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Where To Stay in Amsterdam: My Three Favorite Neighborhoods

When planning your visit, where to stay in Amsterdam is the first thing you need to figure out. Most tourists stay in the city center, inside the canal rings. Although it's a convenient area to use as a home base to explore the different attractions, the center isn't the most charming area in Amsterdam. In addition, the center also gets flooded by tourists and you won't experience the charm that Amsterdam has to offer if you stay there.

Instead, I recommend to stay in one of the neighborhoods just outside the city center. You'll still be close enough to popular tourist highlights but you avoid the tourist masses. You'll get to experience what it is like to live in Amsterdam like a local. Isn't that what traveling is all about?

Read on to find out what my top three neighborhoods in Amsterdam are!

Where to stay in Amsterdam

There are three neighborhoods that I recommend you stay in Amsterdam: "De Pijp," "De Jordaan" and "De Negen Straatjes." These neighborhoods are not far from the center, within reach of many city highlights, but not as jammed with tourists than the center of town. You'll have a more local experience staying in these areas.

where to stay in Amsterdam

1: De Pijp 2: Negen Straatjes 3: Jordaan

De Pijp

My favorite neighborhood in Amsterdam is an area known as De Pijp. It’s located just south of the center. It exhibits several good features, like great restaurants, lots of bars and cafes, the famous Albert Kuyp market and lots of small shops and galleries. Watch the video below and you'll understand why De Pijp is my favorite neighborhood in Amsterdam.

De Pijp a great place to stay for tourists who want to avoid the big tourists crowds in the center and mingle a with the locals, but still want to be centrally located. Having lived in this area for 3 years, I know it quite well so I wrote a special section about the neighborhood De Pijp.

De Pijp Amsterdam

Locals enjoying the sun in my favorite cafe in de Pijp: de Pilsvogel.

Accommodation tip: 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.


Jordaan

Another nice neighborhood is the Jordaan. It's located just west of the city center, stretching from the northern end of the city all the way down to near the Leidseplein.

One of the main attractions in this neighborhood is the Anne Frank's house. This is where Anne and her family hid from the Germands in World War II, as described in her famous diary.

The Jordaan is home to a vast number of cafes, restaurants and bars as well as art galleries. Many events take place here in the summer. Although it used to be a working-class neighborhood, the Jordaan has become one of the most popular neighborhoods in Amsterdam and house prices are amongst the most expensive in The Netherlands.

Jordaan Amsterdam

Typical Jordaan streetview (or canal view should I say)

Accommodation tip: I recommend the Canal House Hotel. It's a stone-throw away from the Anne Frank's house and close to many of the highlights of the Jordaan. You can book here.


Negen Straatjes

Negen Straatjes

This neighorbood is one of Amsterdam's most delightful shopping areas. It's named after the nine little streets that it consists of, between Leidsestraat and Raadhuisstraat. The Negen Straatjes hosts a great atmosphere, unique (mostly small) shops and a number of great lunch places. If you happen to stroll around this neighborhood during lunch time, you can't go wrong with the food at either BRIX or Pluk.

The Negen Straatjes is only a short walk from Damn Square, but manages to keep a very local feel. The neighborhood is also known for its many small coffeeshops. If you're a coffee fan, make sure you don't miss Screaming Beans.

Negen Straatjes Amsterdam

Locals enjoying a cup of coffee at Screaming Beans

Accommodation tip: I recommend the The Dylan hotel. It's as close as you can get to the Negen Straatjes and also very close to the Anne Frank's house and the Jordaan. You can book here.

There aren't a lot of hotels in these three neighborhoods. A good alternative to staying in a hotel is renting an apartment on a short stay website. I recommend Airbnb, but you can also try Wimdu and Homeaway.

Last but not least, if you want to stay in my house, feel free to check out my listing on Airbnb. I've hosted over 200 groups in Amsterdam so far and I'd love to host you as well!


How to get to Amsterdam

Amsterdam has only one major airport: Schiphol Airport. Schiphol (Airport code "AMS") is located just a few kilometers south of Amsterdam and is regularly voted as one of the top ten airports in the world.

To find cheap flights to Amsterdam I recommend using Jet Radar.

Getting to Amsterdam from the Airport

By taxi: This is an expensive option, it's a 15-20 minute ride and it will set you back around 40 to 50 euros. Only use official taxis that are waiting outside of the airport terminals. Don't take a solicited ride, ignore anyone who comes up to you offering a taxi service, the official taxi drivers will be waiting in their cars and won't hassle you!

By Uber taxi: A better option is to order an Uber taxi, this will cost you around 20 to 25 euros depending on traffic and you're guaranteed that you won't get screwed or taken for a tour.

