City hot spot: Amsterdam-Oost, Amsterdam

Issy D'Arcy Clark
08 November 2016

The once downmarket eastern district’s bars and restaurants have started pulling in the crowds

With its wood floors and eclectic furniture, Drovers Dog is a brunch spot that merges a relaxed Aussie vibe with Amsterdam cool. Weekday menus include seared scallops with apple purée, while lazy weekends are made for the baked eggs and chorizo. La Lotta Pizzabar, overlooking the Amstel, serves exceptional pizza – its crowning glory, the Tartufo Bianco, is made with white truffles and Parma ham. HappyHappyJoyJoy is a buzzing Asian restaurant where the walls are plastered in vintage posters of geisha girls and the ceiling is a canopy of paper parasols. Try an Asian soda: the sparkling Ramune lychee is best. 

Amsterdam is known for its concept stores and the east has some of the brightest and the best. All the Luck in the World on Linnaeusstraat is a treasure trove of delights, from handmade jewellery to printed stationery. Div is a great boutique for the fashion conscious, stocking Elka raincoats and Libertine-Libertine clothing, while at Draagbaar you can browse artwork from local artists and clothing from Dutch brand Marlou Verheijden – there is also a hairdressing salon at the back.

Enjoy a local brew, particularly if you opt for one from the exceptional Brouwerij ‘t IJ . Alternatively, Bar Botanique, with its cascading green vines and geometric jungle décor, is the best place to go a little wild. The Paloma cocktail, made with tequila and grapefruit, is particularly sharp and zesty. At Rum Barrel on Javastraat, the Friday night parties are legendary but, be warned, the tiki Bulleit sour is lethal.