The Jordaan District is one of the most famous districts in Amsterdam. The Jordaan District was first incorporated into the expanding city in the 1600’s, and initially served as an overspill area for some of the cities poorest inhabitants. Once notorious for its open sewers, crime and awful living conditions, The Jordaan is now known for its bohemian vibe, bustling markets and quirky accommodation.
Having been a haven for artists, writers and musicians since the late 1800’s, the area which once housed Rembrandt (and which holds the church in which he is buried – Westerkerk) is also something of a cultural centre. Museums, historic houses, walking tours and art galleries can keep a visitor busy for a whole weekend, and with a great range of night life choices, can provide a refreshing change from the Red Light District and the area around Central Station.
The Jordaan District can be navigated either on foot, or by bike. Be aware that there is no parking available for cars. Located within walking distance of Central Station, you can also get the tram. The 13 and 17 go from Central Station to Rozengracht/Marnixstraat in the centre of The Jordaan. The next stop on the 17 is Elandsgracht to the South of the district.
Things to See & Do
There are three main streets in The Jordaan District for shopping; Westerstraat in the North, Rozengracht below that and Elandsgracht to the South. These streets house a massive array of boutique clothing stores, designer shops, bars of different shapes and sizes, a selection of restaurants (more of which can be found in the side streets – Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat/Tweede Tuindwarsstraat/Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat) and a smattering of art galleries. Hazenstraat, another side street, features most of the galleries and some unique clothing stores for the shopper on the hunt for original clothing. On Saturdays you can choose from either the organic market on Noordermarkt and a cheaper normal market on Lindengracht, both of which are great places to simply explore for the different sights, sounds, smells and people. On Mondays there is a second hand clothes market on Noordermarkt and Westerstraat.
Address: Haarlemerstraat 98
Tel: +31 (0)20 4279469
A stunning brasserie with gorgeous outdoor seating. They serve the best breakfast in the city, along with the most amazing strawberry milkshake.
De Korte Prins
Cuisine: Breakfast and Lunch Cafe
Address: Nickeriestraat 54
Tel: +31 (0)20-612 5517
Located in the heart of The Jordaan District, the friendly service, great breakfast and lunchtime snacks and gourmet coffee make this a great spot to relax in the mornings and afternoons. Try their selection of deserts with a cup of coffee for that little bit of holiday indulgence.
Address: Noordermarkt 4
Tel: +31 (0)20 623 91 45
Not the easiest place to find as it is slightly off the tourist track, Proust is a favourite of Amsterdamers, and for good reason. Inexpensive and delicious food, hearty portions and a great atmosphere combine to make this a must see.
Address: Haarlemmerstraat 73
Tel: +31 (0)20 616 36 64
Modern and trendy bar/restaurant with a young crowd and mattresses laid out on the terrace.
Address: Nieuwe Leliestraat 162
Tel: +31 (0)20 6252041
A great vegetarian restaurant with huge portions of scrumptious food, in an authentic, unforced atmosphere. Although not located right in the centre, this place is definitely worth the detour. The wine list offers organic and fair trade wines and there is a non-smoking room.
The Jordaan District is home to much more alternative music venues than in the center of Amsterdam. If you’re looking for more hardcore or rock/metal genres, look no further.
Bars and Pubs
Address: Marnixstraat 166
Tel: +31 (0)20 620 28 53
A great metal/grunge/punk pub with the most chilled drinking atmosphere in Amsterdam. They have a sleepy, secluded terrace for a sunny day’s drinking and smoking marijuana is allowed.
Address: Lijnbaansgracht 163
Tel: +31 (0)20 420 45 92
A Rockabilly bar with amazing live music and cheap drinks.