Mixing it up in Amsterdam East
Amsterdam-Oost (Amsterdam East) is a vibrant, multicultural neighbourhood not far from the city centre, and is home to the beautiful Oosterpark and the majestic Tropenmuseum. This green neighbourhood is known for its wide streets with monumental 19th-century buildings, the finest of restaurants and an exciting cultural offering. Wibautstraat is where you’ll find the cooking pioneers Restaurant C, for example, and the lively Volkshotel building, which apart from being a hotel, also houses a creative breeding ground, the Canvas club and the Doka café. Stroll round the corner, and you're on the Beukenplein, one of the city’s trendiest squares when it comes to food and drink.
The Waterloopleinmarkt is the city’s flea market. Here, bargain hunters and fashionistas rummage around in fraternal harmony. Anyone preferring to look for vintage items indoors is advised to try Episode. The shop has a sizeable collection of 70s and 80s clothing which is back in. New ‘street-style’ clothing can be found round the corner of the Waterlooplein in the huge basement, with limited-edition trainers, jeans, perfume and other unique things.
Close to the Waterlooplein is the Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). This former residence of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn has an authentic 17th-century interior and houses many of his etchings. Another exceptional museum is Hermitage Amsterdam, an auxiliary branch of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, with ever-changing exhibitions. The Tropenmuseum (Museum of the Tropics) is an anthropological museum housed in one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful historic buildings. Jewish history is visible in many places in De Plantage. It is possible to visit the impressive Portuguese Synagogue, which has been in use since the 17th century. In the Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum) you will find everything about Jewish history and culture. The horrors of the Second World War are palpable in the Verzetsmuseum (Resistance Museum) and at the monument to the Jewish victims in Amsterdam: the Hollandsche Schouwburg (Dutch Theatre).
Venture a little further east, and you’re in the Dapperbuurt with its famous market. Pass under the train tracks and you’ll find yourself wandering down streets named after the former Dutch East Indies islands. This area has enjoyed a huge turnaround since the 1990s, with Timorplein acting as its beating heart. The square is home to the student-run Studio/K, a cultural centre with a living room atmosphere, that boasts a cinema, club and restaurant.
Did you know? Oosterpark was the first major park built by the city of Amsterdam, in 1891.