal street. Walking under the neon flashing lights into the entrance way your senses are assaulted by sights, sounds and disturbingly smell.

All around the walls are posters and screens showing ladies in various states of undress and positions. A white board lists the movies that you can rent out for your viewing pleasure in one of the many private booths. But we were only there for one thing:

The circular structure sitting slightly to the left of the entrance with a dozen small doors along it’s walls. 

Each of those small doors lead into equally small rooms no larger than a traditional UK phone box. A small covered viewing window blocks your view forward.

The money box clinging to the wall to operate the viewing window only accepts coins. But don’t worry if you only have notes as they handily have a large coin machine dishing out $2 euro coins for ease of watching.

Once you close the door and chuck in your money, the viewing window pops open for 2 minutes and allows you to view the large, slowly-rotating stage on which a scantily-dressed woman displays herself. With her flexibility she could have represented any country in the upcoming Olympics!

Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

I was cracking up laughing the entire time I was in there because you can actually just make out the rest of the “audience” in the opposite booths. I even got a little wave and smile as the girl slowly revolved past my window.

The Amsterdam peep show was a little bit creepy. But even though we were there late on a Saturday night the booths were doing a roaring trade. Obviously nearly everyone else, from the hens parties to the couples, were there for the same reason as us. To check out one or two rounds before heading back into the night giggling like school girls at a sleepover at what we had just done.

The shifty eyed single men on the other hand skulked away to their respective viewing windows again and again with pockets full of coins.

If you ever get the chance then we actually do highly recommend taking the plunge and visiting an Amsterdam peep show. Just make sure that you are always respectful of the women in the shows and the ones on the streets!

Have you ever been to an Amsterdam Peep Show or Sex show? Tell us about your experience below.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. D.J. - The World of Deej

    March 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I didn’t see a peep show when I was in Amsterdam, but we did walk around the Red Light quite a bit. You’re right, there is something about it that draws you in. I too was surprised at the number of customers that just non-nonchalantly knocked on the window, with so many tourists walking around…

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      The customers were clearly not ashamed to be seen entering which surprised us. But I guess with such an open society then why should they be ashamed! In fact, good on them 🙂

  2. Andrea

    March 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    LOL, definitely a must see 😉

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      Your right on that Andrea!

  3. Steve Collins

    March 2, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Nice of you to be so considerate of Adela’s wishes. I guess you just had to make the best of a difficult situation. Thanks for taking one for the team so you could let us know about this. Seriously, though, a very interesting post!

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      Haha thanks Steve. It really was hard work but we like to bring you guys interesting stories 😉

  4. Cathy Sweeney

    March 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I spent a lot of time in the red light district — unintentionally, since I kept walking around in circles in Amsterdam. But I did find it all very interesting, too. I might have gone to the peep show if I wasn’t alone. I like your last sentences about being respectful.

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      Good on you for still checking it out when you were alone Cathy! And people need to be respectful as it is sometimes an unfortunate job that they may not have wanted to get in to. Everyone needs to be respectful no matter what your job title is! 🙂

  5. Amanda

    March 3, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    Awwwwkward! Lol. Not sure if I could do it!

    • Cole

      March 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      It is one of those things you have to do when you are there I think 🙂

  6. Laurence

    March 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Still fifty euros eh? Inflation clearly hasn’t affected prices since my last visit a few years ago…

    • Cole

      March 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Going on what our tour guide told us which I thought was quite reasonable haha

  7. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    March 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Before reading this I didn’t know what a peep show was… now I’ve been educated! But it kind of makes me think of those booths at porn stores where you rent it to watch videos. o_O

    • Cole

      March 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Haha it is basically the same Christy but glad we could help 😉

  8. Turtle

    March 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I want to go now just to see the people behind the other windows. That sounds like the highlight of the whole experience!! 🙂

    • Cole

      March 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      Just watch out which areas you end up in. There are lady-boy sections, nice looking girls and also apparently a section for older birds!

