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Apartment - Entire home/apt · Tweede Jan Steenstraat, Amsterdam, North Holland 1074, Netherlands

Modern spacious apartment which is perfect for couples who would like to visit Amsterdam and get a real feeling of an Amsterdam citizen life. Situated in the "Pijp", the nicest neighbourhood in the heart of AMS. Next to famous market, parc and canals

The Space

Besides the great location, the apartment is well equipped with modern and clean spacious bathroom, kitchen with SMEG equipment, bedroom, living room, digital television and free superfast wifi (and LAN).

Some basics will be available upon arrival:
- Bread
- Ham/ Cheese
- Juice
- Snacks
- Soda
Any request? Please let me know!

It's not allowed to smoke weed in the apartment since the neighbours complain (which I understand) about the smell in the hallway. So please respect that house-rule.

Situated in the "Pijp", one of the nicest neighbourhoods in the heart of Amsterdam, well known for it's many bars and young people.
It's located just 50 meters from the Albert Cuyp, Amsterdams most famous daily market. Exploring the city from the apartment is very easy and convenient. Within 1-3 minutes you'll be at a tram which brings you directly through the city center and to Central Station, but even by foot the Leidse or Rembrand Square (one of Amsterdams main squares) is a short walk.

Looking forward welcoming you!

Guest Access

The whole appartment is yours!

Interaction with Guests

You can contact me via whatsapp, sms, mail or telephone. We will meet eachother during check-in and -out.

The Neighborhood

De Oude Pijp, Amsterdam's 'Latin Quarter':
Amsterdam's De Oude Pijp district, nicknamed the Quartier Latin and once the home of the city's poor students and artists, is (email hidden)ly mixture of cultures, food and sights

So why would you name a new neighbourhood De Pijp ('The Pipe')? Nobody knows for sure, but it might have something to do with a ditch that once cut through the district. 'Pijp' has several meanings in Dutch, one of the older ones being a long, narrow stretch of water. That ditch was drained in 1891 and replaced by the Albert Cuypstraat, home to the most famous marketplace in the Netherlands.

The Albert Cuypmarkt started as a Saturday market in 1905, but soon became a daily affair (9am-6pm, except Sundays). With over 260 stalls offering fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing, toys and much more you'll certainly find something to your liking. What's cool is that the Albert Cuypmarkt directly reflects its multicultural surroundings: almost 150 nationalities live in De Oude Pijp and they all bring their own cuisine. Exotic food is available at the Albert Cuyp long before it goes mainstream in supermarkets. If that ever happens.

Let's go back a little. In the second half of the 19th century, the number of residents in Amsterdam exploded and De Pijp was conceived as the centre of a new, prestigious district wrapped all the way around the existing town. Georges-Eugène Haussmann had just spiced up Paris with his famous boulevards, and Amsterdam wanted in on the action. Beautiful houses and wide roads would transform the city into a modern metropolis with a gorgeous central train station at the heart of it all.

Sounds nice, huh? Too bad it never happened. Logistical and financial issues forced the city council to cancel the plans and come up with something far more modest. No boulevards, no villas and no train station, but long, narrow roads full of cheap and often inferior housing. Numerous contractors started building without much regard for aesthetics or any overall design of the district. Slumlords often rented out their property by the room to poor students, prostitutes or artists who couldn't afford a whole house.

No, De Pijp wasn't exactly picturesque compared to the canal district, but that was made up for by its lively and eccentric population. Academics mingled with the working class in countless cafés where debates went on until early morning. The flourishing nightlife later drew people from all over the city to this "Quartier Latin" of Amsterdam.

De Pijp consists of two parts: De Oude Pijp discussed in this article and De Nieuwe Pijp, which was built to a higher standard a couple of decades later. Both parts are cut in half by Ceintuurbaan and Sarphatipark. While the stripped-down design of De Oude Pijp originally didn't include any green spaces, the park was eventually added on a vacant piece of land once assigned to the train station.

Sarphatipark is a posh, peaceful oasis in a bustling neighbourhood. Like Vondelpark it was designed in the English garden style. With smart vistas and slight height differences the park appears much bigger than it really is. The centrepiece consists of a gorgeous fountain dedicated to Samuel Sarphati, a 19th-century physician who was very concerned with embellishing Amsterdam.

De Oude Pijp is inextricably connected to the rich history of perhaps our most famous export product: Heineken beer. Their first brewery opened here in 1863, years before De Pijp became a part of Amsterdam. It expanded several times, most notably with a sober expressionist building constructed in the early 1930s, which still stands today. Some residents of De Oude Pijp spent their entire working lives at Heineken.

The brewery closed in 1988 and was largely demolished. The remaining building now houses The Heineken Experience, an interactive museum dedicated to all things barley pop. Discover how they achieved that specific Heineken taste, marvel at 140 years of beer advertising, or get 'brewed' yourself in a 4D movie. And yes, you can have a cold one afterwards.

The population of De Oude Pijp has diversified considerably since the 1960s. Students are still ingrained on its streetscape, but yuppies and immigrants have discovered the district as well. De Oude Pijp is hip and happening. Nowhere else in Amsterdam will you find a larger concentration of restaurants, cafés and bars catering to just about every class and taste.

That diversity also makes for a great atmosphere and cultural scene. There are numerous galleries and shops and a cute little music hall called De Badcuyp, which is perhaps the best example of the district's transformation. De Badcuyp was originally a public bathhouse, since many residents didn't have a shower at home. Now it's a stage for musicians from all over the world. De Oude Pijp has come a long way.

