From what I've read, the neighborhoods of Amsterdam are following a global trend in experiencing "gentrification" and renovation. Some of this can be found in the "Westerpark" neighborhood, about a twenty minute walk from the city center. Here, an old industrial "brownfield" - disused factory sites and railway switching yards - are being developed as a new center for businesses, shops and apartments. Part of the development involves the creation of a "CulturePark," a ecologically correct greenspace interspersed with installations of art. It was an interesting place for a walk on an early March morning, when Amsterdam was in between the seasons of winter and spring.
Pretty daffodils! Amsterdam certainly has a "northern climate" - but it was nice to see the daffs in the first week of March. Where I live in northern Michigan we don't get daffs until mid to late April.
As a former gasworks on the edge of of Amsterdam (West) the Westergasfabriek is now a Culture Park. The industrial monuments and the surrounding park form a multifunctional space and a modern city park.
From early in the morning there's fresh bread and fine coffee at the Baker’s Shop and the Espresso Factory. There are various galleries and shops, Pacific Parc cafe restaurant and the food-design studio Proef. The Ketelhuis Cinema shows the latest films and in the Flex Bar you can dance late in the night. The modern park surrounding the site offers plenty of space, peace and nature; for a picknick, to throw a frisby or a pleasant walk.
From city centre:
Tram 10 stop Van Limburgstirumplein of Van Hallstraat. You will find the Westergasfabriek on the other side of the canal.
From Central Station:
Bus 21 stop Van Hallstraat. You will find the Westergasfabriek on the other side of the canal.