The stately Plantagebuurt is a very green area, which is located around the Artis Zoo. It is a quiet part of the city centre borough.
Most street names in the neighbourhood also start with the name Plantage.
Houses were only built after 1860, while before that time there were gardens and open green spaces which carried the name of plantage, Dutch for plantation.
The only park that is left in the city centre borough is situated along the water of the Nieuwe Herengracht and is popular for picnics on summer days from where one can watch the many boats go by. The park also features the Auschwitz monument Broken Mirrors from 1993, by Jan Wolkers.