East Amsterdam is a residential district in Amsterdam. It lies between the Amstel River in the west and the IJ in the east. It should not be regarded as a homogeneous area, as there are many different neighbourhoods with their own culture and identity. The Eastern Docklands and IJburg stand out as lively areas with modern architecture that show a completely different side of Amsterdam.
The Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied) date from the nineteenth century, and as the name suggests, used to be a port that served the growing trade with the Dutch East Indies. In the first half of the twentieth century, this area was in full development as warehouses were constructed to facilitate the trade with the colonies. After the Great Depression, World War II and the subsequent decolonization, the area fell in decay. It was only in the 1990s that this area was reconstructed, turned into a hip and going residential area modeled after the Docklands in London. There are some truly stunning examples of modern architecture to be found here. Following this project, IJburg  is a new middle-class neigbourhood on artificial islands reclaimed from the IJ in the early 2000s. More islands are currently being reclaimed to build the Amsterdam of the future.
Directly south of the Plantage is the Oosterpark, the first large park financed by the municipality of Amsterdam as it dates from 1891. The Vondelpark is older and larger, but that initially was a private project. Activities can be undertaken in the park, and a visit to the Tropenmuseum shouldn't be missed. South of the Oosterpark are some ethnically mixed working class neighbourhoods that originate from the late nineteenth century. The Dapperbuurt is known for the Dappermarkt, the second largest market of Amsterdam after the Albert Cuyp Market. It has been a designated market street since 1910. Products for sale aim to a Dutch Antillean, Moroccan, Surinamese and Turkish clientele, reflecting the ethnic make-up of the area. Other working class neighborhoods with a large immigrant population are the Indische Buurt and the Transvaalbuurt; urban renewal projects are underway to improve the living conditions in these neighborhoods.
Going further south is the Amsterdam Amstel railway station, an emerging business district. In 1994 the Rembrandt Tower was completed, with 135 metres the tallest skyscraper of Amsterdam and the first in a series of towers named after famous Dutch painters. In 2001, the tower was accompanied by the Breitner Tower and the Mondriaan Tower, both located in the same area. East of these lies the Watergraafsmeer, formerly a polder that has been incorporated in Amsterdam in 1921. It was home to Stadium De Meer, the home of Ajax football club until its destruction in 1996. It is a green neighborhood with many trees and sport facilities, as it used to be a popular getaway for affluent citizens of Amsterdam. Now it is becoming Amsterdam's knowledge centre due to the development of the Amsterdam Science Park. This science complex is home to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), the second largest Internet exchange point in the world.
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 residents got the chance to design their houses themselves. Steigereiland North is all about water and air, with a basin full of floating homes. Haveneiland is the main island, and called after its harbour. Many buildings here are modern interpretations of the old city center. Blijburg beach is on the main island.
Going out at Blijburg beach, harbour 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), harbour club The Lighthouse (Krijn Taconiskade 432), harbour 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'.