East is a district of Amsterdam.
The East is a residential district southeast of the Plantage neighborhood and east of Amsterdam South. The East should not be regarded as one homogeneous area, as there are many different neighborhoods, each with their own character. Most foreign visitors head out for the area around Oosterpark, a breezy area where you can hang out and visit some museums. The Eastern Docklands is an upper class neighborhood with some of the highest population densities of the city. The Indische Buurt, Transvaalbuurt and Dapperbuurt is a working class area with a relatively large immigrant population; urban renewal projects are underway to improve the living conditions in these neighborhoods.
IJburg is Amsterdam's newest neighborhood at the east side of the city, which is discovered by more and more tourists. The first house was built in 2002. By now, the islands have 15,000 dwellers and are still growing. It consists of several islands connected by bridges, has a harbor and the city's only real beach. The two main islands are Steigereiland (pier island) and Haveneiland (harbor island).
You can reach most of the East easily by public transport. For IJburg, take tram 26 from Amsterdam Central Station. You can also get on bus 66 from Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA to Vennepluimstraat.
You can also reach IJburg by car. Take Amsterdam's city ring A10 exit S114 (Zeeburg/IJburg), take highway A1 exit 3 (Muiden) or take Piet Heintunnel from the center of Amsterdam. And you can reach IJburg by bike. Take one of the two bridges: the Nesciobrug or the Enneüs Heermabrug.
The architecture at IJburg is worth seeing. The first island you reach by tram is Steigereiland. At Steigereiland South many dwellers got the chance to design their houses themselves. Steigereiland North is all about water and air, with a bassin full of floating homes. Haveneiland is the main island, and called after its harbor. Many buildings here are modern interpretations of the old city center. Blijburg beach is on the main island. There are many websites with information about IJburg's architecture, like 'Skyscrapercity' and 'IJburg: Amsterdam by the sea'.
Going out at Blijburg beach, harbor club The Lighthouse, cool restaurant and bar N.A.P. or Dok48. Enjoying the water, the architecture, the nice shops and restaurants.
IJburg has a lot of interesting shops. Design020 (Pedro de Medinalaan 89) is a large interior design center and W.I.C. (Pampuslaan 36) sells sixties vintage designer furniture. IJgenwijs (IJburglaan 1285) and Swah (IJburglaan 354) are nice shops for present and home decoration.
Nice boutiques are Bij'tij (Krijn Taconiskade 126), Frontrow (IJburglaan 1277), Ien Lifestyleshop (Diemerparklaan 52), Sevenlands (IJburglaan 1359) and SUBURB denim (IJburglaan 1499). Kids boutiques are Bliksem en Sterren (IJburglaan 1153), Flo4Kidz (IJburglaan 1273), Mama's Design (IJburglaan 1495) and Tjikky+Ko (Krijn Taconiskade 128P).
There are some special food shops in IJburg: Boerenjongens Eetwinkel (Talbotstraat 3) is a deli shop annex lunch room with products from the region and Dal Magazino (IJburglaan 431) is the deli shop of Italian restaurant Il Lago.
IJburg further has about 25 restaurants and lunchrooms. Nice ones are Beachclub Blijburg (Muiderlaan 1), coffee bar Espressofabriek (IJburglaan 1489), harbor club The Lighthouse (Krijn Taconiskade 432), harbor side restaurant N.A.P. (Krijn Taconiskade 124), Italian restaurant Lago Caffè (IJburglaan 431), Dutch pancake restaurant Pannenkoek en zo (Taconiskade 406), Mediterranean deli annex restaurant Tante Til (IJburglaan 1501), and icecream shop IJsburg (Pampuslaan 41). You can find an overview at the website 'IJburg: Amsterdam by the sea'.
In the harbor: N.A.P. (Krijn Taconiskade 124), Dok48 (Krijn Taconiskade 328) and The Lighthouse (Krijn Taconiskade 432). At the beach: Blijburg (Muiderlaan 1). At Steigereiland: Lago Caffè (IJburglaan 431).