Jordaan District, Amsterdam

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    A folksy neighbourhood

    by Helga67 Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Egelantiersgracht

    In the beginning of the 17th century the 'Jordaan' was inhabited by poor people and laborers. It was the ghetto of Amsterdam. When the huguenots (members of the Reformed communion of France) fled from France to this area in the late 17th century, the neighbourhood changed bit by bit and developped its own lifestyle. It is said that Jordaan is derived from the French word Jardin (garden). You will notice a lot of streets with flower names here.

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    Jordaan

    by Charlotte121 Updated Oct 4, 2004

    Jordaan:
    The Jordaan was a working class district during the huge canal belt project in the early 17th century: it was where the canal-diggers, bridge-builders, carpenters and stonemasons lived. Now it's colonised by yuppies who are drawn to the good pubs, offbeat shops, enchanting restaurants and weird little art galleries. The Jordaan is a very nice area to walk around.

    Nice bar/'living room' is Festina Lente on the Looiersgracht.

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    The most typical Amsterdam neighbourhood

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 21, 2003

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    Floating by the

    No, I am not talking about the "Walletjes". This most typical Amsterdam neighbourhood is for sure the "Jordaan". This area was inhabited for a while by many French refugees (Hugonotes) and as for the greens in this place, it deserved the nickname "Jardin" (garden in French). Later it became more and more pronounciated as "Jordaan" and it became the folk nieghbourhood of the town. If you want to visit a "brown" cafe: this is the place. If you want to listen to "Amsterdam smartlap" (tearjurking sing-a-longs) this here is paradise. The area is also very beautiful in canalhouses and history.

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    THE JORDAAN.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Sep 16, 2003

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    DE JORDAAN AMSTERDAM....

    This is the district between the BROUWERSGRACHT and the ELANDGRACHT and is perhaps the most famous neighbourhood of Amsterdam, apart from the Red-Light District.....

    Its old houses and canals provide the visitor with a taste, a touch of typical AMSTERDAM.

    Once it was a working-class area but now it is very sought-after, expecially the expensive converted warehouses.

    The JORDAAN is now inhabited by a colourful mixture of the natives, the "JORDANEZEN", students and well-to-do businessmen.
    The 17th Century district with its own traditions and its own informal and relaxed atmosphere has many narrow streets and picturesque canals.

    The Jordaan offers a wealth of unique SHOPPING opportunities....it has many fashion boutiques, small speciality stores and indoor markets, among which DE LOOIER. This is the largest permanent indoor ART & ANTIQUES center of the Netherlands with over 85 stalls.

    Close to the WESTERTOREN on the PRINSENGRACHT you will find the ANNE FRANK HOUSE MUSEUM: follow this LINK , which will take you there immediately!

    There aren't many spectacular major MUSTS here but THE JORDAAN itself is remarkable!

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    De Jordaan area

    by martin_nl Written Jun 29, 2003

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    Canal in the Jordaan

    The Jordaan was built at the west side of the canals as a place to live for the members of the working class. Later immigrants started living here too. Highlights in the area are the Anne Frank House, Westerkerk and simply stolling around the canals.

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    Jordaan

    by .coockie. Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Jordaan
    The Jordaan is an old working-class neighbourhood, now partly colonised by students, artists and trendies. This is a great place to wander around, get lost and soak up the atmosphere of people going about their daily business. Houses here are tiny but tidy, with laced curtains and window boxes, and spionnetje (little spy) mirrors attached to the windowsills so auntie Greet can see who's coming and going. The Jordaan is full of inviting pubs and restaurants, offbeat shops, weird little art galleries and lively markets. There's also a high concentration of hofjes (courtyards) here, many of them with beautifully restored houses and lovingly maintained gardens.

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    Jordaan Walk

    by monica71 Written Mar 22, 2012

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    I really enjoyed this part of the city. I highly recommend a walk on the cobbled streets and along the old canals.
    The neighborhood is very different than the city center.

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    One of Amsterdam many charming...

    by MATIM Updated Jan 5, 2007

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    One of Amsterdam many charming traditions is the playing of barrel-organ music in the streets.
    Today, most of these decorative instruments are run by petrol driven motors

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    Stroll through the Jordaan

    by mikelisaanna Written Oct 15, 2005

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    A street in the Jordaan neighborhood

    The Jordaan neighborhood is a neighborhood full of interesting shops and restaurants. It is fun to stoll through for an afternoon.

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    Walking in the Jordaan : old worker-neighborhood

    by ptitetoile Written Jan 19, 2004

    After I read an article about this part of the city in the book of the Barbizon Hotel, I wanted to see it absolutely! It has a lot of charm and is much more quiet than the center of Amsterdam.

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