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Best things to do in Amsterdam-Oost

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“For a classic beer or a seasonal I visit brewery ‘t IJ. Years ago I worked in Brewery the Prael and often visited them, how we could learn from them as we were still pioneering. They also have the one-off specials. Great selection of characteristic Amsterdam craft beer. Brouwerij ‘t IJ has been brewing quality beers since 1985. It all started when musician Kasper Peterson looked for an official outlet for his experimental home brewing. As a member and composer of the band Door Mekaar, he fell in love with the Belgian style beers while touring south of the Dutch border. Since similar beers were not yet brewed in Amsterdam, Kasper decided to produce them himself. Searching for a suitable building to start an official brewery, he stumbled upon an old municipal bath house in disuse. It still had its water supply and drainage system, easy-to-keep-clean tiles and steam generator. It was, in short, the perfect building for a brewer. As a bonus, it had the biggest wooden windmill of the Netherlands right next door as the ultimate landmark. The pioneering paid off and ‘t IJ gradually grew into the biggest and best known brewery of Amsterdam. After more than twenty years, Kasper decided his work was done. Bart Obertop and Patrick Hendrikse took over and continue brewing the distinctive kind of quality beers ‘t IJ has become known for. Since demand was so much higher than supply, a new brewery was opened at a mere 700 meters from the original location in 2013. The original brewery at the Funenkade now produces all the beers for consumption in the bar in the same building. The new facilities at the Zeeburgerpad enable us to fill a significantly increased number of bottles and kegs. We manage to keep up with demand a little better and are still able to offer you an exciting experimental brew occasionally. ”
744 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great for the entire family. Interactive museum about the Dutch seafarers history.”
532 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Science museum for children. Lots of interaction and exploring. Great activity especially when the weather isn't as great. ”
338 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Very cool industrial-vibe bar and restaurant with sandy outdoor area for lounging. Children can play in sand!”
353 locals recommend
“Take the ferry by the central station to get across the IJ-river and to Hanneke's boom, a nice, superrelaxed spot by the water”
379 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“BBQ / Seafood, great terrace next to 't IJ. You need to take the ferry to get there in North. ”
102 locals recommend
“Behind De Plantage / next to Artis, there are communal tables that make the perfect city picnic spot. Bring your own wine or take out drinks from De Plantage restaurant. With flamingos and a splash kids fountain, it is a perfect spot for families.”
131 locals recommend
“Artis is our ZOO. It's a great place to wander around and in summer they organise all kinds of events during the evenings (ZOOmer). ”
52 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Bimhuis is the place to go for jazz next door to the Muziekgebouw. ”
80 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“For Live music, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ is a very good option, you can check the website for the performances”
78 locals recommend
“Top-name house & techno DJs & live acts fill the vast dance floor of this waterside warehouse club. Oostelijke Handelskade 4. ”
54 locals recommend
“Nice cafe at the water, with home made apple pie and nice coffe. Also good for lunch! ”
55 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Here you find your daily groceries, 2 supermarkets, drugstore, liquor shop etc.”
54 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“a great spanish one - tapas, sangria, jamon for sure Puerto Pata Negra”
50 locals recommend
“Learn about the Dutch resistance in World War II. You'll see, hear and read fascinating stories about the exceptional as well as the everyday. Both interactive and non-interactive exhibitions.”
43 locals recommend
Colorful spot for Southeast Asian street food
“Great Asian food for sharing. Easy to reach when you take subway 26 in the direction of the city centre. Get off after one stop called ‘Rietlandpark’. From here you can walk within a few minutes.”
35 locals recommend