By train: Trains to Amsterdam Central Station depart from platform 1 and 2 in the arrival plaza every 10 minutes. The ride takes 15 minutes and cost 4,20 Euros for a one way ticket. You can also take a train to "Amsterdam Zuid" or "Amsterdam Rai" if you are staying in the south of the city. There are yellow ticket vending machines that accept major credit cards, so it's easy to buy a ticket.

Last but not least, enjoy your stay in Amsterdam!. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or shoot me an email at [email protected]

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    28 thoughts on “Where To Stay in Amsterdam: My Three Favorite Neighborhoods


    By Archana Patel on 19 August 2015

    Single traveller in Amsterdam for 4 -5 days


    By Jasper on 14 November 2015

    Hope you had a great time!


    By Elizabeth Tremblay on 24 December 2015

    Thank you! This is very helpful !


    By Jasper on 26 December 2015

    You're welcome, thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚


    By Martin Koolstra on 15 February 2016

    You seem to be very young to have traveled a lot to call yourself "The Traveling Dutchman"....Grin.
    I am 76 and have traveled a bit through Europe and Central America. Right now I live in Chiquimula, Guatemala, the safest small city in all of CA.
    Saludes,
    Martin


    By Martin Koolstra on 15 February 2016

    I forgot to tell you this, Thanks very much for the info about the 3 areas in Amsterdam you recommended.
    Groetjes, Martin


    By Jasper on 15 February 2016

    Hi Martin, you're welcome and thanks for commenting! If I make it to Guatemala I'll let you know πŸ™‚


    By laura on 22 January 2016

    Thank you so much for this list! I love to get an insider's view on their city before traveling.


    By Jasper on 15 February 2016

    You're welcome Laura!


    By Rosy on 9 May 2016

    Explained really nicely


    By Jasper on 11 May 2016

    Thanks Rosy, glad you like the post.


    By Perfectvisit on 31 May 2016

    Nice guide. There are also very nice serviced apartments nearby those spots.


    By Jeannette on 6 July 2016

    Very helpful and brief overview. Thank you


    By Jasper on 8 July 2016

    Thanks for the comment, appreciate it!


    By Jessica on 28 July 2016

    Thank you for the wonderful tips!! We can't wait for our visit this August!


    By Yusrina on 31 July 2016

    Hi, really good info. Now I can decide where to stay. Thanks alot. Heading to Amsterdam this coming October.


    By Suraj on 30 August 2016

    This is a great article indeed! Thank you. Is anyone heading to Amsterdam on the 24th of September 2016? I'm going there for the Above and Beyond concert at Ziggo Dome.


    By zetty on 14 September 2016

    Thank you for the wonderful tips!! your page will be my bookmark!!


    By Glenn on 9 October 2016

    Great summary, exactly what i was looking to understand, looking forward to a coffee at the Screaming Bean!!


    By Pam Coles on 13 October 2016

    Thank you for this informayion - it was very helpful. Your apartment looks beautiful and would hae loved to book it however, we are looking for accommodation for 8 people. Is there anywhere you could recommend please?


    By Terri on 21 October 2016

    Hi! We're going to Amsterdam over New Year's...mom, dad and 22 year old son. What area would you recommend staying? Any suggestions of what to do on New year's eve that's appropriate for the three of us. I'm worried about transportation.


    By Jasper on 22 December 2016

    Hi Terri,

    I'd always stay in the Pijp or the other neighborhoods I mentioned in this article, the Jordaan or Negen Straatjes. As for NYE, the trams are a good way to get around or you can use Uber. I never celebrate NYE in Amsterdam, I'd say go for a nice dinner.

    Best,
    Jasper


    By Heather Hills on 27 October 2016

    We are coming in Dec 16th-18th of off a riverboat cruise. I found your info very helpful. I as well like to do what the locals do when I travel. I was looking at staying at the Horton. Have you heard anything about it?


    By Jasper on 22 December 2016

    No I haven't heard about it, hope you had a good stay!


    By Maggie on 22 December 2016

    Hey, such great info on a great neighborhood. We took your advice and stayed at Sir Albert Hotel, it was great ! And the restaurant (Izakaya) wow! I'm glad we splurged and ate there as it was amazing food. We told them to just "feed us" based on what foods we like - awesome !


    By Jasper on 5 January 2017

    Hi Maggie,

    glad you enjoyed your stay at the Sir Albert Hotel! The food is amazing indeed, I'm probably gonna eat there myself in the next few days πŸ™‚

    Best,
    Jasper


    By Adelle on 29 December 2016

    Thank you Jasper for all this info. My husband and I are planning to go During the beginning of April. How's the weather like? Also, checking out your place to stay while we are there for a week now. Hope it's available and a good price πŸ˜‰


    By Jasper on 5 January 2017

    Hi Adelle,

    April is a great time to visit Amsterdam. As for the weather, we say in Holland "April has it's own will," meaning it could be sunny and 70+ or it could be 50/60s and rainy.

    Best,
    Jasper

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