Amsterdam is card-only

I recently visited Amsterdam, and besides the never-ending smell of weed and thousands and thousands of bikes, another weird thing stood out. Most shops, bars, and restaurants are card-only. They do not accept cash at all.

While I understand and support the reasoning behind that – it’s much safer for both parties, eliminates human error, and it’s less expensive than dealing with cash, what bothers me is they don’t let you know in advance. Not even a poster or a note, nothing.

I regret not finding out what happens if you say you don’t have a card at all. Free meal?

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