Originally built for the working class and the immigrants, the architecture and planning of the Jordaan district is different than that of the City Center. But the area has undergone extensive restoration and has successfully transformed itself form a working class neighbourhood to an artsy district. This is a charming area to stay in with its beautiful courtyards, art galleries and cafes. Being quaint and centrally located adds to its charm.
Grachtengordel West, the Canal district of Amsterdam is a charming part of town with its 17th century canal houses. This area is walking distance to the Old Center and the Dam Square. The city’s four major canals that have endured the test of time are remarkable examples of urban planning and architecture drawing people from all over. Anne Frank’s house and Amsterdam’s grandest church, the Westerkerk which is also the final resting place of Rembrandt, are located in this area.
Old Center is the historical center of the city, a part of which is home to the famed Red Light District. But there’s more to it than the Red Light District. It’s home to quite a few attractions such as the Old Church, the Royal Palace, Amsterdam Historical Museum, the Dam Square, the shopping of lively Nieuwmarkt and numerous coffee shops. Parts of Old Center can be a wee bit seedy and it’s also packed with people and traffic, so it may not be everyone’s favourite area.
This is an exquisite neighbourhood of Amsterdam, with luxurious residences and mansions lining the streets. The nightlife here is fantastic, in fact it’s one of the best in the city. This is thanks to the presence of two prominent squares: Leidseplein, which was formerly a butter market and Rembrandtplein, formerly a buggy drop-off place. These days, however, the squares are packed with hip bars, cool clubs, cafes, various ethnic restaurants and are very popular with tourists and locals.
MUSEUMPLEIN / VONDELPARK
This elegant part of town is home to 3 of Amsterdam’s best known museums, the Van Gogh Museum, Rijks Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. Concertgebouw which holds concerts and Vondelpark, the largest park in the city, are also located here. Being a predominately upscale residential area, you’ll find expensive boutiques, stores and restaurants here. It’s a green and quiet part of town and is perfect if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the centre.