The Jordaan area, in the west of the city, is a great area to explore on foot or by bike. The streets are quieter and more elegant than those closer to the center and you see very few tourists out here. We stopped off in a few cafes in the area and they all had a non-touristy, neighbourhood vibe.
Take time to visit the Jordaan Area of the city, its only 5 mins away from 'Amsterdam Centraal' Station, its a quiet place with some great local cafes selling decent coffee to sit outside and watch the canal traffic
Non of the the other cafes selling the many drugs on offer in this liberal city
Ann Frank House is also in this area
The House with the Effigies-Het Huis met de Hoofden
This in 1622 built house was in that time one of the biggest double houses and is built for Nicolaas Sohier. The facade of the house is, it is said, built by Hendrick de Keyser, but is most probably done by his son Pieter de Keyser, as his father died in 1621. It is richly decorated with lion gargoyles, pillars etc.
There are six effigies on the facade and is therefore named after these.
According to a legend these effigies are heads of burglars, which were caught by a servant-girl and later beheaded. In fact these are effigies of Apollo, Ceres, Mars, Minerva, Bacchus and Diana (last one not seen on the picture).
When in1656 Comenius (Jan Amos Komensky) came to Amsterdam he lived here for a short while.
Today this building houses the Department of the Environment Historic Buildings Bureau.
Walking through the Jordaan with a local guide we suddenly entered what seemed to be a front door in the Egelantierstraat nr 50. But it was really a gate to a court of almshouses.
Inside it was a labyrint of small alleys.
It was built in 1626 by Claes Claesz. Anslo, a cloth salesmen who lived in the Nieuwendijk and had some land here. He built three houses for the poor and elderly. It was not only charity, but in that people thought they could buy a place in heaven this way. The Norwegian (by birth) salesman ordered this charity to continue after his death. In 1880 the area had in total 27 apartments.
Be quiet when you visit, real people live here. And how would you like it to have hundreds of screaming tourist in front of your window.....
This is one of the eldest houses in the Jordaan. Not renovated yet, and looking like the entire neighbourhood did look like a few decades ago.
The houses is squated, because there is a shortage of houses in Amsterdam.
Walk through the Jordaan, a typical Amsterdam quarter.
The houses here were small and cheap, for workers. Artists also lived here because of the cheap houses. Rembrandt had his atelier at the Bloemengracht and lived at the Rozengracht.
It is not clear where the name Jordaan comes from. It could be a form of the french Jardin (garden), because in the time of the french occupation it was the area with the parks / gardens.
But is also said there was a house on the Lindengracht with the name De Jordaan.
Maybe it comes from the river Jordan in the middleeast, as the area is across the water from the centre of Amsterdam.
The area is now mostly renovated and the small cheap houses are mostly gone. The simple people still live here. You can see it in the typical lace curtains and the flowerpots.
If you are in Amsterdam on holiday, you must take a trip to the Jordaan. The Jordaan used to be a neighborhood for the poor people, who could not afford a house on the main cannels (grachtengordel). Now this neighborhood is dicovered by young peolple who restored the old houses and made it one of the nicest places of Amsterdam. It has a lot of beatifull houses on small and cosy cannels and streets.
More information you can find on: www.jordaaninfo.com
Egelantiersgracht, in the Jordan is a quite, peaceful and of course, a beautiful canal.
You will find it just a few blocks from the Anne Frank House.
When the trees are green, it's a great place to sit for a few.
Not many people visit the Jordaan area. I don't know why, it's so nice and peacfull here. Lots of small shops selling special art, clothes, antiques, pottery. In the summer evenings, you can sit on a Noorder Markt terace (Northern-Market) and enjoy a real Amsterdam off the beaten path experience.
this coffeeshop is off the beaten path so to speak, it's located in the quaint little neighborhood called the jordaan. this spacious coffeeshop has alot to offer you in a cozy atmosphere. we stayed about 10 minutes from this shop and usually had a nightly night cap there. even with coffeeshop de republic 2 minutes away.
Make a stroll in the Jordan (west of Prinsengracht). This area used to be inhabited by poor workers in the early 1900. Today many citizen have left this area, often due to the fact that the houses were too small and impractical for modern families. Instead lots of young people have take this area to their harts. Jordan still hosts a unique and friendly atmosphere with it’s open-minded people, small houses, shady brown-cafes (stop for a beer or two) and the most extraordinary little shops you can think off.
If you have more time and feel like continue walking, the close-by area around Prinseneiland is also very neat, including old Store- and Warf houses and picturesque bridges.
In Jordaan, at Karthuizersstraat 69 - 191 there is another courtyard dating back to 1650. The houses were once for poor widows, but are now lived in by students.
This is a quiet canal in Jordaan and is a very pleasant walk. The houseboats are interesting and the area has a peaceful atmosphere.
At Nos 28 - 38 Palmgracht, Jordaan, there is a lovely cobblestone courtyard garden. There is a turnip sculpture on the outside which refers to the owner's name, Pieter Adriaenszoon Raep.
A beautiful art gallery in the Jordaan that attracted my eye from under my umbrella in the pouring saturday rain. A ray of sunshine in those gloomy streets.