A neighbourhood starting from ‘Boerenwetering’ continuing to the Amstel river. Welcome to De Pijp. Formerly a working-class neighbourhood, today De Pijp is home to a multicultural community and one of the city’s most famous markets. With colourful sights and a variety of charming restaurants, cosy cafés and trendy bars De Pijp is a wonderful place to be. It has elegant homes on quiet leafy lanes and busy, lively streets. Several museums are also within the boundaries of Oud-Zuid which lays next to De Pijp including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk museum. Or catch a performance at the Concertgebouw. But if you like a beer more than a painting, try a visit to the Heineken Brewery and the House of Bols.
What’s in the name?
A lot of people try to guess what De Pijp stands for, but the truth is, that no one knows. Perhaps it owes its name to the long narrow streets that may look like pipes or is it the infamous gas company, the ‘Pipe’, which used to provide energy to the area. In either way whoever or whatever is responsible for the name should be proud.
Of course in Amsterdam the preferred mode of transport is always the bicycle but it is easy to reach Oud-Zuid and de Pijp by tram or on foot. Many tramlines service the area from all directions. Check 9292.nl for public directions. De Pijp is located just south of the city centre. The young, old, students, artists and families have all chosen to make de Pijp their home. Far removed from the hustle and struggle for the city centre.