AMSTERDAM FOR THE CURIOUS

The ultimate list of cool spots in our hood


All good in the hood: local spots you must check out around the city

Here in Amsterdam West, you have it all within walking distance: parks, water, cafes, artisan shopping, street art and nightlife. Ready to explore your hood?

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  • Coffee

  • Koffie Academie Sloterdijk

    Café
    open

    It’s not easy to find good coffee in northern Europe, so thank god we have Koffie Academie! This charming, small bar serves roasted coffee and homemade croissants, brownies, and delicious carrot cake. By the way, they also serve beers, wine, and cocktails.


  • T's Tea Bar

    Tea Room
    open
    $$$$

    Need a matcha latte? This teabar is the answer. They have matcha, tradition chai, tons of loose leaf and herbal teas. Good for a tea on the go or to stock up on your at-home brewing needs.


  • OKO - Cultural Melting Point cafe

    Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
    open
    $$$$

    A coffee and lunch place that is by far the most homely in the city. Go here to work, read a book, or catch up with a friend. They also have a really cool cat that'll make you feel right at home.


  • Food

  • Radijs Amsterdam

    Bistro
    open
    $$$$

    When it's sunny, this is the best cafe to have your breakfast on the terrace. Also good for lunch, dinner and especially dessert. Best perk? The little piece of gingerbread you get with your Latte.


  • The Commons

    Food
    open

    The space within The Student Hotel bringing students, travelers, freelancers, entrepreneurs and neighbourhood locals together over the joy of food and drinks. It is the every-bar/restaurant/café for everyone: laptop and coffee workspace for students, cocktail-bar for friends, lunch spot for business meetings, date night for lovers, and a casual group dining space for families of all kinds.


  • Café Cook

    Café
    open

    Make it your new favorite hot spot in Amsterdam! Good drinks, delicious food, quiet location, and a cozy atmosphere, what else do you need in life? Ah, we know - friendly service and reasonable prices.


  • Meneer de Wit heeft Honger

    Restaurant
    closed
    $$$$

    At Mr. White Is Hungry (Meneer De Wit Heeft Honger) you get an excellent opportunity to try many dishes for low prices. The menu focuses on how the food tastes and not on how it is cut. Fresh seasonal vegetables, quality meat, poultry and seafood, and dishes that can be shared make it a brilliant choice for a relaxed evening with friends.


  • Culture

  • Hutspot Amsterdam

    Thrift / Vintage Store
    open

    Hutpost is a super trendy concept store with great cloths and accessories for men and women. Don't miss the cafe-gallery at the second floor, that is often crowded with hip eye-candy Amsterdamers.


  • Podium Mozaïek

    Performing Arts Venue
    open

    There’s always something going on at Podium Mozaiek, such as Parties, performances, festivals, music, dance, theater, comedy, exhibitions, and artistic projects. It’s also a perfect venue to meet with friends for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If the sun is out - take a sit on the terrace. If you’re here on the weekend, you should try the Turkish breakfast, served until 15:00.


  • Things I Like Things I Love

    Art Gallery
    open

    Things I like Things I love is a hip concept store with a fashionable combination of vintage, second hand, new products, and young designers. Besides clothing, they also have shoes, accessories, jewelry, and gifts. There’s always something on sale, and it’s a great alternative if you need a fresh new look for an affordable price.


  • Rijksmuseum

    This national museum hosts a number of signature artworks by Dutch and international painters and offers a large collection of beautiful masterpieces.

    From €47.5

  • Street Art Museum

    Museum

    Street Art Museum Amsterdam (SAMA) is a contemporary eco-museum, that uses art as a tool to a social dialogue. It isn't inside one building. It's an open-air museum. Its mission is to create, explore, document and preserve the growing democratic movement of Street Art. They offer group and private tours of their "collection" and workshops.


  • Nightlife

  • De School

    Nightclub
    closed
    $$$$

    A super cool, hip and trendy multipurpose spot: there's a pretty cafe, a lovely (casual-chef) restaurant, an uber happening night club and an ever changing cultural program with art, lectures, temporary exhibitions and overall creative vibe going on. Try the 5 course menu - packed with vegetables, check the program for which DJs are playing and dress nice.


  • Club 8

    Pool Hall

    Rack 'em. With 17 tables, Club 8 is the largest pool hall in Amsterdam. Besides pool, snooker or darts, you can also go for a snack and a drink in the bar area. They also have a full club and private rooms for rent if you want to throw your own kind of party.


  • Floor17

    Restaurant
    open

    This rooftop bar offers a craft cocktail with a side of view. They have a massive rooftop terrace, their Sky Bar and restaurant if you're feeling decadent. They have a fancy brunch when the weather is nice. Note, there is a dress code.


  • Outdoors

  • Street Art Tour

    Discover the authentic side of the city on this street art tour. Guided by a local, you will be introduced to the finest street art works as well as to Amsterdam's vibrant culture scene.

    From €58

  • Rembrandt Park


    The Rembrandtpark is an ideal place to sit out in the sun and enjoy a picnic. The park is a green oasis with ponds, playgrounds and walking and biking paths. You can also visit De Uylenburg, the oldest petting zoo in Amsterdam and get some facetime with cute animals.


  • Sloterplas

    Lake

    This lake is a go-to place for running - the views are amazing and change every season. There are small parks around and places to picnic. Also, lots of activities on the lake itself: sailing, canoeing, fishing, swimming and diving.


  • Oosterpark

    Dentist's Office

    Amsterdam's first large park, set in the style of the English Garden, is a beautiful way to spend a sleepy sunset.

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