Statues of Tante Leen and Manke Nelis at the corner of Elandsgracht
The Jordaan is a district in the centre of Amsterdam. Originally a working-class neighbourhood, the Jordaan has become one of the most upscale areas of the Netherlands, known for its art galleries, speciality shops and boutique restaurants. Among the Dutch, the Jordaan is known for its folk singers; several of its most popular musicians now have a statue in their memory at the corner of Prinsengracht and Elandsgracht.
The Jordaan was built in the 19th century as a working class neighborhood. All the streets and canals were oddly connected to the Prinsengracht, reflecting the haphazard development unlike the planned approach in the wealthier neighborhoods. To save costs the smaller ponds and waterways were linked up to form an array of canals. Fancier houses lined these canals. Homes of more limited means took up the side streets. Over time the Jordaan grew, becoming more dense with houses being built, filling in the inner gardens. The poorest families made do living in the cellars. By 1900 over 80.000 people called the area home. Since there was no sewer system, the canals were filled with foul-smelling effluents, posing serious risk to public health. As a result the early 20th century saw the filling in of half of the canals. In the 1930's the city put forth the plan to demolish the whole neighbourhood to make way for more modern housing. Opposition held up all efforts for over 20 years, during which no permit was issued for any major construction or restoration. The area deteriorated, turning into a slum, but as a silver lining the lobbying saved the area from complete demolition. Subsequently the houses in poor condition were torn to down while the better ones were restored. Nowadays less than 19.000 people live in the Jordaan but the area remains Amsterdam's popular residential area.
From Central Station, tram lines 13 and 17 bring you to the stop Westermarkt next to the middle of the Jordaan-district. Two stops further of tram 17 is Elandsgracht at the south side of the district.
The Haarlemmer neighbourhood at the northern side of the district is served by busses 18, 21 and 22 from Central station.
From other parts of the city you can reach the Jordaan with trams 3, 7, 10 and 14.
The Jordaan is a great area to stroll around. It's a nice and quiet residential district, though it's full of small bars, shops, and restaurants. There are a few small and cosy canals and plenty of nice facades with colourful stones to identify the houses.
The main three shopping streets in the Jordaan are, from north to south, Westerstraat, Rozengracht and Elandsgracht. These offer a mix of clothing stores, design, art galleries, bars and restaurants. In the side-streets (Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat/Tweede Tuindwarsstraat/Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat), you'll find nice restaurants. And on another side-street, Hazenstraat, there is a concentration of galleries and quirky stores. On Saturday there is a (pricey) organic farmer's market and second hand stuff market on Noordermarkt and a (cheaper) regular produce market around the corner on Lindengracht. It's great to stroll around on all these markets. On Monday morning there is a (second hand) clothing market on Noordermarkt and a fabric market on the Westerstraat.
This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Kinnaree, 1e Anjeliersdwarsstraat 14, ☎ 020 - 627 71 53, . Amazing Thai food. Good atmosphere, good service despite being quite busy, but the food is why you would come here. Highly recommended.edit
Mazzo, Rozengracht 114, ☎ 020-344 64 02. 9 am till 1 am. This used to be a famous techno club but they turned it into a Italian restaurant with a nice modern look. You can have breakfast, lunch or dinner here. On the weekends it's smart to make a reservation as it can get pretty busyedit
Long Pura, Rozengracht 46-48, ☎ +31 20 6238950, . 6-11PM. Indonesian food, try the rice table.edit
Burgermeester, Elandsgracht 130, ☎ 0900-burgers, . 12:00-23:00. Yes, they serve burgers here. But don't expect a McDonalds wannabe. They are quality meat, fish or vegetarian burgers. The place is so popular that they opened 2 more branches in the city. Great if you want to have a quick and inexpensive bite. Order the 'mini trio' so you can taste three different small sized burgers.edit
Proust, Noordermarkt 4, ☎ +31 20 623 91 45. Proust is a little off the beaten path, near the intersection of Brouwersgracht and Prinsengracht, but it's worth a visit for the inexpensive and satisfying meals as well as the company: it's a favourite with locals.edit
STOUT!, Haarlemmerstraat 73, ☎ +31 20 616 36 64, . Nice and modern bar/cafe/restaurant with young people as customers and mattresses on the terrace.(52.380168,4.892317)edit
Vliegende Schotel, Nieuwe Leliestraat 162, . Since Green Planet is closing, you better look for alternative vegetarian hang-outs. Believe it or not, but Vliegende Schotel is even better than its Australia-moving competitor. It has big portions of unbelievably good vegetarian food, in an unpretentious but authentic atmosphere. Minimalistic service, but seriously worth it. Small selection of organic and fair trade wines.Mains €9-15, daily special €8. Bottle of wine €13. edit
Unlike the mainstream bars and clubs in the Grachtengordel, the Jordaan offers a different atmosphere with obscure rock, metal and alternative music. But there's also plenty of old fashioned neighbourhood bars and 'hip' places.
't Smalle, Egelantiersgracht 12, ☎ + 31 20 623 96 17, . 10:00-01:00 friday and saturday till 02:00. Some say this place has the most beautiful terrace in Amsterdam. It's not big but you sit right beside the canal. And if it's too cold to sit outside check out the beautifully restored interior in this laid-back place.edit
Soundgarden, Marnixstraat 166, ☎ +31 20 620 28 53, . Top metal/grungy/punky pub, most relaxed drinking atmosphere in town. Really nice, secluded terrace for drinking beer in the sun. can smoke, but not buy, puff.edit
Bar Brandstof, Marnixstraat 357, corner with Rozengracht, ☎ +31 20-4220813, . Mon-Thurs:08:00- 01:00, Fri:08:00-03:00, Sat:11:00-03:00, Sun:11:00-01:00. Relatively new bar with a big and often busy terrace. Gets absolutely crowded on friday after work hoursedit
Bar Struik, Rozengracht 160, ☎ +31 20-6254863. Mon:17:00-1:00, Tue - Thu: 10:00 - 1:00, Fri: 10:00 - 3:00,Sat: 11:00 - 3:00, Sun: 12:00 - 1:00. Hangout for the urban 20 and 30-somethings. Every day except friday they serve 1 dish for €7,50. Gets really crowded in the weekends.edit
Cafe Chaos, Looriegracht 144 (GPS +52.36792°,+4.87913°). Typical Amsterdam brown bar. Throw your peanuts shells on the floor while looking at the furniture.edit
Maloe Melo, Lijnbaansgracht 163 (Tram: Elandsgracht), ☎ +31 20 420 45 92, . Sunday-Thursday 21:00-03:00, Friday&Saturday 21:00-04:00. Live 50s rockabilly bar. Drinks are cheap and the crowd are mostly Dutch rockers, but the music is good.edit
Hotel De Looier, Derde Looiersdwarsstraat 75, ☎ +31 20 625 18 55, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Hotel De Looier Amsterdam was built as a diamond factory in 1886 and had recently renovated to a 3 star hotel.edit
Hotel Falcon Plaza, Marnixstraat 372, Amsterdam, ☎ +31 20 622 55 87, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. The hotel has 48 newly renovated rooms.edit