You may accuse us some snobbery, but we boast because we’re proud of our neighbourhood. De Pijp (pronounced “pipe”) is chock-full of local little gems you won’t find in the City Center. You’ll also avoid the ruffians and hooligans who invade the more touristic areas. The Pijp is honestly the true Dutch experience. With unique restos, bars, markets, and museums, the hotel’s surroundings will show you the Real Amsterdam known by locals.
De Pijp is Amsterdam’s own “Quartier Latin,” situated south of the City Center. It’s surrounded by all major city points and monuments, but its interior ambience is a local and harmonious one. It’s renown for being a multi-cultural neighbourhood, so feel free to lose yourself in the impressive selection of worldly food, clothing and arts and crafts.
A two minute walk from the Aalborg brings you to most visited outdoor market, the “Albert Cuypmarket.” Around the market, you’ll find many quaint bars and restaurants. Shout out the word “gezellig” (pronounce the g’s like you’re clearing your throat; it means cozy and joyful) to let locals know how you feel and they might just reveal their favourite and secret hangouts.
If you continue north, you’ll hit Heinekenplein, an area with more charming bars and restaurant and of course, the infamous Heineken Brewery.
Just across the Aalborg is the famous “Sarphatipark,” a perfect place to bring your kids, read a book under a tree or find inspiration for your next novel. If the park doesn’t lend enough inspiration, the Coffeeshops are just a few steps away.
A five minute walk from the hotel leads to the Amstel, a huge canalized river and the only river in Amsterdam that spreads to the east side of the neighbourhood. “The Blauwbrug,” “Magere Brug” and “Hoogsluis” are just a few of the many bridges in the city. If you appreciate scenic views and historic architecture, walk along the Amstel river or be lazy and take a boat tour.
On the west side of De Pijp is Museumplein, the established cultural centre of Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Diamond Center, Concert Hall and the Fashion District are a few highlights. It takes about 10 minutes to walk there from the hotel. On the way, you might pass by the only red-light windows outside the “Red-light District.”
Going further south of De Pijp brings you to the city boundaries. Though it’s a 10 minute tram ride away, it’s worth the visit. You’ll see a major band play at the Heineken Music Hall or witness the fearless Ajax team reign victorious at the Amsterdam Arena. This is where the big stuff goes down.
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