Category: Neighborhoods

Though Amsterdam is a relatively small city, it has many distinctive neighborhoods, each with their own look, character, and pace.

Most tourists remain in the center of town, though many also visit a section of the Old South neighborhood, where the Vondelpark and the Museum Quarter are located.

Savvy tourists also explore the other parts of Amsterdam.

Paradiso — Amsterdam’s Pop Temple

Located in a former church, Paradiso is known as Amsterdam’s Pop Temple — one of Holland’s foremost live music venues.

It offers an eclectic mix of music: jazz, fusion, garage, ska, latin, funk, soul… The hall has been filled with Maroccan dance music, an Elvis Presley Church Service, and even some contemporary classical music.

Damrak – The Red Carpet into Amsterdam

Damrak is the main street that leads from Amsterdam Central Station, where most tourists arrive, to Dam square in the center of the medieval town.

This lively street, lined with centuries-old monuments, so-so bars, and gaudy souvenir shops, Damrak — which is in the middle of a makeover — offer a preview of what Amsterdam has to offer.

Fake Amsterdam

A row of ’17th century,’ gabled buildings along a square in the center of Amsterdam is not what it seems.

Here’s the story behind the façade — and why what happened here is important for the rest of Amsterdam.