Amsterdam Neighborhoods

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Eva & Kobe
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Amsterdam Neighborhoods

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AMSTERDAM CENTRUM - CITY CENTER + CANAL DISTRICT In addition to the world-famous historic Canal Ring, Amsterdam's City Centre district ('Centrum') is home to a host of renowned museums, charming and high-end shopping areas, fantastic culture and entertainment. Amsterdam’s renowned art and culture and top shopping In Amsterdam’s centre you will, of course, find the magnificent Canal Ring, but there is so much more besides. The inner city, for instance, is bursting with interesting museums, sometimes hidden behind beautiful canal-side façades. The diversity of the city centre’s culture is vast, from the emotional Anne Frank House in the west of the centre, through to the upbeat nature of Science Center NEMO in the east. In between, find an inspiring collection of art and history. Top shopping There is a vast array of shopping opportunities, from fashion brands and chains (Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat) through to independent innovators and inspiring market stalls, such as at Noordermarkt. Or get lost in the Jordaan or in the 9 Straatjes (Nine Streets) – lanes that link the canals and where the most exclusive and original shops can be found, just like in the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk. Seek out entertainment These days, major entertainment areas include public squares like Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. On or around Leidseplein you’ll find the city’s main theatre (Stadsschouwburg) the two most popular gigging venues (Paradiso and Melkweg), the grand Art deco American Hotel, intellectual entertainment at De Balie, a major cinema multiplex (Pathé City) and numerous nightclubs, restaurants and bars, bars, bars. Likewise, Rembrandtplein is a hotspot for wining and dining, as well as home to some of the biggest party spots. Plus, you can always stop off for a selfie with Rembrandt’s statue and the protaganists from ‘The Night Watch’. Welcome in Amsterdam city center, borough of tourists and big chain stores. No we’re kidding! This part of town is so underrated. It’s home to some really cool hotspots we love to share with you in this Amsterdam City Center guide. So skip the Nieuwendijk and Kalverstraat. Discover the cool shopping streets like the Utrechtsestraat, Haarlemmerdijk, Haarlemmerstraat and The Nine Streets like the locals do. Discover Amsterdam City Center by bike and enjoy cycling on the canals overlooking the water. It’s the thing that still gives us this ‘amazing little feeling’ every day! Check out the Canal District or the authentic Jordaan for the historic feel in Amsterdam and enjoy the scenic view while having a drink. AMSTERDAM CANAL DISTRICT The Canal District in Amsterdam is maybe the most visited area in town. It’s a neighborhood that where almost every view is picture perfect. The canals are so much more than a touristic attraction, sometimes we forget how many unique hotspots there are. This is the area for the ultimate Amsterdam feeling, experience it by bike or by boat on the canals. Shop until you drop, treat yourself with the best food or party like a rock star, everything is possible in this Unesco Heritage area. The most famous streets in the Canal District in Amsterdam are the Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel. Although you should not miss these authentic streets, there is so much more to discover! Wander around in the side streets like the Spiegelstraat for some special and exclusive shops. Satisfy your appetite at one of the great restaurants. Photography lovers should definitely visit photo museum FOAM. End your day at hidden gem Tales & Spirits with cocktails and bites.
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Amsterdam-Centrum
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AMSTERDAM CENTRUM - CITY CENTER + CANAL DISTRICT In addition to the world-famous historic Canal Ring, Amsterdam's City Centre district ('Centrum') is home to a host of renowned museums, charming and high-end shopping areas, fantastic culture and entertainment. Amsterdam’s renowned art and culture and top shopping In Amsterdam’s centre you will, of course, find the magnificent Canal Ring, but there is so much more besides. The inner city, for instance, is bursting with interesting museums, sometimes hidden behind beautiful canal-side façades. The diversity of the city centre’s culture is vast, from the emotional Anne Frank House in the west of the centre, through to the upbeat nature of Science Center NEMO in the east. In between, find an inspiring collection of art and history. Top shopping There is a vast array of shopping opportunities, from fashion brands and chains (Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat) through to independent innovators and inspiring market stalls, such as at Noordermarkt. Or get lost in the Jordaan or in the 9 Straatjes (Nine Streets) – lanes that link the canals and where the most exclusive and original shops can be found, just like in the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk. Seek out entertainment These days, major entertainment areas include public squares like Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. On or around Leidseplein you’ll find the city’s main theatre (Stadsschouwburg) the two most popular gigging venues (Paradiso and Melkweg), the grand Art deco American Hotel, intellectual entertainment at De Balie, a major cinema multiplex (Pathé City) and numerous nightclubs, restaurants and bars, bars, bars. Likewise, Rembrandtplein is a hotspot for wining and dining, as well as home to some of the biggest party spots. Plus, you can always stop off for a selfie with Rembrandt’s statue and the protaganists from ‘The Night Watch’. Welcome in Amsterdam city center, borough of tourists and big chain stores. No we’re kidding! This part of town is so underrated. It’s home to some really cool hotspots we love to share with you in this Amsterdam City Center guide. So skip the Nieuwendijk and Kalverstraat. Discover the cool shopping streets like the Utrechtsestraat, Haarlemmerdijk, Haarlemmerstraat and The Nine Streets like the locals do. Discover Amsterdam City Center by bike and enjoy cycling on the canals overlooking the water. It’s the thing that still gives us this ‘amazing little feeling’ every day! Check out the Canal District or the authentic Jordaan for the historic feel in Amsterdam and enjoy the scenic view while having a drink. AMSTERDAM CANAL DISTRICT The Canal District in Amsterdam is maybe the most visited area in town. It’s a neighborhood that where almost every view is picture perfect. The canals are so much more than a touristic attraction, sometimes we forget how many unique hotspots there are. This is the area for the ultimate Amsterdam feeling, experience it by bike or by boat on the canals. Shop until you drop, treat yourself with the best food or party like a rock star, everything is possible in this Unesco Heritage area. The most famous streets in the Canal District in Amsterdam are the Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel. Although you should not miss these authentic streets, there is so much more to discover! Wander around in the side streets like the Spiegelstraat for some special and exclusive shops. Satisfy your appetite at one of the great restaurants. Photography lovers should definitely visit photo museum FOAM. End your day at hidden gem Tales & Spirits with cocktails and bites.
The Jordaan is possibly the most famous neighborhood in the Netherlands. Akin to the reputation enjoyed by London’s Cockneys, this once working-class bastion was renowned for tight community bonds, radical politics and a love for drink and over-the-top sing-a-longs. Gentrification of decades past has attracted more galleries, restaurants, specialty shops and upwardly-mobile residents to its scenic streets but there’s undeniably still a distinct atmosphere to be enjoyed here. Exploring the Jordaan area The Jordaan begins at Brouwersgracht, just west of the Amsterdam Central Station and arches around the western side of Canal Ring between Prinsengracht and Lijnbaansgracht before ending at Leidsegracht. The area north of Rozengracht is a more ‘touristy’ and commercial section, although the quieter area to the south is no less scenic. De Jordaan in Amsterdam is known for its cozy atmosphere. We love to walk around the tiny little streets and canals, and discover new restaurants and authentic cafés. In this neighborhood you can find a mix of artists, students and young entrepreneurs, but also the ‘original Amsterdammers’. If you happen to be in the Jordaan, you have to make sure to at least visit some great hotspots! For a perfect brunch you should go to Gs, with the needed bloody mary’s. For good salads, SLA is the place to be. And for a romantic diner you should go to De Luwte. The coolest streets in this neighborhood are de Westerstraat, the Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat, the Tweede Tuinstraat and the Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat. Here the restaurants represent kitchens from all over the world. You can find good take-out shops, beautiful concept stores and original brown Amsterdam cafés there.
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The Jordaan is possibly the most famous neighborhood in the Netherlands. Akin to the reputation enjoyed by London’s Cockneys, this once working-class bastion was renowned for tight community bonds, radical politics and a love for drink and over-the-top sing-a-longs. Gentrification of decades past has attracted more galleries, restaurants, specialty shops and upwardly-mobile residents to its scenic streets but there’s undeniably still a distinct atmosphere to be enjoyed here. Exploring the Jordaan area The Jordaan begins at Brouwersgracht, just west of the Amsterdam Central Station and arches around the western side of Canal Ring between Prinsengracht and Lijnbaansgracht before ending at Leidsegracht. The area north of Rozengracht is a more ‘touristy’ and commercial section, although the quieter area to the south is no less scenic. De Jordaan in Amsterdam is known for its cozy atmosphere. We love to walk around the tiny little streets and canals, and discover new restaurants and authentic cafés. In this neighborhood you can find a mix of artists, students and young entrepreneurs, but also the ‘original Amsterdammers’. If you happen to be in the Jordaan, you have to make sure to at least visit some great hotspots! For a perfect brunch you should go to Gs, with the needed bloody mary’s. For good salads, SLA is the place to be. And for a romantic diner you should go to De Luwte. The coolest streets in this neighborhood are de Westerstraat, the Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat, the Tweede Tuinstraat and the Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat. Here the restaurants represent kitchens from all over the world. You can find good take-out shops, beautiful concept stores and original brown Amsterdam cafés there.
We think Amsterdam West is one of the most diverse neighborhood in town. You find almost everything there! This multi-culti area – with a laid back attitude – is home to a cool mix of independent stores and many restaurant hotspots. You will find a diversity of hipster- proof coffee places, cool concept stores and vintage boutiques. Amsterdam West is also great for foodies! You find a nice eatery at almost every corner. Amsterdam West can be divided in different neighborhood. All with their own characteristics! Explore them all and discover Amsterdam its first indoor food market at the Kinkerstraat and Bellamy square. Or go shopping at one of the trendy streets like the Jan Pieter Heijestraat which is packed with cool stores. In the upcoming Baarsjes you will find the nicest restaurants and stores at almost every corner. Make sure to check out the Jan Evertsenstraat and the Admiraal the Ruijterweg. Find out more about Amsterdam Oud-West; a dynamic neighborhood that's home to a flurry of top-notch restaurants, hip boutiques and beautiful concept stores – many of which are found on the bustling De Clercqstraat and the Jan Pieter Heijestraat – while the Overtoom, a busy road that runs parallel to the Vondelpark, is the best place in town for furniture shopping. Occupying a roughly triangular area bordered by the stately Vondelpark to the south, the leafy and lively Oud-West (Old West) is the result of rapid urban expansion in the last quarter of the 19th Century. An increasing number of convivial coffee shops are opening their doors on the bustling Kinkerstraat, and at its intersection with Ten Katemarkt, you’ll come across one of Amsterdam’s coolest developments – De Hallen. Having undergone an enchanting renovation, this former tram depot now houses a boutique hotel, cinema, two restaurants and a food hall that’s a sheer feast of a treat for culinary connoisseurs. It’s monthly Local Goods Market is the place to go for some of Amsterdam’s finest craft goods, too.
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Amsterdam Oud-West
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We think Amsterdam West is one of the most diverse neighborhood in town. You find almost everything there! This multi-culti area – with a laid back attitude – is home to a cool mix of independent stores and many restaurant hotspots. You will find a diversity of hipster- proof coffee places, cool concept stores and vintage boutiques. Amsterdam West is also great for foodies! You find a nice eatery at almost every corner. Amsterdam West can be divided in different neighborhood. All with their own characteristics! Explore them all and discover Amsterdam its first indoor food market at the Kinkerstraat and Bellamy square. Or go shopping at one of the trendy streets like the Jan Pieter Heijestraat which is packed with cool stores. In the upcoming Baarsjes you will find the nicest restaurants and stores at almost every corner. Make sure to check out the Jan Evertsenstraat and the Admiraal the Ruijterweg. Find out more about Amsterdam Oud-West; a dynamic neighborhood that's home to a flurry of top-notch restaurants, hip boutiques and beautiful concept stores – many of which are found on the bustling De Clercqstraat and the Jan Pieter Heijestraat – while the Overtoom, a busy road that runs parallel to the Vondelpark, is the best place in town for furniture shopping. Occupying a roughly triangular area bordered by the stately Vondelpark to the south, the leafy and lively Oud-West (Old West) is the result of rapid urban expansion in the last quarter of the 19th Century. An increasing number of convivial coffee shops are opening their doors on the bustling Kinkerstraat, and at its intersection with Ten Katemarkt, you’ll come across one of Amsterdam’s coolest developments – De Hallen. Having undergone an enchanting renovation, this former tram depot now houses a boutique hotel, cinema, two restaurants and a food hall that’s a sheer feast of a treat for culinary connoisseurs. It’s monthly Local Goods Market is the place to go for some of Amsterdam’s finest craft goods, too.
Just outside the cultural heart of Amsterdam lies the posh neighborhood of Oud-Zuid, with its ravishing villas and tranquil curving streets. The Oud-Zuid is arguably the elegant heart of Amsterdam, and is one of the city’s most prestigious cultural districts. Amsterdam’s elegant Oud-Zuid (Old-South) was developed over a century ago as a cultural gateway to the city, at the tip of what was previously a boggy polder. It’s home to Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum – all of which exhibit the highlights of Western art. The nearby Vondelpark – created in the style of an English landscape garden – is the city’s most popular playground and is a magnet for picnickers and visitors who flock in their droves during the summer months to the numerous outdoor performances that take place there. Museums, concerts and galleries Museumplein – and its vast manicured lawn, a perfect spot for a summer picnic between museum visits – is presided over by the iconic Rijksmuseum, the repository of Dutch culture since 1885. Entirely renovated in 2013, it offers a splendid and arresting journey through 800 years of national art and history, with more than 30 of its 80 galleries devoted to the Golden Age. To the west, bordered by a street of jewellers and diamond cutters, lies the Van Gogh Museum with its brand-new entrance building and monumental collection of works by the misunderstood ear-lopping artist. Next door, the Stedelijk Museum flaunts its updated design, which brilliantly manages the feat of mixing the classical architecture of the original 1895 building with a new wing in the shape of a giant bathtub without being a nightmarish eyesore. Its restaurant boasts a large terrace where sunny days call for some people watching while enjoying their scrumptious BLTs and a tall glass of fresh orange juice. Between Museumplein and the entrance to the reservaat lies the 128-year-old Royal Concertgebouw, still regarded as one of the greatest concert halls in the world thanks to its remarkable acoustics, but which is thankfully not above offering the treat of free lunchtime concerts on Wednesdays. As the Oud-Zuid grew and spread, this rich cultural heritage was honored by naming more than 70 new streets after composers: some world-famous, such as Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert, and others local Dutch musicians who nonetheless have had a tremendous influence on music over the past five centuries. Living the high life in Amsterdam South Oud-Zuid is one of the city’s most desirable addresses, the real estate is Amsterdam’s most expensive and the residents are arguably the most privileged. Amsterdammers dub the area ‘het reservaat’ (the reservation), but you can leave your passport at home – just don’t forget your credit card: some of the chicest boutiques in town are to be found here, notably along the PC Hooftstraat, Cornelis Schuytstraat and Beethovenstraat. P.C. Hooftstraat, the high-end shopping destination in Amsterdam, located at the northeastern end of Vondelpark. But while the Willemspark area harbours a myriad of swanky – but not stuffy – restaurants (such as Ron Gastrobar by Michelin-starred chef Ron Blauw), airy cafés and quaint independent boutiques (like the fashion-fantasy-rich Silk), showy P.C. Hooftstraat is lined with haute couture boutiques such as Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, which rub elbows with the latest in exclusive labels: 7 for All Mankind, Burberry and Agent Provocateur. There is no better place to get your hands on a pair of Jimmy Choos or a Cartier watch, but as one of the most famous shopping destinations in the Netherlands, P.C. Hooftstraat is congested by throngs of local and international shoppers alike, and sometimes struggles to keep the right balance between old-world class and new-money bling. The Dutch like to mock the SUVs with tinted windows that park along the street by calling them ‘PC Hooft tractors’ (Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, the 17th-century poet after whom the street is named, must be turning in his grave). For all this luxury, though, Oud-Zuid is not a world apart, or a circus of snobbery. It's entrancingly elegant in the most approachable way, with its pretty gabled façades, its bijou balconies and its tree-lined serenity – a true ode to the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie. Amsterdam Old South is the neighborhood for culture and culinary delights. You don’t have to be a local in Amsterdam to know that Amsterdam Old South is one of the chicest neighborhoods in town. The Amstelveenseweg is known for its great restaurants like Ron Gastrobar and Franklin Bar & Kitchen. For coffee we love to go to Coffee Concepts or George Bistro! And for our monthly dose of burrata you can find us at Carter Bar & Kitchen. If you want to go on a shopping spree in Amsterdam Old South our top-pick streets are the Van Baerlestraat and Jacob Obrechtstraat. Smaller boutiques and a lot of specialty stores! With the beautiful Museumplein, the Museumdistrict is the place to be for a dose of culture. Tip: go for a lovely dinner at Rijks, the restaurant of Rijksmuseum or drink at the Conservatorium Hotel after your museum visit.
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Amsterdam Oud-Zuid
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Just outside the cultural heart of Amsterdam lies the posh neighborhood of Oud-Zuid, with its ravishing villas and tranquil curving streets. The Oud-Zuid is arguably the elegant heart of Amsterdam, and is one of the city’s most prestigious cultural districts. Amsterdam’s elegant Oud-Zuid (Old-South) was developed over a century ago as a cultural gateway to the city, at the tip of what was previously a boggy polder. It’s home to Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum – all of which exhibit the highlights of Western art. The nearby Vondelpark – created in the style of an English landscape garden – is the city’s most popular playground and is a magnet for picnickers and visitors who flock in their droves during the summer months to the numerous outdoor performances that take place there. Museums, concerts and galleries Museumplein – and its vast manicured lawn, a perfect spot for a summer picnic between museum visits – is presided over by the iconic Rijksmuseum, the repository of Dutch culture since 1885. Entirely renovated in 2013, it offers a splendid and arresting journey through 800 years of national art and history, with more than 30 of its 80 galleries devoted to the Golden Age. To the west, bordered by a street of jewellers and diamond cutters, lies the Van Gogh Museum with its brand-new entrance building and monumental collection of works by the misunderstood ear-lopping artist. Next door, the Stedelijk Museum flaunts its updated design, which brilliantly manages the feat of mixing the classical architecture of the original 1895 building with a new wing in the shape of a giant bathtub without being a nightmarish eyesore. Its restaurant boasts a large terrace where sunny days call for some people watching while enjoying their scrumptious BLTs and a tall glass of fresh orange juice. Between Museumplein and the entrance to the reservaat lies the 128-year-old Royal Concertgebouw, still regarded as one of the greatest concert halls in the world thanks to its remarkable acoustics, but which is thankfully not above offering the treat of free lunchtime concerts on Wednesdays. As the Oud-Zuid grew and spread, this rich cultural heritage was honored by naming more than 70 new streets after composers: some world-famous, such as Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert, and others local Dutch musicians who nonetheless have had a tremendous influence on music over the past five centuries. Living the high life in Amsterdam South Oud-Zuid is one of the city’s most desirable addresses, the real estate is Amsterdam’s most expensive and the residents are arguably the most privileged. Amsterdammers dub the area ‘het reservaat’ (the reservation), but you can leave your passport at home – just don’t forget your credit card: some of the chicest boutiques in town are to be found here, notably along the PC Hooftstraat, Cornelis Schuytstraat and Beethovenstraat. P.C. Hooftstraat, the high-end shopping destination in Amsterdam, located at the northeastern end of Vondelpark. But while the Willemspark area harbours a myriad of swanky – but not stuffy – restaurants (such as Ron Gastrobar by Michelin-starred chef Ron Blauw), airy cafés and quaint independent boutiques (like the fashion-fantasy-rich Silk), showy P.C. Hooftstraat is lined with haute couture boutiques such as Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, which rub elbows with the latest in exclusive labels: 7 for All Mankind, Burberry and Agent Provocateur. There is no better place to get your hands on a pair of Jimmy Choos or a Cartier watch, but as one of the most famous shopping destinations in the Netherlands, P.C. Hooftstraat is congested by throngs of local and international shoppers alike, and sometimes struggles to keep the right balance between old-world class and new-money bling. The Dutch like to mock the SUVs with tinted windows that park along the street by calling them ‘PC Hooft tractors’ (Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, the 17th-century poet after whom the street is named, must be turning in his grave). For all this luxury, though, Oud-Zuid is not a world apart, or a circus of snobbery. It's entrancingly elegant in the most approachable way, with its pretty gabled façades, its bijou balconies and its tree-lined serenity – a true ode to the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie. Amsterdam Old South is the neighborhood for culture and culinary delights. You don’t have to be a local in Amsterdam to know that Amsterdam Old South is one of the chicest neighborhoods in town. The Amstelveenseweg is known for its great restaurants like Ron Gastrobar and Franklin Bar & Kitchen. For coffee we love to go to Coffee Concepts or George Bistro! And for our monthly dose of burrata you can find us at Carter Bar & Kitchen. If you want to go on a shopping spree in Amsterdam Old South our top-pick streets are the Van Baerlestraat and Jacob Obrechtstraat. Smaller boutiques and a lot of specialty stores! With the beautiful Museumplein, the Museumdistrict is the place to be for a dose of culture. Tip: go for a lovely dinner at Rijks, the restaurant of Rijksmuseum or drink at the Conservatorium Hotel after your museum visit.
AMSTERDAM DE PIJP Find out more about De Pijp - a hip and happening neighborhood with a large concentration of restaurants, cafés and bars catering to just about every class and taste. De Pijp is starkly different from the picturesque canal district, but that is made up for by the lively and eccentric people that grace its streets. Here academics continue to mingle with artists in countless cafés, and the flourishing nightlife continues to draw people from all over the city. The vibrant heart of De Pijp: Albert Cuypmarkt De Pijp is perhaps most famous for the Albert Cuypmarkt. This market has been offering its wares for more than a century and vendors sell everything from fresh seafood, meat and cheese to flowers, clothes and jewellery. Stroll past the colourful stalls and sample the street food for a real Pijp experience. Amsterdam and international drinks & dining With its multitude of restaurants, cafés and bars, de Pijp will leave you spoiled for culinary choice. From Middle Eastern and North African cuisine to high-end teppanyaki and Vietnamese street food, the neighborhood’s cultural diversity shines through in its restaurants. Throw the area’s cocktail bars and beery brown cafés into the mix and you have a delicious evening planned! Beer fans also won't want to miss a tour of the former Heineken brewery, now better known as the Heineken Experience, to get a taste of the area’s brewing history. Innovative architecture Architecture enthusiasts can see some of the finest examples of Amsterdam School structures on and around P.L. Takstraat, with its complex of working-class flats known as arbeiderspaleizen (‘workers’ palaces’). These flats were designed in the early 20th century to provide housing for the labourers who worked in the nearby diamond industry and brewery. Hanging with the cool crowd De Pijp was also the territory of physician, urban planner and philanthropist Samuel Sarphati, who is commemorated in Sarphatipark with a statue. This park is a green oasis in the heart of De Pijp, pulling in the punters with delicate vistas and impressive foliage. Complete with a dog park, children’s playground and outdoor gym area, hip mothers natter alongside the city’s bright young things penning their memoirs, making it a fantastic place to picnic with your market-bought food finds when the sun breaks free. De Pijp experienced a new wave of cool places that opened the doors. It’s one of the older neighborhoods of Amsterdam. This is the place where hipsters like to shop at one of the trendy boutiques, healthy food lovers can eat at one of the many organic cafes and on the weekends this is the neighborhood to be for drinks with friends at one of the many bars. Did you know De Pijp is great for shopping too? Most shops are located around the trendy Gerard Doustraat, Van Woustraat and the Ferdinand Bolstraat. And last but not least: Experience the typical Dutch folks culture at the Albert Cuyp Market. They have the best traditional ‘stroopwafels’ there!
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De Pijp
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AMSTERDAM DE PIJP Find out more about De Pijp - a hip and happening neighborhood with a large concentration of restaurants, cafés and bars catering to just about every class and taste. De Pijp is starkly different from the picturesque canal district, but that is made up for by the lively and eccentric people that grace its streets. Here academics continue to mingle with artists in countless cafés, and the flourishing nightlife continues to draw people from all over the city. The vibrant heart of De Pijp: Albert Cuypmarkt De Pijp is perhaps most famous for the Albert Cuypmarkt. This market has been offering its wares for more than a century and vendors sell everything from fresh seafood, meat and cheese to flowers, clothes and jewellery. Stroll past the colourful stalls and sample the street food for a real Pijp experience. Amsterdam and international drinks & dining With its multitude of restaurants, cafés and bars, de Pijp will leave you spoiled for culinary choice. From Middle Eastern and North African cuisine to high-end teppanyaki and Vietnamese street food, the neighborhood’s cultural diversity shines through in its restaurants. Throw the area’s cocktail bars and beery brown cafés into the mix and you have a delicious evening planned! Beer fans also won't want to miss a tour of the former Heineken brewery, now better known as the Heineken Experience, to get a taste of the area’s brewing history. Innovative architecture Architecture enthusiasts can see some of the finest examples of Amsterdam School structures on and around P.L. Takstraat, with its complex of working-class flats known as arbeiderspaleizen (‘workers’ palaces’). These flats were designed in the early 20th century to provide housing for the labourers who worked in the nearby diamond industry and brewery. Hanging with the cool crowd De Pijp was also the territory of physician, urban planner and philanthropist Samuel Sarphati, who is commemorated in Sarphatipark with a statue. This park is a green oasis in the heart of De Pijp, pulling in the punters with delicate vistas and impressive foliage. Complete with a dog park, children’s playground and outdoor gym area, hip mothers natter alongside the city’s bright young things penning their memoirs, making it a fantastic place to picnic with your market-bought food finds when the sun breaks free. De Pijp experienced a new wave of cool places that opened the doors. It’s one of the older neighborhoods of Amsterdam. This is the place where hipsters like to shop at one of the trendy boutiques, healthy food lovers can eat at one of the many organic cafes and on the weekends this is the neighborhood to be for drinks with friends at one of the many bars. Did you know De Pijp is great for shopping too? Most shops are located around the trendy Gerard Doustraat, Van Woustraat and the Ferdinand Bolstraat. And last but not least: Experience the typical Dutch folks culture at the Albert Cuyp Market. They have the best traditional ‘stroopwafels’ there!
