Sonia's love affair with food started as a complete disaster featuring burnt pots and roasted poppy-seeds flying all over the kitchen.Throughout the years it developed into a curious, affectionate romance that is currently happening in restaurants, cafes and on the markets of Amsterdam.

With a historic city centre straight out of a fairy tale, a picturesque canal network criss-crossed by fairy lit bridges and an endless choice of romantic restaurants and candlelit bars to cosy up in, the city makes a picture-perfect backdrop to a city break for couples.

Of course, no romantic break in Amsterdam would be complete without somewhere extra special to lay your head at the end of a day.

In fact, sex workers are officially recognized in the Netherlands just as any other profession.

They have their own union, can access medical care, and have to pay taxes; although, as you can imagine, the nature of the job makes it difficult to inspect the truthfulness of their income declarations…

You might also notice windows with a blue light instead of a red one.

This means that the person behind the glass is transgender or transvestite.

To follow this gripping development of events, check the Amsterdam Food blog regularly.

If you're interested in Sonia's other work, visit her website and read on!

Escape the crowds and treat yourself to a truly local experience on one of our Walking Food Tours and Cooking Classes.

Take in fascinating history, unique shops and unforgettable food in the most historic neighborhoods in Europe.

Once a man is interested, he knocks on the door and that’s where the negotiation part begins.