Located in east Amsterdam, Javastraat is one of the coolest streets in the city. This once neglected neighbourhood is now a buzzing and stylish area. It offers some of Amsterdam’s most fashionable eateries and with its range of independent boutiques it’s a great place stock up on souvenirs. Start your morning here and head to the Bedford-Stuyvesant café for a reviving coffee in a quaint setting. Move on to some shopping hotspots; Div has a chic array of menswear brands and is a must-see; Hartje Oost is one of the best concept stores in the city, with plenty of unique gifts and vintage pieces. After an afternoon of exploring, refuel at Bar Basquiat, a popular local hub.
Jan Pieter Heijestraat
Jan Pieter Heijestraat is a popular street in the de Baarsjes neighbourhood of Amsterdam-West and is the perfect place to discover some of the latest Dutch hotspots. In Amsterdam an array of healthy eating venues has opened, with a high concentration along this street. Dr Blend is a must-visit for smoothies and veggie bowls; Soul Burger has built up a big reputation for offering some of the best burgers in the city, including vegetarian options. After getting your fill from Jan Pieter Heijestraat’s top food spots, head to Following Lucy and browse the cool international brands at this elegant boutique.
Overtoom is another top shopping and dining street in Amsterdam-West. Here you’ll find plenty of new foodie venues, with many reflecting Amsterdam’s multicultural vibe. For great pittas filled with organic, super-healthy ingredients, head to Pita Queen; top pizzas are served at De Pizzabakkers; and for excellent Asian cuisine make your way to Stach. Overtoom has a great range of shops, too, many of which are dedicated to Amsterdam’s discerning cyclists and sports enthusiasts. Those looking for a caffeine fix will love Koffie Academie, a wonderful coffee shop with homemade cakes.
Located in de Pijp, one of Amsterdam’s coolest neighbourhoods, Gerard Doustraat is an appealing street with a creative, bohemian spirit and stores showcasing local design talent. With its high concentration of unique boutiques and concept stores, it offers discerning visitors a great alternative shopping destination away from Amsterdam’s busy centre. Make sure you visit Anna & Nina for original gifts and souvenirs while Charlie & Mary is a great shop for those looking to invest in sustainable fashion.
For a great foodie choice make a beeline for Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam Old South. There are plenty of top culinary delights here, with everything from top pastries at Sticky Fingers to some of the best pizza in the city at effortlessly cool pizza joint Sotto. The long street is also home to top vegetarian eateries such as Roots, which specialises in pure, organic, meat-free dishes; stop by for organic pressed juices, salads, wraps and hearty veggie burgers.