De Plantage

The Plantage, or "plantation" is one of Amsterdam's first suburbs, and is named after the botanical and herb gardens that were popular here in the 1800s. The Artis, or zoo, was opened in 1838 and remains at the heart of the Plantage to this day. The Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Gardens) are next door, and contain some interesting species of plants brought to Amsterdam by the major shipping company, the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

The University of Amsterdam has many buildings around the Plantage, and as a result, many student cafes and bars are in the neighborhood. The Kriterion is a place where intellectuals meet for coffee or to play some of the many board games scattered around the café. Most importantly, the Kirterion is the city's main alternative cinema, with interesting films from all over the world.

If you travel east of the Plantage, you will find some interesting sites visited by the locals. Commonly referred to as Amsterdam Oost (Amsterdam East), the neighborhood is named after the Oosterpark (Eastern Park). The park was built in the 1880s for the many diamond industry workers that lived in the neighborhood. Even though Oosterpark is smaller than Amsterdam's famous Vondelpark, it's not as crowded, so you'll be able to find some privacy for a nice picnic. Near the Oosterpark is the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam's cultural/anthropological museum. The Dappermarkt, a daily market frequented by the locals for its cheap groceries and random items, is also walking distance from the park.

The neighborhood also has some exciting nightlife. Hotel Arena is a hotel, restaurant and club located in an old church, hosting weekly 80s and 90s themed parties.


Restaurant De Belhamel
Club Meander
Cotton Club
CREA Muziekzaal
Freddy's Bar
Hill Street Blues
Amsterdams Marionetten Theater
Hetveem Theater
Hofje van Wijs
Home Grown Fantasy
Kamertheater (Het)
Loods 6
Lounge in Hotel De L' Europe
Bethanienklooster (Het)
Engelbewaarder (De)
Cafe Eik en Linde
Butterfly Thai Cafe
Zuiveringshal Oost
Meneer Pannekoek Café
De Druif
Brouwerij 't IJ
In de Waag
Cafe De Doelen
Bakkerswinkel (De)


Hill Street Blues
Condomerie Het Gulden Vlies
Portugees-Israëlietische Synagoge (Portuguese-Israelite Synagogue)
Kok Antiquariaat
TunFun Play Park
Capsicum Natuurstoffen
Jacob Hooy
Artis Zoo
P.G.C. Hajenius
Energis Open
Bethanienklooster (Het)
Female & Partners
The Resistance Museum
Dam Square/ Nationaal Monument
Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple
Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum (The)
Rembrandt House Museum
Loods 6
Waag (De)
Oranje Voetbalmuseum
Hofje van Wijs
Red Light District
Royal Gallery
Werfmuseum 't Kromhout
Gassan Diamonds
Fort van Sjakoo (Het)
VOC-schip Amsterdam (Het)
Hortus Botanicus (Botanical Garden)
Mozes en Aäronkerk
NEMO Science Center
Metz & Co
Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum)
Hollandsche Schouwburg


Hemelse Modder
Brasserie Le Relais
Butterfly Thai Cafe
Hoi Tin
Nam Kee
Loosje ('t)
Chao Phraya
Pasta Villa Pizzeria
Engelbewaarder (De)
Meneer Pannekoek Café
De Belhamel
Casa Di David
Tara Irish Pub (The)
Bamboeseur (De)
Terrasse (La)
Tricky Theater
Tom Yam Fusion Cuisine
Café Eik en Linde


Hotel Falcon Plaza
Hotel Rembrandt
Hotel Résidence Le Coin
Hotel Arena

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