About this listing
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.
Besides the great location and comfortable bed, 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:
- Ham/ Cheese
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!
The whole appartment is yours!
Interaction with Guests
You can contact me via (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), sms, mail or telephone. We will meet eachother during check-in and -out.
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 now a lively 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.
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).
Smoking weed is not allowed due to the smell for the neighbours.
You can put closed trashbins on the balcony. I will trow them out on specific dates. The specific dates are sunday after 7pm or wednesday after 7pm (they collect it early in the morning next day)
You don't need to bring sheets or towels. I don't have a hairdryer.
That's about it!
Enjoy your stay!