Bos en Lommer
It may have been named after a farm that once stood here, but the 20th-century residential neighbourhood Bos en Lommer is far from being a rustic outpost. It’s recent – beautiful – renovation and increasingly-used nickname BoLo are sure-fire signs that this ‘hood is growing in popularity. And it’s not surprising when it boasts cool establishments like De School (a new club, music venue, restaurant, gym and exhibition space) and international cultural theatre Podium Mozaïek.
De Baarsjes, which borders the south of BoLo, is wonderfully green, young and multicultural, and is largely inhabited by families, students and creatives. The ‘hood’s beating heart is the Jan Evertsenstraat – or simply, ‘Jan Eef’ – a popular shopping street where trendy concept stores, Turkish shops, greengrocers and bakeries sit side by side in perfect harmony. Other attractions include Witte de Withstraat, with its galleries; creative breeding grounds Het Sieraad and Meneer de Wit; and the area’s beautiful Amsterdam School architecture.