Unleash the irresistible spirit of Oosterpark, Amsterdam's well-kept secret where authentic Dutch living takes centre stage. Known as "Eastern Park" in Dutch, Oosterpark invites you to wander through its spacious streets lined with elegant 19th-century buildings and flourishing green spaces.
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But Oosterpark offers so much more than mere aesthetics. Prepare to be captivated by its bustling markets and indulge in the mouthwatering food scene, featuring trendy wine spots and hip breweries that cater to every taste bud. If you crave a genuine taste of Dutch life, bid farewell to the tourist hotspots and make Bob's place in Oosterpark your home base as you uncover the true essence of Amsterdam. Located just a stone's throw away from the city centre, Oosterpark awaits, a mere 15-minute bike ride from the bustling Dam Square.
Whether it’s art, history, or nature that you seek, Oosterpark is an oasis of culture and beauty in the heart of Amsterdam. Luckily, many of the top attractions and cultural monuments are only a short distance away when you stay with Bob.
Artis, a zoo and botanical garden in the beating heart of Amsterdam, offers the unique opportunity to explore the wonders of the animal kingdom, discover fascinating marine life, and delve into captivating exhibitions. This is a fun activity for both adults and children alike, and is certainly worthy of a visit as it is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands (and the fifth oldest in the world).
For a deeper dive into cultural heritage, Tropenmuseum is a must-visit destination housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in Amsterdam. Delve into the diverse cultures of the world through immersive exhibits, thought-provoking displays, and engaging interactive experiences.
Experience the enchanting world of Het Muizenhuis (The Mouse House). What started as a children’s book, Het Muizenhuis has transformed into a real-life whimsical universe of tiny mouse dolls, build-it-yourself furniture kits, accessories galore, and a Mouse Mansion playhouse. If you’re visiting Oosterpark with children, you won’t want to miss this magical shop!
Nature lovers will find solace and beauty in one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens, the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. Take time to stroll through the meticulously curated gardens boasting an impressive collection of plant species from around the world. This quiet, green oasis is also home to a butterfly garden, excellent on-site restaurant, and gorgeous outdoor terrace where you can enjoy a bite to eat under the shade of trees.
For a leisurely escape, Park Frankendael offers a serene retreat from the lively streets of the city. This romantic park is the only remaining 17th-century country estate in Amsterdam, featuring two perfectly manicured gardens with a sunbathing area and marsh. If the timing is right, you may even catch one of the many cultural events that are regularly organised in the park!
Lastly, take a moment to marvel at the majestic Amstel River, which flows through Oosterpark. Boat rides on the river are a popular activity, or you can simply admire the iconic bridges and enjoy a peaceful walk along its banks and savour the scenic views.
With countless markets and restaurants, satisfying your food cravings in Oosterpark is easy. Enjoy a Sunday stroll through Puremarkt, a travelling Sunday market, and grab a casual bite to eat at one of the many food stalls. Puremarkt has two locations in Oosterpark: one in Park Frankendael which is open the last Sunday of the month, and another in Amstelpark, which is open the second Sunday of the month.
For an everyday foodie fix, head to the Dappermarkt, one of Amsterdam's busiest markets. Open daily, except Sundays, this bustling marketplace features around 200 stalls offering everything from fresh flowers and household appliances to an irresistible selection of international street food.
Craving a laid-back atmosphere with a retro twist? Look no further than Caffe Milo, a charming cafe bar with a retro interior and an inviting outdoor terrace. Indulge in their Mediterranean menu while enjoying live music performances.
For pizza lovers, Pizza Beppe is the ultimate destination for an authentic Neapolitan slice, while vegan food enthusiasts will find the ultimate snack at Helin's Vegan Döner. Bite into their tasty, fresh, and warm kebabs for a vegan meal that is bursting with flavour.
More small bites can be found at Five Brothers Fat Oost, a place where tapas meet a Dutch twist. Choose from a delightful array of small plates bursting with flavours, all with a unique local touch. And when Thursday rolls around, get ready for a party atmosphere. For a boho-chic dining experience, look no further than Bam Boa, an ideal spot for a leisurely lunch on the Amstel River.
Feel right at home when you visit Thuskomme, a local restaurant that takes pride in showcasing products from Friesland, the far Northeast of the Netherlands. With a focus on regional ingredients and flavours, Thuskomme offers a memorable dining experience that caters to families and creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.
If you're seeking a cosy neighbourhood vibe, look no further than Bar aan de Kade. This bistro is the epitome of comfort, making it a solid choice for enjoying drinks or dinner with friends. Looking to savour artisanal beers, creative cocktails, or wines from small producers? Head to Alex + Pinard for European cuisine and a curated selection of beverages that will tantalise your taste buds.
