If you’ve strolled Amsterdam’s streets and canals you are sure to have seen a bit of street art. Here are a few of our favorite places to see art in the city, and some nice works we’ve spotted.
THE BEST PLACES TO CHECK OUT STREET ART IN AMSTERDAM
We like the large and elaborate works as well as some of the tiny sticker art you’ll find glued to various posts and poles around town. Word art can also be fun, sometimes one or two well chosen words can have so much meaning. Often our favorite street art is the most fleeting, done in colorful chalks, washed away with the next rain shower. Amsterdam street art culture is alive and kicking.
If you want to see some interesting street art head to the 200 block of Spuistraat. You’ll find De Slang, a daffodil colored former squatter building with the famous snake painted on the front as well as other amazing artworks. Be sure to venture down the small side streets nearby for many more colorful examples. (update: the city is cleaning up the Spuistraat and many of these squatted buildings are being renovated)
While in the area, grab a cupcake or two at Van Ness Cupcakes and perhaps do a bit of shopping and coffee sipping at HAY.
One of the most famous spots for street art in Amsterdam is definitely NDSM-werf. Hop on the free ferry to Noord and take a walk around the area to see all kinds of interesting works of art. Stop in at Pllek or Noorderlicht if you are feeling hungry and thirsty.
This charming neighborhood is not only home to quaint small streets and flowering vines but is also a treasure trove of street art. Check out the famous mural on Prinsengracht by The London Police and walk through the small streets to spot more art.
Wander the canals and alleys of De Wallen for some of Amsterdam’s coolest and most creative street art. Keep alert and don’t miss the smaller hidden examples. Just be careful with where you point your camera, don’t take snap photos of the ladies in the windows.
If you feel like a snack or drink, or maybe want to do some shopping, check out our handy neighborhood guide to the Red Light District.
Cross the “hippo bridge” from Entrepotdok and you’ll find a small sculpture garden with a rusty metal dinosaur, a kangaroo complete with baby in her pouch and a swinging baseball batter.
Zuiderzeeweg Amsterdam Oost
Just next to Flevopark there is an area with amazing grafitti art. To take a look, head to the pillars under the elevated Zuiderzeeweg road. Afterward head into the park to ‘t Nieuwe Diep for a drink and snack or to Amsterdam Roest. For more things to see and do in the area, check out our Neighborhood Guide to Oost.
Words of Wisdom Street Art
Here are some of the random words of wisdom we’ve spotted while adventuring around the city. Keep your eyes open, you never know what pithy message you might receive!
Interested in learning more about the street art in Amsterdam? Check out the AllTourNative Amsterdam Street Art Tours.
And here’s a cool video about Amsterdam’s street art tours!