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This is the oldest 'hof' (almshouse) in Amsterdam that is still exist. The small houses surrounding the lovely courtyards were built to provide free housing for the needy of the time. It was established in 1614 and built in 1617. Behind the door, walk through...More
Date of experience: January 2015
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One of Amsterdam’s most preferred outdoor markets and some of the city’s favorite watering holes are but two of the many reasons to save ample time for a stroll through this especially convivial warren of narrow streets with its unfair share of quirky shops and quality galleries. Historically a haven for the working class and emigrants, these days the Jordaan is better known as an enclave for artists and designers.
As popular as the Jordaan is as a destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, the area never feels particularly touristy or overrun with outsiders. A highlight even for long-time Jordaan residents, be sure to accept any invitation to step within one of the area’s beloved courtyards or to have a sneak peek inside one of its many working studios.