The Jordan

This part of Amsterdam is one for your “must visit’ list when you come to the city. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love shopping! But the Jordaan has more to offer than just shopping. I honestly think it is one of the most beautiful parts of Amsterdam, and it paints a “typical”  Amsteram image, which you will find when you type “Amsterdam” on Google. Romantic, not only because the handsomest man in the whole world (Marc, my boyfriend) lived there when I met him. But because of the cozy streets, the small houses and the beautiful canals.

The Jordan was a typical working-class neighborhood. Many workers and artists used to live there, inluding Rembrandt van Rijn. (I will elaborate more about this artist in a later blog). What makes the Jordan special in my eyes is that it still has the meaningful working heart of how the Jordan used to be when my grandmother lived there.

The most famous museum you will find in The Jordan is perhaps the Anne Frank House. If you would like to visit The Anne Frank House while in Amsterdam, make sure you buy a ticket online at least one moth prior to your visit. It is not possible to buy a ticket at the door, this is only possible online and through their own website.

Coming back to the shopping part. The 9 streets, also the mecca for shopaholics, like me. It is picturesquely beautiful to shop there, in the cozy shopping streets, in the middle of the canal belt. From designer boutiques to vintage stores, you will find it all.

If you are an early bird, you will soon discover that there are not many catering establishments in Amsterdam open at 08:00. But, don’t worry, I know what IS open. Every day from 08:00 you can visit Café Thijssen. To wake up with a cup of coffee, for a nice breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or how about Winkel 43, on Saturdays they are even open at 07:00. They are know for their apple pie. Really something you should try when you are in Amsterdam. These locations are just around the corner from the last two places that I want to share for your “must visit” list. On Saturdays you will find De Lindengracht market, located on the Lindengracht. This market has a very nice atmosphere, you can taste all kinds of deliciacies or just stroll around and enjoy. Last but not least, there is the Noordermarkt, which can be found at the foot of the Noorderkerk. There is a flea market there on Mondays. Both are very nice to visit.

All of the above can be found within walking distance from our hotel. If you prefer to travel by public transport, it is best to take tram 7 (direction Slotermeer) and get off at Elandsgracht. From there it is a short 3 minute walk.