There are plenty of cool bars and beer specialists around Vondelpark, plus club nights at former squats and even an old school.

Local Knowledge: Jan Pieter Heijestraat

One of the most happening-right-now streets in the 'hood is back-street artery Jan Pieter Heijestraat, which runs south from Kinkerstraat to Overtoom. Hip bars, great local restaurants and out-of-the-box shops continue to pop up here, thanks in large part to the street's proximity to the cultural and design complex De Hallen.

Hotspots to watch out for: