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NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Linnaeusstraat-Middenweg

De kas restaurant illuminated at night.
  • By Tim Igor Snijders
  • Photos by Rene Koster
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Linnaeusstraat-Middenweg
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Take a 15-minute walk, and the city’s East will show you some of the best it’s got. From a monumental anthropological museum to a greenhouse reinvented as a restaurant, the stroll from Linnaeusstraat and Middenweg to Frankendael Park shows the lively East’s diversity. And with an old-school neighborhood cafe just a block from a hipster coffee bar, this part of town proves that modernity doesn’t have to be the enemy of history.

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Tim is from Leiden, Netherlands, but moved to Amsterdam to study history in 2012 and never looked back. He’s quietly wondering how many years you have to live here to call yourself an Amsterdammer. Either way, it’s home.

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Linnaeusstraat-Middenweg

Tropenmuseum
A testament to the shared human experience, the Tropenmuseum is right at home in this diverse city. You can have your pick of seven permanent collections and several temporary exhibits.
Tropenmuseum, Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam
Rum Baba Cafe
Neighborhood coffee shop Rum Baba appears small on the outside but offers plenty of seats inside. Rather than taking a number when you place your order, you’ll get an action figure. So you can just give back your Indiana Jones or Spider-Man when you’re ready to pay.
Rum Baba Cafe, Pretoriusstraat 33, 1092 EX Amsterdam
Ruk and Pluk
It doesn’t get more Amsterdam than this: Ruk and Pluk is a typical “brown,” working-class cafe where the women behind the bar are bound to call you “honey” at some point. The walls have pictures of visitors past, and antique rugs serve as table cloths.
Ruk and Pluk, Linnaeusstraat 48, 1092 CM Amsterdam
De Vergulden Eenhoorn
One of the city’s best, this restaurant is housed in a former farm built in 1702 and is still recognizable as such when you take your seat under the ceiling’s wooden beams. Located along the Ringdijk, de Vergulden Eenhoorn is an escape from the city, in the city.
De Vergulden Eenhoorn, Ringdijk 58, 1097 AH Amsterdam
De Kas
This restaurant in a greenhouse in Frankendael Park gets most of its ingredients fresh from the backyard. After receiving a failing grade from the city’s most feared restaurant critic in 2016, de Kas took note and stepped up its game.
De Kas, Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE Amsterdam
Frankendael Park
This beautiful, quiet park on the edge of the East used to be home to the 17th-century summer villas of rich townspeople taking refuge from the city heat. Today, only one of those is still standing: the stately Huize Frankendael.
Frankendael Park, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Tim Igor Snijders
Tim is from Leiden, Netherlands, but moved to Amsterdam to study history in 2012 and never looked back. He’s quietly wondering how many years you have to live here to call yourself an Amsterdammer. Either way, it’s home.
Rene Koster
Rene Koster is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Amsterdam.

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