Westerpark has a low violent crime rate and a below average property crime rate for Amsterdam.
Westerpark is one of those Amsterdam neighborhoods that were surprisingly long overlooked. Adjacent to the popular Jordaan, its location wasn’t the problem. But it wasn’t until the old buildings of the gasworks, once the largest gas plant in the country, were reclaimed that people really took notice.
Now, the enlarged and renovated, and truth be told, gorgeous park, the many festivals and events, the art house cinema, and the variety of restaurants housed in the monumental buildings of Westergasfabriek attract a young and creative crowd.
This is reflected in the housing market. The size of the homes, usually smaller than in other 19th Century developments, mean that housing is still slightly cheaper here and that the area is popular with first time buyers and young couples. But don’t expect bargains, as the area is in high demand.
Westerpark is also home to one of the first ecological developments in town. This is a car free, environmentally friendly neighborhood very popular with families.
Originally built as a pumping station for water from the dunes, this industrial gem of a building now hosts one of Amsterdam’s most popular restaurants. Despite its size, this place feels cozy and inviting. Only during the holidays, when the immense Christmas tree can’t be missed, do people notice the staggering height of the ceilings. One of the original diesel engines still stands in the restaurant as a visible symbol of the building’s history. It's very popular with families, locals living in the ecological space with children and creatives who work in the offices upstairs.
What’s in a name? This place specializes in mussels and G&T’s made with a wonderful collection of gins. But the menu also includes many other seafood options and a good selection for vegetarians. Great place to visit with friends as the table and menu are designed to allow for sharing.
Originally built in 1846 to allow people to escape the fumes of the industrial revolution, this park still provides a breath of fresh air. After extensive renovations and enlargement the park was officially reopened in 2003. It's an inviting space for picnics, sun bathing, and also attract many dog owners, all making it a very pleasant destination for a sunny day.
Lovers of design, fashion, and arts & crafts will love this popular market. Inspired by famous markets like London’s Camden Lock and Portobello Street, the creators wanted Amsterdam to have its own market where creativity, shopping, and inspiration go hand in hand. It's very popular with young groups of friends, creatives, and families who love to combine a leisurely stroll along the stalls with a visit to the park or food and drinks options.
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