Restaurants in the Jordaan exude the conviviality that is a hallmark of the neighbourhood. Many people gravitate to the eateries along Westerstraat, while the Haarlemmerbuurt offers increasingly trendy options. Or simply wander the narrow backstreets where the next hot spot may be opening up. Self-caterers shouldn't miss the neighbourhood's markets.

Those looking for nouveau scenester eats will strike it rich in the West, particularly in and around Westergasfabriek. For amazing fare in an even more amazing setting, head to the Houthavens district.

Destination Dining in Houthavens

Just north of the Western Islands, Amsterdam's rapidly emerging Houthavens district – long-time docklands now being turned into a residential neighbourhood – is home to two incredible restaurants: REM Eiland, in a former sea rig that previously housed a pirate radio station, and Pont 13, on a 1927-built former car ferry. From Centraal Station, take a bus or a taxi (around €10 to €15), or hop on a bike (15 minutes).