Museumkwartier Amsterdam is onder andere geliefd vanwege zijn beroemde musea. De bekendste, zoals het Van Gogh Museum en het Rijksmuseum, liggen vlak bij elkaar in het Museumkwartier. Deze prestigieuze wijk zit ook boordevol unieke winkels, cafés en restaurants – waardoor een fantastische plek is ontstaan om een dagje door te brengen, of twee! Topattracties Gelegen op en rond het Museumplein is het Museumkwartier dé plek in Amsterdam voor de culturele fijnproevers. Dicht bij elkaar: het Rijksmuseum, het Van Gogh Museum, het Stedelijk Museum, het Concertgebouw en het Vondelpark. En mocht dat niet genoeg zijn, dan is er ook nog Coster Diamonds, die gratis vermakelijke en verrassende rondleidingen verzorgt. De meeste musea in Amsterdam zijn trouwens gratis of met korting te bezoeken met de I amsterdam City Card. Kijk of je daar ook je voordeel uit kunt halen! De meeste gebouwen in deze wijk zijn 19e eeuws en zowel het Museumplein als het Vondelpark zijn uitstekende plekken om te picknicken of te luieren op het gras. Museumkwartier als winkelbuurt De winkels in het Museumkwartier zijn vooral populair bij chique Nederland. Winkelen als vertier, maar je kunt er ook prima terecht voor een paar (design)schoenen. De P.C. Hooftstraat heeft zo’n beetje alle bekende merken in huis, zoals Gucci, Chanel en Louis Vuitton, terwijl de Van Baerlestraat grossiert in kwaliteitsmerken als Pauw, Oilily en Vanilia. In de Jacob Obrechtstraat en de Cornelis Schuytstraat vind je aantrekkelijke kleine boutiques met verleidelijke etalages. Eten in het Museumkwartier Verhongeren is niet nodig in het Museumkwartier: gezellige cafés en mooie restaurants, je ziet meer buurtbewoners uit eten gaan dan bezoekers. L'entrecôte et les dames is een perfecte keus voor carnivoren – het restaurant dient ook als bijkletsplek. Voor een speciaal diner, Chang-I serveert designervoedsel in een verbazingwekkend interieur gestileerd door Eric Kuster (Jimmy Woo). En Sama Sebo is het adres voor een traditionele Indonesische rijsttafel. Een rondreis door het kwartier Het Museumkwartier ligt in stadsdeel Amsterdam Oud-Zuid en wordt begrensd door de Stadhouderskade aan de noordkant, de Hobbemakade aan de oostkant en de Overtoom aan de westkant. Een unieke manier om het Museumkwartier te bereiken is per Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop On en Hop Off, of per boot met een Canal Bus van de Canal Company. Er is ook een handig gidsje voor als je zelf een fietstoer wilt samenstellen, verkrijgbaar bij de VVV-vestigingen van Amsterdam.
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Museumkwartier Amsterdam is onder andere geliefd vanwege zijn beroemde musea. De bekendste, zoals het Van Gogh Museum en het Rijksmuseum, liggen vlak bij elkaar in het Museumkwartier. Deze prestigieuze wijk zit ook boordevol unieke winkels, cafés en restaurants – waardoor een fantastische plek is ontstaan om een dagje door te brengen, of twee! Topattracties Gelegen op en rond het Museumplein is het Museumkwartier dé plek in Amsterdam voor de culturele fijnproevers. Dicht bij elkaar: het Rijksmuseum, het Van Gogh Museum, het Stedelijk Museum, het Concertgebouw en het Vondelpark. En mocht dat niet genoeg zijn, dan is er ook nog Coster Diamonds, die gratis vermakelijke en verrassende rondleidingen verzorgt. De meeste musea in Amsterdam zijn trouwens gratis of met korting te bezoeken met de I amsterdam City Card. Kijk of je daar ook je voordeel uit kunt halen! De meeste gebouwen in deze wijk zijn 19e eeuws en zowel het Museumplein als het Vondelpark zijn uitstekende plekken om te picknicken of te luieren op het gras. Museumkwartier als winkelbuurt De winkels in het Museumkwartier zijn vooral populair bij chique Nederland. Winkelen als vertier, maar je kunt er ook prima terecht voor een paar (design)schoenen. De P.C. Hooftstraat heeft zo’n beetje alle bekende merken in huis, zoals Gucci, Chanel en Louis Vuitton, terwijl de Van Baerlestraat grossiert in kwaliteitsmerken als Pauw, Oilily en Vanilia. In de Jacob Obrechtstraat en de Cornelis Schuytstraat vind je aantrekkelijke kleine boutiques met verleidelijke etalages. Eten in het Museumkwartier Verhongeren is niet nodig in het Museumkwartier: gezellige cafés en mooie restaurants, je ziet meer buurtbewoners uit eten gaan dan bezoekers. L'entrecôte et les dames is een perfecte keus voor carnivoren – het restaurant dient ook als bijkletsplek. Voor een speciaal diner, Chang-I serveert designervoedsel in een verbazingwekkend interieur gestileerd door Eric Kuster (Jimmy Woo). En Sama Sebo is het adres voor een traditionele Indonesische rijsttafel. Een rondreis door het kwartier Het Museumkwartier ligt in stadsdeel Amsterdam Oud-Zuid en wordt begrensd door de Stadhouderskade aan de noordkant, de Hobbemakade aan de oostkant en de Overtoom aan de westkant. Een unieke manier om het Museumkwartier te bereiken is per Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop On en Hop Off, of per boot met een Canal Bus van de Canal Company. Er is ook een handig gidsje voor als je zelf een fietstoer wilt samenstellen, verkrijgbaar bij de VVV-vestigingen van Amsterdam.
AMSTERDAM NOORD + NDSM Find out more about the Amsterdam neighborhood of Noord, which encompasses both the modern northern waterfront of the IJ and the pretty rural villages to be found slightly inland. Take the ferry to Amsterdam Noord If you’re visiting Amsterdam, chances are that you’ll begin on the south side of the River IJ – for example, arriving at Amsterdam Central Station. To begin exploring the district of Amsterdam Noord ('north') simply board one of the free ferries (by public transport operator GVB) at the waterfront exit of the station (following signs to ‘Noord’). These public ferries depart every few minutes in daytime and even run (less frequently) through the night, transporting pedestrians, bicycles and mopeds. Cultural, architectural & culinary achievements Almost directly opposite Central Station stands the Eye Filmmuseum in all its futuristic glory. This cinema, museum, film archive and café/restaurant is a standout location; although it only opened in spring 2012, the building is already one of Amsterdam’s modern icons. Around the corner, find the Tolhuistuin, another cultural hotspot that boasts a live music venue, a restaurant and much more. The eye-catching A’DAM tower redevelopment next door is further upping the ante in this area, providing space for bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other music businesses. Rural chic In what seems like direct contrast to the cutting-edge vibe, this area also has loads of lovely little villages that are ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle or by water. Historic villages such as Nieuwendam, Ransdorp and Zunderdorp have authentic stolpboerderijen (traditional Dutch farmhouses with roofs built in the shape of a cheese-cover), wooden houses, canal locks and impressive polder views. Hop on the ferry and cross the IJ-lake to discover this raw part of town. Amsterdam North has an industrial feel and became one of the coolest neighborhoods over the last years. More and more hotspots are popping up! Visit urban beaches like Café de Ceuvel and Pllek! Both perfect spots to relax and enjoy the warm weather on the waterfront. Other nice places overlooking the IJ-lake are film museum EYE (enjoy the sunset on their beautiful terrace!), seafood restaurant Stork and THT restaurant. One of our favorite areas in Amsterdam North is the NDSM Wharf. Known as one of the best festival locations of Amsterdam. North is also the place to be for vintage and thrift shopping. You can’t miss the monthly flea market in the IJ-hallen, a true second hand heaven. The NDSM Wharf - Old shipyard turned creative haven A former shipyard located on the banks of the River IJ in Amsterdam Noord, the NDSM Wharf has blossomed into an enormous cultural hotspot in recent years with a vibrant artist community and an ever-expanding variety of bars and restaurants. With grounds exceeding the size of ten football pitches, the area hosts multi-disciplinary festivals, performances, exhibitions, dance parties and a wide range of other events in unique, post-industrial surroundings. NDSM The NDSM Wharf is a hipster hotspot where they have creative events all your round. This area with a raw and industrial vibe houses the ateliers from experimental artists. You will find cool street art on every corner of the street; it is for a reason young creative come here to get inspired. A Good spot for casual lunch is Pllek. For dinner you can visit Bistro North. To easiest way to reach the NDSM Wharf is by taking the boat from Central station. Are you a vintage lover? Don’t forget to visit the IJ-hallen flea market! Your wallet will be happy and the chance of finding a treasure in someone else its trash is great since it’s the biggest indoor flea market of Europe!
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AMSTERDAM NOORD + NDSM Find out more about the Amsterdam neighborhood of Noord, which encompasses both the modern northern waterfront of the IJ and the pretty rural villages to be found slightly inland. Take the ferry to Amsterdam Noord If you’re visiting Amsterdam, chances are that you’ll begin on the south side of the River IJ – for example, arriving at Amsterdam Central Station. To begin exploring the district of Amsterdam Noord ('north') simply board one of the free ferries (by public transport operator GVB) at the waterfront exit of the station (following signs to ‘Noord’). These public ferries depart every few minutes in daytime and even run (less frequently) through the night, transporting pedestrians, bicycles and mopeds. Cultural, architectural & culinary achievements Almost directly opposite Central Station stands the Eye Filmmuseum in all its futuristic glory. This cinema, museum, film archive and café/restaurant is a standout location; although it only opened in spring 2012, the building is already one of Amsterdam’s modern icons. Around the corner, find the Tolhuistuin, another cultural hotspot that boasts a live music venue, a restaurant and much more. The eye-catching A’DAM tower redevelopment next door is further upping the ante in this area, providing space for bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other music businesses. Rural chic In what seems like direct contrast to the cutting-edge vibe, this area also has loads of lovely little villages that are ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle or by water. Historic villages such as Nieuwendam, Ransdorp and Zunderdorp have authentic stolpboerderijen (traditional Dutch farmhouses with roofs built in the shape of a cheese-cover), wooden houses, canal locks and impressive polder views. Hop on the ferry and cross the IJ-lake to discover this raw part of town. Amsterdam North has an industrial feel and became one of the coolest neighborhoods over the last years. More and more hotspots are popping up! Visit urban beaches like Café de Ceuvel and Pllek! Both perfect spots to relax and enjoy the warm weather on the waterfront. Other nice places overlooking the IJ-lake are film museum EYE (enjoy the sunset on their beautiful terrace!), seafood restaurant Stork and THT restaurant. One of our favorite areas in Amsterdam North is the NDSM Wharf. Known as one of the best festival locations of Amsterdam. North is also the place to be for vintage and thrift shopping. You can’t miss the monthly flea market in the IJ-hallen, a true second hand heaven. The NDSM Wharf - Old shipyard turned creative haven A former shipyard located on the banks of the River IJ in Amsterdam Noord, the NDSM Wharf has blossomed into an enormous cultural hotspot in recent years with a vibrant artist community and an ever-expanding variety of bars and restaurants. With grounds exceeding the size of ten football pitches, the area hosts multi-disciplinary festivals, performances, exhibitions, dance parties and a wide range of other events in unique, post-industrial surroundings. NDSM The NDSM Wharf is a hipster hotspot where they have creative events all your round. This area with a raw and industrial vibe houses the ateliers from experimental artists. You will find cool street art on every corner of the street; it is for a reason young creative come here to get inspired. A Good spot for casual lunch is Pllek. For dinner you can visit Bistro North. To easiest way to reach the NDSM Wharf is by taking the boat from Central station. Are you a vintage lover? Don’t forget to visit the IJ-hallen flea market! Your wallet will be happy and the chance of finding a treasure in someone else its trash is great since it’s the biggest indoor flea market of Europe!
