List: Amsterdam Oud West. Mixing the old with the new.

Living on the edge of Amsterdam Oud West, close to the Jordaan and the city centre it’s easy to get out. But my-oh-my you would be surprised to hear that we hardly leave the Oud-West area, there is so much to explore here! My favourites? I’ll list them here.

To stay

You can find a lot of different options to stay in Amsterdam Oud West. Some better than others. You might be on a budget, or a splurge…

  1. Hotel De Hallen is located next to hotspot ‘De Foodhallen’. This place does not come cheap, but it’s located super central and has bicycles for rent to explore the rest of Amsterdam Oud West (or Amsterdam, if you feel comfortable on the pedals!)
    Good: Location, interior design and terrace!
    Good to know: The rooms don’t have direct daylight. You cannot open a window to get fresh air in, as on the one side there is a ‘lock’ between you and the outside windows. On the other side of the lounge, the rooms open up to the lounge. www.hoteldehallen.com

2.   Amadi Park Hotel is just a stroll away from the Overtoom and Leidse Plein. Across the street you’ll find my favourite street of Amsterdam with a lot of picturesque restaurants and nice bars (Zouk, De Italiaan, Pistou, Bosco..)
Good: Location, price-quality ratio
Good to know: The hotel is quite standard, nothing too fancy. But it’s a good deal, and who spends time in a hotel room when you have Amsterdam at your feet? www.parkhotel.amadihotels.com

3.   City Hub is perfect for budget travellers! You have a little ‘iglo’ with a comfy bed and shared bathrooms. But; you get a WiFi device, a local host and the guarantee you only get lost if you want to!
Good: You connect in every way possible. Great concept for adventurous travellers!
Good to know: Small cabins, and shared bathrooms are not for everyone.
www.cityhub.com

TO EAT

After a night out, ‘pancakes’ and ‘bacon’ are the magic words. Head to Mook Pancakes for a ‘nutty by nature’ or ‘mancake’ pancake and combine this with a Pineapple Mimosa! Mook Pancakes 

The sun is out, you want to go for a drink but you hate waiting for a table? The terrace at Hotel de Hallen (Remise 47) is just what you need. Or try Piccolo, right around the corner. The Aperol Spritz is a winner here!

De Clercqstraat has plenty options for dinner. For a fancy chicken you go to Rotisserie or Van ‘t Spit and for more choice Fier or Bar Spek are giving you all you need. Craving Italian? Cantinetta is the way to go!

If you desire a more a-la-carte dinner you cannot go wrong with Pastis or Cafe Lennep. This last one is also very nice on summer evenings – the terrace is literally ON the canal! Or try Panache, a very industrial restaurant with great service. The best Italian in town is De Italiaan. Every time I am here I cannot leave without having a full pizza and a limoncello. It’s just too yummy!

For Asian food you have to go to happyhappyjoyjoy. It’s more than a dinner alone, it’s an experience!

Last but not least; don’t forget to pay the Foodhallen a visit. Nice on a rainy or cold-ish afternoon. Here you can eat everything from pizza to burgers, from quinoa sushi to oysters… And every second weekend there is a Local Goods market in the big hall. Talking about going local!

FOR DRINKS

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Cafe Kostverloren, the bar at Panache or the perfect Gin & Tonic at Razmataz, Oud West has so many options. You will stumble upon a different bar at every street crossing…

New to open on the De Clerqstraat is Bar Karakter, also one to remember! In this restaurant-cafe packed street, you will soon find a perfect ‘waterhole’ where the focus is on serving you the best drinks and to keep you from craving; the drinks here come with small snacks. I cannot wait to try it out!

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