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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