De Pijp is one of Amsterdam’s most curious corners. Snazzy boutiques, third-wave cafes and a global array of restaurants have turned the neighborhood into a yuppie-hub with beatnik spirit. Here’s our guide.
With De Pijp’s food and shopping hotspots right on its doorstep, the Sir Albert Hotel makes for an excellent base to discover the district. Housed in a former diamond factory, this hipster honeypot blends industrial cool with a touch of Dandy – think leather sofas, coffee tables from metal trunks, and sleek black bathrooms. Well-connected local insiders organize art tours, wine tastings, and bar crawls.
Amsterdammers may dismiss Dutch cuisine as bland and boring. 101 Gowrie’s young-gun chef Alex Haupt proves that it doesn’t have to be. Borrowing cooking techniques from the izakayas of his mother’s native Japan, he turns Dutch ingredients into finely plated cross-culture creations.
With candy-striped awnings and brass-accented interiors, ARIE is a 21st-century answer to Amsterdam’s ‘bruine kroeg’ (Dutch pub). The unfussy vibe draws both hipsters and old-timers, and the drink list spans from locally brewed IPAs to Genever cocktails.
Strolled down the Albert Cuypmarkt, a cacophonous street market with vendors hawking everything from raw herring to farm-fresh fruit and more than 30 types of licorice. Snack on free samples, but make sure to leave room for ‘poffertjes’ – fluffy mini pancakes dusted with sugar.
The Sarphatipark is a magnet for dog walkers, joggers, and local yuppies carrying toddlers on their cargo bikes. A coffee cart often pops up at its west-facing entrance, and unlike at the tourist-thronged Vondelpark, you can still nab a lakeside picnic spot on sunny days.
For an all-in-one shop-stop, head to Anna + Nina on the boutique-packed Gerard Doustraat. This kaleidoscopic concept store stocks colorful glassware and textile goods from global artisans, but their playful jewelry is what makes it a hit with local fashionistas.