MY HOMETOWN: Bims in Amsterdam
Jay Colin tells us about the Bims in Amsterdam
What makes your city unique?
Amsterdam is a unique city because it harbours so many different nationalities. It's just one big melting pot, especially the area I grew up in called the Bims.
Tell us one secret wonder about your city that a tourist wouldn't know about?
Most tourists visit only the city centre or the canals.
But we have the Kwakoe Festival down in the Bims.
This brings all cultures together. If you want to grab some great food or listen to music from different origins, the Kwakoe Festival is the place to be during the summer.
What do you miss most about your city when you're not there?
I miss the rush. There is always something happening in Amsterdam. The streets are never empty.
What is your best form of entertainment in Amsterdam?
Our DJs kill it on the dance floor. So if you're in Amsterdam you should definitely check out Paradiso or Melkweg [music and entertainment centre] on a Saturday.
Where is the best place to eat?
New Draver serves the best Surinamese food in town.
If you want a taste of home-made soul food, that is the place to be.
And to drink?
The Three Sisters Pub on Rembrandtplein. That's my favourite spot to get a drink and they have amazing chesterfield chairs.
For the best cocktails, you should check out N-Joy in the Leidseplein area.
What can you get in your city that you can't get anywhere else?
[Laughs]. Well, that's an easy one - it's legal to smoke weed here.
I believe Amsterdam is the only place in the world where this is legal.
What qualities do natives of Amsterdam have?
I think the Dutch are the most down-to-earth people in the world.
The greatest DJs and artists are here.
If you are a famous person in Holland it is no problem to just stroll through the streets because everyoneminds their own business.
Which is the favourite part of your city?
The Bims, without a doubt.
Are there any historical sites for which your city is famous?
The Dam Square, the canals and, of course, our museums.
What should a traveller avoid in your city?
Hustlers and people who try to sell you stuff on the streets.
This might just get you mugged.