Originally formed to house the overspill from the Jordaan area of Amsterdam, De Pijp, literally meaning ‘the pipe’ has become a vibrant, bustling destination in itself. Add to that the influx of students in search of cheaper rent, and you can see why De Pijp is probably the liveliest neighbourhood in Amsterdam.
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You can’t go far in De Pijp without stumbling upon some must-see attraction or other. The Albert Cuyp Markt, probably Amsterdam’s most famous outdoor market, is quintessentially Dutch and is a great place to watch the locals going about their business as they purchase anything from fresh herring to freshly made Poffertjes, Dutch pancakes made with buckwheat. You’ll also find clothing, furniture and almost anything you can think of. It’s nestled in the heart of the neighbourhood and flanked by wonderful ethnic eateries and stores.
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Just off the market you’ll find The Butcher, a popular hamburger joint, serving up any kind of burger you can think of, a must for meat lovers. Intriguingly, they also have a ‘secret’ speakeasy style restaurant and cocktail bar hidden at the back but we’ll leave that up to you to discover.
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If you haven’t exhausted yourself at the market, a visit to the concept store, Anna + Nina, on Gerard Doustraat 942, is highly recommended. Opened by partners Anna and Nina, their first of three stores in Amsterdam, stocks a carefully curated collection of beautiful and quirky items including their own-brand jewellery and loungewear. You’ll also find very cool clothing labels such as Ganni. It’s a great place to shop for unique gifts and fashion.
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