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About Amsterdam — De Pijp

De Pijp

Over the past few decades, de Pijp has risen from its working-class background to become the place to be. With new boutiques popping up everywhere, and plenty of places to eat and drink, this is a busy and lively district where people are keen to live and work. While students and hipsters may seem to run the place, de Pijp remains an attractive location for young families too. And I’m guessing it doesn’t hurt that de Pijp is just 10 minutes by tram to Central Station.

noorestate’s faves:

  • We are Labels
  • Reuring
  • Frites uit Zuyd
  • The Fat dog
  • Rialto

About Amsterdam — Centre


Compared to London or Paris, you could say Amsterdam is a village. That may be, but it’s a village with everything a city should offer! Whatever you want or whatever you need, it’s all just a walk or a cycle ride away. Popular districts in the centre include the Jordaan, the Negen Straatjes (which is where I work and live) and, of course, the stunning canals. The centre, along with the oud-zuid district, is Amsterdam’s most expensive area. Not surprising really as this glorious area is in great demand by both locals and expats…

noorestate’s faves:

  • Café Louis
  • Brainy Days
  • Studio Ambacht
  • Doctor Blend
  • Massage Marin
  • The Movies
  • Yellow Corner
  • Raw Materials
  • Sky Lounge Double Tree Hilton
  • Hotel Droog

About Amsterdam — (Oud) West/De Baarsjes

(Oud) West/De Baarsjes

A district that has changed a lot in recent years and one I particularly like is oud-west. Still a little rough around the edges, it is now home to a great mix of people all happy to live in there. Jan Pieter Heijestraat is one of the many streets teeming with attractive coffee bars, boutiques and gorgeous little restaurants. The Ten Kate market is the ideal place to get flowers, fruit and veg at affordable prices. With the arrival of “de Hallen”, a former tram garage converted into a hotspot of great shops, restaurants and a cinema, this is a gem waiting to be discovered. Amazingly, this bit of affordable Amsterdam is just 5 minutes by bike from the centre!

noorestate’s faves:

  • Lot Sixty One
  • Ten Kate markt
  • Hotel Not Hotel
  • De Hallen
  • Meat West
  • Gesponnen Suiker
  • Fa. Speijkervet
  • Stadscafé van Mechelen
  • Holy Ravioli!

About Amsterdam — Oud-Zuid/Museumkwartier/Rivierenbuurt


Amsterdam’s more expensive houses are situated in oud-zuid. Oud-zuid is a popular place for the rich and famous, but also for expats, many of them with children. The homes are generally more spacious, with plenty of parking space and even a British School and other international schools. The Vondelpark is also in this district, as well as lots of interesting streets with plenty of shops and places to have lunch or to relax with a coffee, such as Beethovenstraat and Cornelis Schuytstraat.

noorestate’s faves:

  • Ron’s Gastrobar
  • De Joffers
  • Marathonweg
  • Concert gebouw
  • Stedelijk Museum
  • Le Fournil de Sebastien
  • ZuiderMRKT

About Amsterdam — Oost/Watergraafsmeer/Zeeburg


Many of my friends live in Oost/Watergraafsmeer and are very fond of the area. While Oost is considerably quieter and more spacious than other districts, there’s still plenty to see and experience with lots of new initiatives and trendy catering hotspots. Both the Oosterpark and the tranquil Flevopark continue to contribute to the popularity of the area.

noorestate’s faves:

  • Brouwerij het IJ
  • ’t Nieuwe Diep
  • Bar Bukowski
  • Smoking Barrels
  • Wilde Zwijnen
  • Franks Smokehouse
  • Roest

About Amsterdam — Westerpark


Shabby just ten years ago, Westerpark is now hip & happening. Hats off to this district that is always on the move, and that welcomes new initiatives all the time. Most small working class properties have now been renovated and meet today’s high standards. This is an ideal district for starters on the housing market as it remains affordable, yet is very central, situated next to Jordaan and just 10 minutes by bike from Central Station.

noorestate’s faves:

  • Mossels & Gin
  • Het Westerpark
  • Het Ketelhuis
  • De Bakkerswinkel
  • Café Nassau
  • Pacific Park
  • Rainderai

About Amsterdam — Noord


My lord! There is so much going on in Noord! It has welcomed lots of cafes and places to eat, and redevelopments and new constructions are everywhere. And with Noord being such a big district, there’s plenty more to come! Get there by ferry or take the tunnel by car. Or wait for the bridge the council plans to build, connecting Noord to the centre of Amsterdam. Noord is an attractive option for people who want to live somewhere affordable, who like space and nature, but who also want to be able to hit Amsterdam’s busy centre, which is just five minutes away by (free!) ferry service.

noorestate’s faves:

  • IJhallen
  • Café De Ceuvel
  • Pontstation
  • Café Modern
  • De Landmarkt
  • Hotel de Goudfazant
  • Pllek
  • Bioscoop Eye
  • Bistro Noord