Tagarchief: Jordaan

This quarter Jordaan – confined by Singelgracht, Brouwersgracht, Prinsengracht and Passeerdersgracht was built more than 350 years ago as a working class area. If you half close your eyes and prick up your ears you might still see the laundry flutter, or hear the blacksmiths hammering their anvils. Nowadays it is mainly inhabited by students, yuppies and artists. Fortunately there are still ‘real’ Jordanians. They are renowned for their wilful characters and singing talents. Many traditional pubs still play the music of Johnny Jordaan, Tante Leen and Johnny Meyer, whose statues can be seen on Elandsgracht. Because all the streets and canals bear the names of flowers and plants it is assumed that the name of this quarter is derived from the French word ‘jardin’ (garden). It is great to wander through the courtyards, originally built for the elderly, widows, beguines and the needy in general. There are markets on Lindengracht, Noordermarkt and Westermarkt on Mondays and Saturdays. Its many art-galleries, second-hand shops, trendy as well as traditional pubs make the Jordaan one of the most enjoyable quarters of Amsterdam. Visit the famous Jordaan Festival in September if you want to join in the singing of, and the dancing to old and new tearjerkers.

Meer dan 350 jaar geleden werd deze wijk, die begrensd wordt door de Singelgracht, Brouwersgracht, Prinsengracht en Passeerdersgracht, oorspronkelijk als arbeiderswijk gebouwd. Als je je ogen toeknijpt en je oren spitst, kun je misschien het wasgoed nog zien wapperen en de smeden op hun aambeelden horen slaan. Nu wonen er vooral studenten, yuppies en kunst­e­naars. Gelukkig wonen er ook nog ‘echte’ Jordanezen. Zij staan bekend om hun eigenzinnige karakter en hun zangtalent. In de vele bruine cafés wordt nog altijd de muziek gedraaid van Johnny Jordaan, Tante Leen en Johnny Meyer, van wie de standbeelden op de Elandsgracht staan. Omdat alle straten en grachten genoemd zijn naar bloemen en planten, wordt aangenomen dat de naam van de wijk afgeleid is van het franse ‘jardin’ (tuin). Je kunt hier heerlijk dwalen door hofjes, oorspronkelijk gebouwd voor bejaarden, begijnen, weduwen en andere hulpbehoevenden. Op de Lindengracht, de Noordermarkt en de Westermarkt worden op maandag en zaterdag markten gehouden. De vele galeries, tweede-handswinkeltjes, trendy en bruine cafés maken de Jordaan tot één van de gezelligste buurten van Amsterdam. Wil je een keer meezingen en dansen op oude en nieuwe smartlappen bezoek dan in september het beroemde Jordaanfestival.


Finch, the atmosphere of the capital. ranging from the hip to the loud noises of the locals and suitable for daily use.

address: Noordermarkt 5
zip: 1015 MV
city: Amsterdam
phone business: +31 20 626 24 61

The Pancake Bakery

The recipe is simple, the result divine.Good old Dutch pancakes come with their traditional trappings such as cinnamon sugar or cheese and bacon, but also in a more exotic dress. Think Mexican and Italian, paprika and chorizo. No wonder they call’em the best pancakes in town!

address: Prinsengracht 191
zip: 1015 DS
city: Amsterdam
phone business: +31 20 625 13 33
website: www.pancake.nl

De Prins

Regal café in The Jordaan area, for extensive lunches, small bites, sturdy drinks and grand dinners. Royal waterside terrace. Diagonally opposite the Anne Frank Huis. Kitchen open daily 10.00 – 22.00.

address: Prinsengracht 124
zip: 1015 EA
city: Amsterdam
phone business: +31 20 624 93 82
website: www.deprins.nl


Authentic bruin café. Contemporary crowd. Beautifully situated on one of the canals. Excellent lunches on a sunny or heated terrace. Funky music in a relaxed and open atmosphere. Open daily: 08.00 – 01.00, weekends till 03.00

address: Brouwersgracht 107
zip: 1015 GD
city: Amsterdam
phone business: +31 20 623 89 94

De Blaffende Vis

In the very heart of ‘de Jordaan’, known for its informal hospitality. 5 beers on draught. The best lunch menu in the Jordaan. The biggest hit on Koninginnedag (the Queens birthday). At night an excellent meal of the day for 9 euro.

address: Westerstraat 118
zip: 1015 MN
city: Amsterdam
phone business: +31 20 625 17 21

La Perla

La Perla can be found in the heart of the Jordaan, in a lively street that is also known as ‘Little Italy’ because of its many Italian restaurants. The pizzas at La Perla are thin and crispy, baked in a large wood fired brick oven. Only the best products are used such as our self-imported D.O.P. buffalo mozzarella. Also for exclusive -mostly Sardinian- delicatessen and wines.

address: Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 14
zip: 1015 RZ
city: Amsterdam
location: Jordaan
website: www.pizzaperla.nl