To market, to market in upmarket Amsterdam
Jordaan is possibly the most famous district within what is arguably one of the most talked-about cities in the world. Once a working-class haven, this inner-city district has now transformed into an expensive place to live in the Netherlands. Jordaan features upmarket attractions such as a wealth of modern art galleries, speciality shops and boutique restaurants all bordered by canals. The upscale area is also an urban masterpiece that brims with architectural brilliance making it the perfect destination to simply wander around and discover what treasures lie within.
To get to the Jordaan district of Amsterdam, visitors can simply walk from Centraal Station or Dam Square and follow a tourist-friendly map (which are in plentiful supply), or if you’re unsure, jump into one of the many taxis around the city and ask the driver to take you there.
Look out for the Monday morning flea market at Noordermarkt to bag a bargain with wares ranging from antiques and books to vintage clothing and golden keepsakes. If a traditional European farmers market takes your fancy, remember to head in that same direction on a Saturday to sample local produce and delicacies instead.
The Jordaan district is maze-like and hides quaint cafés down countless sleepy side streets. The area is also known for its vibrant and long-time music scene and you’ll still come across the odd sing-a-long within traditional bars such as Café Nol or De Twee Paarden. In September, the Jordaan Festival kicks off so be sure not to miss a full day of Dutch folk music and other classics from the days of yesteryear. If you’re feeling peckish, scrumptious, highly regarded and thus pricey restaurants can be found south of Westerstraat, which has recently been redeveloped into a popular culinary hotspot.
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