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De Pijp - Local Guide to the Best Neighborhood in Amsterdam

My favorite neighborhood in Amsterdam is "De Pijp," which translates to "The Pipe." For the eternally inquisitive, many will try to second-guess what "The Pipe" stands for. The truth is, no one really knows. Perhaps it owes its name to the long narrow streets that resemble pipes or to the infamous gas company that shares it's name and that used to supply gas to the neighborhood. Whoever or whatever is responsible for the name should be proud of the association.

Watch the video below to see why De Pijp is my favourite neighbourhood in Amsterdam.

Formerly a working class quarter built to ease the overpopulated Jordaan in the 19 th century and to house labourers, de Pijp as we Amsterdammers know it today is without doubt a melting pot of cultures and nationalities.

Thanks to previous settlers such as Heijermans, De Haan, Bordewijk, Mondriaan and scores of students in search of a cheap room to rent, de Pijp continues to breathe life as the lively bohemian district known as the Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) of Amsterdam.


The young, the old, students, artists, and families have all chosen to make De Pijp their home. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of central Amsterdam, this homely alternative is appealing. Today, De Pijp is so popular that house prices are amongst the highest in Amsterdam.

Albert Cuyp Market

You can find anything from food, clothes, furniture to art on the famous Albert Cuyp market

De Pijp is one of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant districts of Amsterdam. Like the district Jordaan, de Pijp is brimming with fantastic cafés, restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Of course, a visit to Amsterdam wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the Albert Cuypmarket, flanked by over 100 shops.

If you wander down Albert Cuypstraat and Ferdinand Bolstraat, the main streets in De Pijp, you'll find many exotic and authentic Syrian, Moroccan and Surinamese restaurants, to name but a few. A typical Amsterdam pub is located on almost every corner. Also in abundance are the Islamic butchers, Surinamese, Spanish, Indian and Turkish delicatessens and grocery stores. Try one of these restaurants or bars for size and if you found one that hit the right spot, don’t forget to recommend it to me 🙂

Eating and Drinking

Within a 10 minute stroll you'll find hundreds of bars, cafe's and restaurants. There are to many to name. My favorite thing to do (specially in the summer months when the sun is out late) is to walk around, grab a drink or two on one of the many terraces, watch the people walk by and grab a bite to eat afterwards.

De Pilsvogel

One of my favorite hangouts, de 'Pilsvogel'. If you go there, make sure you try their signature dish, the 'Sate'!

Here are some places you don't want to miss in De Pijp. Around the "Gerard Douplein," a little square in the heart of De Pijp, there are a bunch of nice bars and restaurants. My favorite hangout is the Pilsvogel, located on the corner of the square. It features a great outdoor seating area and it's proximity to the Albert Cuyp Market guarantees a healthy stream of by-passers, making it a great people watching spot.


You have to try their signature dish: The chicken Saté. It's known in Amsterdam as the best Saté in town. It's not a small appetizer like in most Asian restaurants. The dish consists of big chucks of juicy chicken filet on a skewer, topped with a very unique peanut sauce and fries on the side.

A few steps away you'll find a restaurant called The French Cafe. This is one of the better restaurants in the area, featuring authentic French cuisine.

If you're a wine lover, check out the wine bar on the other side of the square. If your stay is during the summer months, don't forget to get an ice cream at "Ijscuypje," just across from the Pilsvogel. In the winter months it changes to "Stamppotje," a very traditional Dutch dish made of vegetables and potatoes. It comes with a juicy sausage on top.

From the Gerard Douplein head South and cross the Albert Cuyp Market. Here you'll find a small pedestrian street that hosts a number of cool bars and cafés. I recommend the Chocolate Bar for sandwiches and drinks. If you like fries, there is a Falafal place (Maoz) that serves some of the best fries in Amsterdam, off course served with a healthy dose of mayonaise.

Eerste van der helststraat

You'll find a lot of terraces and nice bars in the 'Eerste van der Helststraat'

On the western part of the Albert Cuypstraat (past the intersection with the Ferdinand Bolstraat) you'll find a few more exotic restaurants. Most are Turkish, Indonesian or Suriname. For burger fans the Burgermeester is a must. This contemporary burger joint easily serves the best burgers in town. Just across the street is an awesome bakery Bakken met Passie. I always make sure I don't have more then 20 euros on me when I walk in or I'd buy myself a month worth of pastries, cookies, buns, croissants and tarts.

