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Amsterdam neighbourhoods

Each area of Amsterdam has its own character and charm, and its own unique offering of schools, shops, parks, restaurants and cultural activities. And with its compact size, the city is a breeze to navigate. Browse the pages below for an idea of what each neighbourhood has to offer.

Amsterdam's colourful mix

Considering Amsterdam's relatively small size, it might come as a surprise to some that its neighbourhoods are hugely varied. But from trendy Noord via the idyllic Jordaan to elegant Oud-Zuid, each Amsterdam 'buurt' (neighbourhood) is special.

Amsterdam neighbourhoods

Grachtengordel

In 2010, Amsterdam’s iconic Grachtengordel (Canal Ring) became a Unesco World Heritage Site. But little will change in this already fiercely protected...

Jodenbuurt and De Plantage

Amsterdam's traditional Jodenbuurt (Jewish quarter) is a mix of the very old and the very new. It begins bustling with its Waterlooplein flea market j...

The Jordaan

Amsterdam's Jordaan is probably the most famous neighbourhood in the Netherlands. Akin to the reputation enjoyed by London’s Cockneys, this once worki...

Nieuwezijds

Nieuwezijds (the New Side) of Amsterdam's Old Centre is not really new at all – for example, the 'New Church' dates from 1408. But it is quieter here ...

Oudezijds

The Oudezijds (Old Side) of the Old Centre is indeed the oldest neighbourhood in Amsterdam. It combines centuries-old architecture, a wealth of histor...

Osdorp

One of Amsterdam's Westelijke Tuinsteden ('Western Garden Towns') that arose after WWII, Osdorp has essentially completed a massive redevelopment. Onc...

Geuzenveld-Slotermeer

One of Amsterdam's Westelijke Tuinsteden (‘Western Garden Towns’) that arose after WWII, Geuzenveld-Slotermeer is packed with parks, community gardens...

Slotervaart Overtoomse Veld

Two of Amsterdam's ‘Western Garden Towns’, Slotervaart and its enjoining neighbourhood of Overtoomse Veld were built as residential areas after WWII. ...

Noord

The District of Amsterdam Noord (North) was cut off from the rest of the city by the IJ harbour for years – however, in the last decade there has been...

IJburg

IJburg is a collection of artificial islands east of the city currently being developed to help deal with Amsterdam’s housing shortage. Projected to b...

Oostelijk Haven area

Amsterdam's ‘Eastern Harbour’ area has transcended its nautical past in favour of modern residential living on a series of man-made islands. Modern ar...

Watergraafsmeer

This relatively residential-oriented district in the east of Amsterdam offers a diverse mix of housing that caters to young professionals and families...

Bos en Lommer

Bos en Lommer is a diverse and family-oriented neighbourhood which has been revitalised in recent years thanks to massive redevelopment. The area is h...

De Baarsjes

De Baarsjes is very much on the rise as an up-and-coming Amsterdam neighbourhood with a population that is both young and multicultural. Situated rema...

Oud West

Diverse, densely populated and central, Amsterdam's Oud West has become a very popular neighbourhood for the upwardly mobile. It’s also an older, more...

Westerpark

Just west of Amsterdam's scenic Jordaan neighbourhood, Westerpark is a relatively quiet neighbourhood with a diverse population complete with young fa...

Oud Zuid

Regarded as the poshest neighbourhood in Amsterdam, Oud Zuid has a decadent mix of culture and shopping. Residents feel generally safe and are pleased...

De Pijp

De Pijp is vibrant and very much on its way up. As can be expected of an area that is centred on the nation’s most famous outdoor market Albert Cuypma...

Zuidoost

With no shared borders with Amsterdam, Zuidoost is an entity to itself. It was built up in the 1960s and 70s as a residential utopia of sorts with apa...

Red Light District

The majority of people have heard about Amsterdam’s Red Light District well before their visit. Leaving nothing to the imagination, some stereotypes a...

Nieuwmarkt

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 explor...

Spiegelkwartier

Amsterdam’s Spiegelkwartier (literally: ‘mirror quarter’) is an absolute must for lovers of art, antiques and curiosities: the area has been at the he...