Amsterdam East, or simply Oost (pronounced ‘oast'), is an incredibly diverse district of the Dutch capital that encompasses neighbourhoods that couldn't be more different from one another. The recently built IJburg island, which is still under construction, is a largely residential area that is home to modern architecture, a main street called IJburg-laan filled with cafés and shops and a public beach only minutes from the city centre, while the areas known as Indische Buurt and Dapperbuurt in the Zeeburg district are populated by immigrants, students and an increasing number of affluent Amsterdammers who enjoy its diverse dining scene. Dapperbuurt hosts a huge market on one of the few streets in the region not named after an Indonesian island and is the ideal locale to try a Moroccan cookie or a real Turkish kebab. The KNSM and Java islands in the Eastern Docklands of the city once supported a huge working harbour, but are now mostly home to affluent Amsterdammers. Finally, a trip to Oost wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the trendy cafés on Linnaeusstraat by the Oosterpark or the authentic pubs of the Watergraafsmeer around Middenweg.
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