Amsterdam neighbourhoods

Each neighbourhood of Amsterdam boasts its own distinct character and charm with a unique variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, museums and attractions. Take the time to discover the hidden treasures of Amsterdam's different districts using this handy neighbourhood guide.

Exploring new corners of the city

The waterways, bridges and bicycles of Amsterdam's historic centre are iconic, but venture further in any direction outside of the canal ring and you'll find a whole world more to explore. From quirky shops and annual cultural festivals to top restaurants or modern architecture, each neighbourhood has a unique personality and plenty of attractions to keep you busy. Browse the pages below to find the local hotspots and neighbourhood gems hidden in all four corners of Amsterdam.

To the West

Experience the hidden gems of Amsterdam West, from the vibrant local hotspots surrounding Westerpark to the cosy terraces that line the leafy suburbs of Oud-West. In the multicultural communities of Bos en Lommer & De Baarsjes, colourful grocery stores rub shoulders with trendy cafes and canalside bars. These up-and-coming neighbourhoods extend into the sprawling district of Nieuw West, known for its green expanses and lakeside tranquillity.

Down South

Vondelpark Fountain Amsterdam
From age-old art to high-end chic, the historic museums and up-market boutiques of Oud Zuid lend the district a luxurious edge. The bustling mix of cultures, cuisines and after-work haunts of Amsterdam's bohemian Latin Quarter, De Pijp, draw in people from across the city each evening. Zuidoost is a cultural melting pot known for its large-scale entertainment and sports venues, whilst the residential borough of Amstelveen maintains a self-contained charm secluded from the city hustle.

Over in East

Just east of the centre, De Plantage is the city's former pleasure garden and its elegant tree-lined boulevards boast a wealth of cultural attractions. Nextdoor, Oost's spacious streets reflect the diversity of its residents, packed with hip bars, Turkish bakeries, Surinamese supermarkets and Middle Eastern lunchrooms. Along the IJ, the historic warehouses of the Oostelijke Eilanden have been repurposed into cultural hotspots and music venues just as the reclaimed islands and urban beaches of IJburg are a haven for watersports and cutting-edge architecture.

Up in North

Hop on a ferry and see how industrial chic blends into the spectacular countryside of Amsterdam Noord. Make your way through the urban jungle and you'll find a gateway to open green expanses dotted with quaint polder villages. Nextdoor, NDSM Wharf has been transformed into a creative haven, packed with flea markets, pop-up restaurants, waterside hangouts and buzzing nightlife venues.

Neighbourhoods in Amsterdam City Centre (Centrum)