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It's a bit out of the way, tucked in a sidestreet of the Jordaan borough, but well worth the walk. From the street side the complex looms like a series of similar houses, each sporting a laundry drying rack on the first floor, but upon...More
Great to see architecture in Amsterdam. In the Jordaan and city centre are a few "hofjes", gardens surrounded by small houses. It's great to walk around in these hofjes. One of the best because it's quiet. Another one is near Spui.
Amsterdam has many hofjes (square) that you usually don't see them from outside. Karthuizerhof is one of them. According to the history, this hofje was built in 1650 for the widows (with children) and also old maids. They supposed to behave neatly. It's now comon...More
Date of experience: November 2014
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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.