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.
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.
Cross the Oudezijds Voorburgwal and head for the Prinsengracht.
Forget about BRUTUS that used to be at MOLSTEEG 8.
We go west perpendicular to the canals via either the LELIEGRACHT or HERENSTRAAT/PRINSENSTRAAT to the PRINSENGRACHT west-side and take a right to the WESTERSTRAAT.
Sometimes there is market here and in the weekends there is enough to enjoy. Now enter NOORDERKERKSTRAAT where you'll find FLESCH at nr. 16. It's a nice little book & record shop. Please meet the owner Harry Berkhout and say hello from me.
2008 Update: The shop had a clean-up and a part of the old collections now is on sale on the stand of the owner's wife Jonica at the Noordermarkt market.
From here I used to take the PRINSENGRACHT to Dazzit, but the place is out of business.
So we head up into the Jordaan into the WESTERSTRAAT. DISTORTION RECORDS moved from nr. 72 to nr. 244.
2010 update: I still have to check this one: CONCERTO'S PHANTASIO at TWEEDE TUINDWARSSTRAAT 53. Sadly enough the shop closed in october 2011.
Find your way East to BACK BEAT RECORDS at the EGELANTIERSTRAAT 19; check it out for its CD- & vinyl collection. It's a small shop, but cramped with "black" and jazz albums. There also magazines for sale.
A little further is WENTELWERELD at 1e BLOEMDWARSSTRAAT 13A. Proceed to the ROZENGRACHT.
A small sidestep South to the former Plaatboef at ROZENGRACHT 40; nowadays it's called VELVET MUSIC.
Return to the PRINSENGRACHT. You will see the Anne Frank House across the canal and De Westerkerk in the rear. Proceed East towards the Leidsestraat.
There's one more store at the Prinsengracht: SECOND LIFE MUSIC at Prinsengracht 366 (South-side). This shop stock is ever increasing and it's a true paradise to make a discovery, but I warn you you for the chaotic order of items.
Note: Sound of the Fifties at Prinsengracht 668 (North-side) closed in 2006; too bad! Another shop, Record Mania moved from the Hartenstraat 9 to the Ferdinand Bolstraat 30.
A new store WAXWELL RECORDS started at the Gasthuismolensteeg 22 (one of the nine little streets); this is the former KIDS LOVE WAX. They specialize in Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Raggae, Disco and Jazz.
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.
It doesn't happen every night, or even every week, so you'll have to check to when the next special event may be. But there is an old jail underneath the oldest bridge in Amsterdam. The bridge is called "Brug 9" and seeing a show there is an amazing experience, so check to see what's happening there, and be sure to mark your calendar. Sometimes there is an art or fashion show, but often there is live Jazz show. This is definitely NOT something tourists know about. In fact, if you don't speak dutch, you'll have to put the site into Google translate!
DECO Sauna is one of my favorite places on the planet. It is a COED sauna so not for the modest. The interior bric-a-brac of an old Parisian department store has been magically transported to a basement in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam. There are some areas where you keep your towel on and others where you don't (especially in the sauna and shower areas). You pay upfront, go to your locker, change and return the key to the front desk. Make sure to visit the outside areas, too. Just go with the sauna flow and R-E-L-A-X...
Amsterdam is so small, that the best way to experience it is by foot. Biking is too stressful and cars don't make much sense in this city. During the day take a walk through an area called the 'Jordaan'. There are lots of little shops and cafes, and the streets and canals have a lot of charm. This area is also really beautiful in the evening when the bridges of the canals are lit up.
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.
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
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.
This is a quiet canal in Jordaan and is a very pleasant walk. The houseboats are interesting and the area has a peaceful atmosphere.
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.
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.