The Rivierenbuurt is not as hot as De Pijp, but this residential area has some really nice places we like to share with you. This cozy neighborhood is located between the Scheldestraat and the Amstel River. When you know the right places, we are sure you will appreciate the calm feel of the Rivierenbuurt. The most important and lively streets there are the: Maasstraat, Rijnstraat and Scheldestraat. Enjoy the French cuisine in Cotignac or check the cool restaurant Old-School. Are you a meat lover? Visit The Roast Room next to the RAI. Fancy a drink? Strand Zuid and Cafe Vrijdag are worth a visit! And during August in the summer you should definitely visit theatre Festival De Parade.
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The Rivierenbuurt is not as hot as De Pijp, but this residential area has some really nice places we like to share with you. This cozy neighborhood is located between the Scheldestraat and the Amstel River. When you know the right places, we are sure you will appreciate the calm feel of the Rivierenbuurt. The most important and lively streets there are the: Maasstraat, Rijnstraat and Scheldestraat. Enjoy the French cuisine in Cotignac or check the cool restaurant Old-School. Are you a meat lover? Visit The Roast Room next to the RAI. Fancy a drink? Strand Zuid and Cafe Vrijdag are worth a visit! And during August in the summer you should definitely visit theatre Festival De Parade.
Hip places, green spaces and diverse faces. Ethnically diverse and strikingly spacious, Amsterdam East (Oost) is known for its wide streets lined by monumental 19th-century buildings, as well as its vibrant cultural mix. With plenty of opportunities for shopping, eating and drinking, the area boasts an exciting selection of trendy clubs, traditional Turkish bakeries, Surinamese supermarkets and Middle Eastern lunchrooms as well, of course, as the beautiful Oosterpark and the majestic Tropenmuseum. Amsterdam East is one of the upcoming or so called hipster neighborhoods in Amsterdam! It almost seems that a new hotspot pops up almost every day in this neighborhood. It’s nearby the city center, but has such a different vibe. A drink at the rooftop of The Volkshotel is a must to enjoy the stunning views over Amsterdam! When it comes to restaurants there is something for everyone. From trendy coffee bars, industrial warehouses, cocktail bars to concept stores! The Czaar Peter Street and the Javastraat are some of the best shopping streets on the East side of town. All kinds of trendy shops can be found here. On a sunny day it’s definitely a must to visit Roest for a drink on the waterfront. If you want the local feel and multi-culti then stroll over the Dappermarket or wander around the Oosterpark. The renewed Beukenplein is perfect for a drink afterwards!
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Hip places, green spaces and diverse faces. Ethnically diverse and strikingly spacious, Amsterdam East (Oost) is known for its wide streets lined by monumental 19th-century buildings, as well as its vibrant cultural mix. With plenty of opportunities for shopping, eating and drinking, the area boasts an exciting selection of trendy clubs, traditional Turkish bakeries, Surinamese supermarkets and Middle Eastern lunchrooms as well, of course, as the beautiful Oosterpark and the majestic Tropenmuseum. Amsterdam East is one of the upcoming or so called hipster neighborhoods in Amsterdam! It almost seems that a new hotspot pops up almost every day in this neighborhood. It’s nearby the city center, but has such a different vibe. A drink at the rooftop of The Volkshotel is a must to enjoy the stunning views over Amsterdam! When it comes to restaurants there is something for everyone. From trendy coffee bars, industrial warehouses, cocktail bars to concept stores! The Czaar Peter Street and the Javastraat are some of the best shopping streets on the East side of town. All kinds of trendy shops can be found here. On a sunny day it’s definitely a must to visit Roest for a drink on the waterfront. If you want the local feel and multi-culti then stroll over the Dappermarket or wander around the Oosterpark. The renewed Beukenplein is perfect for a drink afterwards!
The quaint and quirky streets that straddle Amsterdam’s grandest canals form the city’s most photogenic micro-neighborhood. Known to locals as De Negen Straatjes or ‘The Nine Streets’, this special neighborhood is full to bursting with vintage and designer shopping, specialty stores and cozy cafés. If you ask us the Nine Streets are the most cosy streets of Amsterdam. You find them within walking distance of the Dam Square at the western part of the Canal District. Like the name suggests, the district is famous for its nine streets connected by the canals. Here you will find great fashion boutiques and delicious lunch cafes. The Nine Streets are a must visit for everyone living in- or visiting Amsterdam. The Nine Streets consist of: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg. This neighborhood is a very popular area to buy clothes, books, jewelry and art. Fans of vintage clothes can shop at Laura Dols, Episode or Zipper. If you arrive in the beautiful Nine Streets around noon try to get a table at one of the many cute little eateries like Ree7 or Pluk. Enjoy wandering around the Nine Streets!
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The quaint and quirky streets that straddle Amsterdam’s grandest canals form the city’s most photogenic micro-neighborhood. Known to locals as De Negen Straatjes or ‘The Nine Streets’, this special neighborhood is full to bursting with vintage and designer shopping, specialty stores and cozy cafés. If you ask us the Nine Streets are the most cosy streets of Amsterdam. You find them within walking distance of the Dam Square at the western part of the Canal District. Like the name suggests, the district is famous for its nine streets connected by the canals. Here you will find great fashion boutiques and delicious lunch cafes. The Nine Streets are a must visit for everyone living in- or visiting Amsterdam. The Nine Streets consist of: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg. This neighborhood is a very popular area to buy clothes, books, jewelry and art. Fans of vintage clothes can shop at Laura Dols, Episode or Zipper. If you arrive in the beautiful Nine Streets around noon try to get a table at one of the many cute little eateries like Ree7 or Pluk. Enjoy wandering around the Nine Streets!
Vibrant atmosphere against a green backdrop Adjacent to the centre lies the lively Westerpark neighborhood, part of Amsterdam West. Home to the eponymous park, which combines expansive greenery with the wealth of cultural goings on at Westergas, this lively neighborhood is home to a varied mix of independent shops, old-school street markets, shiny new restaurants and traditional brown cafés. Located in Amsterdam West, the Westerpark is a wonderful place to walk, skate, relax or have a picnic with friends. This green expanse dotted with trees and ponds is part of the Westergas complex, a former gasworks that was completely renovated in recent years. Besides the park, this area is home to a nice selection of cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as an art-house cinema and a variety of small creative businesses. Many large cultural events take place here throughout the year, and certain buildings can be rented by the public for events, parties or even weddings. The popular Westerpark area in Amsterdam is really a great all-in-one hotspot. It has a lot of nice breakfast and lunch spots, trendy pubs, bars and restaurants. A well-known pub among the Amsterdam locals Pacific Parc. This is the place to be in the weekends, to drink a nice cold beer on their great terrace and stay around in the evening for some dancing. De Bakkerswinkel is perfect for a relaxed breakfast or brunch with their delicious and addictive scones. A good dinnerspot is Raïnaraï. They serve Algerian delicacies, which you can munch at the romantic campfire. Do you prefer not spending too much money? Then the park itself is a great place to relax and have a barbecue with your friends. Or go for a stroll on the monthly Sunday Market! Are you a party animal? Keep an eye on the agenda of the Westergasfabriek for the hottest festivals and cool concerts.
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Vibrant atmosphere against a green backdrop Adjacent to the centre lies the lively Westerpark neighborhood, part of Amsterdam West. Home to the eponymous park, which combines expansive greenery with the wealth of cultural goings on at Westergas, this lively neighborhood is home to a varied mix of independent shops, old-school street markets, shiny new restaurants and traditional brown cafés. Located in Amsterdam West, the Westerpark is a wonderful place to walk, skate, relax or have a picnic with friends. This green expanse dotted with trees and ponds is part of the Westergas complex, a former gasworks that was completely renovated in recent years. Besides the park, this area is home to a nice selection of cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as an art-house cinema and a variety of small creative businesses. Many large cultural events take place here throughout the year, and certain buildings can be rented by the public for events, parties or even weddings. The popular Westerpark area in Amsterdam is really a great all-in-one hotspot. It has a lot of nice breakfast and lunch spots, trendy pubs, bars and restaurants. A well-known pub among the Amsterdam locals Pacific Parc. This is the place to be in the weekends, to drink a nice cold beer on their great terrace and stay around in the evening for some dancing. De Bakkerswinkel is perfect for a relaxed breakfast or brunch with their delicious and addictive scones. A good dinnerspot is Raïnaraï. They serve Algerian delicacies, which you can munch at the romantic campfire. Do you prefer not spending too much money? Then the park itself is a great place to relax and have a barbecue with your friends. Or go for a stroll on the monthly Sunday Market! Are you a party animal? Keep an eye on the agenda of the Westergasfabriek for the hottest festivals and cool concerts.
Find out more about De Plantage, where urban sprawl meets the natural world in the city centre. Nature and culture in the heart of Amsterdam Strolling along the quiet boulevard-esque streets of De Plantage is a real pleasure as it’s a unique district where the city and nature consistently cross each other’s paths. As well as the Artis Royal Zoo, the Hortus Botanical Gardens and the small but beautiful Wertheimpark, the Plantage also encompasses the former Jewish Quarter, which bears testimony to the horrors of the Second World War. Those who want to learn about Jewish wartime in Amsterdam can do so at the Jewish Historical Museum and the Dutch Resistance Museum. These days, culture reigns supreme here, and you’ll find 18 cultural centres of excellence within a stone’s throw of each other. From the most beautiful theatres such as Royal Theatre Carré and the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, to great museums such as the Rembrandt House Museum and the Micropia (museum of micro-organisms), where you will discover how many microbes are exchanged during a French kiss. Waterlooplein (with its famous daily flea market) is named after the Battle of Waterloo, as a tribute to the fallen heroes who defeated Napoleon there in 1815.
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Find out more about De Plantage, where urban sprawl meets the natural world in the city centre. Nature and culture in the heart of Amsterdam Strolling along the quiet boulevard-esque streets of De Plantage is a real pleasure as it’s a unique district where the city and nature consistently cross each other’s paths. As well as the Artis Royal Zoo, the Hortus Botanical Gardens and the small but beautiful Wertheimpark, the Plantage also encompasses the former Jewish Quarter, which bears testimony to the horrors of the Second World War. Those who want to learn about Jewish wartime in Amsterdam can do so at the Jewish Historical Museum and the Dutch Resistance Museum. These days, culture reigns supreme here, and you’ll find 18 cultural centres of excellence within a stone’s throw of each other. From the most beautiful theatres such as Royal Theatre Carré and the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, to great museums such as the Rembrandt House Museum and the Micropia (museum of micro-organisms), where you will discover how many microbes are exchanged during a French kiss. Waterlooplein (with its famous daily flea market) is named after the Battle of Waterloo, as a tribute to the fallen heroes who defeated Napoleon there in 1815.
BOS EN LOMMER & DE BAARSJES Boasting cool cultural establishments, green open spaces and a young, and multicultural crowd, Bos en Lommer and Baarsjes is rapidly expanding into one of Amsterdam's most dynamic creative outposts. Bos en Lommer It may have been named after a farm that once stood here, but the 20th-century residential neighborhood Bos en Lommer is far from being a rustic outpost. It’s recent – beautiful – renovation and increasingly-used nickname BoLo are sure-fire signs that this ‘hood is growing in popularity. And it’s not surprising when it boasts cool establishments like De School (a new club, music venue, restaurant, gym and exhibition space) and international cultural theatre Podium Mozaïek. Bos and Lommer is probably one of the most undiscovered neighborhoods in Amsterdam. The district seems like a gray area at first sight with all the high rise buildings. Perhaps Bos and Lommer is not the first district that will pop into your mind when you want to explore a cool area in Amsterdam. We have to be honest… we don’t come there that often. Shame on us! Although it is not a place to do your fashion shopping, it’s a surprisingly upcoming area with a lot of trendy hotspots! As a foodie Bos and Lommer is definitely worth to check out. French cafe-restaurant Pistou for example is a nice hidden gem. And have you discovered Van De Buurt yet? A great all day hotspot with amazing food and a nice terrace next to the water. Looking for a place for your Friday afternoon drinks with friends? Then you must visit Bret. A cool meeting place close to Sloterdijk Station with Amsterdam brewed beers on tap. DE BAARSJES De Baarsjes, which borders the south of BoLo, is wonderfully green, young and multicultural, and is largely inhabited by families, students and creatives. The ‘hood’s beating heart is the Jan Evertsenstraat – or simply, ‘Jan Eef’ – a popular shopping street where trendy concept stores, Turkish shops, greengrocers and bakeries sit side by side in perfect harmony. Other attractions include Witte de Withstraat, with its galleries; creative breeding grounds Het Sieraad and Meneer de Wit; and the area’s beautiful Amsterdam School architecture. De Baarsjes in Amsterdam is one of the hipster neighborhoods! This district is only a 15 minutes bike ride from the city center and has many trendy cafés, restaurants and coffee bars. Most hotspots are situated on the Jan Evertsenstraat, the Admiraal de Ruyterweg and around Mercatorplein. Popular spots in the neighborhood are Partisan and Bar Spek where you can enjoy your drinks and food on the waterfront. If you need a quiet place to chillout, Rembrandtpark and Erasmuspark are your green spots.
