Nestled between the ring road and Sloterplas lies the rather indistinct neighbourhood of Slotervaart. It’s home to two of Amsterdam’s major hospitals, but is better known for its not entirely unfair reputation as a home base for the criminal element. But with crime rates dropping, that reputation is slowly being replaced as locals gain new appreciation for its charms.
The vast number of large homes, the myriad green spaces, and the easy access to the city center are attracting a diverse crowd. It is also home of the World Fashion Center and some of Amsterdam’s nicest examples of Mid-Century architecture. And in recent years some newer developments attracting families have proven successful, too.
The people living here love the space they get and enjoy the proximity to some of the nicer parts of town. This is still very much a suburb. The many cultural hubs that occupy the soon-to-be-renovated schools and public buildings offer some options for a night out, but for those looking for nicer restaurants, bars and shops it’s still pretty slim pickings. However, just a short bike ride or tram takes you to posh Oud Zuid and the trendy neighborhoods of Amsterdam's West.
Despite its convient location, housing prices are still relatively low. There is also a large variety in housing on offer. The Mid-Century villas along Sloterplas and the bordering park are no longer hidden gems. They sell fast when they hit the market and for a lot more than a few years ago. But the smaller family homes, former social housing apartments, and even the pricier, more luxurious new developments can still be scooped up for prices that will get you very little anywhere else in town.
So if you it’s space you are after, and your budget does not allow you to pay a premium, you might strike gold here.
Radion is a cultural hub, restaurant, and club with a 24 hour permit allowing for non-stop programming and club nights. They offer a diverse range of cultural events: parties, music, theater, art, mixed media, and more. They are located on the outskirts of a rather ominous looking industrial zone, in the old Academic Centre of Dentistry. The rest of the building is occupied by small businesses and start-ups, making it one of many so called CULTURAL hot-spots in town. Their presence usually paves the way for gentrification.
This nautical club offers members a wide range of activities, not necessarily limited to water sports. But its core business is still to provide members with access to nautical activities on Sloterplas. There is a waiting list, but some activities are open to non-members. And there are boats for rent as well as sailing classes.
VLLA is named after the Dutch answer to custard and is located in an old funeral home. It's not the most common of combinations, but VLLA is claiming to be anything but common. It’s another cultural hotspot, but with a heavier focus on cooperation. Those with a cool festival idea or party plan can organize it here. This results in many nights being private parties, but some of their programming is open to the public. The garden and roof terrace are worth a visit!
Anyone in need of a fix of Indian spices, sweets, and groceries will love this place. But even if you are unfamiliar with most of the products available here, you’ll love browsing the colorful aisles. The scent alone is worth a visit.
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