In this guide we explore Amsterdam’s top neighbourhoods and the best attractions to see and do during your stay. Best known for its cobbled streets, old gabled houses and charming canal system, Amsterdam also offers a host of areas that reflect a different side to the city. Amsterdam-Oost is located in the east of the city, away from the centre. It has a vibrant, artistic aesthetic and is a great place to discover an array of contemporary independent boutiques, cool bars and exhibition spaces. Amsterdam Noord lies across the IJ river and boasts an avant-garde atmosphere, featuring cutting-edge designers and waterside hotspots. Before you head off on your trip and explore the city, be sure to read our guide to the best areas in Amsterdam.