Stroll the Overtoom for interior inspiration
The Overtoom, which runs parallel to the Vondelpark, has become yet another bustling shopping street in Amsterdam, packed with tiny shops, concept stores and boutiques that boast an array of Dutch-inspired goods. Spend a day walking up and down the busy street, visiting concept stores such as Friday Next for Dutch-inspired home décor, Wildernis for potted plants and botanical treasures or Sourced and Sold for covetable antiques. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by gourmet food store Bilder & De Clercq where the weekly selection of ready-to-cook meals will raise your game in the kitchen.
Veg out (literally) for the day
With so many new vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Amsterdam reinventing the way plant-based food looks and tastes, a growing number of Amsterdammers have begun handing in their steak knives. Amsterdam Oud-West has become a veggie Valhalla, with restaurants and cafés ditching boring salads and tofu-everything to offer delicious dishes that just happen to be vegetarian. Give your body a day of plant-based nutrition with breakfast or lunch at Meatless District, ending the day with your choice of burger at Dutch Weed Burger Joint or the Vegan Junk Food Bar. If your stomach starts to rumble in between meals, head to Foodhallen to grab a veggie snack at Fento or Padron.
Meet the makers at the Maker Market
De Hallen, a cultural centre in Oud-West comprising not just shops but a hotel, cinema and food hall, invites Amsterdam artisans to the Maker Market, where they present their wares once per month to those looking for unique, made-in-Amsterdam items. Wander the halls of De Hallen to discover stands and displays of clothing and accessories, bicycles and furniture, books and other knick-knacks and trinkets to gift or keep for yourself. If you missed the Maker Market, you can still stop by the Maker Store from Tuesday through Sunday to browse their collection.
Immerse yourself in Dutch culture
While the city centre offers boatloads of historic buildings and famous sights, Oud-West is another cultural centre, marrying the history of Amsterdam with modern art, music and media. There’s always something interesting happening at Lab111, a cinema, restaurant and exhibition space housed in a former pathological anatomy lab that runs a collection of quirky films and insightful documentaries every evening while the works of artists, photographers and designers fill the exhibition space. Visit OT301, a film academy turned artists’ squat turned cultural centre, for live shows and movies, classes and a meal at its organic vegan/vegetarian kitchen De Peper.
Explore the tree-lined streets of the Helmersbuurt
Built in the late 19th and early 20th century as a much-needed expansion to the ever-growing city, Helmersbuurt has become a unique neighbourhood, filled with lush, towering trees, quiet residential areas and cultural hotspots. Once the home of many artists and writers, Helmersbuurt has creativity on every corner – you’ll just have to wander around to find it.
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