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About as good as any other
on 3 October 2013
Guides like this are only every useful up to a point, because nothing beats walking around the city and finding things for yourself. But with that in mind, this little guide, the perfect size to drop into any bag when you head out, has enough in it to be useful all day long. The map is good, if not quite as detailed as some, and the sensible classification of things to do depending on the kind of person you are is very helpful. For instance, people uninterested in the famed smoking and red light aspects of Amsterdam get these things clearly flagged in the book, so know what to avoid.
The restaurant recommendations are a bit lacking, but again that is something best found personally, and the canal walks are excellent. The sections on food, drink, museums, etc. are approached from a recommended "best of" angle, due to the need to keep things concise, and again this is only something useful up to a point. Really a comprehensive catalogue of all that is on offer under each heading, categorised appropriately (i.e. by cuisine) with indications of price, queueing/popularity etc. is much more helpful. The Dorling Kindersley ones do this.
If you really need to be taking your guide out with you, something like this is perfect, just don't expect it to be able to tell you everything. A better option is to get a bigger one with more in it and a removable map. Plan what you want to do, mark it on the map, and just take the map with you.