The older part of Oost, residential neighbourhood the ‘Plantage’, is a lively and international area with its green streets, beautiful homes and impressive 18th century warehouses. Since 1838, the Plantage has been home to the Amsterdam Zoo Artis, as well as Hortus Botanicus, the botanical gardens which date back to 1638. This area is on the edge between the East and city centre, walking distance from Waterloo square.
Oosterpark & Dapperbuurt
‘Oosterparkbuurt’ and ‘Dapperbuurt’ with one of the country’s best markets ‘The Dappermarkt’, were the first urban expansions of the city in the late 19th century. Lately, the area has been rediscovered by a new generation of hipsters who give the neighbourhood a young, contemporary vibe.
This neighbourhood, with Javaplein as its lively centre, has seen a lot of changes recently. New coffee roasters are opening, and small concept and independent fashion stores bring more diversity to the shopping streets, with the main street being Javastraat.
The Watergraafsmeer & Weesperbuurt
Watergraafsmeer is a quiet residential neighborhood with the ‘Middenweg’ as the main shopping street and the beautiful Frankendael park as its green focuspoint. With the nearby Amstel station and ‘Weesperbuurt’ area, the industrial heritage of the city is being preserved and transformed. A great example of one of the trendy restaurants and hotels is the amazing Volkshotel at Wibautstraat, a former newspaper office building turned hotel / club / restaurant.