Jordaan is one of the most famous neighbourhoods of Amsterdam. Known for its iconic beauty and charm, the area is also home to popular attractions like Anne Frank House, the Nine Streets and Noordermarkt.
The Jordaan area has many different sides, each worth taking the time to explore. At the top end of Jordaan you’ll find Noordermarkt square with a popular market selling everything from jewellery and clothes to antiques and organic food. Half way down you’ll discover the Anne Frank House as well as some more alternative museums such as the Amsterdam Cheese Museum and the Houseboat Museum.
To the east of Jordaan you’ll find the Nine Streets, or De Negen Straatjes in Dutch. This is an incredibly photographic little micro-neighbourhood made up of, well, nine streets. They’re filled with cosy cafés, designer shops, vintage, indie and specialty stores. Finally, south of the Jordaan area is also laden with antique stores, cute cafés and popular restaurants.
If you want to see the Amsterdam you know and love from photos – flower-lined canals, quaint narrow streets and trendy boutiques, a visit to Jordaan is a must. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss!
Prepare your visit to Jordaan
When to visit Jordaan
Jordaan is a popular and trendy part of Amsterdam that’s great to visit all year round. In the spring and summer months you have the beautiful flower-lined canals. In the winter you can enjoy the cosy cafés, restaurants and shops. If you’re really lucky (and if it’s really cold!) you may even get a chance to ice-skate along the frozen canals.
How long is needed to visit Jordaan
You’ll want anywhere from two hours to an entire day to see and explore Jordaan. With so many things to see and do, and so many places to eat and shop, there’s no shortage of activities. If you simply want to walk around the streets and take in the scenery, then set aside about two hours. That’ll allow some time for all the photos too!
What should I wear to visit Jordaan
If you want to simply walk around and explore Jordaan, perhaps visit some museums or do some shopping, then you can dress casually and comfortably. If you want to go out in the evening for a drink or some dinner, you can also wear something a little more special
What is there to see in Jordaan
World-famous Anne Frank House is one of the most visited museums in the Netherlands and it’s found on the east side of Jordaan. As the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation in World War II, visiting the house is both an emotional and educational experience. The museum was opened to the public in 1960 – thirteen years after the Diary of Anne Frank was first published. Whether you’re familiar with the story or not, it’s an absolute must-see on your visit to Amsterdam.
The Noordermarkt square on the northern tip of Jordaan is lined with cafés and restaurants. On Mondays the square is home to a small flea market where you’ll find an eclectic mix of second-hand goods. From antique dealers to vintage clothes and books, the market is perfect for a bit of treasure hunting. On Saturdays, the square also hosts a popular organic farmers’ market.
Let’s Go Shopping!
Aside from excellent markets, cafés and restaurants, the Jordaan area is also popular for its shopping. The quaint, narrow streets are lined with independent shops and designer boutiques. The nearby ‘Nine Streets’ are a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike. Even if you’re not in the mood for shopping, you’ll love exploring the beautiful streets and canals in the area.