Amsterdam Centrum

Amsterdam's city centre (Centrum) is a tightly woven network of canals and overlapping micro-neighbourhoods each bursting with their own unique vibe and history. All within an easy walking distance, you'll encounter charming cobbled streets, high-end shopping areas, renowned cultural attractions, sprawling market squares and lively entertainment areas packed with restaurants and bars. Beyond the best known sights and attractions, there's a treasure trove of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.

 

Historic areas in Amsterdam Centrum

Jordaan

Westerkerk  Cafe de Reiger Jordaan Amsterdam
This former working-class 'hood is known for its community vibe, radical politics and historic brown bars. Dotted around the leafy cobbled streets you'll find lively canalside terraces, vintage shops and quirky museums.

Het Paleiskwartier (Royal Mile)

Christmas Tree Palace and New Church at Dam Square Amsterdam
The Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square overshadow this tightly clustered central area packed with flagship stores, restaurants and world-famous entertainment venues.

De Wallen (Red Light District)

Canal Houses Oudeszijds Amsterdam
This notorious district is a fantastic juxtaposition of age-old architecture, leaning canal houses, interesting shops and late-night pursuits.

Museum Quarter

Unearth the treasures of Amsterdam's world class museums and high-end shopping district, clustered around the iconic Vondelpark.

Nieuwmarkt

Edwin van Eis
One of the oldest parts of the city, Amsterdam's bustling Chinatown is packed with quirky shops, restaurants and historic buildings.

Shopping areas

Spiegelkwartier

Antique shops, cafes and design boutiques line the leafy streets of Spiegelkwartier, whilst nearby Leidseplein buzzes with evening entertainment. 

Haarlemmerbuurt

Haarlemmerplein Farmers Market Amsterdam
With its vintage stores and trendy delis, this alternative shopping district offers hours of relaxed browsing, dining and bar-hopping.

De 9 Straatjes (9 Streets)

View of the Reestraat Prinsengracht street with people walking down the alley
The city’s most photogenic neighbourhood is bursting with vintage and designer shopping, speciality stores, cosy cafés and quirky museums.

Explore just a bit further East

Oostelijke Eilanden

Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam en schip Eddo Hartmann
The Eastern Docklands combines modern architecture and historic warehouses in repurposed into contemporary hotspots like NEMO Science Museum, Marineterrein and the National Maritime Museum.

De Plantage

Hortus Botanicus Koen Smilde
The cultural garden of Amsterdam, De Plantage is characterised by its leafy boulevards, elegant parks and world class museums - all surrounding Artis Zoo and the historic Hortus Botanicus.

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