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BEST THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM’S OUD WEST – This video is a neighbourhood profile of Amsterdam’s Oud West (Old West), a vibrant district full of young creative types.
Amsterdam is by far the most popular spot to visit in The Netherlands and one of the top tourist destinations in the entire world. Photos of the city’s beautiful canals and bridges are famous around the world but we wanted to get outside of the traditional Canal Ring – lovely as it is – and explore a bit further afield and off the beaten track.
I fell in love with a plant store called Wildernis. Even if, like me, you’re just visiting the city and aren’t exactly in the market for a plant (they don’t pack up very well…) I guarantee this store is still worth a visit. The concept here is to make Amsterdam greener. Wildernis works towards this goal by working with green organizations around the city and teaching workshops on nature and urban gardening. They provide plants, tools, and skills to anyone wanting to learn how to care for plants – even deep within the city. You’ll breathe easier inside as you’re absolutely surrounded by greenery from every angle. You can stop here for a cup of coffee and cake and just enjoy the peaceful feeling of being in an indoor garden.
Across the street is an Asian restaurant called HappyHappyJoyJoy. It’s the newest venture of Dutch chef Julius Jaspers. The idea here is that everything from the decor to the food is designed to make you smile. It’s seriously Instagram-friendly inside! I didn’t get a chance to eat here but heard a lot of great reviews and would love to go back.
Nearby is the jewel of the Oud West neighbourhood: De Hallen. If you only have time for one stop in this area then this should be it. This historical building used to be a tram depot and has been repurposed into a multi-use space that has become a beloved part of the neighbourhood fabric. Inside you’ll find independent shops, a food hall, a cinema, a boutique hotel, and a weekly craft market. Some of my favourite stores inside are Qnoop (eco-friendly and stylish socks!) and The Maker Store where you’ll find amazing unique products by local creators. I can’t think of a better spot to get Amsterdam souvenirs. Don’t miss eating at one of the street vendors in the food hall and walk all the way through to the Kanarie Club. It’s a restaurant where they’ve preserved historical details like the tram tracks and a ‘pool’ that’s inspired by when squatters occupied the building and had a pool filled with rainwater.
After shopping and eating you can unwind nearby at Vondelpark. With 120 acres of parkland, this is the largest park in Amsterdam. It’s a great place to people watch and relax.
I loved visiting the Oud West neighbourhood. There were a lot fewer tourists in this area than the traditional Canal Ring and it felt hidden. The pace felt different here and I enjoyed the chance to explore a little slower. Have you been here? Does it look interesting to you? Please leave a comment down below!
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