A formerly working-class neighbourhood, today de Pijp is home to a multicultural community and the city's largest market. The colourful sights and scents of the Albert Cuypmarkt are sure to delight and the area teems with charming ethnic restaurants, cosy brown cafés and trendy bars and terraces.
De Pijp is most famous for the Albert Cuypmarkt.This daily market has been offering its wares for more than a century and vendors sell everything from fresh seafood, meat and cheese to flowers, clothes and jewellery. Stroll past the colourful stalls and sample the street food for a real Pijp experience.
Drink & dine in de Pijp
With its multitude of ethnic restaurants and trendy bars, de Pijp will leave you spoiled for choice. A good combination of great food and drink can be found at Bazar, with its Middle Eastern and North African menu served in a church that's been converted into an Oriental fairy tale. Nearby Mamouche offers French-inspired North-African dishes served in a modern setting.
Popular bars include the original Blackboard Canteen with its chalk drawings on the walls, Twenty Third offering delicious cocktails and a great view from the top of the Hotel Okura, and the stylish College Hotel serving equally stylish cocktails.
If you're looking for a bit of colour and kitch, visit Blond with its cheerfully painted dishes designed by two blonde ladies. Then if all those empty candy-coloured plates have put you in the mood for a tasty treat, drop in for a piece of cake at the playfully decorated cakeshop De Taart van m’n Tante (My Aunt’s Cake).
Beer lovers won't want to miss a tour of the former Heineken brewery. The Heineken Experience recounts the history of the brand and shows visitors how beer was brewed in the past.
Architecture in De Pijp
Architecture enthusiasts can see some of the finest examples of Amsterdam School structures on and around P.L. Takstraat, with its complex of working-class flats known as Arbeiderspaleizen. These flats were designed in the early 20th century to provide housing for the labourers who worked in the nearby diamond industry and brewery.
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