5 x cool neighborhoods in Amsterdam

When you think of Amsterdam, you might immediately think of the Red Light District, the many coffee shops and the canal houses, the Anne Frank House and maybe even the Heineken brewery. But there's so much more to see and discover besides all the touristic places in Amsterdam. Check out below to see some of the coolest neighborhoods in the city!

Centrum

Of course, we can't start the list by starting in the center of Amsterdam: het Centrum. You can't visit Amsterdam and not see the city center, too. Just not possible.

What-to-see:
Dam Square and the Royal Palace right on it, it's in the middle of the two big shopping streets Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk. Old Town and de Wallen (Red Light District). If you like seeing churches you can go to either Oude Kerk in Old Town or Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square. 

How-get-there:
Big chance you're already staying in one of the many hotels in the city center, but if not: best way to get to the city center from all parts of the city is either by tram, metro or bike! Check 9292ov.nl for route planning. Most convenient metro stop is Rokin (few minutes walk from Dam Square)

Our tip:
Do a canal cruise that starts at Central Station. This way you'll get to see the inner canals and parts of Old Town along the way too!

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Jordaan

There's many songs written about the Jordaan. This area is just next to the city center and used to be a typical working-class neighborhood. Nowadays it's only for the people who still can afford to live there and everyone who just wants to enjoy how beautiful this neighborhood it!

What-to-see:
Definitely seeing the Anne Frank House (which is actually just outside the Jordaan). Make sure you'll get your tickets online and in advance. The Noordermarkt on Saturdays. Cafe Winkel 43 which has the best apple pie in town (and hot choco milk too). Cafe Thijssen, which is a very cool place to have a drink, or two.

How-get-there:
Just walk there from the city center in just 15 minutes or so. You can also take tram 13 or 17 from Central station or Westermarkt.

Our tip:
Have a look at Brouwersgracht, which is undisputed the prettiest street of Amsterdam.

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De pijp

Also used to be a typical working-class neighborhood, which is known for its small apartment, steep staircases and only being able to move your entire household through the front window of the apartment by using a traditional pulley. De Pijp is now gentrified and offers a vibrant and hip nightlife scene, too. Since it got a metro line running right through the hard it's getting busier and busier, attracting more tourists to the area.

What-to-see:
Besides the Heineken Brewery (go there if you haven't been yet) there's so much more to see and experience in de Pijp. Start with visiting the Albert Cuyp market, the biggest market of europe. Open all days of the week, except on Sundays. For cosy bars and restaurants you either go to Gerard Douplein or Marie Heinekenplein, which are basically next to each other. 

How-get-there:
Take the metro from Central Station and get out at the Albert Cuyp stop.

Our tip:
Check out restaurant Venster33 that turns into a bar/club after everyone's done with dinner and go for a cup of coffee (and that tropical feeling) at Coffee & Coconuts.

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Oud-West

Oud-West is a very cool and diverse neighborhood of Amsterdam and is characterized by its many eateries, coffee places and small boutique shops. The main street that goes right through the neighborhood is the Kinkerstraat and many of the hotspots can be found on this street.  

What-to-see:
Go to the Foodhallen first! This indoor food market offers a lot of different food trucks in a former storage place for trams. Then in the same building there a cinema, hairdresser, shops and coffee places, too! You can easily spend hours and hours there without getting bored.

How-get-there:
Hop on tram 17 from Central Station! Or Uber if you're at a different part of town.

Our tip:
The best coffee in Amsterdam you get at Lot Sixty One, on the same Kinkerstraat as the Foodhallen. You'll be surprised!

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Noord

Amsterdam Noord is up and coming. It used to be an area you only lived if you couldn't afford anything else, or the city center was just too crowded for you. But that has changed, Part of Noord (NDSM-area) is now an area for hip and creative people and entrepreneurs. And the part of Noord behind Central Station is now considered to be the 'Manhattan' of Amsterdam because of the high rise they are currently building. 

What-to-see:
There's just too many things to mention for this part of the city. But let's start with the A'DAM Tower (which has the highest swing of Amsterdam) and the EYE film institution (a very iconic building). Then there's hotspots like Ceuvel (good for swimming in the summer), Noorderlicht (bonfires at night) and Pllek (good vegan options and best views over 't IJ).

How-get-there:
Take the free ferry from behind Central Station! There's the short one that goes just to the other side, and there's the NDSM ferry that takes a bit longer, but to the hip and artistic part of Noord.

Our tip:
Check out the biggest flea market of Europe! Every month on the NDSM wharf. Check out https://ijhallen.nl/ for dates!

 

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