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BOS EN LOMMER & DE BAARSJES Boasting cool cultural establishments, green open spaces and a young, and multicultural crowd, Bos en Lommer and Baarsjes is rapidly expanding into one of Amsterdam's most dynamic creative outposts. Bos en Lommer It may have been named after a farm that once stood here, but the 20th-century residential neighborhood Bos en Lommer is far from being a rustic outpost. It’s recent – beautiful – renovation and increasingly-used nickname BoLo are sure-fire signs that this ‘hood is growing in popularity. And it’s not surprising when it boasts cool establishments like De School (a new club, music venue, restaurant, gym and exhibition space) and international cultural theatre Podium Mozaïek. Bos and Lommer is probably one of the most undiscovered neighborhoods in Amsterdam. The district seems like a gray area at first sight with all the high rise buildings. Perhaps Bos and Lommer is not the first district that will pop into your mind when you want to explore a cool area in Amsterdam. We have to be honest… we don’t come there that often. Shame on us! Although it is not a place to do your fashion shopping, it’s a surprisingly upcoming area with a lot of trendy hotspots! As a foodie Bos and Lommer is definitely worth to check out. French cafe-restaurant Pistou for example is a nice hidden gem. And have you discovered Van De Buurt yet? A great all day hotspot with amazing food and a nice terrace next to the water. Looking for a place for your Friday afternoon drinks with friends? Then you must visit Bret. A cool meeting place close to Sloterdijk Station with Amsterdam brewed beers on tap. DE BAARSJES De Baarsjes, which borders the south of BoLo, is wonderfully green, young and multicultural, and is largely inhabited by families, students and creatives. The ‘hood’s beating heart is the Jan Evertsenstraat – or simply, ‘Jan Eef’ – a popular shopping street where trendy concept stores, Turkish shops, greengrocers and bakeries sit side by side in perfect harmony. Other attractions include Witte de Withstraat, with its galleries; creative breeding grounds Het Sieraad and Meneer de Wit; and the area’s beautiful Amsterdam School architecture. De Baarsjes in Amsterdam is one of the hipster neighborhoods! This district is only a 15 minutes bike ride from the city center and has many trendy cafés, restaurants and coffee bars. Most hotspots are situated on the Jan Evertsenstraat, the Admiraal de Ruyterweg and around Mercatorplein. Popular spots in the neighborhood are Partisan and Bar Spek where you can enjoy your drinks and food on the waterfront. If you need a quiet place to chillout, Rembrandtpark and Erasmuspark are your green spots.
BOS EN LOMMER & DE BAARSJES Boasting cool cultural establishments, green open spaces and a young, and multicultural crowd, Bos en Lommer and Baarsjes is rapidly expanding into one of Amsterdam's most dynamic creative outposts. Bos en Lommer It may have been named after a farm that once stood here, but the 20th-century residential neighborhood Bos en Lommer is far from being a rustic outpost. It’s recent – beautiful – renovation and increasingly-used nickname BoLo are sure-fire signs that this ‘hood is growing in popularity. And it’s not surprising when it boasts cool establishments like De School (a new club, music venue, restaurant, gym and exhibition space) and international cultural theatre Podium Mozaïek. Bos and Lommer is probably one of the most undiscovered neighborhoods in Amsterdam. The district seems like a gray area at first sight with all the high rise buildings. Perhaps Bos and Lommer is not the first district that will pop into your mind when you want to explore a cool area in Amsterdam. We have to be honest… we don’t come there that often. Shame on us! Although it is not a place to do your fashion shopping, it’s a surprisingly upcoming area with a lot of trendy hotspots! As a foodie Bos and Lommer is definitely worth to check out. French cafe-restaurant Pistou for example is a nice hidden gem. And have you discovered Van De Buurt yet? A great all day hotspot with amazing food and a nice terrace next to the water. Looking for a place for your Friday afternoon drinks with friends? Then you must visit Bret. A cool meeting place close to Sloterdijk Station with Amsterdam brewed beers on tap. DE BAARSJES De Baarsjes, which borders the south of BoLo, is wonderfully green, young and multicultural, and is largely inhabited by families, students and creatives. The ‘hood’s beating heart is the Jan Evertsenstraat – or simply, ‘Jan Eef’ – a popular shopping street where trendy concept stores, Turkish shops, greengrocers and bakeries sit side by side in perfect harmony. Other attractions include Witte de Withstraat, with its galleries; creative breeding grounds Het Sieraad and Meneer de Wit; and the area’s beautiful Amsterdam School architecture. De Baarsjes in Amsterdam is one of the hipster neighborhoods! This district is only a 15 minutes bike ride from the city center and has many trendy cafés, restaurants and coffee bars. Most hotspots are situated on the Jan Evertsenstraat, the Admiraal de Ruyterweg and around Mercatorplein. Popular spots in the neighborhood are Partisan and Bar Spek where you can enjoy your drinks and food on the waterfront. If you need a quiet place to chillout, Rembrandtpark and Erasmuspark are your green spots.
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BOS EN LOMMER & DE BAARSJES Boasting cool cultural establishments, green open spaces and a young, and multicultural crowd, Bos en Lommer and Baarsjes is rapidly expanding into one of Amsterdam's most dynamic creative outposts. Bos en Lommer It may have been named after a farm that once stood here, but the 20th-century residential neighborhood Bos en Lommer is far from being a rustic outpost. It’s recent – beautiful – renovation and increasingly-used nickname BoLo are sure-fire signs that this ‘hood is growing in popularity. And it’s not surprising when it boasts cool establishments like De School (a new club, music venue, restaurant, gym and exhibition space) and international cultural theatre Podium Mozaïek. Bos and Lommer is probably one of the most undiscovered neighborhoods in Amsterdam. The district seems like a gray area at first sight with all the high rise buildings. Perhaps Bos and Lommer is not the first district that will pop into your mind when you want to explore a cool area in Amsterdam. We have to be honest… we don’t come there that often. Shame on us! Although it is not a place to do your fashion shopping, it’s a surprisingly upcoming area with a lot of trendy hotspots! As a foodie Bos and Lommer is definitely worth to check out. French cafe-restaurant Pistou for example is a nice hidden gem. And have you discovered Van De Buurt yet? A great all day hotspot with amazing food and a nice terrace next to the water. Looking for a place for your Friday afternoon drinks with friends? Then you must visit Bret. A cool meeting place close to Sloterdijk Station with Amsterdam brewed beers on tap. DE BAARSJES De Baarsjes, which borders the south of BoLo, is wonderfully green, young and multicultural, and is largely inhabited by families, students and creatives. The ‘hood’s beating heart is the Jan Evertsenstraat – or simply, ‘Jan Eef’ – a popular shopping street where trendy concept stores, Turkish shops, greengrocers and bakeries sit side by side in perfect harmony. Other attractions include Witte de Withstraat, with its galleries; creative breeding grounds Het Sieraad and Meneer de Wit; and the area’s beautiful Amsterdam School architecture. De Baarsjes in Amsterdam is one of the hipster neighborhoods! This district is only a 15 minutes bike ride from the city center and has many trendy cafés, restaurants and coffee bars. Most hotspots are situated on the Jan Evertsenstraat, the Admiraal de Ruyterweg and around Mercatorplein. Popular spots in the neighborhood are Partisan and Bar Spek where you can enjoy your drinks and food on the waterfront. If you need a quiet place to chillout, Rembrandtpark and Erasmuspark are your green spots.
Zuidoost This vibrant cultural melting pot with large-scale entertainment is well worth a visit to see a different perspective of Amsterdam. Zuidoost (South East) includes the residential area De Bijlmer as well as the big-entertainment world of the Johan Cruijff ArenA, AFAS Live and the Ziggo Dome, plus numerous gleaming office buildings. It’s about as far away as you can get from your typical canals-and-clogs image of Amsterdam, but with around 100,000 residents from more than 150 ethnic backgrounds, it is a side of Amsterdam that shouldn't be overlooked.
Amsterdam-Zuidoost
Zuidoost This vibrant cultural melting pot with large-scale entertainment is well worth a visit to see a different perspective of Amsterdam. Zuidoost (South East) includes the residential area De Bijlmer as well as the big-entertainment world of the Johan Cruijff ArenA, AFAS Live and the Ziggo Dome, plus numerous gleaming office buildings. It’s about as far away as you can get from your typical canals-and-clogs image of Amsterdam, but with around 100,000 residents from more than 150 ethnic backgrounds, it is a side of Amsterdam that shouldn't be overlooked.
Located in the easternmost part of Amsterdam, IJburg consists of three reclaimed islands. The city’s youngest area (construction began in 1996), it has quickly become popular among those who love modern architecture and water sports. Do you prefer a quiet and green neighborhood? Then IJburg is the place to be: the first residents established here only several years ago. This new district near Diemerpark consists of a number of artificial islands: Steigereiland, Haveneiland West and East and the Rieteilanden. In the summer you can completely relax at the Theo van Gogh Park. A land of wind and water, IJburg is made up of four man-made islands, with even more in development. The islands are connected by bridges along its main artery IJburglaan. IJburg is also connected to the city with a main bridge and a 15-minute tram ride to Central Station. A biking/walking bridge connects it to Diemen and Amsterdam Oost. Eating and drinking in IJburg New housing developments are popping up in IJburg neighborhood, and locals frequent neighborhood café and theatre, Vrijburcht, and a few higher-end bars clustering around the yacht haven. Although many locals prefer the bustling center, more pubs, cafes and restaurants arrive in IJburg. If you have some time to kill and want to see a different part of town it’s fun to hop on a bike and explore the islands of IJburg!
IJburg
Located in the easternmost part of Amsterdam, IJburg consists of three reclaimed islands. The city’s youngest area (construction began in 1996), it has quickly become popular among those who love modern architecture and water sports. Do you prefer a quiet and green neighborhood? Then IJburg is the place to be: the first residents established here only several years ago. This new district near Diemerpark consists of a number of artificial islands: Steigereiland, Haveneiland West and East and the Rieteilanden. In the summer you can completely relax at the Theo van Gogh Park. A land of wind and water, IJburg is made up of four man-made islands, with even more in development. The islands are connected by bridges along its main artery IJburglaan. IJburg is also connected to the city with a main bridge and a 15-minute tram ride to Central Station. A biking/walking bridge connects it to Diemen and Amsterdam Oost. Eating and drinking in IJburg New housing developments are popping up in IJburg neighborhood, and locals frequent neighborhood café and theatre, Vrijburcht, and a few higher-end bars clustering around the yacht haven. Although many locals prefer the bustling center, more pubs, cafes and restaurants arrive in IJburg. If you have some time to kill and want to see a different part of town it’s fun to hop on a bike and explore the islands of IJburg!
Nieuw-West (literally New West) is the largest and greenest neighbourhood of Amsterdam. Diverse and spacious, the area incorporates post WWII residential districts, culturally rejuvenated former business parks and the vast Sloterpas lake and surrounding park. Immerse yourself in history The ancient village of Sloten, which became a part of Amsterdam in 1921, is home to the Sloten Windmill museum – a fully functioning poldermill where you’ll learn all about how windmills work, as well as how Rembrandt, the son of a miller, grew up. Sloten was first mentioned in 1063, which might make it older than Amsterdam. The areas around it, including Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, were all farmland for centuries. Until as late as the 1950s, when the area was developed, local growers would bring their produce to the city to sell at markets. Have a day by the lake At the end of Jan Evertsenstraat is Sloterplas, a huge lake surrounded by the green and spacious Sloterpark. In addition to the runners, fishermen, swimmers and other water sports fans, more and more people are finding their way to this picturesque urban lake for a relaxing picnic, boat trip or to catch a film under the stars during the summer. There’s also the annual Loveland dance festival, and Sloterplasloop running event for those after something a little more active. Experience the nightlife Former office and business park Sloterdijk is changing at a rapid pace and with an innovative twist. Take, for example, the recently-opened bar-restaurant Bret, with it 'circular' (sustainable) garden, bee palace and vineyard (No. Chateau). You’ll also find a café in a tram, the club Warehouse Elementenstraat, and the Soupalicious soup restaurant. If you like pioneering concepts, you won’t be disappointed! Catch a show The place to go for the best comedy acts, dance performances and family shows. Meervaart also has a conference facility and is a breeding ground for talent. Nestled in Sloterpark, De Natureluur is a playground and adventure park that’s a hit with kids of all ages. The organisers host a variety of active and educational activities, ranging from kayaking and archery, through to nature lessons on creepy crawlies and wildlife. It’s also the perfect spot for birthday parties, delighting little ones with campfires, pony rides, hut-building and all sorts of treats.
