The mega art museums, pungent coffee shops, and the boat-filled canals in the city centre of Amsterdam might urge you to stay in the city throughout your tear. However, if you are a person who wishes to explore the Dutch capital to its fullest, then you should venture out a bit more. This will introduce you to the hidden cocktail lounges, bohemian clubs, classy restaurants, and other lesser known that are hidden in Amsterdam’s neighborhoods.
Even though almost all neighborhoods in Amsterdam are incredibly cool and spectacular, some of them deserve a special mention. Tourists who are going on Amsterdam tours for a few days might not be able to cover all the famous neighborhoods in the city. This is why we have compiled a list of some of the best neighborhoods that you shouldn’t miss while you are in the Dutch capital.
Just like most of the outlying neighborhoods in the central part of Amsterdam, De Pijp neighborhood also used to house the working class communities in the city for several years. In fact, the famous De Pijp neighborhood was originally constructed in the early 19th Century by the city officials to fulfill the demand for housing.
Remnants of the fascinating urban history of De Pijp are still visible throughout the entire neighborhood. The narrow and typical townhouses that were built for the sole purpose of accommodating low-income families continues to be one of the unique features of this fascinating Amsterdam neighborhood even today. The famous Albert Cuyp Markt that attracts thousands of visitors every day is also located in the De Pijp neighborhood of Amsterdam.
Red Light District (De Wallen)
Tourists even the ones who have never been on Amsterdam tours might have surely heard about Amsterdam’s De Wallen neighborhood, which is popularly known as the Red Light District. Even though the area has an infamous reputation among tourists for its connections with drug tourism and prostitution, it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the Dutch capital. In fact, De Wallen neighborhood has also been one of the important cultural centers of Amsterdam for more than six centuries.
The internationally famous, the Oude Kerk, which is one of the oldest buildings in the city is also located in the Red Light District. In addition to that, tourists who are visiting this neighborhood will be able to see a perfectly preserved clandestine Catholic church, which is called as the Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder. This iconic church is located inside a 16th Century townhouse’s attic.
Nieuwmarkt en Lastage
The Nieuwmarkt en Lastage neighborhood of Amsterdam, which sits southwards from Amsterdam Central Station, is famous among tourist and natives for its diverse areas. One of the best attractions in the Nieuwmarkt en Lastage neighborhood is the Oosterdok, which is formerly used as an industrial harbor. However, this region was transformed into an architecturally innovative area over the last few decades.
The skyline of Oosterdok contains a number of modern and impressive buildings including the towering central library and the iconic ship-shaped NEMO science museum. In addition to that, you will also be able to see the Mediamatic organization, which is actually a creative eco-conscious initiative that often hosts exhibition and events related to sustainability.
The northern shoreline of the Dutch capital has undergone tremendous urban development over the last few decades. These rapid developments have transformed Buiksloterham into a trendy cultural hotspot. Two iconic buildings that are present in this Amsterdam neighborhood are the A’DAM Tower and EYE Film Institute. You can find plenty of restaurants, a cinema hall, subterranean club and an outstanding film museum inside these two famous buildings.
If you take a short stroll and head west through to the elegant streets of Buiksloterham neighborhood, then you will eventually end up at the NDSM-wharf. This area is famous among both tourists and natives for its fine street art, impressive cultural calendar, and excellent nightlife.
The Westerpark neighborhood in Amsterdam, which is named after the largest park in the region, is one of the greenest parts of the Dutch capital. The excellent recreation grounds and architecturally stunning Amsterdamse School architecture are undoubtedly the major attractions in the Westerpark neighborhood. The flowing arches, redbrick facades, and the early 20th Century urban design style of the Amsterdamse School architecture make it a must-see sight.
You could also head straight to Westergasfabriek, which is a former gas plant that has been transformed into a multi-functional cultural hub. Tourists who wish to experience the booming club scene of the city should certainly visit de Marktkantine, which houses a club, restaurant, theatre, and several creative workspaces under a single roof, and hosts a number of thrilling and excellent events throughout the year.