The tony shops and chic cafés of Oud-Zuid should evince a sense of exclusiveness, since most establishments in this area cater to sophisticates with expensive taste; but, instead, they exude a refreshing dose of Dutch insouciance, making people from all walks of life feel welcome.
The majority of architecture in Oud-Zuid reflects the elegant style of the 1920s and 1930s.
The vibrant church-turned-restaurant Bazar, which serves up the flavours and atmosphere of North Africa and the Middle East, is also located on this long, lively street.
Palatial-like homes in the style of Art Nouveau are prominent, and being a short tram ride away from the centre and North Sea makes the Statenkwartier twice as desirable.
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Museon, GEM-Foto Museum, swank shopping street “The Fred,” grand embassies, and the IND office for expats can be found in this long-established suburb of The Hague.
Once a working-class neighbourhood, the Jordaan is now a classic district inhabited by young and edgy students, artists and expats.
Prices in this area are steep, but the nearby sites are top-notch: Amsterdam Central Station, Dam Square, and the Anne Frank House, to name a few.
Sleek high-rises and cube-shaped residences intermingle with buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in central Rotterdam.