The Jordaan, home to art galleries, restaurants and boutiques
The famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn lived once in The Jordaan. The Jordaan district remains the artistic area of Amsterdam occupied by artists, students, and young entrepreneurs. This district is peaceful and vibrant at the same time. Stroll around the narrow streets and little canals, visit art studios, and historic buildings and experience the atmosphere of old-fashioned ‘brown’ pubs. The 9 streets of The Jordaan between Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, and Herengracht is where you’ll find some of the most unique independently owned boutiques and antique shops. On Saturdays you will find the Lindenmarkt, a general market on the Lindengracht and on Mondays, a flea market at the Noordermarkt. When you are at the Noordermarkt you must try one of the best Dutch apple pies of Amsterdam on the terrace of cafe Winkel, with a beautiful view of the 17th Century church the ‘Noorderkerk’.
The variety of De Pijp
De Pijp is a melting pot neighbourhood. There are so many different cultures where you will find an multitude of ethnic restaurants like ‘The Bazar’. This restaurant with its Middle East and North African influences is located in an old church on the Albert Cuypstraat, where the famous and largest market of Holland takes place daily. You cannot miss a tour through the Heineken Experience which is a fun and interactive museum not only for beer lovers, but also for those interested in learning about the Heineken history which has become a Dutch heritage. You will be guaranteed a fun tour through this very interesting museum experience.
Whether you are looking for a traditional Dutch countryside painted with windmills, the seaside lined with dunes or picturesque villages, this can all be found within minutes from the centre of Amsterdam. Hop on a train and enjoy a day out to discover Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. You will be charmed by the beauty of Haarlem only a 15 minute train ride away from the centre of Amsterdam, and cycling through the dunes in Zandvoort and Velsen will be a unique experience. Savour the fresh country air on a boat cruise in Amstel River Countryside, just south of Amsterdam.
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