Too funny - I spent a lot of time there as well - (my Ex was Dutch)
I actually found the red light district boring compared to Damrak itself - hookers is hookers
I remember once sitting at a cafe (note - NOT "coffee shop"!) close to Prinsen Gracht & seeing two couples walking along the street - Both couples (they were not together) could have walked down the runway at any fashion event in the world - you know, GQ guy & Cosmo Girl - the first couple was wearing god knows how much in designer duds -
The second couple were whatever the Nederlands term for "Gothic skate punks" would be - she was wearing an undone vest (and nothing else) purple hair etc etc -
Only in the republic of Amsterdam within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.......
Sometimes mistaken for tolerance, IMO the Dutch are very pragmatic, and little seems to faze them.
I sometimes miss Amsterdam and Zandvoort, two of my favorite stomping grounds.
A good friend of 30+ years runs the Grasshopper.