De Pijp Overview:
The area now known as De Pijp ("the pipe") was originally built to accommodate the working-class population overflowing from the Jordaan neighborhood in 19th-century Amsterdam. The origin of the name is more elusive -- some claim it's because the long, straight streets run like pipes in a building; others say it has to do with a former energy company located there, called Pipe.
Whatever its beginnings, De Pijp is now a colorful mix of multiculturalism, countless cafés and bars, dining options from around the world and hip young professionals living in renovated buildings alongside dilapidated ones. The area still retains a certain grit that comes with working-class roots and visitors may be surprised by the amount of litter left behind after Amsterdam's biggest outdoor market shuts down. But De Pijp is also littered with locals, so you'll be rewarded with a unique experience if you visit.
De Pijp Location and Transportation:
De Pijp begins south of the central part of Amsterdam, just outside the main canal belt. It's bordered by Stadhouderskade to the north, Ruysdaelkade to the west, Jozef Israelskade to the south and Amsteldijk (along the Amstel River) to the east.
The largest concentration of restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and general activity is concentrated in the areas around Ferdinand Bolstraat, Albert Cuypstraat, Ceintuurbaan, the Marie Heinekenplein and the cross streets off the Albert Cuypmarkt
Reach De Pijp with tram lines 3, 4, 12, 16 and 24 (see tram maps and timetables on the GVB Transport Web site).
De Pijp Attractions:
Albert Cuypmarkt: The city's biggest open-air market sees some 20,000 visitors a day, most of whom are locals.
Heineken Experience: The former Heineken brewery (in use until 1988) now offers guided tours, including a look back at 50 years of commercials for one of the world's most recognizable brands.
Sarphatipark: This green respite from the bustling streets has a dog-free area alongside a pond and fountains; it's perfect for picnics.
De Pijp Accommodations:
Accommodations in largely residential De Pijp are sparse, but there are a few offerings ranging from budget to five-star. The area is ideal for those who want to experience a more local feel in Amsterdam and who don't mind at least a 20-minute walk, or tram/bike ride to major attractions.
Bicycle Hotel Amsterdam:
Environmentally friendly, offering cheap but clean rooms on a residential street.Hotel Aalborg:
Three-star family-owned hotel on a main street across from Sarphatipark.Hotel Okura:
One of the city's five-star hotels
, located on the southern edge of De Pijp.
De Pijp Restaurants:
What it lacks in accommodations, De Pijp makes up for 10-fold in restaurants. The area is packed with Middle Eastern, Asian, Turkish and Surinamese take-out places and plenty of simple Dutch eetcafés
. The following list represents a mere sampling of the other worldly flavors you'll find here. For a comprehensive listing, search the IENS Independent Index
Azmarino: Eritrean food eaten with your hands.
Burger Meester: My pick for Amsterdam's best burger.
Restaurants on Frans Halsstraat:
This cozy tree-lined street is home to vegetarian fine-dining at De Waaghals
, tasty Moorish-style bites at Más Tapas, refined organic dishes served up with jazz at De Witte Uyl
and delicious Indian food in the casual Balti House on the corner.Kagetsu:
Locals' favorite sushi on crazy Van Woustraat.