Amsterdam East (oost) has always been one of my favourite neighbourhoods for various reasons, and in recent years I’ve been enjoying it more and more. It’s one of the many areas in Amsterdam that has been subjected to the feared gentrification — the housing market exploded, and for a while I was scared that the area would lose its authenticity and all the things I love about it.
However, I’m happy that that hasn’t been the case. Yes, the Javastraat has changed over the years, and lots of new, hip places have been popping up left and right. The staple bakeries, greengrocers and restaurants that have been there for years are now joined by new espresso bars, concept stores, and brunch cafes. To be honest, I think it’s a good mix. Luckily, my favourite spots are still there, and I’ve been enjoying having lots of new places to try.
Here are a few of my favourite spots, in no particular order:
Tugra Baklava – for (obviouslsy) the best baklava
Ricardo’s – authentic Surinam food with great daily specials
Bakkerij Yaklaf – a Moroccan bakery where I get msemen that reminds me of Marrakesh
Bar Basquiat – For a good breakfast, lunch, or a coffee on the terrace when the sun is out
Walter’s Woodbury or Rum Barrel – for cocktails and bites in the weekend
Things I Like Things I Love or Hartje Oost – For interior bits and cute gifts
So have a stroll, socialize with the locals, and enjoy!