A decade ago Amsterdam pumped money into tourism to recover from the global financial crisis but – even as the city bans ‘beer bikes’ – can it be saved from a monster industry of its own making?

Walking through the crowded streets of her neighbourhood, she points out all the tourist shops that had once catered to locals. “The chemist, the fishmonger, the hairdresser and the shoe shop have all disappeared, replaced by shops that sell ice cream, souvenirs and cannabis seeds,” she says. “What used to be our local cheese shop is now called The Cheese Experience. The shop assistants speak English and they only sell one type of prepackaged cheese. No sane Amsterdammer would ever buy a piece of cheese there.”

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