Jordaan has an average violent crime rate and an above average property crime rate for Amsterdam.
Just west of the famous canal district, across from Anne Frank’s house on Prinsengracht, you'll find the Jordaan neighborhood. Originally built in the early 1600s to house the working class and the servants of the rich folk living in mansions along the canals, the Jordaan is now one of the most desirable parts of town to live in. This means real estate is at a prime here. The narrow streets, relatively small houses, and lack of parking spaces require a Bohemian mindset however.
Gentrification has left quite a mark here and is not to everyone's liking. At one time the Jordaan was considered the most typical of Amsterdam neighborhoods, where everybody knew everybody and where workers united in their left-wing political beliefs. Many residents have since moved to the suburbs, often forced out because of increased rent or the lack of affordable homes.
But much of its glorious history is still present in the daily markets, brown cafés (local pubs), and specialized shops. They now share the attention with great restaurants, upscale galleries, and boutiques selling clothing, accessories, antiques, and novelty foods.
Though technically not part of Jordaan, the bell tower of the Westerkerk, the Westertoren, is a landmark of this part of Amsterdam. The annual Jordaan Festival, a celebration of Dutch folk music known as ‘Smartlappen’ had its home on the square below the tower for many years.
The location can’t be beat. With the Jordaan being walking distance to all major attractions, Central Station just a stone’s throw away, and some of the best restaurants on your doorstep, living here will certainly tickle the fancy of those looking to breathe in as much of the city as possible. Because of this, Jordaan is home to creatives, students, professionals, members of the LGBTQ community, and young families.
Coined "the living room of Amsterdam", Café Nol is where you can still experience the old Jordaan. Former frequent customers on a sentimental journey, students, expats, tourists, and locals mingle and sing along with the artists on stage at this spot.
The owners of this quirky antique store, Michiel and Baukje, have a love for the unusual and source their goods from markets and fairs. They sell taxidermy, vintage toys, old school supplies, and wonderful, mostly French, antiques. They also take on interior design and styling jobs. Fashion and interior stylists often use their ware for photo shoots.
This novelty gallery was founded by architect Marco di Piaggi. His aim is to showcase art where the maker showcases more than just the art alone. Or as they put it: “There is no space in Radar for formal or decorative manifestations’. It’s a bit highbrow, but their art is often amazing.
The founders of Kitch Kitchen started importing colorful plastic home supplies from Mexico as far back as 1994. After they started making bags and other accessories from the plastic tablecloths, sold by the meter, the brand gained immense popularity. Their large store is a feast for the eyes. This store is a big hit with trendy, crafty moms and their kids.
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