San Francisco has been called “Paris of the West” due to its romantic scenery, Beaux-Arts architecture (e.g. City Hall and the War Memorial Opera House), food and wine culture, live and let live mentality, and concentration of French expats. So it makes sense that Paris is a sister city of San Francisco… but what about its Dutch influence?
It is not as prevalent as the French influence but you do see some Dutch influence if you look for it. SF has two huge Dutch windmills which were once functional in Golden Park. The city’s favorite color is orange (Go SF Giants!) and it is also a color associated with the Netherlands as well (it is the color of the Dutch royal family and sports fans don orange at events). We have the most medical marijuana dispensaries per square mile while Amsterdam is dotted with its world-famous marijuana coffee shops. Amsterdam is well-known for their Red Light District and SF is home to pornography and the once bustling Barbary Coast. San Franciscans and the Dutch love their electronic dance music and we love riding our bikes as much as the Dutch! That said, we are heading to Amsterdam this spring and hope to report on more similarities in a future post.
Dutch bikes are so versatile that you can bring pots of plants home.
In the Netherlands, the majority of men ride step-through bikes.
San Franciscans and the Dutch both like the color black as well as orange.
The photos above were all taken in San Francisco. Do you think they look Dutch?