What to do in De Plantage neighbourhood

(Last Updated On: June 20, 2018)

In the middle of the city centre, De Plantage neighbourhood offers art and culture in a relaxed environment. Stroll through the many parks, walk along the canals and have a drink in one of the beautiful terraces on the waterfront. We made a list of what to do in De Plantage neighbourhood. You can find the most sights per square metre, ranging from ARTIS and Hortus Botanicus to the former Rembrandt residence.

What to do in De Plantage neighbourhood

1. Hortus Botanicus

Founded in 1638, the Hortus has a beautiful collection of over 4,000 plant species from all over the world. It is right in the centre of the energetic city life of Amsterdam. But here, you can get away from the hectic streets and wander around in warm lushes greenhouses, discover flowering waterlilies and enjoy the shades of ancient trees.

2. Dignita Hoftuin

Hortus Botanicus

Dignita Hoftuin is your place in Amsterdam. With the choice of two beautiful locations, you can enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch in the heart of Amsterdam South or in the oasis of the Hoftuin, right in the centre of Amsterdam. The newest Café Dignita is located in the idyllic green of the Hoftuin, behind the Hermitage museum. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre. On the menu are fresh products from their own vegetable garden where they use edible flowers, fresh herbs and organic seasonal vegetables.

3. Waterloopleinmarkt

What to do in De Plantage - Waterlooplein

Waterlooplein is a big outdoor bazaar, best for the second-hand clothing and general bric-a-brac. Traditionally, they are the oldest and most interesting markets of Amsterdam. Waterlooplein has been connected to the youth culture over the past decades. You can buy trendy t-shirts, old military uniforms, cheap spray paint for graffiti and other interesting trinkets from various countries.

4. Hermitage Amsterdam

In the Hermitage you can always visit an exhibition with objects from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The Hermitage wants to inspire, enrich and offer reflection on art and history. With exhibitions and activities, it unlocks innovative world heritage from various museum collections. With 3.5 million objects, it is one of the world’s largest museums.

5. Burgermeester

The Burgermeester is a hamburger restaurant in Amsterdam. Since 2007 they’ve been making almost everything fresh themselves.

Last but not least… What to do in De Plantage:


ARTIS is the zoo of Amsterdam and the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and has set itself the goal to stimulate love and care for nature. The park has about 27 monumental buildings that largely date from the nineteenth century, and of course a lot of lovable animals!


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