Local services in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam you can shop till you drop at one of the many shopping malls and shopping centers. This city offers something for everyone. So many small art galleries in even smaller streets crossing the channels all the way from the Prinsengracht to the Herengracht. For the ultimate Amsterdam experience it's fun to visit one of the many open air markets where the locals shop for their daily groceries.  The Albert Cuyp Market is by far the most famous one.

Doctors in the Netherlands play an important role in the healthcare system. The doctor (huisarts) is the first port of call if you have health problems. Doctors have their practices in residential areas and operate on an appointment system. If necessary, the doctor will refer patients to a specialist at a hospital. If you urgently need a doctor in the evening, at night or during the weekend, telephone the Doctors Service Foundation of Amsterdam (SHDA, Stichting Huisartsen Dienstenposten Amsterdam) at 088 003 0600.

Shopping in Amsterdam


To get a feel for how the locals shop, head to Albert Cuypmarkt, Amsterdam’s oldest and busiest market. Here, you can find a wide array of cheap goods and tasty snacks, including stroopwafels, doughnuts...
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Health Clinics and Hospitals in Amsterdam

Health Clinics and Hospitals

Hospitals in the Netherlands fall into one of three categories: university medical centres, teaching hospitals and general hospitals. University medical centres form part of a university.
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Dentists and Teeth Whitening in Amsterdam

Dentists and Teeth Whitening

Overall the Dutch tend to take exceptional care of their teeth. It is common practice in the Netherlands to visit a dentist (tandarts) once or twice a year for a check-up (controle). Ask around.
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