Amsterdam’s De Pijp is a lively neighbourhood positioned on the south side of the city's famous canal belt district. The area sits adjacent to the banks of the river Amstel, with its charming back streets packed with old fashioned pubs, hip cafes, and alluring market stalls.

The vibrant quarter is steeped in bohemian atmosphere and has greatly benefited from decades of regeneration and urban renewal – evolving from a working-class neighbourhood into one of Amsterdam's most visited destinations.

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What are the highlights of De Pijp in Amsterdam?

While De Pijp offers plenty of contemporary attractions, its iconic roots remain central to its enduring appeal. Arguably the biggest draw for visitors is the Albert Cuypmarkt, which is the busiest street market in the Netherlands.

Open 6 days a week, the market has been operating for over 100 years, and is hugely popular with tourists keen to explore the many esoteric stalls on offer while basking in the uniquely bustling atmosphere. Here, friendly vendors sell all manner of goods, including meats, seafood, flowers, clothes and jewellery – not forgetting unmissable local delicacies like herrings and waffles.

Where to eat and drink in De Pijp in Amsterdam?

Another place thoroughly deserving of a visit is the beer-drinkers paradise of the former Heineken brewery – now re-imagined as the Heineken Experience – where guests can learn all about the wonders of the beer-making process before enjoying a thirst-quenching tasting session. The area's rich brewing tradition still exists today, thanks to several brewpubs, microbreweries and taprooms that have begun to appear over the last few years.

Housed in a spectacular former monastery building, Brouwerij Troost is a great place to sample from a selection of experimental brews, while The Lion's Head is just as popular for its mouth-watering restaurant as its intriguing craft beverages.

Close to the Heineken Experience you'll find the former town hall of Nieuwer-Amstel, one of the area's most recognisable monuments, as well as the Marie Heinekenplein square, which is home to numerous cosy cafes and lively bars. Indeed, you're never far from a watering hole in De Pijp, with options ranging from the traditional buine cafes (brown cafes) like the welcoming and unpretentious Café Mazzeltof to the modern chic and dramatic city views of Okura Hotel's Twenty Third Bar.

Those in search of a little serenity should consider heading to the blissful surroundings of Sarphatipark, where verdant meadows meet English-style gardens to form a wonderfully peaceful spot for a summery picnic or gentle stroll. A popular haunt for locals and tourists alike, the park features space for outdoor exercise as well as play areas for children, and is adorned with a fine statue of philanthropist and town planner, Samuel Sarphati.

What else is good to know about De Pijp in Amsterdam?

DePijp's eastern border is marked by the shimmering Amstel River, with its characterful houseboats and scenic pathways providing an excellent backdrop for a waterside walk.

A pleasant route option is to follow the riverbank south to Amstelkade, then head along the canal to the nearby Café De Amstel to enjoy some delicious refreshments as you watch the boats glide past. For the more intrepid explorer, there's perhaps no better way to enjoy the picturesque scenery than by hopping on a boat for a cruise along the canals.

Located in front of La Camelia restaurant on Jozef Israëlskade, you'll find Boaty Rent a Boat, from where you can hire a selection of vessels upon which you can set sail along the canals.

The company carefully instruct would-be captains how to operate the boats, and supply maps with suggested routes. While the boats are simple enough to drive, anyone who prefers a hands-off approach to exploration can sit back and relax with the guided tour option.

De Pijp in Amsterdam

Patrizio Cavaliere | Contributing Writer