Beyond the red light district and coffee shops, Amsterdam is buzzing with a creative culture filled with art, music, great food, and cheap drinks. The city itself is very picturesque with canals spread throughout and plenty of shops and bars full of character. The Jordaan neighborhood in particular was home to many of the eclectic and culinary saavy hangouts inhabited by a very young crowd. If you have the chance to visit, I highly recommend going. It was among one of the coolest places I have been while abroad.