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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.

De Pijp Map

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

Named after the niece of the famous beer maker, the ‘Marie Heineken Plein’ hosts a number of bars and restaurants

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.


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.

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

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8 thoughts on “De Pijp – Local Guide to the Best Neighborhood in Amsterdam

Comment author said

By Marcella on 11 March 2014 at 09:16

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


Comment author said

By Jasper Ribbers on 11 March 2014 at 09:18

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!



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By Katherine on 31 March 2014 at 22:21

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!


Comment author said

By Jasper Ribbers on 31 March 2014 at 23:42

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!


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By Diane on 14 June 2014 at 03:18

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.


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By Pattiann Brown on 28 July 2014 at 01:14

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


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By Andrew Butler on 12 October 2014 at 12:50

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




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By Jasper Ribbers on 14 October 2014 at 00:39

Hi Andrew, I recommend you check out the CC Muziek cafe, it’s within walking distance. You can find more info here: http://www.cccafe.nl


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