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Amsterdam Neighborhood Guide

Amsterdam Neighborhood Guide

From hip Jordaan and diverse De Pijp to the coffee shops and brothels of the Red Light District, Amsterdam’s neighborhoods each have their own distinct character. Here’s how to explore beyond the Canal District and see what off-the-beaten-path Amsterdam is like. 

Amsterdam Centrum

The historic center of Amsterdam, Centrum is home to the city’s famed Canal Ring and many Amsterdam landmarks. This is where you’ll find public squares such as Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, and high-end shopping areas and entertainment. 

Amsterdam-Noord

Just a short ferry ride from Amsterdam Central Station, Amsterdam-Noord is packed with waterfront cafes, rural villages, and cutting-edge culture. Bag the best city views from the rooftop observatory at the the A’dam Tower; check out tiny wooden houses in Nieuwendammerdijk village; and shop for local specialties at the Pekmarkt street market. 

Jordaan

Once a close-knit working-class community, Jordaan is now an upscale neighborhood favored by artists and foodies. Cozy pubs, speciality foods shops, hip restaurants, and small galleries line the narrow canals in this trendy Amsterdam neighborhood. 

Red Light District (De Wallen)

There’s more to Amsterdam’s Red Light District than sex shops, brothels, and peep shows. De Wallen is the oldest part of Amsterdam and home some of the city’s most charming canals, gabled houses, and restaurants. You’ll also find the city’s oldest church, the gothic Oude Kerk, and Amsterdam’s Chinatown here.

De-Pijp

Just south of the city center, you’ll find De-Pijp, a lively and cosmopolitan district. Nicknamed Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter, this neighborhood was once home to the city’s students and artists, but now it’s a mix of cultures, cuisines, and markets. 

The Jewish Quarter

Just east of the city center is the Plantage, aka the Jewish Quarter. This district is home to many sights significant to Jewish culture such as the Old Portuguese Synagogue, Jewish Historical Museum, and Hollandsche Schouwburg. The Jewish Quarter is also home to the Amsterdam botanical gardens and zoo.

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Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter Small-Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter Small-Group Walking Tour

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Discover Amsterdam’s WWII history and follow in the footsteps of Anne Frank on this walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. See the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and the Auschwitz Monument; learn about events such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger, and end the tour outside the Anne Frank House (entrance not included).
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  • 2 hours
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Amsterdam's Jordaan District Small-Group Food Walking Tour with Private Option

Amsterdam's Jordaan District Small-Group Food Walking Tour with Private Option

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Discover the delectable bites and cultural highlights of Amsterdam’s sophisticated Jordaan district on a culinary walking tour of the enclave. With an expert epicurean guide, visit local foodie hotspots to sample enticing delicacies like smoked sausage, creamy Gouda and pickled herring. Delve into the rich culinary culture of the Netherlands with your informative guide and enjoy an alternative experience of Amsterdam as you discover places off the conventional tourist trail. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 12 fellow food-lovers.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Blue Boat Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience

Blue Boat Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience

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Combine two Amsterdam essentials in one day with a canal cruise and skip-the-line admission to the Heineken Experience. Board a comfortable boat and admire the sights along Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage canals on a 75-minute cruise. Waft by lovely canal houses, bridges and churches; and savor this delightful quarter from the water. Complement your cruise with fast-track entry to the Heineken Experience at the beer’s former Amsterdam brewery. See the vintage brewery equipment and learn about the production process on an interactive journey that finishes with a free beer tasting.
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  • 3 hours 10 minutes
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Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide

Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Discover the buzzing nightlife and racy reputation of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District on this walking tour. Wind your way through the streets of Amsterdam’s most iconic neighborhood and embrace the weird, wonderful and wacky! Along the way, see oddities like the world’s first condom shop and the Museum of Prostitution; weave through colorful Chinatown, and snap photos of Amsterdam’s scenic canal ways.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Amsterdam City Bike Tour

Amsterdam City Bike Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on an exciting bike tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. Follow a professional guide through the quaint waterways and winding cobbled streets of the city and discover an eclectic selection of sights off the conventional tourist trail. Delve into the rich history and 'coffee shop' culture of the city with your knowledgeable guide and get local recommendations from your local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Portuguese Synagogue - Candlelight Concerts in Amsterdam Ticket

Portuguese Synagogue - Candlelight Concerts in Amsterdam Ticket

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Up the romance with a candlelight concert at the Portuguese Synagogue in the heart of Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter. Attend one of a series of special concerts held each month and enjoy live music from Balkan folk and jazz, to classical concertos and world music. With an atmospheric setting lit up by hundreds of burning candles, renowned acoustics, and virtuoso musicians, it’s sure to be an evening to remember.
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  • 1 hour
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Half-Day Tour of Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in Amsterdam

Half-Day Tour of Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in Amsterdam

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Get the inside scoop on some of the Dutch capital's most fascinating neighborhoods with a private, 5-hour walking tour of the Red Light District, Jordaan area, and other sights. Learn the background behind the city’s famously liberal attitudes towards prostitution and drug use, and let a local show you other urban highlights like the Anne Frank House, Rembrandtplein, the Begijnhof, and the lively Albert-Cuyp Market.
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  • 4 hours
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