Located just beyond the boundaries of Amsterdam’s coveted residences along the Grachtengordel – the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht – is the area known as the Jordaan. Built to house the city’s growing working class population in the 17th century, the once-gritty Jordaan has a long history as the bastion of Amsterdam’s vigorous working-class. Today, the area west of the Westerkerk is the city’s fast-growing hotbed of culture. Bustling markets and trendy foodie detours sit side-by-side with world-class art spaces and unique boutique shops.
We’ve assembled a collection of ten Airbnb listed apartments that give visitors a taste of the Jordaan’s rich mix of storied history and contemporary dynamism. From 17th-century gabled canal houses to contemporary design havens, these flats showcase the diverse and cosmopolitan vibe of the Jordaan.
Design Apartment | Centre Amsterdam
Light floods through the huge windows of this authentic canal house apartment located at the edge of the Jordaan. The ground floor lounge is the perfect spot for unwinding with a book, or watching the world pass by along the Keizersgracht, one of the city’s UNESCO-listed canals. The corner house occupies the basement and ground floor of the building and features a lovely 19th-century façade with a dentil cornice.
Price: Around £209 per night
Artistic Apt Heart of Amsterdam
Art and artistry converge at this delightful gem in the Jordaan. Featuring original artwork by Dutch artist Barbara van den Berg and contemporary touches such as the asymmetrical kitchen cabinets, the spacious apartment occupies the top floor of a 17th-century Amsterdam canal house. Climb up a characteristically narrow winding set of stairs to reach the cozy lofted bedroom. On a clear day, gaze out over the city’s gabled rooftops for a peek of the Westerkerk, which traditionally defined the bounds of the Jordaan.
Price: Around £134 per night
Garden House in Center of Amsterdam
With its open plan design, and uniquely abutting an old church building, the Garden House is a perfect example of the city’s cultural reinvention, melding the historical with the contemporary. The most striking architectural feature of the Garden House is its floor-to-ceiling windows punctuated by horizontal bands. Overlooking the private garden courtyard, this is a true oasis in the midst of the Jordaan.
Price: Around £105 per night
Monumental Canal House Jordaan Area
A toast to the Dutch Golden Age and Amsterdam’s unique architectural heritage, this historical townhouse has been transformed into a cheerful urban abode befitting the Jordaan’s cultural revitalization. Spread over five elongated floors, the Monumental Canal House preserves many of the original building’s architectural elements, including its winding staircases, wooden rafters and wooden floors, all of which have been meticulously restored.
Price: Around £146 per night
Apartment Middle of the Centre/9 Streets
This boutique residence between the buzzing Jordaan and the ultra-chic nine Straatjes neighborhood is a soothing respite. The traditional 19th-century neck gable home along the Eerste Looiersdwarsstraat is a mixture of old and new, with antique furnishings, such as an old trunk that serves as a table, and unique lighting fixtures combined with contemporary updates.
Price: Around £83 per night
Beautiful 80 m2 Artist Home
Boasting of an unbeatable location on Rozenstraat in the heart of the Jordaan, the flat is just minutes away from several of the Jordaan’s top contemporary art galleries. Whilst defiantly modern, the Rijksmonument building retains stunning original design features including rustic wooden door frames and flooring. A lush private garden connected by large French doors offers the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.
Price: Around £42 per night (private room in shared flat)
Small 4-Floor House in Jordaan
Make yourself at home at this cute and cozy Jordaan townhouse which proves that behind their austere brick façades, Amsterdam’s houses are full of charm and personality. This lovely flat spread across four floors exhibits all of the characteristics of a typical Amsterdam apartment, including narrow, winding staircases and old wooden floors. We especially loved the rough-hewn kitchen tiles, but it’s the top-floor window-encased bedroom and rooftop patio that truly won us over.
Price: Around £92 per night
Charming Family House
Step into this charming canal-side house for a real Jordaan treat. Overlooking the Prinsengracht, one of the city’s UNESCO-designated canal rings, this home features spacious, airy rooms with rustic wooden flooring that exudes the comforts of home and is perfect for families. Superbly situated with easy access to the best of the Jordaan including the famous Noordermarkt and Winkel 43 (renowned for serving the best apple pies in the city), this Noordermarkt flat offers traditional charm with a contemporary edge.
Price: Around £230 per night
Spacious and Light Apartment Jordaan
Light and airy, this Marnixstraat home is perched over one of the main radial canals of the Jordaan. A mere ten minute walk to the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House, as well as to noted contemporary Dutch design shop Moooi, the flat is the perfect spot for your exploration of all that the Jordaan and the city, have to offer. Inside, an elegant spiral staircase leads up to a loft-like open-plan space with exposed beams that makes for an intimate and relaxed experience.
Price: Around £126 per night
Large Central Historic Family Home
Spread over the top three floors of a traditional Jordaan canal house, this flat features a mélange of old and new, from its graceful whitewashed original wooden rafters to the modern interior fixtures. Complementing the house’s 17th-century pedigree, rustic wooden furnishing bespeaks a vintage farmhouse aesthetic. The flat’s rooftop perch offers a wonderful vantage point over the city. Step outside to discover the Jordaan’s Noordermarkt, famous for its vintage flea market and weekend organic food market, literally at your doorstep.
Price: Around £209 per night
This article is an advertorial published in collaboration with Airbnb and is part of an ongoing project by The Culture Trip to curate a unique selection of Airbnb’s best cultural apartments in major cities around the world. Explore these and other apartments listed on Airbnb at airbnb.co.uk.