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Life in the Jordaan

The Jordaan was build to house the working class and city immigrants in the 17th century. As lively as the area was, living conditions most have been tough. After the World War II, the area was in bad shape and the municipality initiated a modernisation. Now, the Jordaan with its Bohemian ambiance, is a popular area of Amsterdam.

The Jordaan is marked with orange on the map below.

Bohemian and out-going, that’s what the Jordaan is. Inhabitants from all over town enjoy a drink at the Jordanese bars and terraces. Tourists increasingly discover the Jordaan, but the area still feels like a ‘locals’ hub’.

Who live in the Jordaan?
The people living in the Jordaan are lively, free-spirited and young at heart. It is popular amongst artists and students (lucky enough to find a room), young professionals, yuppies, and expats.

The Jordaan is ideal for:

  • Expats wanting to enjoy like a local Amsterdammer
  • Expats who get around by (old) bike, moped and public transport
  • True city people; not for the conservative, couch potatoes and car owners.

Houses are small with narrow steep stair cases. On the other hand, they have a unique Amsterdam feel, full of nostalgia and ambiance. Prices are about E4.500-E5.500 per square meter.


The many different boutiques, bars and terraces lure you out of your house. The Jordaan truly is not an area for the poor anymore; small specialty food stores and chic deli’s are abundant.

Best Bars & Shops of the Jordaan
Best Restaurants in the Jordaan

Good to Know

  • On Saturday’s the farmers market on the Noordermarkt has got great fruit & veggie deals, and offer beautiful products too.
  • The Haarlemmerstraat has got numerous specialty shops.
  • The Brouwersgracht is the most photographed canal / street of Amsterdam.
  • No tram- and buslines run through the Jordaan. Around this small neighbourhood there are ample public transport stops.


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Reader Comments (1)

Always such great information on your blog! Thanks for taking the time to share all of this.

I will be adding your link very soon to my blog on a list of other expats in the Netherlands. I've finally got some extra time coming up to get things rearranged and updated. Have a great week!

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Touch of Dutch

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