Amsterdam Nieuw-West
Nieuw-West (literally New West) is the largest and greenest neighbourhood of Amsterdam. Diverse and spacious, the area incorporates post WWII residential districts, culturally rejuvenated former business parks and the vast Sloterpas lake and surrounding park. Immerse yourself in history The ancient village of Sloten, which became a part of Amsterdam in 1921, is home to the Sloten Windmill museum – a fully functioning poldermill where you’ll learn all about how windmills work, as well as how Rembrandt, the son of a miller, grew up. Sloten was first mentioned in 1063, which might make it older than Amsterdam. The areas around it, including Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, were all farmland for centuries. Until as late as the 1950s, when the area was developed, local growers would bring their produce to the city to sell at markets. Have a day by the lake At the end of Jan Evertsenstraat is Sloterplas, a huge lake surrounded by the green and spacious Sloterpark. In addition to the runners, fishermen, swimmers and other water sports fans, more and more people are finding their way to this picturesque urban lake for a relaxing picnic, boat trip or to catch a film under the stars during the summer. There’s also the annual Loveland dance festival, and Sloterplasloop running event for those after something a little more active. Experience the nightlife Former office and business park Sloterdijk is changing at a rapid pace and with an innovative twist. Take, for example, the recently-opened bar-restaurant Bret, with it 'circular' (sustainable) garden, bee palace and vineyard (No. Chateau). You’ll also find a café in a tram, the club Warehouse Elementenstraat, and the Soupalicious soup restaurant. If you like pioneering concepts, you won’t be disappointed! Catch a show The place to go for the best comedy acts, dance performances and family shows. Meervaart also has a conference facility and is a breeding ground for talent. Nestled in Sloterpark, De Natureluur is a playground and adventure park that’s a hit with kids of all ages. The organisers host a variety of active and educational activities, ranging from kayaking and archery, through to nature lessons on creepy crawlies and wildlife. It’s also the perfect spot for birthday parties, delighting little ones with campfires, pony rides, hut-building and all sorts of treats.
Amstelveen owes its existence to the Amstel River, which once played a crucial role in connecting Amsterdam to the rest of the Netherlands. Since then, Amstelveen has grown into a lively city with plenty of options for recreation and entertainment. It’s also the second greenest city in the Netherlands! Culture, education, events and shopping are just a few of the things waiting to be discovered in Amstelveen’s city center.
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Amstelveen owes its existence to the Amstel River, which once played a crucial role in connecting Amsterdam to the rest of the Netherlands. Since then, Amstelveen has grown into a lively city with plenty of options for recreation and entertainment. It’s also the second greenest city in the Netherlands! Culture, education, events and shopping are just a few of the things waiting to be discovered in Amstelveen’s city center.
Have you ever had the feeling that all of the world’s shopping streets pretty much have the same stuff on offer? Well then, you need to visit Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerstraat – it’s hip, it’s quirky and it’s the perfect spot for hours of relaxed browsing, dining and bar-hopping! Independent entertainment Located in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, the Haarlemmerstraat – and its extension, the Haarlemmerdijk - is a gem. Offering independent boutiques and speciality stores, little salons, trendy but affordable restaurants and bars and the oldest cinema in Amsterdam, this area will appeal to even the most jaded of world travellers. You are guaranteed to find a special little something from Amsterdam in this alternative shopping district. And with a constant passing parade along the Haarlemmerstraat, you can spend a very entertaining time just watching the world go by. Wide variety With 235 stores offering fashion and accessories, toys, gifts, jewellery, books, electronics and specialty delicatessens– the biggest problem in the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk will be deciding what to spend your money on. On Wednesdays this decision gets harder as the area’s assortment grows with the organic farmer’s market on the Haarlemmerplein. For more socially-conscious shopping, head to Nukuhiva boutique, whose stylish urban wear proves it's hip to be Fair Trade. Shops are open until 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, meaning you can perfectly combine a bit of shopping with a bite to eat. Wine and dine The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are packed with one little cosy dining and drinking spot after another. Hollandaluz is a Spanish delicatessen and specialty store which brings sunny Andalusia to Amsterdam. Hand-painted tiles, delicious pata negra and glistening hams beckon you inside – and in addition to tasty tapas and sherries, Hollandaluz also sells hand-painted ceramics. Other restaurant favourites include Thai & Co and Scarlett. Also, any restaurant which calls itself Stout! (which means naughty in Dutch) has got to be quite special, and the menu of this mischievous little venue changes every 6 weeks. There’s so much to do in the Haarlemmerbuurt, no matter what your interests are. Shopping, food, drinks or going to the movies. It’s all possible in this neighborhood which we love so much for the small boutiques. Is it time to buy present for a friend? Then try finding something at concept stores Six and Sons or Restored. For gifts for real man you can go to Concrete Matter. Wanna go for a drink? At Ibericus you can go for a glass of wine with the most delicious cured hams. Or have cocktails at Vesper Bar in one of the small side streets. The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are worth exploring!
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Haarlemmerbuurt
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Have you ever had the feeling that all of the world’s shopping streets pretty much have the same stuff on offer? Well then, you need to visit Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerstraat – it’s hip, it’s quirky and it’s the perfect spot for hours of relaxed browsing, dining and bar-hopping! Independent entertainment Located in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, the Haarlemmerstraat – and its extension, the Haarlemmerdijk - is a gem. Offering independent boutiques and speciality stores, little salons, trendy but affordable restaurants and bars and the oldest cinema in Amsterdam, this area will appeal to even the most jaded of world travellers. You are guaranteed to find a special little something from Amsterdam in this alternative shopping district. And with a constant passing parade along the Haarlemmerstraat, you can spend a very entertaining time just watching the world go by. Wide variety With 235 stores offering fashion and accessories, toys, gifts, jewellery, books, electronics and specialty delicatessens– the biggest problem in the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk will be deciding what to spend your money on. On Wednesdays this decision gets harder as the area’s assortment grows with the organic farmer’s market on the Haarlemmerplein. For more socially-conscious shopping, head to Nukuhiva boutique, whose stylish urban wear proves it's hip to be Fair Trade. Shops are open until 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, meaning you can perfectly combine a bit of shopping with a bite to eat. Wine and dine The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are packed with one little cosy dining and drinking spot after another. Hollandaluz is a Spanish delicatessen and specialty store which brings sunny Andalusia to Amsterdam. Hand-painted tiles, delicious pata negra and glistening hams beckon you inside – and in addition to tasty tapas and sherries, Hollandaluz also sells hand-painted ceramics. Other restaurant favourites include Thai & Co and Scarlett. Also, any restaurant which calls itself Stout! (which means naughty in Dutch) has got to be quite special, and the menu of this mischievous little venue changes every 6 weeks. There’s so much to do in the Haarlemmerbuurt, no matter what your interests are. Shopping, food, drinks or going to the movies. It’s all possible in this neighborhood which we love so much for the small boutiques. Is it time to buy present for a friend? Then try finding something at concept stores Six and Sons or Restored. For gifts for real man you can go to Concrete Matter. Wanna go for a drink? At Ibericus you can go for a glass of wine with the most delicious cured hams. Or have cocktails at Vesper Bar in one of the small side streets. The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are worth exploring!
AMSTERDAM CANAL DISTRICT The Canal District in Amsterdam is maybe the most visited area in town. It’s a neighborhood that where almost every view is picture perfect. The canals are so much more than a touristic attraction, sometimes we forget how many unique hotspots there are. This is the area for the ultimate Amsterdam feeling, experience it by bike or by boat on the canals. Shop until you drop, treat yourself with the best food or party like a rock star, everything is possible in this Unesco Heritage area. The most famous streets in the Canal District in Amsterdam are the Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel. Although you should not miss these authentic streets, there is so much more to discover! Wander around in the side streets like the Spiegelstraat for some special and exclusive shops. Satisfy your appetite at one of the great restaurants. Photography lovers should definitely visit photo museum FOAM. End your day at hidden gem Tales & Spirits with cocktails and bites.
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Grachtengordel
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AMSTERDAM CANAL DISTRICT The Canal District in Amsterdam is maybe the most visited area in town. It’s a neighborhood that where almost every view is picture perfect. The canals are so much more than a touristic attraction, sometimes we forget how many unique hotspots there are. This is the area for the ultimate Amsterdam feeling, experience it by bike or by boat on the canals. Shop until you drop, treat yourself with the best food or party like a rock star, everything is possible in this Unesco Heritage area. The most famous streets in the Canal District in Amsterdam are the Prinsengracht, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel. Although you should not miss these authentic streets, there is so much more to discover! Wander around in the side streets like the Spiegelstraat for some special and exclusive shops. Satisfy your appetite at one of the great restaurants. Photography lovers should definitely visit photo museum FOAM. End your day at hidden gem Tales & Spirits with cocktails and bites.
AMSTERDAM NOORD + NDSM Find out more about the Amsterdam neighborhood of Noord, which encompasses both the modern northern waterfront of the IJ and the pretty rural villages to be found slightly inland. Take the ferry to Amsterdam Noord If you’re visiting Amsterdam, chances are that you’ll begin on the south side of the River IJ – for example, arriving at Amsterdam Central Station. To begin exploring the district of Amsterdam Noord ('north') simply board one of the free ferries (by public transport operator GVB) at the waterfront exit of the station (following signs to ‘Noord’). These public ferries depart every few minutes in daytime and even run (less frequently) through the night, transporting pedestrians, bicycles and mopeds. Cultural, architectural & culinary achievements Almost directly opposite Central Station stands the Eye Filmmuseum in all its futuristic glory. This cinema, museum, film archive and café/restaurant is a standout location; although it only opened in spring 2012, the building is already one of Amsterdam’s modern icons. Around the corner, find the Tolhuistuin, another cultural hotspot that boasts a live music venue, a restaurant and much more. The eye-catching A’DAM tower redevelopment next door is further upping the ante in this area, providing space for bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other music businesses. Rural chic In what seems like direct contrast to the cutting-edge vibe, this area also has loads of lovely little villages that are ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle or by water. Historic villages such as Nieuwendam, Ransdorp and Zunderdorp have authentic stolpboerderijen (traditional Dutch farmhouses with roofs built in the shape of a cheese-cover), wooden houses, canal locks and impressive polder views. Hop on the ferry and cross the IJ-lake to discover this raw part of town. Amsterdam North has an industrial feel and became one of the coolest neighborhoods over the last years. More and more hotspots are popping up! Visit urban beaches like Café de Ceuvel and Pllek! Both perfect spots to relax and enjoy the warm weather on the waterfront. Other nice places overlooking the IJ-lake are film museum EYE (enjoy the sunset on their beautiful terrace!), seafood restaurant Stork and THT restaurant. One of our favorite areas in Amsterdam North is the NDSM Wharf. Known as one of the best festival locations of Amsterdam. North is also the place to be for vintage and thrift shopping. You can’t miss the monthly flea market in the IJ-hallen, a true second hand heaven. The NDSM Wharf - Old shipyard turned creative haven A former shipyard located on the banks of the River IJ in Amsterdam Noord, the NDSM Wharf has blossomed into an enormous cultural hotspot in recent years with a vibrant artist community and an ever-expanding variety of bars and restaurants. With grounds exceeding the size of ten football pitches, the area hosts multi-disciplinary festivals, performances, exhibitions, dance parties and a wide range of other events in unique, post-industrial surroundings. NDSM The NDSM Wharf is a hipster hotspot where they have creative events all your round. This area with a raw and industrial vibe houses the ateliers from experimental artists. You will find cool street art on every corner of the street; it is for a reason young creative come here to get inspired. A Good spot for casual lunch is Pllek. For dinner you can visit Bistro North. To easiest way to reach the NDSM Wharf is by taking the boat from Central station. Are you a vintage lover? Don’t forget to visit the IJ-hallen flea market! Your wallet will be happy and the chance of finding a treasure in someone else its trash is great since it’s the biggest indoor flea market of Europe!
