Quarters of Amsterdam
One of the best ways to get to know a city is to wander along its neighbourhoods. If you’re going to Amsterdam these are the quarters of the city you definitely want to see. It’s your call whether you want to walk or try the most common Dutch form of transportation; a bike.
Probably the most famous neighbourhood in Holland is the ‘Jordaan’. This characteristic quarter in the canal area of Amsterdam has many narrow streets, which house trendy shops, modern restaurants and traditional cafes. Music played an important role in the Jordaan and some of the best singers of this area are honored with a statue on the ‘Brouwersgracht’.
If you’re a day in the Jordaan you should visit the Anne Frank House and the ‘Westerkerk’. Shopping is best in the Nine Streets area and there’s a great market at the ‘Noordermarkt’ on Monday and Saturday. End the day with a drink in one of the traditional cafes and ask for some typical Jordaan music.
Without a doubt the ‘Pijp’ is one of the most vivid parts of Amsterdam. The beating heart of this district is the ‘Albert Cuyp’, where you’ll find the largest outdoor market in Europe. The Albert Cuyp market has everything from foods and drinks to clothing and cosmetics. The vendors will probably treat you on some typical Amsterdam humor.
Furthermore the Pijp is known for the Heineken Experience in the former brewery of Heineken. The area also has the highest density of cafes and restaurants in Holland, which gives you no reason to get hungry or thirsty. Thanks to the multicultural and artistic vibe, the Pijp is known as the Quartier Latin of Amsterdam.
Other Quarters of Amsterdam
Depending on what your interests are, here are a few other quarters of Amsterdam that you might like to visit:
City Center: this heart of Amsterdam has a lot of everything; the Royal Palace, the Amsterdam Museum, the Beurs van Berlage, Dam Square, the shopping streets ‘Kalverstraat’ and ‘Leidsestraat’ and the malls ‘de Bijenkorf’ and ‘Magna Plaza’.
Red Light District: this neighborhood is situated near the city center and enjoys quite a reputation. Stroll along the windows with girls among hundreds of other curious tourists.
China Town: Amsterdam has a China Town just like any other major city. Chinese restaurant, oriental stores and even a Buddhist temple can be found in and around the ‘Zeedijk’ behind the Red Light District.
Mirror Quarter: If you are interested in art galleries and antique stores with all sort of historical objects you need to visit the ‘Spiegelkwartier’ (Mirror Quarter) behind the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Jewish Quarter: the Jewish Historical Museum, the Hollandsche Schouwburg (The Dutch Theater) and the Portuguese Synagogue are situated in the Jewish Quarter and are well worth your time.