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Embracing Amsterdams diverse neighborhoods

Posted: 19th March 2023 by James Evans

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Amsterdam, the city of canals, bikes, and tulips, is also known for its diverse neighborhoods. Each area offers a unique blend of history, culture, and architecture. In this article, we'll explore some of the most popular neighborhoods and provide temporary accommodation options for your stay in Amsterdam! Working and living in Amsterdam, it's something special. Every year, up to a million tourists visit the largest city in the Netherlands with its beautiful canals and world-famous museums. But it's only when you live there that you really get to know a city. Enjoy a concert in the Vondelbunker, imagine yourself in the jungle in the Hortus Botanicus or discover vegan flavors in the Noorderlicht café. This and many more secret spots are waiting for you! Are you coming to live here too?

Amsterdam City Centre

The heart of Amsterdam, the City Centre, is a buzzing hub of activity. You'll find the iconic canal ring, world-renowned museums, and vibrant nightlife. But be warned, the streets are often filled with tourists, so get ready to navigate the bustling crowds! The center of Amsterdam is the most famous and most touristic part of the city. You would expect this to be the most expensive place to live in Amsterdam, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Amsterdam City Centre

Amsterdam Jordaan

Jordaan, Amsterdam's charming gem, is a delightful maze of narrow streets, quaint canals, and historic buildings. This once working-class district is now a buzzing hub of trendy boutiques, hip galleries, and mouthwatering eateries. Take a leisurely canal-side stroll or hunt for hidden treasures at local markets – Jordaan's enchanting atmosphere will make you feel like you've stepped into a fairy tale. Discover interesting museums, enjoy bike rides along the canal belt, stroll through the 9 streets, step into authentic pubs in the Jordaan and enjoy the sunset from the Amstel.

Amsterdam Jordaan

Amsterdam West

Amsterdam West is a melting pot of cultures, offering a mix of trendy cafes, colorful markets, and lush parks. It's the perfect place for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre while still being within easy reach of all the attractions. The former working-class neighborhood of Oud-West is now a trendy neighbourhood, where, according to the municipality of Amsterdam, the 'happiest Amsterdammers' live. A good reason to move here, right? Because Amsterdam Oud-West is directly adjacent to the center, this neighborhood is ideal for people who have to commute there every day. But there are many other reasons to choose Oud-West. It is located between Westerpark, Vondelpark and Rembrandtpark, so you will never lack a green spot. You will also find plenty of hip restaurants and nice cafes here or enjoy a night out in the Foodhallen.

Amsterdam West

Amsterdam East

Amsterdam East is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood, offering a unique blend of historic charm and modern living. With its stunning parks, hip eateries, and eclectic shopping, you'll never run out of things to do in this lively area! Amsterdam East is a popular neighborhood among Amsterdammers and includes the new districts of Ijburg, the Zeeburg Islands, Watergraafsmeer and Amsteldorp. You will find busy shopping streets, many parks and numerous cultural highlights. In recent years, a lot of bars and restaurants have been added that provide a delicious mix with the traditional oriental restaurants that were already there. The third most popular market in Amsterdam, De Dappermarkt, also attracts many visitors every Sunday. Despite the rising rents, it is still possible to find relatively cheap apartments here. This diversity in house prices ensures that Amsterdam East is a popular place to live.

Amsterdam East

Amsterdam South

Amsterdam South boasts a mix of upscale living, green spaces, and cultural attractions. This chic neighborhood is perfect for those who enjoy the finer things in life, with posh boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and famous museums like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Are you looking for a lively, vibrant and creative neighbourhood? Then living in De Pijp Amsterdam is definitely something for you! The flair that hangs here has always been very attractive to artistic Amsterdammers, but students and young families cannot resist its call either. From quiet parks and lively, authentic markets to hip bars and world restaurants; there is something for everyone! With the Metro line 52, the so-called North-South line, you can be in the outermost parts of the capital within ten minutes - speaking of centrally located.

Amsterdam Zuid

Amsterdam North and Zandaam

Amsterdam North is a creative hub, attracting artists and innovators alike. With its industrial charm, modern architecture, and stunning waterfront views, this neighborhood offers a refreshing change of pace from the city's historic center. Living in Amsterdam North is the trend of the moment. This district on the other side of the IJ is doing so well that thousands of new homes will be added in the coming years. The area's industrial past is particularly evident in the NDSM wharf, the former shipyard that has been transformed into a trendy and creative urban spot that is reminiscent of East Berlin at times. But many other neighborhoods in the district, such as the Vogelbuurt and the Van Der Pekstraat, are also in full development. With the construction of metro line 52, the so-called North-South line, in 2018, you can be in the center of the city within a few minutes - which only benefits the popularity of Amsterdam Noord.

Amsterdam North & Zandaam

Amsterdam Westerpark

Westerpark is an emerging neighborhood, combining green spaces with cultural hotspots. Westerpark, the area's namesake park, is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. You'll also find lively cafes, galleries, and markets in this up-and-coming area.

Amsterdam West

P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam

P.C. Hooftstraat, Amsterdam's posh paradise, is where luxury shopping meets chic sophistication. Stroll down this elegant street, and you'll be rubbing shoulders with fashionistas and the city's elite. From high-end designer boutiques to upscale cafes, P.C. Hooftstraat exudes style and glamour. So, dress to impress and indulge in a lavish experience you won't forget!

PC Hoofstraat

Additional Collection of Rentals

For those seeking more options, check out these curated collections of rentals in Amsterdam:

  • 1-Bedroom Apartments in Amsterdam

    Discover a variety of cozy 1-bedroom apartments in Amsterdam, perfect for solo travelers or couples seeking a comfortable temporary accommodation.

  • 2-Bedroom Apartments in Amsterdam

    Explore a range of spacious 2-bedroom apartments in Amsterdam, ideal for families or small groups looking for temporary housing with ample space.

  • 3-Bedroom Apartments in Amsterdam

    Find a selection of comfortable 3-bedroom apartments in Amsterdam, suitable for larger families or groups seeking temporary accommodation with multiple bedrooms.

  • 4-Bedroom Apartments in Amsterdam

    Choose from an assortment of spacious 4-bedroom apartments in Amsterdam, perfect for big families or large groups requiring temporary housing with ample room for everyone.

Map of Amsterdam

To sum it all up

Amsterdam's neighborhoods offer a rich and diverse experience for every traveler. Whether you're looking for the bustling energy of the city centre, the creative vibes of Amsterdam North, or the upscale charm of Amsterdam South, there's a perfect temporary accommodation waiting for you. Just remember, the bikes rule the streets, so keep an eye out for those two-wheeled speedsters!


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