Amsterdam’s de Pijp neighbourhood lies just beyond the southern limits of the city’s historical canal belt and runs downwards along the river Amstel. Over the past few decades this bustling, formerly working class district has developed into one of the most popular destinations in Amsterdam and currently features many older and newer attractions including the city’s iconic Albert Cuyp Market, two breweries and dozens of excellent restaurants.
Check out the area’s brunch scene
Amsterdammers (and visitors to the city) tend to associate de Pijp with brunch, due to the large concentration of excellent breakfast and lunch restaurant’s spread throughout the neighbourhood. During the weekend scores of hungry locals and travellers head to de Pijp to chow down on hearty brunch food at restaurants like Little Collins, Bakers & Roasters or Scandinavian Embassy and then take some time to enjoy the area’s chilled out vibe.
Little Collins, Eerste Sweelinckstraat 19F, Amsterdam +31 20 673 2293
Bakers & Roasters, Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54, Amsterdam +31 20 772 2627
Scandinavian Embassy, Sarphatipark 34, Amsterdam +31 6 81600140
Visit Heineken’s historic brewery
In 1867, Heineken opened their first brewery and began creating their signature pilsner lager in a large facility in de Pijp. This stunning brewery has since been converted into a museum and corporate visitor called Heineken Experience, which features many fascinating, state-of-the-art exhibitions that retrace the company’s history and reveal the secrets behind beer production.
Heineken Experience, Stadhouderskade 78, Amsterdam +31 20 523 9435
Hug a farmyard critter at Kinderboerderij de Pijp
Even though this charming petting zoo is definitely geared towards kids and families, it is not uncommon to see young people wandering between its paddocks. The zoo cares for many different types of friendly, farmyard critters and its menagerie includes goats, sheep, donkeys, chickens and rabbits, most of which are happy to interact with humans.
Kinderboerderij de Pijp, Lizzy Ansinghstraat 82, Amsterdam +31 20 664 8303
Buy freshly baked stroopwafels at Albert Cuyp Market
De Pijp’s Albert Cuyp Market has taken place almost every day on a long, central street in the neighbourhood for over a century and always features dozens of stalls selling goods ranging from fresh, seasonal produce to secondhand clothing. The market is also famous for its confectionary stands that bake and sell a delicious, gooey type of waffle, filled with melted syrup, called stroopwafels.
Discover de Pijp’s unique nightlife
Although anyone searching for late night parties or clubs should probably look elsewhere in Amsterdam, de Pijp has plenty to offer visitors that prefer laid-back hangouts. For example, there are several excellent craft beer cafés located in the neighbourhood like Café Gollem, which stocks over 150 different brews, or Kingfisher Café, where patrons can enjoy a cold bevy alongside platters of classic Dutch pub snacks. There’s also a number of classy wine bars spread around de Pijp such as Glou Glou, which exclusively serves organic vino, or Wijnbar Paulus, which features an intimate, living-room-esque lounge.
Café Gollem, Daniël Stalpertstraat 74, Amsterdam +31 20 737 0273
Kingfisher Café, Ferdinand Bolstraat 24, Amsterdam +31 20 671 2395
Glou Glou, Tweede van der Helststraat 3, Amsterdam +31 20 233 8642
Wijnbar Paulus, Ceintuurbaan 348, Amsterdam +31 6 10335682
Chill out at Sarphatipark
De Pijp’s only public park lies in the centre of the neighbourhood and features several stunning, English-style landscaped gardens, which circle around a small lake. The park becomes particularly popular during the warmer months of year and has many spots that are perfect for picnics or alfresco drinks with friends.
Sample Brouwerij Troost’s delicious craft beers
This awesome craft brewery is housed inside a former monastery in de Pijp that’s been converted into an art deco inspired beer palace. While Troost certainly creates more than its fair share of tasty, time-honed beers like I.P.A.s, pilsner or weizen, the brewery also makes many modern, experimental brews that are often only available for a limited time period.
Brouwerij Troost, Cornelis Troostplein 21, Amsterdam +31 20 760 5820
Catch an arthouse movie at Rialto
This stunning arthouse cinema has screened movies since the 1920s and contains three movie halls as well as a charming, two-storey café. Aside from its regular programming, which usually includes a variety of independent, cult and Hollywood movies, Rialto hosts film festivals throughout the year such as CineAsia and World Cinema Amsterdam.
Rialto, Ceintuurbaan 338, Amsterdam +31 20 662 3488