Mid 19th century more housing was needed to accommodate to the sudden “population growth explosion”. De Pijp, the pipe, refers to notion that when you took a bird’s view at the area at 8am (in the 1900s), you would see streams of people walking through the streets to work, like smoke coming out of factory pipes’. After the modernization, De Pijp is a popular area with lots of bars, food stalls and restaurants.
De Pijp is highlighted with light orange on the map below.
De Pijp attracts everyone from around Amsterdam and beyond. The multicultural vibe add to this the mix of students, ‘hippies’, young professionals, restaurant and bar-lovers, make the De Pijp very lively and ‘real’.
Who live in De Pijp?
De Pijp is characterized by its multicultural and mixed inhabitants. The area is home to large numbers of immigrants, students, yuppies and young professionals.
De Pijp is ideal for:
- Young-at-heart expats.
- Expat families who are mobile by bike.
- People without a car.
De Pijp Life
The A. Cuypmarket, which is open 6 days a week, allows you to buy quality food, fresh fish, flowers and personal products at great prices. Also the many cheap food stalls and outlet stores make life in Amsterdam less costly in this area. Enjoy the Sarphatipark or have a drink at one of the many bars.
Housing in De Pijp has gone up due to the popularity of the area. Currently, house prices are between E4.000 and E5.000 per square meter. Historically speaking, the quality of the buildings are not the best. In the mean time, many houses have been rebuild with better materials. Nevertheless, typically the houses are not very spacious, have steep narrow stair cases and have no balconies or roof top terrace.
Good to Know
- The Sarphatipark is ideal for a picnic and boasts children’s play facilities.
- The M. Heinekenplein has bars with terraces on the square; it gets very ‘gezellig’ here in the summer.
- A stop is planned on the Ceintuurbaan of the new ‘North-South [metro] Line’, which is planned to be in use as of 2017. Until then, construction work is going on on the F. Bolstraat.
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