A few blocks from the house is the "Marie Heinekenplein." It's around the corner from the Heineken Factory. There are a few nice bars around here, a Spanish tapas place called Barça and a Latin dance bar.


Marie Heineken Plein

What's great about the Marie Heineken Plein is the abundance of outside seating options. As an added bonus, there are few buildings blocking the sun. It's a local secret that you'll be able to catch the last rays of late-afternoon sun here.

Across the square you'll find a very kitsch pie place called Taart van m'n Tante. As you munch on a delicious piece of applepie, you'll feel like you're sitting in your grandmothers living room.

Other places on the square worth mentioning are the Irish Pub and the quiet café "The Kingfisher." Turn left on the Ferdinand Bolstraat and you'll find two good restaurants: "Ondeugd" and "Simpel."

Attractions in De Pijp

Albert Cuypmarkt

The Albert Cuypmarkt is arguably the best-known and busiest outdoor market in Europe. It attracts thousands of visitors every day, and is especially popular on Saturdays. There are over 300 stalls and goods range from fresh produce to clothes and household goods. Prices are among the lowest in Amsterdam. If you like middle eastern food, check out the Bazar, a very spacey lunch café and diner. It's located halfway down the market in an old building and features stunning decorations.

sarphatipark

Just a minute away from the Albert Cuyp market, the Sarphati park is the perfect place to relax

Sarphati Park

The Sarphati Park is named after the Jewish doctor and philanthropist Samuel Sarphati (1813-1866), whose marvelous 19th century monument dominates the park. This small (it stretches for only two blocks) rectangle of green in the middle of trendy De Pijp area is one of the nicest in Amsterdam.

Heineken Museum

There is something secretive about the taste of the world’s best beers and certainly Heineken pilsner belongs to this group. The brewery was established in Amsterdam in 1864 and today Heineken is a huge multinational company, one of the three largest beer producers in the world. Heineken's rich and successful history has been presented in their old defunct brewery in Amsterdam, with several amusement park attractions added to the exhibit and renamed as Heineken Experience.

Getting to De Pijp

The easiest way to get to De Pijp is by tram. From the Amsterdam Central Station, either take tram 16 or 24 and get off at tramstop "Stadhouderskade" or "Albert Cuyp Straat." The neighborhood is also server by tram lines 3, 4, 7, 10 and 12.

De Pijp is located just south of the center of Amsterdam. From Dam square you walk down Rokin and Vijzelstraat, it's a 20 minute walk.

Parking option are limited and expensive. If you're planning to visit Amsterdam by car, I recommend you check out my article on parking in Amsterdam.

Where to stay

De Pijp doesn't host a wide range of hotel options. I recommend you look for an apartment or room on Airbnb. (If you sign-up now, you get $25 travel credit!) There are plenty of properties listed and it's cheaper than if you were to stay in a hotel. You can even rent my precious little home in the Gerard Doustraat, right in the middle of the neighborhood within crawling distance of the Albert Cuyp Market.

If you do prefer to stay in a hotel, I recommend the Sir Albert Hotel. I've stayed there a few times myself, location is perfect and good value for money. It also hosts one of my favorite restaurants in town. You can book here or check out this screenshot.


Enjoy your stay in de Pijp and let me know if you have any questions!

    Comment Section

    26 thoughts on “De Pijp - Local Guide to the Best Neighborhood in Amsterdam


    By Marcella on 11 March 2014

    Good info, I'm visiting Amsterdam next week and I'm planning to visit your neighborhood for sure. The market looks lovely!


    By Jasper Ribbers on 11 March 2014

    Hi Marcella, thanks for stopping by and enjoy your stay in Amsterdam. I'm sure you'll have a great time and if you have any questions feel free to ask!

    Cheers,
    Jasper


    By Katherine on 31 March 2014

    I am glad I stumbled upon this travel guide about De Pijp. We will be staying in the area at the end of June and I have printed out your guide to bring with me. I have been to A'dam twice but have never been in this area before. We've already seen the major tourist sights so I am looking forward to just 'being' in your wonderful city this time. Looking forward to it. Thank you!


    By Jasper Ribbers on 31 March 2014

    Hi Katherine, happy to hear you find this useful! Feel free to send me a message or comment if you have any questions. June is a great time to visit my neighborhood, I'm sure you'll love it!


