Discover Queer Amsterdam


Our city has a lot to offer when you want to stay a bit longer. You can find the usual tourist attractions on the internet: the Anne Frank house, the beautiful canals, the Red Lights district, the worldwide famous museums, but also the very peculiar museums et cetera. Here we will point you to some things that might be specially interesting for you.

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Westermarkt, 1016 DV  Amsterdam, tram 13 or 17

It is the first memorial in the world for people who have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation. It was revealed in 1987 and it still is a place where we commemorate, where we celebrate and where we start protest actions.

The monument consists of three large triangles, made of pink granite and interconnected to form one larger triangle. The triangles are positioned in a way that one corner of the monument points in the direction of the National Monument at Dam Square, another to the site of the Anne Frank House and the third towards the headquarters of COC, the LGBTQ+ organisation founded in 1946. One triangle is designed as a staircase down to the water of the Keizersgracht. One is used as a podium. In the last one a line of a poem by Jacob Israël de Haan is engraved: “Naar vriendschap zulk een mateloos verlangen”. In the translation “For friendship such a boundless craving” the ambiguity gets lost; ‘mateloos’ does indeed mean boundless, but also has a reference in it to ‘without a mate, a buddy’.

Locations to visit

We've listed some LGBTQ+ hot spots

Bar Buka

Albert Cuypstraat 124, 1072 EA  Amsterdam, Gay/queer bar in the vibrant area The Pijp. Although the place is known as a lesbian bar, everybody is welcome.


Café B’Femme

Reguliersdwarsstraat 48, 1017 BM
Cosy and trendy lesbian bar in the entertainment district.


Café ‘t Mandje

Zeedijk 63, 1012 AS  Amsterdam, Bar near the Red Light district. Started in 1927 by the lesbian Bet van Beeren, not so much as a gay bar but as an oasis where people didn’t need to hide their true colours: lesbians, gay men, hookers, pimps, seamen, artists.


Café Saarein

Elandsstraat 119, 1016 RX  Amsterdam, Long running brown cafe in the picturesque quarter The Jordaan. With a largely lesbian crowd, for pool, darts & pinball plus light bites


Bar Prik

Spuistraat 109, 1012 SV  Amsterdam,
Colourful gay cocktail bar



Utrechtsestraat 4, 1017 VN  Amsterdam,
Relaxed safe space, queer audience.


The Queen’s Head

Zeedijk 20, 1012 AZ  Amsterdam
Boisterous gay-friendly bar.



Jacob van Lennepstraat 86, 1053 HM Amsterdam, Queer and BIPOC safe space in West, near the city centre.


Bar Bario

Bilderdijkstraat 186, 1053 LD  Amsterdam All-inclusive, intimate living room for us, by us.

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