While all of Amsterdam‘s central and outlying neighbourhoods are unanimously charming, some parts of the city have a certain additional appeal. To prepare eager travellers for their next trip to the Dutch capital, we have put together the following list of the most accommodating, fun and laid-back parts of the city.
This small neighbourhood in Amsterdam-Oost runs down the eastern side of the river Amstel and looks onto de Pijp. Its main thoroughfare, Wibaustraat, is named after a famous city planner and was once recognised as the ugliest street in Amsterdam. However, during the late 20th century the entire area was altered by several urban development projects and is now among the trendiest parts of Amsterdam, partly due to the presence of Vokshotel – a stylish boutique hotel which features a restaurant, ateliers and a rooftop nightclub.
Although Amsterdam-Noord might seem far off, the area is actually only a few minutes away from the inner city and is accessible via a speedy ferry that leaves from Centraal Station. Overhoeks is the most southernly part of Amsterdam-Noord and is immediately recognisable due to its monumental skyline which is framed by the Eye Film Institute and A’DAM Toren. A design hotel is actually contained within this second building, alongside a subterranean nightclub and several high-end restaurants.
Oud-West lies just beyond Vondelpark and covers the ground between Overtoom, Kinkerstraat and de Clercqstraat – three of the most popular streets in Amsterdam. This multicultural, densely-populated neighbourhood is particularly well-stocked with restaurants and bars including several famous hang-outs such as OT301 and Bar Brå. Oud-West also has its fair share of excellent accommodation, like Hotel de Hallen, which is part of a massive, cultural hub, on Kinkerstraat, which features an arthouse cinema and artisanal food court.
Thanks to its excellent roster of brunch restaurants, picturesque urban layout and iconic Albert Cuyp Market, de Pijp might be best the place in Amsterdam to chill out over the weekend. Besides these superb attractions, de Pijp also boasts a large concentration of bars and pubs – many of which possess late night licenses. Okura is regularly cited as the best hotel in de Pijp, whereas Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati and Atlantis Hotel Amsterdam offer more affordable lodging.
Named after a large park in its centre, Westerpark is located on the north-western corner of Amsterdam’s canal belt and trails into the city’s historic docklands. As large parts of the neighbourhood were built during the height of Amsterdamse School architecture many of its residential buildings feature wonderful Art Deco flourishes and impressive red-brick designs. For shopping, restaurants and accommodation, travellers should definitely check out Harlemmerstraat and Haarlemerdijk – two trendy, conjoined streets that run straight through Westerpark.
This bustling neighbourhood in western Amsterdam is renowned for its unbelievably welcoming atmosphere, photogenic townhouses, and impressive culinary sector. Despite being part of Amsterdam-Centrum, de Jordaan moves at a considerably more relaxed pace than the rest of the inner city, making it perfect for quiet getaways. Spending time unwinding in de Jordaan is always rewarding, especially whilst staying at one of the area’s excellent high-end or boutique hotels.