  9. Laurel

    March 5, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I love that you were a good “sport” and only went along with it since Adela wanted to go :). Interesting experience and yet another reason to go to Amsterdam.

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Haha yea it is tough work always doing what she wants to do 😉

  10. EurotripTips

    March 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I did walk around the Red Light District, but never dared to venture in one of its fine establishments! It was wild enough for me as it was 😛

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      To be fair we had a few drinks to break the ice and get our confidence up!

  11. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    March 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Haha I love that you shared this experience. Funny write-up!

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      Always glad to share our experiences, both good and bad 🙂

  12. Andrew

    March 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    I’m with Christy, I had no idea of the literal nature of a peep show. I always thought of it just as a generic term, not something specific involving peeping and automated doors.
    I remember taking a boat ride through the one time I was in Amsterdam. We were on a school trip in High School with the German class, so there was NO way they were going to take us IN any of these places. We were lucky to get to have beer.

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Hahaha no I don’t think it would be appropriate for a High School trip to attend. But I am sure if you knew what it was back then you would have wanted to go!

  13. Kurt

    March 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Ahh. The red light district of Amsterdam. Those silly socially liberal Europeans. Step one regulate it. Step two tax it. Step three?? Step four Profit! (Revenue) We could use some of that here in the US.

    Good write up. Loved your take on it.

    • Cole

      March 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Haha good points Kurt. It is a brilliant system and the tax definitely makes it totally worthwhile for the city (not to mention regulated and safer for the women).

  14. Tawny of Captain and Clark

    March 22, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    We’ve never been to Amsterdam or the Red Light district but we DID make it to the pink light district in our small South Korean town. Same concept, except scantily clad women eating ramen and taking care of toddlers behind their rose-tinted windows. It’d be interesting to compare the two some day.

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Hmm the Pink Light district. Might have to check that out when we are travelling through there in another year or so. Just for research of course 🙂

  15. Shanna Schultz

    March 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I will add this to my list for our next stop in Amsterdam…we have walked around the outside of some of these places, but have not yet had the courage to go inside. I was amazed that in Amsterdam, in our room directory in an upscale hotel were listed the hotels recommended prostitute for our pleasure. It was strange to be in an environment where sex is so open.

    • Cole

      March 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      It is amazing that they are so open about it. But I guess that is what makes it so safe and why everyone loves it so much!

  16. cheryl

    March 25, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Oh my. You guys are hilarious. I managed to stay out of the red light district when I was there in Decemeber but did take in the cheesy sex museum!

    • Cole

      March 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      We passed on the cheesy sex museum as we ran out of time!

      • Chris Booth

        September 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Oh that Sex Museum is hilarious! Next time you’re there it’s well worth the few Euros.

  17. cheryl

    March 25, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    And I can only imagine the Google search queries to your site now. =)

    • Cole

      March 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Haha yea we have been getting quite a bit of traffic lately from it

  18. Ayngelina

    March 31, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I’d go but I’ve heard similar reports from other people, kinda silly, not what you’d think at all.

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      You are exactly right! I felt like a bit of creep going in but then realised it was 90% tourists in the other booths just wanting to see what it was all about as well haha.

  19. Chris Booth

    September 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I went to this same place with a group of friends in 2009. The show itself was depressing, and the cubicles (which we nicknamed jizz-booths) grubby, but what was worst of all was when we left left the cubicle and stepped back into the passage way – A man had been mopping out one of the cubicles and one of the girls in our group got her feet drizzled on by the jizz-mop as he shuffled past her onto the next one. Her face was classic. Grim in every way.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      That is so disgusting! But hilarious at the same time. Bet you guys couldn’t help laughing at her. Lucky it wasn’t the other way around.

  20. Christine |GRRRL TRAVELER

    February 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Is it X-rated or R? Details please… 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      February 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      More like R18 than X-Rated. The sex shows (which Adela has been to but I haven’t!) are X-Rated.

