Though it is easy enough to spend entire weekends chilling out inside this all-in-one boutique hotel, there are many other hangouts spread around Weesperzijde. There’s a cellar-like bar called DE Ruyschkamer, which stocks specialist, imported beer, as well as Better & Leak, which serves excellent coffee, fresh juice and healthy, organic meals.
Overlooks is the most southerly part of Amsterdam snood and is immediately recognizable due to its monumental skyline, which is framed by EYE Film Institute and A’DAM Tower. Other nearby highlights include a wine bar-cum-cinema called FC Hyena, which screens the latest art house releases and is the only bar in Amsterdam with an indoor skateboarding half pipe, Skate cafe.
While there are many nightlife spots in the neighborhood, Oldest’s streets tend to stay relatively quiet during the weekend and its bars, cinemas and venues aren’t usually too hectic on Saturday or Friday nights. Thanks to its excellent roster of brunch restaurants, picturesque urban layout, and iconic Albert Cup Market, DE Pip might be the best place in Amsterdam to chill out over the weekend.
As large parts of the neighborhood were built during the height of Amsterdam School architecture, many of its residential buildings feature stunning Art Deco-esque flourishes and expressive brickwork. This charming, residential neighborhood in western Amsterdam is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere, photogenic townhouses, and impressive culinary sector.
Despite being part of Amsterdam century, DE Jordan moves at a more relaxed pace than the rest of the inner city, making it perfect for quiet, urban getaways. Its central location also means that visitors based in DE Jordan can easily access many of the city’s main sites such as the Anne Frank House, Dam Square, and the canal belt by foot.
With its endlessly charming canals, luscious parks, and cozy cafés at every turn, Amsterdam is definitely a city that has something for everyone. A rental agency specializing in housing expats, their team of property experts provide services tailored to the individual, ensuring you find the right home for your needs.
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Homes in De Fallen tend to be compact, although top floor apartments can offer magical views over the rooftops. City officials are also constantly assessing ways to make the De Fallen neighborhood more liveable for residents.
Constructed as part of the city’s grandiose expansion during the Dutch Golden Age, the neighborhood stretches along four canals: Single, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. Houses in the Grachtengordel are a bit more spacious than those in the center, but you can expect to pay more for all that space and those sumptuous canal views.
The neighborhood remains popular with expats looking to dive straight into this ‘typically Dutch’ slice of Amsterdam. You’ll find some of the city’s most famous sights within walking distance, along with plenty of chic cafés and eateries.
Historically a working-class neighborhood, these days the Jordan is a Bohemian mix of yuppies, expats, and young families. In the Amsterdam West district but just a short cycle of the center, these neighborhoods include Kinkerbuurt, The Costabuurt, and Cremerbuurt.
The area closest to nearby Vondelpark can be pricey, however, house prices start to slowly fall off as you move further north through the neighborhood. This has also made it a popular area for young expat professionals looking for a livelier place to live in Amsterdam.
Other attractions of note include He Concertgebouw concert hall and central Amsterdam’s green lung, the Vondelpark. Museumkwartier is one of the wealthiest parts of the city and that soon becomes obvious when you take a walk around the area’s upmarket streets.
Chic streets of spacious houses give way to hidden, leafy squares where locals dine in cozy bars while children play nearby. However, regeneration efforts and the arrival of the metro to the Amsterdam Zoo neighborhood have given the area a slightly different feel.
It now sits as one of the most popular parts of the city for new arrivals, drawn by the buzzing atmosphere and eclectic streets. De Pip’s growing popularity amongst locals and expat alike is reflected in rising house prices, particularly in the northern part of the neighborhood near the old Heineken brewery.
Whether you’re looking for bars, shopping, or simply somewhere you can easily access the rest of Amsterdam, you’ll find it in De Pip. Leafy canals slide past waterfront apartments and busy terraces of local bars and restaurants.
The neighborhood centers on the ARTIST zoo, the Horus botanical gardens, and the University of Amsterdam’s (UVA) Roeterseiland campus. Head across the IJ from Central Station on a ferry, and you’ll arrive in the Amsterdam Noor district.
Historically somewhat separated from the rest of the city (and not just by the river), the area has experienced a cultural rebirth in recent years. Located in the Amsterdam Most district, the Eastern Docklands area is a collection of different waterfront neighborhoods.
Because of this, homes are generally more spacious than other parts of Amsterdam, which makes the Eastern Docklands popular with families. Moorings and marinas are close by for boat owners, while there are plenty of waterspout activities taking place in the canals and out on the IJ.
This multicultural neighborhood is home to the popular daily market, Dappermarkt, and a growing number of trendy bars infused with household shops and clothing stores. A good local retail scene around Westport and easy access to the Hostel River and other green spaces make Outpost an appealing place to move in the Amsterdam Most district.
If you choose to stay in the Old Center, you’ll be a short walk from the main sights and the principal shopping and nightlife areas. Many first-time visitors consider this area as the best place to stay in Amsterdam, due to its central location and abundance of budget accommodation options.
This is the first place to start looking if money is tight, although some may find the proximity of the red-light district off-putting. The 11 rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, making it one of Amsterdam’s top budget options, but booking ahead is essential.
The rooms are large and opulent, and there’s also a two-michelin-star restaurant, Born’EAU, a spa and the glamorous Freddy’s Bar. Ideally positioned for the plethora of clubs, bars and restaurants on and around Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, this area is on the rise.
Original features, such as rails in the dining-room floor, and the vaulted glass ceiling, have been kept intact, and the 55 rooms seem to be suspended within the structure. Housed in a former art gallery, this boutique option has two beautifully furnished queen-sized bedrooms on the second and third floors and is owned by fashion designer Ulrike Lindgren, who has a shop across the street.
Amsterdam IJ river with ferries, EYE Film Museum and ADAM Tower © Photic/Shutterstock These up-and-coming districts have some excellent, avant-garde accommodation options, and though their industrial architecture and open expanses might feel a world away from the old center’s medieval lanes, they’re just a short hop away by ferry or tram.
The hotel serves all kinds of travelers, with rooms ranging from one-star affairs with a shared bathroom to five-star suites. So you’re pretty much guaranteed a quiet night’s sleep here, and you’re only a tram ride away from the leading sights.
Mainly attracting a business-oriented clientele, it’s only really worth considering if you can afford to soak up a bit of 1960s nostalgia in its stunning “John and Yoko” suite, where the couple held their famous 1969 “Bed-In” for peace. Located in a former school in a residential area on the eastern outskirts of the city, this hostel has its own bar/restaurant, bike rental and laundry, and is wheelchair accessible.