Amsterdam's Eastern Docklands have undergone a major transformation—the grimy warehouse district is now a design haven, where architects challenge spatial barriers without marring the historic features. Hop on bus No. 32 from Central Station to check out the galleries, shops, and restaurants that are popping up daily.
Galerie Jos Art 291 KNSM-Laan; 31-20/418-7003. Works by Dutch and foreign painters and sculptors, and an endless supply of Heineken and smooth jazz during openings.
90 SqM 52 Levantplein; 31-20/419-2525. Clothing boutique that doubles as a gallery for street artists—graffiti, anyone?
Pilat & Pilat 19 KNSM-Laan; 31-20/419-3670. Sleek, sophisticated furniture by up-and-coming designers.
Dominio 301 KNSM-Laan; 31-20/419-0546. Retro antiques from the sixties and seventies, imported from Italy.
Waterland 2 Azartplein; 31-20/419-2900; dinner for two $60. Spy on the chef working wonders with lobster.
Voorbij het Einde 613 Sumatrakade; 31-20/419-1143; dinner for two $74. Innovative French food (veal knuckles, partridge) at a restaurant hidden in an apartment complex.
Odessa 259 Veemkade; 31-20/419-3010; dinner for two $65. Culinary surprises served on a boat that's been converted into a seventies lounge—disco ball and all.
De Oceaan 29 R.J.H. Fortuynplein; 31-20/419-0020; dinner for two $65. The place to watch the ships sail by and feast on Asian and Mediterranean seafood.