Jordaan, Amsterdam Travel Guide
- 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.