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The Seven Best Places to Meet Singles in Amsterdam

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Where to meet singles in Amsterdam

Recently, the Shallow Man, in his never ending quest to provide topical information to his audience, has endured the mind numbing torture of watching the latest reality TV shows from RTL. From Russia with Love, Adam zoekt Eva and Ik heb het nog nooit gedaan. What always surprises me is when I see single people participating on these shows from Amsterdam. I’m amazed that people need to go naked on exotic islands, or import gold diggers from Belarus or Ukraine, or even more shocking, that there are adult virgins living in this wonderful city.

There are more single people in Amsterdam than bacteria on a doner kebab. On the dating safari that is Amsterdam, there are many, many, herds of Lions and Antelopes just waiting to be eaten, which brings me to the subject of today’s post. I recently received a message from a Zlatko Markovic. “Shallow Man, you always say there are lots of single Antelopes in Amsterdam. I’m new here, where are the best places to meet single women?” Being an equal opportunities kind of guy, I’ve decided to compile a list of the seven best places to meet both single Lions and Antelopes in the city of blue jeans and brown shoes. In order to compile this list, I’ve had to do exhaustive, and often painful and extensive research, the things I do for my readers!

The seven best places to meet singles in Amsterdam

My first book, the Amsterdam Confessions of a Shallow Man, is split into sections based on the seven deadly sins. I’ve decided to use this structure again for this post.



If you are the kind of person that wants to skip the usual niceties of basic conversation, and boring unnecessary norms, chains placed by society that should be fought against,  you know what I mean, stupid questions such as “hoe heet je?” (What’s your name?). If you just want to get drunk, or are already blind drunk but sober enough to tongue wrestle with a complete stranger, then there is only one place that will satisfy your carnal urges, yes I’m talking about the Cooldown Cafe. Conversation isn’t necessary, in fact, it’s positively discouraged. Dive in and snog to your heart’s content. The classier and slightly less drunk Antelopes and Lions go to Bubbles. If you can’t decide which one to go to, think of if you were about to be executed and had a choice, would you take the electric chair (Bubbles) or lethal injection? (Cooldown). I hope this helps with your goal of meeting singles in Amsterdam.

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Slightly distracted patron of a bar in Amsterdam


The sin of too much consumption. My next choice can only be, any FEBO between 1 am to 3 am in the Pijp and Amsterdam Central is a great place to meet slightly merry, or outright drunk and single Lions and Antelopes. These refined food connoisseurs, often gather at FEBO in the early hours. Romance can often start when two hands reach for a croquette or lekker frikandel. Love set to the sweet smell of saturated fat, what could be more romantic?

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The Palladium, in Leidseplein, is the official capital of gold digger central. Ambitious, hard working women, on the hunt for C list celebrities, bankers, or footballers, gather in this bar to hunt down men who will pay, pay and pay, forever.



The sin of laziness is typified by the Dutch men I often see at De Duvel, a fabulous eetcafe in the Pijp, that is full of beautiful Antelopes. The Dutch Lions tend to stare, drink their biertjes, stare, drink, stare. This leads to the more ferocious Antelopes taking matters into their own hands and practically ripping the lazy Lions to pieces. An excellent place to meet single people in Amsterdam.


I, the Shallow Man am guilty of the sin of anger and hate. Well dear reader, for this there is only one place that makes me feel these emotions, Cafe de Paris which was formerly known as Bar Italia.   Yes, the place is full of singles. A great mix of local Dutch people and tourists, however, the food. Oh my God! The food and service are diabolical. The serving staff has incredibly bad attitudes. The food is an insult to French cuisine. If any member of the French government were to eat there, I guarantee that they would declare war on the Netherlands. I actually do want to give the head chef a compliment, as it takes some talent to make French food without any flavor at all. Kudos to that man.  The cocktails are terrible. Highly priced, with as little actual alcohol present as possible. If you must go there, don’t eat in the restaurant and avoid the cocktails, but there are plenty of singles.


For a more upmarket place to meet singles in Amsterdam, I recommend the bar at Samhoud and Places. At weekends they often have a DJ, a good atmosphere, and a very attractive crowd. Upstairs in this place is one the best restaurants in the Netherlands. If you’re only there for a drink, no need to be jealous of the people heading upstairs to two Michelin starred heaven.


There is a secret bar, in a burger place, that is full of beautiful people, has some of the best cocktails I’ve ever had, and is my favorite bar in Amsterdam. The Butcher.  However, unless you know the password of the day, it’s impossible to enter. This can elicit the sin of pride in the chosen few that are members or guests.

No talentless chefs were hurt during the writing of this post.

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About Simon Woolcot

Infamous blogger, annoyance and self confessed Shallow Man . Simon is a British expat who has lived in Amsterdam for over 11 years, and due to Brexit may soon be applying for asylum. As well as writing this blog, Simon also has a YouTube channel of the same name, writes and directs videos, and hosts seminars about life in the Netherlands
  • amsshallowman

    Has the Shallow Man missed out other hot spots for meeting singles in Amsterdam? Add your own recommendations and I might even pay them a visit (purely for research purposes) The things I do for my readers!

  • Sarah-Jane

    Oh gawd, yes I went to Bar Italia to eat once… & I went hungry. Big mistake. We got sat upstairs, even though the downstairs wasn’t full and the waitress promptly forgot we were there. 1/2 hour later we still hadn’t got drinks or a menu, so I braved the wrath of the barman by going up, to be told I had to wait for the waitress to take our order. I tried to find the waitress on the way back. 15 minutes later she saunters over, took our order, and disappeared again. The food came before the drinks (still around 40 minutes later), the soup was bad and cold. I ate it because I was damn hungry by then… I could bore you more tales of woe, but to cut a long story short it took about 2 hours to eat a substandard meal of cold or tough or not tasty food, and cost us a small fortune (it’s not cheap). I had to find the waitress again to get the bill (another half an hour). If I could do the time again I’d definitely just walk out. Never been back since. Thing is it looks like it could be a nice restaurant, and I think it gets quite busy on weekends so lots of people must go to eat there. Never quite fathomed that out!!

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