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NDSM-Plein
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AMSTERDAM NOORD + NDSM Find out more about the Amsterdam neighborhood of Noord, which encompasses both the modern northern waterfront of the IJ and the pretty rural villages to be found slightly inland. Take the ferry to Amsterdam Noord If you’re visiting Amsterdam, chances are that you’ll begin on the south side of the River IJ – for example, arriving at Amsterdam Central Station. To begin exploring the district of Amsterdam Noord ('north') simply board one of the free ferries (by public transport operator GVB) at the waterfront exit of the station (following signs to ‘Noord’). These public ferries depart every few minutes in daytime and even run (less frequently) through the night, transporting pedestrians, bicycles and mopeds. Cultural, architectural & culinary achievements Almost directly opposite Central Station stands the Eye Filmmuseum in all its futuristic glory. This cinema, museum, film archive and café/restaurant is a standout location; although it only opened in spring 2012, the building is already one of Amsterdam’s modern icons. Around the corner, find the Tolhuistuin, another cultural hotspot that boasts a live music venue, a restaurant and much more. The eye-catching A’DAM tower redevelopment next door is further upping the ante in this area, providing space for bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other music businesses. Rural chic In what seems like direct contrast to the cutting-edge vibe, this area also has loads of lovely little villages that are ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle or by water. Historic villages such as Nieuwendam, Ransdorp and Zunderdorp have authentic stolpboerderijen (traditional Dutch farmhouses with roofs built in the shape of a cheese-cover), wooden houses, canal locks and impressive polder views. Hop on the ferry and cross the IJ-lake to discover this raw part of town. Amsterdam North has an industrial feel and became one of the coolest neighborhoods over the last years. More and more hotspots are popping up! Visit urban beaches like Café de Ceuvel and Pllek! Both perfect spots to relax and enjoy the warm weather on the waterfront. Other nice places overlooking the IJ-lake are film museum EYE (enjoy the sunset on their beautiful terrace!), seafood restaurant Stork and THT restaurant. One of our favorite areas in Amsterdam North is the NDSM Wharf. Known as one of the best festival locations of Amsterdam. North is also the place to be for vintage and thrift shopping. You can’t miss the monthly flea market in the IJ-hallen, a true second hand heaven. The NDSM Wharf - Old shipyard turned creative haven A former shipyard located on the banks of the River IJ in Amsterdam Noord, the NDSM Wharf has blossomed into an enormous cultural hotspot in recent years with a vibrant artist community and an ever-expanding variety of bars and restaurants. With grounds exceeding the size of ten football pitches, the area hosts multi-disciplinary festivals, performances, exhibitions, dance parties and a wide range of other events in unique, post-industrial surroundings. NDSM The NDSM Wharf is a hipster hotspot where they have creative events all your round. This area with a raw and industrial vibe houses the ateliers from experimental artists. You will find cool street art on every corner of the street; it is for a reason young creative come here to get inspired. A Good spot for casual lunch is Pllek. For dinner you can visit Bistro North. To easiest way to reach the NDSM Wharf is by taking the boat from Central station. Are you a vintage lover? Don’t forget to visit the IJ-hallen flea market! Your wallet will be happy and the chance of finding a treasure in someone else its trash is great since it’s the biggest indoor flea market of Europe!
Have you ever had the feeling that all of the world’s shopping streets pretty much have the same stuff on offer? Well then, you need to visit Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerstraat – it’s hip, it’s quirky and it’s the perfect spot for hours of relaxed browsing, dining and bar-hopping! Independent entertainment Located in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, the Haarlemmerstraat – and its extension, the Haarlemmerdijk - is a gem. Offering independent boutiques and speciality stores, little salons, trendy but affordable restaurants and bars and the oldest cinema in Amsterdam, this area will appeal to even the most jaded of world travellers. You are guaranteed to find a special little something from Amsterdam in this alternative shopping district. And with a constant passing parade along the Haarlemmerstraat, you can spend a very entertaining time just watching the world go by. Wide variety With 235 stores offering fashion and accessories, toys, gifts, jewellery, books, electronics and specialty delicatessens– the biggest problem in the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk will be deciding what to spend your money on. On Wednesdays this decision gets harder as the area’s assortment grows with the organic farmer’s market on the Haarlemmerplein. For more socially-conscious shopping, head to Nukuhiva boutique, whose stylish urban wear proves it's hip to be Fair Trade. Shops are open until 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, meaning you can perfectly combine a bit of shopping with a bite to eat. Wine and dine The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are packed with one little cosy dining and drinking spot after another. Hollandaluz is a Spanish delicatessen and specialty store which brings sunny Andalusia to Amsterdam. Hand-painted tiles, delicious pata negra and glistening hams beckon you inside – and in addition to tasty tapas and sherries, Hollandaluz also sells hand-painted ceramics. Other restaurant favourites include Thai & Co and Scarlett. Also, any restaurant which calls itself Stout! (which means naughty in Dutch) has got to be quite special, and the menu of this mischievous little venue changes every 6 weeks. There’s so much to do in the Haarlemmerbuurt, no matter what your interests are. Shopping, food, drinks or going to the movies. It’s all possible in this neighborhood which we love so much for the small boutiques. Is it time to buy present for a friend? Then try finding something at concept stores Six and Sons or Restored. For gifts for real man you can go to Concrete Matter. Wanna go for a drink? At Ibericus you can go for a glass of wine with the most delicious cured hams. Or have cocktails at Vesper Bar in one of the small side streets. The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are worth exploring!
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Have you ever had the feeling that all of the world’s shopping streets pretty much have the same stuff on offer? Well then, you need to visit Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerstraat – it’s hip, it’s quirky and it’s the perfect spot for hours of relaxed browsing, dining and bar-hopping! Independent entertainment Located in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, the Haarlemmerstraat – and its extension, the Haarlemmerdijk - is a gem. Offering independent boutiques and speciality stores, little salons, trendy but affordable restaurants and bars and the oldest cinema in Amsterdam, this area will appeal to even the most jaded of world travellers. You are guaranteed to find a special little something from Amsterdam in this alternative shopping district. And with a constant passing parade along the Haarlemmerstraat, you can spend a very entertaining time just watching the world go by. Wide variety With 235 stores offering fashion and accessories, toys, gifts, jewellery, books, electronics and specialty delicatessens– the biggest problem in the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk will be deciding what to spend your money on. On Wednesdays this decision gets harder as the area’s assortment grows with the organic farmer’s market on the Haarlemmerplein. For more socially-conscious shopping, head to Nukuhiva boutique, whose stylish urban wear proves it's hip to be Fair Trade. Shops are open until 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, meaning you can perfectly combine a bit of shopping with a bite to eat. Wine and dine The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are packed with one little cosy dining and drinking spot after another. Hollandaluz is a Spanish delicatessen and specialty store which brings sunny Andalusia to Amsterdam. Hand-painted tiles, delicious pata negra and glistening hams beckon you inside – and in addition to tasty tapas and sherries, Hollandaluz also sells hand-painted ceramics. Other restaurant favourites include Thai & Co and Scarlett. Also, any restaurant which calls itself Stout! (which means naughty in Dutch) has got to be quite special, and the menu of this mischievous little venue changes every 6 weeks. There’s so much to do in the Haarlemmerbuurt, no matter what your interests are. Shopping, food, drinks or going to the movies. It’s all possible in this neighborhood which we love so much for the small boutiques. Is it time to buy present for a friend? Then try finding something at concept stores Six and Sons or Restored. For gifts for real man you can go to Concrete Matter. Wanna go for a drink? At Ibericus you can go for a glass of wine with the most delicious cured hams. Or have cocktails at Vesper Bar in one of the small side streets. The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are worth exploring!
Have you ever had the feeling that all of the world’s shopping streets pretty much have the same stuff on offer? Well then, you need to visit Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerstraat – it’s hip, it’s quirky and it’s the perfect spot for hours of relaxed browsing, dining and bar-hopping! Independent entertainment Located in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, the Haarlemmerstraat – and its extension, the Haarlemmerdijk - is a gem. Offering independent boutiques and speciality stores, little salons, trendy but affordable restaurants and bars and the oldest cinema in Amsterdam, this area will appeal to even the most jaded of world travellers. You are guaranteed to find a special little something from Amsterdam in this alternative shopping district. And with a constant passing parade along the Haarlemmerstraat, you can spend a very entertaining time just watching the world go by. Wide variety With 235 stores offering fashion and accessories, toys, gifts, jewellery, books, electronics and specialty delicatessens– the biggest problem in the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk will be deciding what to spend your money on. On Wednesdays this decision gets harder as the area’s assortment grows with the organic farmer’s market on the Haarlemmerplein. For more socially-conscious shopping, head to Nukuhiva boutique, whose stylish urban wear proves it's hip to be Fair Trade. Shops are open until 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, meaning you can perfectly combine a bit of shopping with a bite to eat. Wine and dine The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are packed with one little cosy dining and drinking spot after another. Hollandaluz is a Spanish delicatessen and specialty store which brings sunny Andalusia to Amsterdam. Hand-painted tiles, delicious pata negra and glistening hams beckon you inside – and in addition to tasty tapas and sherries, Hollandaluz also sells hand-painted ceramics. Other restaurant favourites include Thai & Co and Scarlett. Also, any restaurant which calls itself Stout! (which means naughty in Dutch) has got to be quite special, and the menu of this mischievous little venue changes every 6 weeks. There’s so much to do in the Haarlemmerbuurt, no matter what your interests are. Shopping, food, drinks or going to the movies. It’s all possible in this neighborhood which we love so much for the small boutiques. Is it time to buy present for a friend? Then try finding something at concept stores Six and Sons or Restored. For gifts for real man you can go to Concrete Matter. Wanna go for a drink? At Ibericus you can go for a glass of wine with the most delicious cured hams. Or have cocktails at Vesper Bar in one of the small side streets. The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are worth exploring!
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Have you ever had the feeling that all of the world’s shopping streets pretty much have the same stuff on offer? Well then, you need to visit Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerstraat – it’s hip, it’s quirky and it’s the perfect spot for hours of relaxed browsing, dining and bar-hopping! Independent entertainment Located in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, the Haarlemmerstraat – and its extension, the Haarlemmerdijk - is a gem. Offering independent boutiques and speciality stores, little salons, trendy but affordable restaurants and bars and the oldest cinema in Amsterdam, this area will appeal to even the most jaded of world travellers. You are guaranteed to find a special little something from Amsterdam in this alternative shopping district. And with a constant passing parade along the Haarlemmerstraat, you can spend a very entertaining time just watching the world go by. Wide variety With 235 stores offering fashion and accessories, toys, gifts, jewellery, books, electronics and specialty delicatessens– the biggest problem in the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk will be deciding what to spend your money on. On Wednesdays this decision gets harder as the area’s assortment grows with the organic farmer’s market on the Haarlemmerplein. For more socially-conscious shopping, head to Nukuhiva boutique, whose stylish urban wear proves it's hip to be Fair Trade. Shops are open until 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, meaning you can perfectly combine a bit of shopping with a bite to eat. Wine and dine The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are packed with one little cosy dining and drinking spot after another. Hollandaluz is a Spanish delicatessen and specialty store which brings sunny Andalusia to Amsterdam. Hand-painted tiles, delicious pata negra and glistening hams beckon you inside – and in addition to tasty tapas and sherries, Hollandaluz also sells hand-painted ceramics. Other restaurant favourites include Thai & Co and Scarlett. Also, any restaurant which calls itself Stout! (which means naughty in Dutch) has got to be quite special, and the menu of this mischievous little venue changes every 6 weeks. There’s so much to do in the Haarlemmerbuurt, no matter what your interests are. Shopping, food, drinks or going to the movies. It’s all possible in this neighborhood which we love so much for the small boutiques. Is it time to buy present for a friend? Then try finding something at concept stores Six and Sons or Restored. For gifts for real man you can go to Concrete Matter. Wanna go for a drink? At Ibericus you can go for a glass of wine with the most delicious cured hams. Or have cocktails at Vesper Bar in one of the small side streets. The Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are worth exploring!
The quaint and quirky streets that straddle Amsterdam’s grandest canals form the city’s most photogenic micro-neighborhood. Known to locals as De Negen Straatjes or ‘The Nine Streets’, this special neighborhood is full to bursting with vintage and designer shopping, specialty stores and cozy cafés. If you ask us the Nine Streets are the most cosy streets of Amsterdam. You find them within walking distance of the Dam Square at the western part of the Canal District. Like the name suggests, the district is famous for its nine streets connected by the canals. Here you will find great fashion boutiques and delicious lunch cafes. The Nine Streets are a must visit for everyone living in- or visiting Amsterdam. The Nine Streets consist of: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg. This neighborhood is a very popular area to buy clothes, books, jewelry and art. Fans of vintage clothes can shop at Laura Dols, Episode or Zipper. If you arrive in the beautiful Nine Streets around noon try to get a table at one of the many cute little eateries like Ree7 or Pluk. Enjoy wandering around the Nine Streets!
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The quaint and quirky streets that straddle Amsterdam’s grandest canals form the city’s most photogenic micro-neighborhood. Known to locals as De Negen Straatjes or ‘The Nine Streets’, this special neighborhood is full to bursting with vintage and designer shopping, specialty stores and cozy cafés. If you ask us the Nine Streets are the most cosy streets of Amsterdam. You find them within walking distance of the Dam Square at the western part of the Canal District. Like the name suggests, the district is famous for its nine streets connected by the canals. Here you will find great fashion boutiques and delicious lunch cafes. The Nine Streets are a must visit for everyone living in- or visiting Amsterdam. The Nine Streets consist of: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg. This neighborhood is a very popular area to buy clothes, books, jewelry and art. Fans of vintage clothes can shop at Laura Dols, Episode or Zipper. If you arrive in the beautiful Nine Streets around noon try to get a table at one of the many cute little eateries like Ree7 or Pluk. Enjoy wandering around the Nine Streets!
