Jordaan, Amsterdam Travel Guide

Jordaan Summary


  • Trendy and hip area, ideal for those seeking a young vibe
  • Hopping nightlife
  • Several great shopping spots
  • Up-and-coming dining scene
  • Easy to explore by foot


  • Few lodging options
  • Somewhat isolated, with few major attractions of its own

What It's Like

To the west of the Old Center, Jordaan is the funky, young, and up-and-coming neighborhood of Amsterdam (similar to the Latin Quarter in Montreal or New York's East Village). Formerly an industrial area inhabited by working-class families, today Jordaan has become a hip, fashionable spot. There are several extended shopping streets, where students -- and professionals -- can be found strolling, and a recent influx of restaurants and bars has given the neighborhood an upscale vibe. However, homage to Jordaan's humble roots remains with statues to former "folk heroes" dotting the area.

Where To Stay

Jordaan is a fun place to visit by day -- or by night -- but not a great place to stay. It's relatively secluded from the main tourist attractions, with few museums or historic sights of its own, and there are very few lodging options in the area. If you do choose to stay in Jordaan, it is best to stay towards the south end, which is closer to the action.


View all Jordaan Hotels


Languages: Dutch
Airports: Amsterdam Airport Schipol
Peak: June - August
Off-Peak: November - February
Visa: Varies; visitors from the United States, Canada and Europe do not need a visa
Vaccines: No
Currency: Euro
Electricity: 230 V, 50 Hz
Tipping: In restaurants a service charge is included in the bill. For exceptional service an extra 10% is appreciated.

Oyster Travel Guides

Amsterdam Travel Guide
Amsterdam Travel Guide
Amsterdam may be famous for its red light district and its friendly stance on marijuana… Read More
Amstel Travel Guide
Amstel Travel Guide
Amstel refers to the numerous small towns and neighborhoods situated along the Amstel River. Though… Read More
Canal Ring Travel Guide
Canal Ring Travel Guide
Creating a semi-circle around Old Center, the Canal Ring is a series of man-made waterways… Read More
De Pijp Travel Guide
De Pijp Travel Guide
In Amsterdam's southern district, just south of the Canal Ring and a short walk from… Read More
Jordaan Travel Guide
Jordaan Travel Guide
To the west of the Old Center, Jordaan is the funky, young, and up-and-coming neighborhood… Read More
Old Center  Travel Guide
Old Center Travel Guide
Its name may suggest otherwise, but Old Center remains the bustling center of Amsterdam's activity… Read More

Don't Forget to Like Us On Facebook! We Love to Be Liked.

Loading Live Rates