  21. Valeri

    June 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Not only did I find myself in a sex show with a group of fellow travellers, we were sitting in what we deemed “the splash zone.” Nothing like being in the front row watching live sex while sipping a cocktail and sucking on a penis lollipop (I saved mine as a souvenir which ended up melting later on in my suitcase :/ ) As for the rest of Amsterdamage….one day I’ll go back to try and gather the rest of my memories I unwillingly left behind

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Adventure Travel

Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.



Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel



Trekking through the valleys of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys with Middle Earth Travel feels more like the set of a Star Wars movie than a historical region once carved out and lived in by humans. Churches, homes and pigeon houses are scattered throughout the valleys, all waiting to be explored. The best part is, Middle Earth Travel know all the hidden secrets.

Standing at the top of Cappadocia

Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

On the 26th of July (which just so happens to be my birthday!) Middle Earth Travel took us on their private and guided Top of Cappadocia day trek. From Pasabag, along the top of Cappadocia and down through the Gulludere Rose Valley to Goreme, we trekked 15kms in one day! (We recommend getting your bearings with this map)

Upon arrival to the Middle Earth Offices, we were warmly greeted by our new friend Atil whom we had met a few days earlier while mountain biking through the Kizilcukur Red Valley. We were then introduced to our guide and given a briefing regarding the day. Normally, the Top of Cappadocia tour would start from Çavuşin, however, since we had already explored Çavuşin Castle, they adapted our tour to compensate ensuring we would explore new terrain!

With charged cameras, plenty of water and our running shoes on, we were driven to our starting point of Pasabag. We wandered through the fairy chimneys, coming across camels and markets – then the true hike began.

Pasabag in Cappadocia

The police station in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

It was a slow and gentle incline. With no trees to provide shade, I quickly realised why our tour guide had chosen to wear fully covered clothing! As the sweat quickly set in (a waterfall in Moss’s case) we snapped away with our cameras and enjoyed the entertaining shapes of Imagine Valley and the amazing view. We also passed a lot of rock piles, which according to our guide mean ‘father’ and are built to help lead the way.

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Middle Earth Travel, Cappadocia

Making our way to the top of Cappadocia

Father leading the way (rock pile)

Father leading the way (rock pile)

The higher we trekked, the more breath taking the views became! As we walked along the summit of Bozdag mountain (the Top of Cappadocia) we could see EVERTHING – Pasabag, Çavuşin Castle, Kizilcukur Red Valley, Gulludere Rose Valley and Goreme. We were on the Father of Valleys! After a quick nod of agreement to the guide, we pushed ourselves the extra distance and made our way to the flag, as this HAD to be the highest point and was definitely worth a photo and a selfie or two!

View from the top of Cappadocia

View from the top of Cappadocia

Flag at top of Cappadocia

From the flag we looked down upon Aktepe Hill which is known as a popular destination for watching the sun set and could spot Kizilvadi Restaurant, our destination for lunch! Kizilvadi Restaurant is an attraction of its own. With its own historic winery and Grape church, plus some Middle Earth Travel treks even stay there for the night! After having a massive feed of soup, salad and pasta plus a surprise birthday cake, we made our way down into Gulludere Rose Valley.

Kizilvadi Restaurant

Kizilvadi Restaurant

The scenery is amazing, with strong colours visible in perfect layers on the chimneys, you would wonder what an artist was thinking, had it been a painting. Also, hidden to the side of the track we walked across a little bridge and not expecting anything to be there we were wowed by the massive church carved. It was absolutely huge and hard to believe that its most recent use has been as a pigeon house!

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Church in Gulludere Rose Valley

Hard to believe this Church is carved inside a fairy chimney!