Indulge in a luxurious dining experience at De Kas, a hidden gem nestled in a chic garden, and feast on Mediterranean dishes crafted from organic ingredients grown on-site. Although reservations are recommended well in advance, keep an eye out for available lunch spots for a delightful midday treat. For a more upscale yet welcoming ambiance, Clos is the perfect choice. This high-end wine bar and restaurant exudes warmth and intimacy without being intimidating.
Cafes, breakfast and desserts
Start your day right at Vlaamsch Broodhuys, Bob's trusted breakfast partner, where guests can enjoy a delicious morning meal with an exclusive discount.
For a cosy and inviting ambiance, Harvey Amsterdam is the perfect spot to relax, chill, and enjoy a cup of coffee paired with mouth watering pastries. If you’re a sucker for freshly baked bread, make your way to Bakkerij Mas and choose from their collection of tempting pastries.
If specialty coffee is what you seek, look no further than Wakuli. This coffee hotspot offers a curated selection of specialty coffee brewed to perfection. Non-coffee drinkers can enjoy their Golden Milk, made in-house.
A visit to Rum Baba coffee roasters is a must for coffee aficionados. This fantastic shop is a haven for coffee lovers, and they take pride in crafting Bob's exclusive in-house blend.
For a sit-down breakfast or brunch experience, The Cottage should be your go-to destination. This modern, British-inspired cafe serves up the best homestyle meals this side of the city.
Finally, treat your sweet tooth to seriously delicious ice cream at Ijskoud de beste - their freshmade waffles topped with ice cream are a must try!
Bars and nightlife
Step into Oosterpark’s dynamic nightlife scene, where a world of bars and entertainment options awaits. Kickstart your exploration at Brouwerij 't IJ, an industrial-style brewery situated right next to a windmill serving up organic blonde and dark beers.
For craft beer enthusiasts, Brouwerij Koesiat and Kater is the perfect destination. This independent craft brewery offers a tantalising array of beers accompanied by tasty snacks, platters, and dinner dishes. Looking for a fun and lively spot? Mooie Boules Amsterdam is the answer. This vibrant venue is a fun place to eat and drink with loads of different beers and games to keep you occupied.
Beer-lover’s paradise awaits at De Biertuin Oost! This modern pub invites you to discover new brews and simple bites on their spacious outdoor patio. Prefer wine? Rayleigh & Ramsay Oostpoort has your name all over it with wine on tap and snack-sized portions of delectable food.
For a newly opened nightspot, head over to Louis Louis. This trendy bar offers an enticing selection of cocktails, sangria, and finger food. But if you’re hunting for an electrifying club experience, don’t miss Sissi's night club. Make sure to secure your tickets early, as they sell out quickly around 11:00 PM.
Oosterpark's shopping scene goes beyond the ordinary, offering an abundance of secondhand finds, vintage treasures, unique design pieces, and locally handcrafted goods. From charming boutique stores to hidden gems waiting to be discovered, you’re certain to find something to take home with you.
Start your shopping journey at Tzaar Peterstraat, a street named after royalty. This road is packed with an impressive array of shops, hairdressers, coffee houses, art galleries, and foreign food joints. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, it’s worth strolling along this bustling street to peruse its eclectic mix of offerings.
For those with a penchant for sustainable and mindful fashion, Het Faire Oosten is a must-visit stop. This haven of fair-trade clothing and lifestyle products embodies a conscious approach to shopping, where style meets ethical values. Discover a curated selection of thoughtfully crafted pieces that not only make a fashion statement but also contribute to a better world.
If you're a wine enthusiast seeking the perfect bottle to complement your evening, look no further than Pieksman Wijnen. With a wide selection of exquisite wines, this boutique wine shop is a haven for oenophiles. Whether you're searching for a rare vino or seeking expert advice on wine pairings, Pieksman Wijnen is your go-to destination to satisfy your wine cravings.
Sports and wellness
Stay active and energised during your stay in Oosterpark with a variety of sports and fitness activities. Glide around the rink at Jaap Eden Ice Rink, Amsterdam’s largest and most famous ice skating centre and the oldest ice rink in the world! Sharpen your ice skating skills or join a friendly game of ice hockey on their 400-metre outdoor rink.
Take a refreshing plunge into the Sportfondsenbad Amsterdam-Oost, a gas factory turned into an epic swimming complex right in the heart of beautiful Amsterdam East. In addition to being the oldest swimming pool in Amsterdam, the facilities include a competition pool, recreational pool, whirlpool, and sauna.
Bob’s guests can enjoy complimentary daily access to TRIB3 Middenweg, Bob’s exclusive gym partner. Challenge yourself with a dynamic workout class or follow your own regimen on the gym’s state-of-the-art equipment.
Whether you’re coming to Amsterdam for a night or a month, stay like a local at one of Bob W’s comfy studio apartments in Oosterpark. Get complimentary gym access at TRIB3 Middenweg and fixed-price Breakfast Passes to Vlaamsch Broodhuys for deliciously lazy mornings. For the best rates and perks you won’t get elsewhere, book directly on bobw.co.