The Spaarndammerbuurt is an upcoming neighborhood with more and more hotspots opening the doors. From breakfast to lunch and dinner to drinks. You probably know Café de Walvis? Or Dophert where you can eat a club sandwich as high as the Empire State Building? The coolest street in this neighborhood is the Spaarndammerstraat. This district is located next to Westerpark. A place where you will never get bored with the Westergasfabriek – a cultural mecca where fairs, festivals and pop concerts take place. The small neighborhood is also located on the IJ near Het Stenen Hoofd, where you regularly have parties and festivals like the open air film festival.
Spaarndammerbuurt
The Spaarndammerbuurt is an upcoming neighborhood with more and more hotspots opening the doors. From breakfast to lunch and dinner to drinks. You probably know Café de Walvis? Or Dophert where you can eat a club sandwich as high as the Empire State Building? The coolest street in this neighborhood is the Spaarndammerstraat. This district is located next to Westerpark. A place where you will never get bored with the Westergasfabriek – a cultural mecca where fairs, festivals and pop concerts take place. The small neighborhood is also located on the IJ near Het Stenen Hoofd, where you regularly have parties and festivals like the open air film festival.
We think The Stadionbuurt is a nice and quiet neighborhood with a friendly atmosphere. It is located in the south of Amsterdam, where many families live. If you know the neighborhood a bit better you know there are nice places where you can eat and have your evening drinks. For a good shopping day it’s better to choose another neighborhood in Amsterdam. We have to be honest about that! A tip for the beer lovers among us: check out Butcher’s Tears. A hidden brewery behind the Haarlemmermeer station where you can taste various special beers.
Stadionbuurt
We think The Stadionbuurt is a nice and quiet neighborhood with a friendly atmosphere. It is located in the south of Amsterdam, where many families live. If you know the neighborhood a bit better you know there are nice places where you can eat and have your evening drinks. For a good shopping day it’s better to choose another neighborhood in Amsterdam. We have to be honest about that! A tip for the beer lovers among us: check out Butcher’s Tears. A hidden brewery behind the Haarlemmermeer station where you can taste various special beers.
The Vondelpark is one of our favorite parks in Amsterdam. From the city center you can access the park near Leidseplein. It’s a nice green break from the busy city center to enjoy the green site of Amsterdam and walk all the way to Amstelveenseweg. During the summer this is the backyard of the Amsterdammers, but we also love the park for a walk during winter time. A few places that are nice to go for a drink afterwards are The Vondeltuin or Vondelpark3. Good to know: it’s not allowed to bbq in the Vondelpark, but of course a picnic is also nice for warm summer evenings. Our favorite part of the park is the rose garden where you usually only find locals. All year round there are events going on in the park, but during summer months the Vondelpark Openluchttheater is a place not to miss during the weekends.
Vondelbuurt
The Vondelpark is one of our favorite parks in Amsterdam. From the city center you can access the park near Leidseplein. It’s a nice green break from the busy city center to enjoy the green site of Amsterdam and walk all the way to Amstelveenseweg. During the summer this is the backyard of the Amsterdammers, but we also love the park for a walk during winter time. A few places that are nice to go for a drink afterwards are The Vondeltuin or Vondelpark3. Good to know: it’s not allowed to bbq in the Vondelpark, but of course a picnic is also nice for warm summer evenings. Our favorite part of the park is the rose garden where you usually only find locals. All year round there are events going on in the park, but during summer months the Vondelpark Openluchttheater is a place not to miss during the weekends.
Located just a short stroll from Central Station, the area around the Nieuwmarkt is one of the oldest districts of Amsterdam. Spend a few hours exploring this part of town to get a great introduction to the city’s rich history and cultural diversity. An Amsterdam market with more going on The Nieuwmarkt (new market) itself is a square in Amsterdam’s Chinatown, next to the Red Light District. The area was once an open canal, but the waterways were filled in in 1614 to create the marketplace which gives the square its name. A daily market is still held here, and the square is also home to an organic market every Saturday. Many lively cafés, bars, restaurants and interesting shops surround the square, making it the perfect place to spend a few hours browsing and people-watching. Chinatown Amsterdam One of the first things that might strike you in Amsterdam’s Chinatown is the bilingual street signs. The first Chinese settlers in Amsterdam used to load and stoke the coals on the large passenger ships, which is why a prominent Chinatown sprung up near the old harbour. Once this industry vanished, the Chinese opened up shops and restaurants here. Today you'll find the city's best Chinese restaurants and shops right in the heart of Amsterdam’s old centre. And of course, it’s the place to celebrate Chinese New Year in Amsterdam. Over the years, this district has also embraced other far-Eastern cultures, so in addition to the Chinese influences, keep your eyes open for shops and restaurants featuring Thai, Japanese, Indonesian and even Tibetan delicacies.
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Located just a short stroll from Central Station, the area around the Nieuwmarkt is one of the oldest districts of Amsterdam. Spend a few hours exploring this part of town to get a great introduction to the city’s rich history and cultural diversity. An Amsterdam market with more going on The Nieuwmarkt (new market) itself is a square in Amsterdam’s Chinatown, next to the Red Light District. The area was once an open canal, but the waterways were filled in in 1614 to create the marketplace which gives the square its name. A daily market is still held here, and the square is also home to an organic market every Saturday. Many lively cafés, bars, restaurants and interesting shops surround the square, making it the perfect place to spend a few hours browsing and people-watching. Chinatown Amsterdam One of the first things that might strike you in Amsterdam’s Chinatown is the bilingual street signs. The first Chinese settlers in Amsterdam used to load and stoke the coals on the large passenger ships, which is why a prominent Chinatown sprung up near the old harbour. Once this industry vanished, the Chinese opened up shops and restaurants here. Today you'll find the city's best Chinese restaurants and shops right in the heart of Amsterdam’s old centre. And of course, it’s the place to celebrate Chinese New Year in Amsterdam. Over the years, this district has also embraced other far-Eastern cultures, so in addition to the Chinese influences, keep your eyes open for shops and restaurants featuring Thai, Japanese, Indonesian and even Tibetan delicacies.
Where water and modern architecture meet Surrounded by glistening water on all sides, the Oostelijke Eilanden (Eastern Docklands) are a delight to behold. As the Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum) recalls the sea pioneers of the past, their adventurous spirits live on in its original modern architecture and historic warehouses repurposed into contemporary hotspots.
Oostelijke Eilanden en Kadijken
Where water and modern architecture meet Surrounded by glistening water on all sides, the Oostelijke Eilanden (Eastern Docklands) are a delight to behold. As the Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum) recalls the sea pioneers of the past, their adventurous spirits live on in its original modern architecture and historic warehouses repurposed into contemporary hotspots.
This vibrant cultural melting pot with large-scale entertainment is well worth a visit to see a different perspective of Amsterdam. Zuidoost (South East) includes the residential area De Bijlmer as well as the big-entertainment world of the Johan Cruijff ArenA, AFAS Live and the Ziggo Dome, plus numerous gleaming office buildings. It’s about as far away as you can get from your typical canals-and-clogs image of Amsterdam, but with around 100,000 residents from more than 150 ethnic backgrounds, it is a side of Amsterdam that shouldn't be overlooked.
Amsterdam-Zuidoost
This vibrant cultural melting pot with large-scale entertainment is well worth a visit to see a different perspective of Amsterdam. Zuidoost (South East) includes the residential area De Bijlmer as well as the big-entertainment world of the Johan Cruijff ArenA, AFAS Live and the Ziggo Dome, plus numerous gleaming office buildings. It’s about as far away as you can get from your typical canals-and-clogs image of Amsterdam, but with around 100,000 residents from more than 150 ethnic backgrounds, it is a side of Amsterdam that shouldn't be overlooked.
Nieuw-West (literally New West) is the largest and greenest neighborhood of Amsterdam. Diverse and spacious, the area incorporates post WWII residential districts, culturally rejuvenated former business parks and the vast Sloterpas lake and surrounding park. Immerse yourself in history The ancient village of Sloten, which became a part of Amsterdam in 1921, is home to the Sloten Windmill museum – a fully functioning poldermill where you’ll learn all about how windmills work, as well as how Rembrandt, the son of a miller, grew up. Sloten was first mentioned in 1063, which might make it older than Amsterdam. The areas around it, including Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, were all farmland for centuries. Until as late as the 1950s, when the area was developed, local growers would bring their produce to the city to sell at markets. Have a day by the lake At the end of Jan Evertsenstraat is Sloterplas, a huge lake surrounded by the green and spacious Sloterpark. In addition to the runners, fishermen, swimmers and other water sports fans, more and more people are finding their way to this picturesque urban lake for a relaxing picnic, boat trip or to catch a film under the stars during the summer. There’s also the annual Loveland dance festival, and Sloterplasloop running event for those after something a little more active. Experience the nightlife Former office and business park Sloterdijk is changing at a rapid pace and with an innovative twist. Take, for example, the recently-opened bar-restaurant Bret, with it 'circular' (sustainable) garden, bee palace and vineyard (No. Chateau). You’ll also find a café in a tram, the club Warehouse Elementenstraat, and the Soupalicious soup restaurant. If you like pioneering concepts, you won’t be disappointed! Catch a show The place to go for the best comedy acts, dance performances and family shows. Meervaart also has a conference facility and is a breeding ground for talent. Nestled in Sloterpark, De Natureluur is a playground and adventure park that’s a hit with kids of all ages. The organisers host a variety of active and educational activities, ranging from kayaking and archery, through to nature lessons on creepy crawlies and wildlife. It’s also the perfect spot for birthday parties, delighting little ones with campfires, pony rides, hut-building and all sorts of treats.
Amsterdam Nieuw-West
Nieuw-West (literally New West) is the largest and greenest neighborhood of Amsterdam. Diverse and spacious, the area incorporates post WWII residential districts, culturally rejuvenated former business parks and the vast Sloterpas lake and surrounding park. Immerse yourself in history The ancient village of Sloten, which became a part of Amsterdam in 1921, is home to the Sloten Windmill museum – a fully functioning poldermill where you’ll learn all about how windmills work, as well as how Rembrandt, the son of a miller, grew up. Sloten was first mentioned in 1063, which might make it older than Amsterdam. The areas around it, including Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, were all farmland for centuries. Until as late as the 1950s, when the area was developed, local growers would bring their produce to the city to sell at markets. Have a day by the lake At the end of Jan Evertsenstraat is Sloterplas, a huge lake surrounded by the green and spacious Sloterpark. In addition to the runners, fishermen, swimmers and other water sports fans, more and more people are finding their way to this picturesque urban lake for a relaxing picnic, boat trip or to catch a film under the stars during the summer. There’s also the annual Loveland dance festival, and Sloterplasloop running event for those after something a little more active. Experience the nightlife Former office and business park Sloterdijk is changing at a rapid pace and with an innovative twist. Take, for example, the recently-opened bar-restaurant Bret, with it 'circular' (sustainable) garden, bee palace and vineyard (No. Chateau). You’ll also find a café in a tram, the club Warehouse Elementenstraat, and the Soupalicious soup restaurant. If you like pioneering concepts, you won’t be disappointed! Catch a show The place to go for the best comedy acts, dance performances and family shows. Meervaart also has a conference facility and is a breeding ground for talent. Nestled in Sloterpark, De Natureluur is a playground and adventure park that’s a hit with kids of all ages. The organisers host a variety of active and educational activities, ranging from kayaking and archery, through to nature lessons on creepy crawlies and wildlife. It’s also the perfect spot for birthday parties, delighting little ones with campfires, pony rides, hut-building and all sorts of treats.
Nature - Families with (small) children
The Amsterdam Forest, a beautiful forest where you can relax, go jogging or do other sport activities. Last few years the space of the Amsterdam Forest has been used for all kinds of different activities, including many festivals, from food events to electronic music! ‘Het Bostheater’ might also be fun when you’re around during warm weather months. It’s an open-air theater where you can also enjoy live performing art! For the kids (small and big!) the animal farm in the Amsterdam Forest is must visit. Enjoy this green part of Amsterdam!
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The Amsterdam Forest, a beautiful forest where you can relax, go jogging or do other sport activities. Last few years the space of the Amsterdam Forest has been used for all kinds of different activities, including many festivals, from food events to electronic music! ‘Het Bostheater’ might also be fun when you’re around during warm weather months. It’s an open-air theater where you can also enjoy live performing art! For the kids (small and big!) the animal farm in the Amsterdam Forest is must visit. Enjoy this green part of Amsterdam!