Jordaan in Amsterdam
The Jordaan is a district in the centre of Amsterdam. This article also covers the Haarlemmerbuurt and the Western Islands.
The tram is the easiest way to get around central Amsterdam, and the Jordaan is no exception. From Central Station, tram lines 13 and 17 bring you to the stop Westermarkt at the beginning of the Jordaan-district. Two stops further of tram line 17 is Elandsgracht at the south side of the district.
No tram lines attend the Haarlemmer Neighborhood at the northern side of the district, but it's a walk of less than 5 minutes from Central Station.
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 market on Noordermarkt and a (cheaper) normal market around the corner on Lindengracht. It's great to stroll around on both these markets. On Monday there is a (second hand) clothes market on Noordermarkt and Westerstraat.
- [www.restaurantkinnaree.nl Kinnaree] (address: 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 (address: Rozengracht 114) 020-344 64 02
open: 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
- [www.restaurant-longpura.com Long Pura] (address: Rozengracht 46-48) +31 20 6238950
Indonesian food, try the rice table.
- Burgermeester (address: Elandsgracht 130) 0900-burgers
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 (address: Haarlemerstraat 98)
A gorgeous brassiere with outside seating which has the best breakfasts in Amsterdam for very reasonable prices. Their strawberry milkshakes are to die for.
- De Korte Prins (address: Haarlemmerdijk 8)
open: Open daily from 8 am till 4 pm, Sat. 9 am till 6 pm. Closed on Sundays.
De Korte Prins is a lunchroom café on the Haarlemmerdijk 8, in the heart of the Jordaan area in Amsterdam. The friendly staff serves great bagels, rolls and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon the café is filled with coffee lovers who enjoy a rich coffee with a delicious brownie or cheesecake. Regulars often drop by for cookies and muffins takeaway as well.
- Proust (address: 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! (address: Haarlemmerstraat 73) +31 20 616 36 64
Nice and modern bar/cafe/restaurant with young people as customers and mattresses on the terrace.
- Vliegende Schotel (address: Nieuwe Leliestraat 162)
price: Mains €9-15, daily special €8. Bottle of wine €13
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 and a little walk from the centre, but seriously worth it. Small selection of organic and fair trade wines and a non-smoking room.
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 (address: Egelantiersgracht 12) + 31 20 623 96 17
open: 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 (address: 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 (address: Marnixstraat 357, corner with Rozengracht) +31 20-4220813
open: 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 (address: Rozengracht 160) +31 20-6254863
open: 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.
- Korsakoff (address: Lijnbaansgracht 161) (directions: 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 (address: Lijnbaansgracht 163) (directions: Tram: Elandsgracht) +31 20 420 45 92
open: 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.
- Hotel De Looier (address: Derde Looiersdwarsstraat 75)
Hotel De Looier Amsterdam was built as a diamond factory in 1886 and had recently renovated to a 3 star hotel which is situated in the city centre.
- The Shelter (Jordan) (address: Bloemstraat 179) (directions: Tram: Marnixstraat / Rozengracht) +31 20 624 47 17
price: From € 17, € 19 in July and August
An alcohol and drug-free Christian youth hostel. Great value for money. Single-sex dormitories (including breakfast, bed linen).