Getting around

De Pijp begins south of the central part of Amsterdam, just outside the main canal belt. It's bordered by Stadhouderskade to the north, Ruysdaelkade to the west, Jozef Israelskade to the south and Amsteldijk (along the Amstel River) to the east.

The largest concentration of restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and general activity is concentrated in the areas around Ferdinand Bolstraat, Albert Cuypstraat, Ceintuurbaan, the Marie Heinekenplein and the cross streets off the Albert Cuypmarkt.

Reach De Pijp with tram lines 3, 4, 12, 16 and 24 (see tram maps and timetables on the GVB Transport Web site).

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $206
Cleaning Fee: $36
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Cancellation: Flexible

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  • The reservation was canceled 2 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    March 2014
  • This was my first Airbnb experience and I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it exceeded my expectations! I chose Diederik's apartment based on the neighbourhood and the multitide of positive reviews he has received.

    De Pijp is a wonderful home base for those wanting to get out of the tourist area and experience what it might be like to be living in Amsterdam. You can still hit up all of the tourist attractions but have a quieter spot to retreat to at the end of the day. Everything in Amsterdam is closer than expected - it's actually a relatively small city and easily explored on foot, by bike, or with public transit. I walked to the Van Gogh Museum, Reijksmuseum and Concertgebouw (around 20 min.). The apartment is just a couple of blocks away (5 min. walk with luggage) from a tram stop which goes directly to the city centre and also to Central Station. There is a bike rental shop right beside the apartment which I took advantage of and spent two days biking around the city and having the time of my life. Highly recommend it. De Pijp itself is worth exploring and access to all of the essentials and more are just minutes from the apartment (supermarkets, wine shop, restaurants (eat-in or take-out), pubs and cafes, Albert Cuyp market, etc.).

    The apartment is wonderful and looks exactly as shown in the pictures. It was extremely clean and well-organized (I even found a first aid kit in the cupboard under the bathroom sink when I needed a band-aid). It seems Diederik has thought of everything. The kitchen was stocked with basics like coffee, tea, sugar, oil, flour, etc. and it was nice not to have to go out and buy those sorts of things for a short-term stay. The apartment is situated on a side street next to a fairly busy street. At first I wondered whether there would be much street noise, but that wasn't the case. Also, the bedroom is situated at the back of the apartment overlooking a quiet courtyard. There are only two other tenants in the building and they were also very quiet.

    Diederik was a wonderful host. He was able to accommodate me on very short notice and was very prompt in responding to my emails. He left me a bottle of wine and some food and treats to get me started, which I really appreciated. I would definitely come back to Diederik's apartment (I hope to someday!) and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

    March 2014
  • Diederik's apartment was great. It has a great location in the beautiful Pijp. Tram stop is nearby. 20 minute walk to Dam Square.

    The apartment was clean and well organized, in despite personal belongings of the host that were in wardrobes (don't bring too much with you). The kitchen had all you could need to cook, in fact we cooked some great meals there! Supermarket is just a few streets away.

    Diederik was all in all a great host and a pleasure to work with, we will for sure think of his apartment when going to Amsterdam.

    Thank you!

    November 2013
    Diederik
    Response from Diederik:

    Thank you for your feedback! For furure bookings I'll make sure there is enough space in the wardrobes.

  • Diederik was a very reliable host, providing a quick door to door service with the keys at short notice.
    Apartment located in the wonderful De Pijp area, my client was happy to be in one of the most popular parts of town.

    November 2013
  • Fantastic host and a really comfortable higher end apartment. I lived in this neighborhood for 6 years and any visitor will enjoy the stay - especially if you are a foodie. Everything in the apartment was just as pictured. Diederik was flexible for check-in, check-out times and available for questions/advice as needed via text. Above all, several food and beverage items were available in the apartment when I arrived which reduced my stress to get the basics and some nice snacks in the house. A cold beer on arrival makes a big difference.

    November 2013
  • Diederik's apartment was absolutely gorgeous - it was very clean, cosy and spacious, as well as being beautifully designed. Diederik was a fantastic host, he was friendly and welcoming, he left provisions for our stay and he checked up on us over the weekend to make sure everything was ok. We had an amazing experience, and we would absolutely recommend anyone going to Amsterdam to stay in this apartment!

    November 2013
  • The stay at Diederik´s apartment was really great. The apartment is cute, with nice decoration and enough space fot two people. The location is very good, a 15 minute walk to Dam Square and very close to the biggest market in town.

    Diederik was very kind and helpful and made us feel very confortable. I would recommend this acommodation to everybody and would have no doubt to use it my next trip to Ams.

    October 2013
  • carefully renovated appartment with old and new elements - very elegant and cosy. Typical house (email hidden)ly neigborhood. Ten minutes to the city with bike or tram. Nothing at all was missing. Diederik even filled the fridge with food. We had a perfect time.

    October 2013
  • Diederik's place was lovely, we felt like we lived there from the moment we checked in. The fridge was well stocked and the kitchen has everything you need to feel at home. The location is great, just a block from the Albert Cuyp market, close to the park and all that De Pijp has to offer. We would definitely like to stay again next time in Amsterdam.

    October 2013
  • This was our second stay which was even better than the first. Honestly we are ready to leave Seattle and move directly to Amsterdam and live at Diederik's beautiful apartment! Highly recommend he is a great host!!

    October 2013
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Hi there! I'm a 31 year old guy living in 'the Pijp'. It's a small cosy neigherhood just next to the canals with lots restaurants and bars. I want to make sure your stay in my appartement exeeds your expectations. Please ask me for tips and I will be happy to help you out and make your stay in Amsterdam great!
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