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.
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).