Formerly a working class quarter built to ease the overpopulated Jordaan in the 19th century and to house labourers, De Pijp nowadays is a melting pot of cultures and nationalities. In De Pijp 144 nationalities live together. It is one of the most popular residential, shopping and entertainment areas in Amsterdam.
Thanks to scores of artists and students in search of a cheap room to rent, De Pijp has become a lively bohemian district. Today, De Pijp is so popular that house prices have gone up dramatically.
In De Pijp district you'll find many exotic and authentic Syrian, Moroccan, Surinamese restaurants, Spanish, Indian and Turkish delicatessens and grocery stores.
But the biggest attraction of De Pijp is a visit to the cosy Albert Cuyp Market, Amsterdam's largest and busiest market. It is held from Mondays through Saturdays along Albert Cuypstraat, between Van Woustraat and Ferdinand Bolstraat.
* No one really knows what the name "De Pijp" stands for. Some people say it owes its name to the long and narrow streets that resemble pipes or to the infamous gas company, the 'Pipe', which used to supply energy to the area.