    By Diane on 14 June 2014

    I appreciate that you are following your dreams and sharing your inspiration with others! I also thank you for your information about de Pijp. I am eager to find more information about what de Pijp neighborhood was like in the 1970s. Any suggestions? I lived in Amersfoort in the '70s for a year as an exchange student and would love to know more about the history of cycling, and how people in Amsterdam (and de Pijp, in particular) lived in those years of transformation.


    By Pattiann Brown on 28 July 2014

    Thanks for the information, we are staying on Albert Cuypstraat in October. We are so looking forward to this part of the city...


    By Andrew Butler on 12 October 2014

    My partner and I will be staying in De Pijp in December. Can anyone recommend any good live music venues in the area?

    Thanks

    Andrew


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    By Debra taipalus on 16 August 2015

    Hi, My husband I will be in Amsterdam sept 9 to 14/2015
    I enjoyed reading your information and checked out availability at your apartment and it looks booked up. Your neighbourhood looks like our kind of neighbourhood so can you guide me to an apartment similar to yours please. Thank you
    Deb Taipalus
    Vancouver island. bC canada


    By Jasper on 26 August 2015

    Hi Debra, I recommend you go on Airbnb and do a search in my neighborhood, there are quite a lot of apartments for rent so I'm sure you'll find something that suits your preferences!


    By Ellzbellz on 11 January 2016

    Thanks travelling dutchman, this is a great article yippeee. I am coming to Amsterdam next week and staying in the de pijp area so will definitely be checking out a lot of the suggestions in your article 😀 Thanks for sharing your inspirations!


    By Jasper on 13 January 2016

    You're welcome! Let me know if you have any questions, always happy to help and enjoy your stay!


    By Q on 26 April 2016

    Hi Jaspar, thank you for this great post!
    Do you recommend De Pijp as a good place to stay for three girls to stay who want to see lots of amsterdam attractions, coffee shops 😉 , and who want to go out and party at night?
    Is De Pijp very far from Centraal Station and other hot spots?


    By Jasper on 11 May 2016

    It's definitely a great place to stay for those purposes, it's a 10 - 15 minute tram ride to Central station and all highlights are either within walking distance or 10 minutes by tram.


    By Parnia on 13 July 2016

    Hi Jasper, I really enjoyed reading your information! My class and I are coming to visit Amsterdam in October this year and I have the task to research more about De Pijp. So I wanted to ask you whether you would be free to give us a short tour through De Pijp and especially through the Albert Cuyp market!?


    By Jasper on 2 August 2016

    Hi Parnia, I'd love to give you guys a quick tour if I'm around, feel free to email me at jasperribbers@gmail.com.


    By Flo Audi on 12 August 2016

    Thanks for the tips!
    Would you recommand a nice bar for a girls night out?
    We are Frenchy Eloectro Lovers 🙂


    By Jasper on 22 December 2016

    I'd say try the Chocolate bar!


    By Peita on 3 September 2016

    Hi Jasper,
    I'm hunting for a great restaurant to celebrate my sister's 30th birthday on Friday 30 September. We are looking for somewhere fun, funky (not stuffy) and a great night out. Do you think there is somewhere in De Pijp that is suitable? There will be 8 people so I'll have to book a table.

    Thanks!


    By Mary on 11 November 2016

    Hello Jasper,
    We just booked our late March trip and will be traveling with a toddler. I chose the De Pijp area based on your post! My question is, are there any super family friendly restaurants you can think of? Think: play space or lots of other kids! Thank you!


    By Jasper on 22 December 2016

    Hi Mary,

    good question, I don't have kids so never thought about it :). I'd say Bazar would be a good option as it's very spacious.

    Have fun!

    Best,
    Jasper


    By Janet on 20 November 2016

    Hi Jasper, can you get there by metro. We have a three day pass so would like to use it. Thanks Janet


    By Jasper on 22 December 2016

    Hi Janet,

    you can easily get there by tram and soon also by metro, they are building the metro right now.


    By Michelle on 7 December 2016

    I am coming to Amsterdam on 24,25, and 26th with my husband son and his girlfriend, ( they are 24 years old. Do you have any good suggestions for us to eat on 25th Dec . Not to formal but good food??

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