As much as I`d like the picture-perfect Amsterdam we all know, with its pretty narrow houses made of brick, romantic bridges crossed by bikes and beautiful canals with swans and boats, every now and then I get rather fed up by this picturesque sight.
Maybe it`s the Eastern European in me who, in moments like these, is guiding my footsteps towards the East of the city. And thank God there is such place as the “Oost”! Blocks of flats instead of houses, concrete instead of brick, a long wide street (Wibautstraat) instead of canals and even some car traffic instead of bikes!
I feel as in Berlin when I am in Amsterdam East and I think there is no exaggeration in saying this area along the Wibautstraat is one to resemble the most with the German capital and also with some Eastern European cities. It`s the opposite of picturesque and I do need it once in a while.
Last time i was in the East was this past Saturday. After a brunch with friends at Beter & Leuk (also in the East), we decided to go for a glass of prosecco at Baut, right on Wibautstraat. At those hours of the day, the terrace was extremely empty and we couldn`t have asked for more!
And there, on the terrace at Baut, laying on a fatboy, with the sun on my face and the glass of prosecco in my hand, I could not help but wonder why people were still going for drinks in the crowded Jordaan when the East could offer so much!
Update on October 2015: BAUT is no longer to be found on Wibautstraat. 🙂