We’d like to make sure our Casa friends make the most out of their Amsterdam East experience. And what in the world sounds better than jumping on a Casa bike to follow the route and tips of our General Manager Hans, who lives in Amsterdam East and is thrilled to show you around!
Where the Casa Story begun
Lets start the tour! Not far from the current hotel we find the birthplace of the 60-year-old Hotel Casa. Just around the corner at the James Wattstraat you’ll see where it all begun in 1957. In 2010, Hotel Casa moved to the current premises. Let us move on towards the green lung of East: Frankendael Park.
An enormous and beautiful serene park where locals convene and enjoy the open space with big amounts of green, lots of birds, and the stunning Frankendael premises called: Huize Frankendael. Besides enjoying the greenery around you, there’s plenty of opportunities for an enjoyable drink or bite. Every last Sunday of the month there is the so-called ‘Pure Markt’, a casual and fun food market with extraordinary – mostly local – delicacies. Fine-dining Restaurant De Kas (translated The Greenhouse) is a favourite of the locals and – as the name suggests – offers vegetables grown in their own greenhouse. And talking about Huize Frankendael; the premises has an enchanting garden where its Restaurant Merkelbach offers some fine dishes. On top of that, you’ve got the opportunity to join a tour through the building!
Let’s turn to the right and we find ourselves on the popular Linneusstraat filled with a shopping mall, a beautiful restored swimmingpool and even more hospitality venues of which the most offer sun lighted terraces. But first, don’t forget to bring a visit to Café MOJO, located on the Ringdijk and the coziest and most fun place to go watch some soccer. Hans’ personal favourites are Baut Paradijs on Paradijsplein and Poesiat en de Kater, located in a previous animal shelter and offering the best (home-brewed) beers.
Moving on towards the direction of the Oosterpark, again via the Linneusstraat, you’ll find another handful of hotspots. Curated by ‘The three wise men of the East’ Jason, Riad and Piet, who regularly open new hip-and-happening bars and restaurants. Their hotspots, Café Kuyper, De Biertuin and Louis Louis belong to the most famous hotspots of the city. And don’t forget to visit the ‘Ruk en Pluk’ Café, expect an overly decorated, traditional Dutch venue and lots of ‘gezelligheid’.
We head right and turn into the 1ste van Swindenstraat towards the Dappermarkt. A popular daily market in the Dapperstraat. And well.. East is full of café’s, restaurants and bars, so what else to expect over here? Visit the modern Dumas, the Fool Bar and Visbar Beet. Also worth a visit: the upcoming Javastraat, offering lots of undiscovered places and shops.
Okay. Time to turn around and splurge into the Oosterpark, a perfect park to wander, relax or join a class of bootcamp. In case you haven’t eaten enough already there is this stunning Restaurant Park offering superb dishes and a big sun terrace with a serene view of the park itself.
We leave the Oosterpark and pass by one of the best hospitals of our country ‘het Onze Lieve Vrouwen Gasthuis’ and move on to Beukenplein. The going-out area of Amsterdam East with lots of super hip places to go such as Smoking Barrels, Bar Buwkowski, Henry’s cocktailbar, and Mama Dough. Again, all curated by the earlier mentioned ‘Three Wise Men’. And well, who doesn’t love ice cream? IJsboefje is the place to be! If you’re not that much of an ice cream lover, sit down at Coffee Bru and celebrate the day with a piece of pie!
Pretoriusstraat & Wibautstraat
We’re heading towards the Pretoriusstraat via Krugerplein. The glutenfree shop, Olives & More, Spaghetteria, Michel Inn and Rum Babacafe are worth the visits. For the best club sandwiches in town you find yourself a spot at Club Koffie.
Fueled with energy it’s time to go on and visit the once most ugliest Amsterdam street: Wibautstraat. But hey, experience the vibe for yourself because it’s all trendy and up-and-coming now! The Pool, The Swimgym, Vondelgym, Stek, Drovers Dog and Rijssel are flourishing.
We’re heading back to the Ringdijk and bike towards the Vergulden Eenhoorn. A pearl in East with a lively garden, a jeu-de-boules lane and a big terrace.
After a trip filled with hotspots we’re tired and in need of a little nap. Where else to go than Hotel Casa? ?
We agree on one thing, right? EAST IS BUSTLING!