The City of Amsterdam's Centre District is home to approximately 81,000 residents, and it’s also where you’re more likely to find the tourists that flock to the city each year. Here you’ll find many of Amsterdam’s main tourist attractions – including the Anne Frank House and Dam Square – as well as the major shopping streets, bars and restaurants. Homes on the canal belt (Grachtengordel) and in trendy Jordaan are all in high-demand.
District of Oost
The District of Oost (east), which now combines the former districts Zeeburg and Oost-Watergraafsmeer, boasts a plethora of green spaces and residences close to Amsterdam’s city centre. Here, you’ll find the beautiful Oosterpark and Tropenmuseum, as well as lots of trendy bars and restaurants. Further east you’ll find plenty of places to live on quiet, leafy streets in Indische Buurt and Transvaalbuurt. IJburg, Amsterdam’s newest neighbourhood, was recently built on artificial islands reclaimed from the River IJ.
District of West
The District of West is home to a wide variety of cultures and demographics, grand architecture, and great places to eat and drink. It includes the Westerpark, Oud-West, De Baarsjes and Bos en Lommer. One of the most popular neighbourhoods is Oud-West, where you will find excellent eateries and hip places to grab a coffee or cocktail. The expansive Rembrandt park can be found in this district, as can De Hallen – a historic tram station which has been converted into a complex housing an arthouse cinema, boutique hotel, a huge food hall and an array of independent, creative shops.
District of Noord
Directly across the water behind Central Station, Amsterdam Noord (north) offers vast green spaces and charming little villages. And as well as its quieter residential areas, it also features some of Amsterdam’s most cutting-edge architecture, exciting festivals, artist studios and post-industrial venues which have now been transformed into bars, restaurants and clubs. One of Noord’s most popular hangouts is the NDSM Wharf, a former shipyard which is home to an ever-expanding variety of bars and restaurants.
District of Zuid
The District of Zuid (south) offers many beautiful places to live and work. At the northern end of this district you can find trendy De Pijp, an eclectic neighbourhood with a diverse population and many creative businesses and cultural spaces. Museumplein – home to several famous museums – is in the area known as Oud-Zuid, an elegant and well-heeled neighbourhood made up of spacious residential areas and tourist attractions, including the exclusive shopping street P.C. Hooftstraat, the Royal Concertgebouw and Vondelpark. In the south of the district is Zuidas, the heart of Amsterdam’s international business network.
District of Zuidoost
A young, multicultural district which offers many green spaces and amenities, including shopping centres, markets and good transport links. More than 130 different nationalities live in this district, which is mainly made up of modern low-rise buildings offering small and large homes. The Bijlmer neighbourhood is mainly residential, and nearby you’ll find the big-entertainment world of the Amsterdam ArenA, the AFAS Live and the Ziggo Dome. Amstel III Business Park’s numerous gleaming office buildings and upcoming residential development are also in the District of Zuidoost (southeast).
District of Nieuw-West
One of the greenest places in Amsterdam, the District of Nieuw-West (New West) includes Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, Osdorp and Slotervaart. These are mainly residential areas which offer a mix of new developments and innovative architecture. Parts of this district are still being redeveloped to offer more housing, and people moving to the area can expect a relaxed pace with plenty of places to shop and spend some time enjoying the nearby nature – including scenic waterside spots.