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Toilet Humour: 10 of the Weirdest Bathroom Signs in Amsterdam Restaurants

Toilets. Usually the most overlooked part of a restaurant, and one on which I seldom spend any time in reviews. The toilets rarely make or break places for me – I won’t downgrade them just because they’ve run out of loo roll or the dryer doesn’t work. But at the same time, a clean place to pee, a fresh towel, perhaps some fancy hand cream – well, it just shows attention to detail, doesn’t it? How many times have you returned to your table saying: “Those toilets smelt lovely!” or (more often, perhaps) “Those toilets were revolting!” or “You have to go take a look at the toilets – they have the weirdest sink ever!” or some such other bathroom-based remark? Toilets are important because all of us – whether we’re the Queen of the Netherlands or the local dustman – need to answer a call of nature every few hours.

This perhaps goes some way towards explaining this pet project of mine… For months, if not years, I’ve been collecting photos of the odd toilet signs I see in Amsterdam restaurants and bars. This final selection of 10 bears no relation to the quality of the food, the level of customer service, or even the cleanliness of the actual toilets. It is simply the result of my strange little brain, enjoying the simple pleasures in life – like inwardly giggling at a weird sign in a bathroom. Call it toilet humour, if you will.

1. Jacketz:

Jacketz
Because anthropomorphising potatoes is always cute

2. PS:

PS
Because it took me a good two minutes to figure out which was the geometric lady…

3. Freud:

Because One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is exactly what you want to think about on the bog...
Because One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is exactly what you want to think about on the bog…

4. Hendrix:

Because why not stick actual shoes on actual doors?
Because why not stick actual shoes and accessories on actual doors?

5. Hiding in Plain Sight

Because you get to vote on your favourite outfit! (These signs are actually IN the loo - hence why I don't have a pic in the men's)
Because you get to vote on your favourite outfit! (These signs are actually IN the loo – hence why I don’t have a pic in the men’s)

6. Baut Zuidas

Because at Baut, they really get to the nuts and bolts of the issue...
Because at Baut, they really get to the nuts and bolts of the issue…

7. Bardot

Because one is the ladies' loo and the other is the... ladies'?!
Because one is the ladies’ loo and the other is the… ladies’ loo?!

8. Pikoteo

Because slightly sexist can also be pretty funny... (sometimes)
Because gender steroetyping can also be pretty funny… (sometimes)

9. Checkpoint Charlie

Because we are all super-heroes inside!
Because we are all super-heroes inside!

10. CT Coffee & Coconuts

Because this is just so cheesy, it's my favourite!
Because this is just so cheesy, it’s my favourite!

The toilet, bathroom, restroom, lavvy, bog, loo, john, head or throne – call it what you will, have you spotted any crazy toilet signs in Amsterdam that I need to take a look at? Share your toilet humour in the comments below!

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