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De Pijp - Where to stay in Amsterdam
The charmingly tatty area spreading south and east from the imposing Heineken Brewery Experience landmark has become one of most cosmopolitan and vibrant parts of Amsterdam. Pijp, pronounced ‘de pay-pe’, means pipe in English.
Built at the end of the 19th century, the Pijp was the first modern city development in Amsterdam. It’s narrow ‘pipe’-like streets were initially home to working class families. But, thanks to the numerous artists and students that settled here due to the fairly priced accommodation, the Pijp has become a lively bohemian district. Although until fairly recently, the Pijp was considered a poor immigrant neighborhood, the blooming of shabby-chic bars and their (understatedly) well-dressed punters is testament to the fact that though this is still "multi-cultural," it is the resolutely ‘cool’ part of town.
One of the main attractions is the Albert Cuypmarkt, held from Mondays through Saturdays along Albert Cuypstraat, between Van Woustraat and Ferdinand Bolstraat. This is one of the biggest open-air markets in the country, and offers everything from antique furniture to fine deli foods and the manufactured market tat, bargains galore! On hot days, nearby Sarphatipark soon fills with a young, semi-dressed crowd and the whiff of barbecues, spliffs and supermarket alcohol.
The bar scene is all conveniently clustered around Eeerste van de Helstestraat, between the park and Marie Heinekenplein, behind the famous brewery. You will also find many exotic and authentic Syrian, Moroccan, Surinamese restaurants, Spanish, Indian and Turkish delicatessens and grocery stores in the area.
The Pijp is an area that most tourists miss, but also one of the best parts of town. A short tram ride from the Amsterdam Centrum (15 to 20 minutes), it is the ideal place to stay if you want to experience the city’s multi-cultural atmosphere, or you are looking to stay in one of the most popular residential, shopping and entertainment areas in town.