Amsterdam neighbourhoods

Each area of Amsterdam has its own character and charm, and its own unique variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, museums and attractions. Take time to discover the city's hidden treasures in Amsterdam's neighbourhoods.

Exploring the city

Look just around the corner and there’s so much more waiting to be explored! A visit to one of the extraordinary districts around the centre is certainly something not to be missed. Each area has its own character, quirky shops, annual cultural festivals and top restaurants. Whether you're looking for modern architecture, a cultural hot spot, an active excursion or an off-the-beaten-track cycling tour, there's something for everyone. Browse the below resources, the neighbourhood guide and this interactive map to discover a different side of Amsterdam.

Neighbourhoods of Amsterdam


Old shipyard turned creative haven


Vibrant atmosphere against a green backdrop


Urban renewal meets nature’s beauty

Oostelijke Eilanden

Where water and modern architecture meet

De Plantage

Cultural garden with an elegant touch


Hip places, green spaces and diverse faces

De Pijp

Bustling mix of culture, cuisine and cafés

Oud Zuid

Rijksmuseum Gardens 24h Zuid Amsterdam
From age-old art to high-end chic

Oud West

Local hotspots and hidden gems

Bos en Lommer & De Baarsjes

Celebrating diversity around every corner


Cultural melting pot and large-scale entertainment

Day trips from Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans windmills CC BY 2.0 gags9999 via Flickr
Head out beyond the borders of the city centre and explore the wider Amsterdam Area.

More Amsterdam neighbourhoods

Amsterdam Centrum

In addition to the world-famous historic Canal Ring, Amsterdam's City Centre district ('Centrum') is home to a host of renowned museums, charming and ...


The Jordaan is possibly the most famous neighbourhood in the Netherlands. Akin to the reputation enjoyed by London’s Cockneys, this once working-class...


Located in the easternmost part of Amsterdam, IJburg consists of three reclaimed islands. The city’s youngest area (construction began in 1996),...


Nieuw-West (literally New West) is the largest and greenest neighbourhood of Amsterdam. Diverse and spacious, the area incorporates post WWII resident...


Amstelveen owes its existence to the Amstel River, which once played a crucial role in connecting Amsterdam to the rest of the Netherlands. Since then...

The 9 Streets

The quaint and quirky streets that straddle Amsterdam’s grandest canals form the city’s most photogenic micro-neighbourhood. Known to locals as De Neg...


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...

Enchanting day trips from Amsterdam


A city of remarkable history and culture, Haarlem is just a short hop from Amsterdam but packs a unique punch. With spectacular monuments dating back ...

Amsterdam Beach

When the temperatures soar in Amsterdam, sun-seekers flock to the Dutch coast and the beaches to bask on the sands and soak up the vibrant nightlife. ...

Flowers of Amsterdam

If you're lucky enough to visit Amsterdam in spring, don't miss a visit to the nearby flower-growing region. Read our guide to the breathtaking fields...

Old Holland

With its countless windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting.

Castles & Gardens

Delve into the fascinating history of the Dutch Golden Age by exploring the ancient castles that were once the homes of wealthy merchants. Many of th...

New Land

Although famous for its historic city centre, the Amsterdam region is always evolving as new immigrants and diverse cultures make their mark on its ma...