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of modern classical and jazz music. It thrives on its multi-disciplinary venues, such as sustainability nerve centre Pakhuis de Zwijger, mecca of storytelling Mezrab, and the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy, which marries quirky guest rooms with independent artist exhibits or cultural festivals. At its heart also beats the Amsterdam Science Park, the largest European hub for science, research and entrepreneurship – bringing brains to the brawny beauty of the area. Last but not least, it’s not short on cafés, bars and restaurants; the multitude of excellent dining options range from surprising holes in the wall and innocuous eateries blessed with exotic flair, to some of Amsterdam’s most iconic tables: Merkelbach, Rijsel and Wilde Zwijnen (to name just a few) all embody how far Dutch cuisine has come in the past few years.
“I’ve lived around the Dappermarkt for more than 30 years, and I still feel like I’m visiting the entire world every day.” S. El Sherif, 60
Eastern Docklands “modern architecture is the order of the day”
Gone is the old charm of the city with its crooked brick buildings; modern architecture is the order of the day. But what the Islands (Oostelijke Handelskade, Java-eiland, KNSM-eiland, Sporenburg, Borneo-eiland and Cruquiuseiland) lack in historical whimsy is largely compensated by innovative design, splendid urban planning, and killer views over the River IJ. The Eastern Docklands’ personality isn’t done growing, but it already sits on an impressive cultural throne, from night spot Club Panama and Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ (the performance hall for modern classical and jazz fiends) to emerging multicultural centres Pakhuis de Zwijger, Mercat, Mezrab and the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy.
Pakhuis de Zwijger
You can stop for a quick lunch in this warm and friendly abode on Piet Heinkade, or you can stick around and participate in the events and discussions led by inspiring speakers and artists, focused on the challenges of urbanisation and sustainability, including “Inequity in Education” on 9 March or the “WeMakeThe.City” festival in June. PIET HEINKADE 179 DEZWIJGER.NL
Located on the fringes of enchanting Frankendael Park, this slow-food restaurant serves fresh, delicious dishes without any ostentation: seasonal soups and salads, sustainable meat and fish, or simple sandwiches that taste right off the farm. If the food isn’t delightful enough for the detour, their landscaped gardens alone merit a visit on a sunny day. MIDDENWEG 72 RESTAURANTMERKELBACH.NL