De Pijp is starkly different from the picturesque canal district, but that is made up for by the lively and eccentric people that grace its streets. Here academics continue to mingle with artists in countless cafés, and the flourishing nightlife continues to draw people from all over the city.

The vibrant heart of De Pijp: Albert Cuypmarkt

De Pijp is perhaps most famous for the Albert Cuypmarkt. This 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.

Amsterdam Albert Cuyp market Jos Beltman

Amsterdam and international drinks & dining

With its multitude of restaurants, cafés and bars, de Pijp will leave you spoiled for culinary choice. From Middle Eastern and North African cuisine to high-end teppanyaki and Vietnamese street food, the neighbourhood’s cultural diversity shines through in its restaurants. Throw the area’s cocktail bars and beery brown cafés into the mix and you have a delicious evening planned! Beer fans also won't want to miss a tour of the former Heineken brewery, now better known as the Heineken Experience, to get a taste of the area’s brewing history.

Amsterdam de Pijp bar cafe terrace

Innovative architecture  

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 (‘workers’ palaces’). These flats were designed in the early 20th century to provide housing for the labourers who worked in the nearby diamond industry and brewery.

P. L. Takstraat Amsterdam CC BY-SA 3.0 Marcelmulder68 via Wikimedia Commons

Hanging with the cool crowd

De Pijp was also the territory of physician, urban planner and philanthropist Samuel Sarphati, who is commemorated in Sarphatipark with a statue. This park is a green oasis in the heart of De Pijp, pulling in the punters with delicate vistas and impressive foliage. Complete with a dog park, children’s playground and outdoor gym area, hip mothers natter alongside the city’s bright young things penning their memoirs, making it a fantastic place to picnic with your market-bought food finds when the sun breaks free.