Amsterdam neighbourhoods

Each neighbourhood of Amsterdam boasts its own distinct character and charm with a unique variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, museums and attractions. Take the time to discover the hidden treasures of Amsterdam's different districts using this handy neighbourhood guide.

Exploring new corners of the city

The waterways, bridges and bicycles of Amsterdam's historic centre are iconic, but venture further in any direction outside of the canal ring and you'll find a whole world more to explore. From quirky shops and annual cultural festivals to top restaurants or modern architecture, each neighbourhood has a unique personality and plenty of attractions to keep you busy. Browse the pages below to find the local hotspots and neighbourhood gems hidden in all four corners of Amsterdam.

West

Amsterdam architecture seven countries houses Roemer Visscherstraat Spanje Spain, Edwin van Eis
Experience the hidden gems of Amsterdam West, from the vibrant local hotspots surrounding Westerpark to the cosy terraces that line the leafy suburbs of Oud-West. In the multicultural communities of Bos en Lommer & De Baarsjes, colourful grocery stores rub shoulders with trendy cafes and canalside bars. These up-and-coming neighbourhoods extend into the sprawling district of Nieuw West, known for its green expanses and lakeside tranquillity.

Oost

Just east of the centre, De Plantage is the city's former pleasure garden and its elegant tree-lined boulevards boast a wealth of cultural attractions. Nextdoor, Oost's spacious streets reflect the diversity of its residents, packed with hip bars, Turkish bakeries, Surinamese supermarkets and Middle Eastern lunchrooms. Along the IJ, the historic warehouses of the Oostelijke Eilanden have been repurposed into cultural hotspots and music venues just as the reclaimed islands and urban beaches of IJburg are a haven for watersports and cutting-edge architecture.

Noord

Hop on a ferry and see how industrial chic blends into the spectacular countryside of Amsterdam Noord. Repurposed into a creative haven, the former shipyard of NDSM is packed with flea markets, pop-up restaurants, waterside hangouts and buzzing nightlife venues. Make your way through the urban jungle of and you'll find a gateway to open green expanses dotted with quaint polder villages and family homes with gardens.

Amsterdam City Centre