Middle Earth Travel Review

  • The team at Middle Earth Travel were extremely knowledgeable and certainly know Cappadocia’s hidden secrets. They have friendships with local tea garden owners which is also of benefit as it gained us entry to locked churches and hidden rooms that we would not have otherwise seen.
  • We covered a lot of ground, however we did not feel rushed. The whole day focused on showing us the region, therefore we had as much time as we needed to explore each church and to take ‘just one more photo’.
  • It wasn’t all about trekking. With a whole day and 15kms to cover, there were a few silly poses (especially in Imagine Valley), and we learnt a lot about the myths, legends and way of life in Cappadocia.
  • In conclusion I highly recommend Middle Earth Travel if you wish to go trekking or mountain biking in Cappadocia.
  • Cost: Day treks with Middle Earth Travel range from 50-90 euro, depending on the number of people taking part. This includes lunch, guide, vehicle transfers and entrance fees to historical sites, but excludes alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Middle Earth Travel are outdoor enthusiasts and offer multi-day over night treks, mountain biking, abseiling, or custom made itineraries, in multiple regions throughout Turkey.

Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the trek with Middle Earth Travel, however, as always our thoughts on our adventure travel blog our own.

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Amsterdam Food Guide

If you think of Amsterdam you don’t think of food. However if you try the food here in our Amsterdam food guide you might get lucky.




Amsterdam Food Waffles

We are total foodies and our travelling has allowed our passion for food to grow considerably (not to mention our waist lines)!  We love trying new food when we visit foreign countries and always make a huge effort to eat the local cuisine. Check out some of the food we ate below in our cheap and delicious Amsterdam Food Guide.

Amsterdam Food Waffles

We had heard from a number of people that the Amsterdam food was nothing to rave about. To be honest food was not really our main interest in visiting but then again neither was an Amsterdam Peep show and we ended up enjoying that!

However we were pleasantly surprised. I think the people whom we had talked to had it wrong. Sure Holland doesn’t really have a local cuisine but once we got over this fact we realised there is still some damn good food to be had from the various Amsterdam Restaurants.

Amsterdam Food

The best meal we had was actually next door to the Red Light district in Chinatown. Crossing the canal to the east away from the neon lights your nostrils are attacked and your mouth begins salivating from the delicious smells wafting along the narrow cobbled streets.

As we walked into Bird Thai restaurant the enticing aroma hit us instantly leaving us drooling in anticipation. It was definitely up there with some of the best Thai food we have had. We went for the classic Green curry, fried rice and duck combo.

The Green curry was so flavoursome with the richness of the coconut milk blending perfectly with the traditional spices.  The duck was cooked to perfection and for the first few minutes of the meal all you could hear was the crunching of the crispy outside layer as we devoured the duck in minutes. Needless to say the fried rice was a taste explosion too!

Cheap and delicious Amsterdam food is easy to come by. With hangovers and munchies affecting your hunger it is no surprise that there are an abundance of Fast Food chains and takeaways in Amsterdam. In fact it was actually more the way that the fast food was served that surprised us as you could buy it out of massive vending machines at Febo!

Amsterdam Food Febo

Hidden workers stand behind the vending machines churning out burgers, fries and sausage rolls so all you has to do is insert a Euro and “hey presto” you have a hot meal in your hungry hands.

Then there were the frites stores which seemed to be on every corner. The first thing you noticed about these was the tantalising smell. There is nothing like the smell of chips straight out of the fryer and covered in salt to get you tummy rumbling. Served in a triangle cardboard carton and covered in mayo which meant that that you couldn’t reach the chips at the bottom without covering your greedy fingers in sauce. Just a tad annoying!

But there is nothing like hot chips to warm you up on a cold day.

Finally, while hot chocolates are not typically food I feel they still deserve a mention especially because the usually come paired with waffles! Ahhhh the perfect breakfast.

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate

We loved nipping into a cafe or bar like Cafe Bar Eddy in Amsterdam to warm ourselves up with a hot chocolate. It literally tasted like they had melted chocolate down and added cream. Heaven in a cup. And the choice of waffles was daunting as you could have whatever you wanted. Fruit, chocolate, syrups, cream or all of the above!

If you are heading here then don’t expect to find an array of traditional Amsterdam food. Instead treat yourself to a hot chocolate and waffle for breakfast, grab a quick bite from a vending machine and sample some of the different cuisines found near the Red Light District.

If you stick to this Amsterdam food guide then your taste buds will have a great holiday too!

If you have visited before then what did you think of Amsterdam food?

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