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Oost & Havens Oost - Where to stay in Amsterdam

The area east of Amsterdam’s old city center may not be widely known to many tourists, but this does not mean you should not consider staying here. Ranging east of the Amstel River, Amsterdam Oost flows into the Dapperbuurt and the Indische neighborhood before being capped by Flevopark.

In this part of town you will find the Artis zoo, the Tropical Museum and the Botanical gardens. All great places to visit if you want to spend a day in nature, and have a peaceful time away from typically busy Amsterdam. Especially if you are travelling with children, the zoo is a wonderful experience for the whole family. In the Oost you will also find one of the city’s most attractive parks, Oosterpark. The park features several important monuments and numerous sculptures. The park is also home to a large population of wild birds (like grey herons). Much less crowded than Vondelpark, the Oosterpark is ideal for quiet walks and picnicking.

The Oost is rich in ethnic minority. You can truly see, taste and smell Holland’s colonial past here. At the Dappermarket, for instance, all cultures of Amsterdam are represented. If you want to cook Surinamese, Indian, Moroccan, Turkish, Thai or Chinese, this is where you will find everything you need!

The Waterfront is the part of Amsterdam that has changed most over the last decade. Havens-Oost, stretching east along the river IJ, is a fast redeveloping area that includes artificial islands, warehouses, and other installations of Amsterdam's old harbor (the new harbor lies west of the city). New, modern residential areas have sprung up on reclaimed land and become very popular with young, upwardly mobile Amsterdammers. It is an up and coming area, so Havens-Oost is an exciting and interesting place to be.

Main attractions in this area are the Maritime museum, the Amsterdam NEMO and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. As an up and coming area Havens-Oost is home to many new bars and restaurants that invite you to relax by the water or on breezy terraces. You can also marvel at all the cruise-ships docking at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. Every year thousands of sea and river cruise ships arrive at this part of the city.

You can be in the city center in about 15 to 20 minutes using public transport, and there is easy access into town by bike. So, you can still visit Amsterdam’s main attractions, while avoiding staying at the busy and noisy Centrum. The Oost is a great neighborhood for families and those wanting to be nearby parks and nature. While Havens-Oost is ideal for those looking for an up and coming neighborhood where they will get to experience the “new” side of Amsterdam.

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