people watching along the Grote Markt
Haarlem is a pretty town a short 15 minute train ride from Amsterdam
. Much quieter than Amsterdam, Haarlem can be a nice change of pace. The Grote Market (Market Square) is in the center of town below the imposing St.Bavo Gothic cathedral. Cafe Brinkmann is right in the square, and when the weather is nice it is a good place to sit outside and people watch with a beer (or two).