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 for the working class. All the streets and canals connect strange to the Prinsengracht, because this area wasn't designed, like the rich people areas. To save costs the small waters in this area were just made into canals. The most fancy houses were built along them. Less fortunate people had houses in the side streets. The Jordaan got busier and busier, with houses being built in the inner gardens. The poorest families lived in cellar rooms. Around 1900 over 80.000 people lived in the area. Since there was no sewer system, most people dumped all their waste in the canals, which became very smelly and a risk for health. That's why half of them were filled in around 1900. Around the 1930' the city developed a plan to tear the whole neighbourhood down and replace it by modern housing. The discussion went on for over 20 years, during which time no-one got a permit for major construction work or restauration. The area became a slum, but the monument lobby managed to save the area from completely demolishment. Finally, houses that could not be saved were replaced and better houses were restaurated. Nowadays less than 19.000 people live in the Jordaan, which turned into a very populair residential area.
You can easily walk here from anywhere in the center. It's a walk of less than 5 minutes from Central Station or Dam square.
By tram or bus
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 more nice restaurants. And in another side-street, Hazenstraat, there's a lot of galleries and quirky stores. On Saturday there is a (pricey) biological farmer's market and second hand stuff market on Noordermarkt and a (cheaper) normal 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.
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 busy
Long Pura, Rozengracht 46-48, ☎ +31 20 6238950, . 6-11PM. Indonesian food, try the rice table.
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.
Barney's, Haarlemerstraat 98. A gorgeous brasserie with outside seating which has the best breakfasts in Amsterdam for very reasonable prices. Their strawberry milkshakes are to die for.
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.
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)
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.
Coffee & Breakfast
Cafe Thijsen, Brouwersgracht 107, ☎ +31 20 62 38 99 4, . - Nice Cafe where you can sit outside as well looking at the canal. Decent prices. Breakfast available.
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.
Bars and pubs
'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.
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.
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 hours
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.
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.
Korsakoff, Lijnbaansgracht 161 (Tram Rozengracht), ☎ +31 20 625 78 54, . A more alternative, run-down but cheap place that often has live music. Alternative nightspot for fans of metal, industrial, goth, and techno. Some live music and popular club nights. A bit off the beaten path but worth it.
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.
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
€80 to €150
Shelter Jordan Hostel, Bloemstraat 179 (Tram: Marnixstraat / Rozengracht), ☎ +31 20 624 47 17, . An alcohol and drug-free Christian youth hostel. Single-sex dormitories (including breakfast, bed linen).From €19.
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.
Hotel Falcon Plaza, Marnixstraat 372, Amsterdam, ☎ +31 20 622 55 87, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. The hotel has 48 newly renovated rooms.
Many café's and coffee places offer wifi to their customers.