West & Westerpark
What are you going to do?
If you're interested in going for a stroll through a colorful neighborhood with many creative initiatives, then this walk is for you. Over the last 10 years, this part of the city has undergone a huge transformation. The Jan Evertsenstraat used to be a dilapidated shopping street, but local businesses and residents took it upon themselves to make improvements. Pop-up stores, weekend markets, coffee bars and art initiatives have breathed new life into the area. Now the neighborhood is bubbling, attracting hordes of young and upwardly mobile residents.
There are two different parks along this walk. Erasmuspark was laid out where only 100 years ago there was nothing but reclaimed land, meadows, and ditches. It's a peaceful park, with straight paths and a rose garden. An increasing number of events is held here in the summertime. Westerpark, with its central Westergasterrein, is a creative hub, with an abundance of cultural events, music, markets and festivals. It has a friendly vibe, and on a hot summer's day this is a great place to come for a picnic with the locals.
The neighborhood known as Spaarndammerbuurt is a showcase for the Amsterdam School style. If you want to know more about this interesting architectural style, don't miss a guided tour of Museum Het Schip. The neighborhood has an urban vibe, and there are still plenty of original Amsterdammers to be found living between the new student and hipster residents.
This walk features many great cafés and restaurants, so it's perfect for later in the day if you want to end up somewhere nice for dinner and drinks.