The Jordaan area was built in the 18th century as an expansion of Amsterdam, to accommodate the working class.
In the 19th century the neighbourhood deteriorated, and the inhabitants suffered from over population.
In the 20th century, the Jordaan became popular with yuppies, whereas the original Amsterdammers moved to nearby new urban development projects in towns like e.g. Purmerend, Alkmaar, Hoorn and Almere.
The Jordaan is now extremely popular with Dutch people and tourists alike. The neighbourhood is known for its many small shops and restaurants, while it has remained residential in character.
There are hardly any hotels or other tourist accommodations in the Jordaan.
The most popular part of the Jordaan is the North part, around Noordermarkt (with a beautiful 17th century church), and the narrow streets just South and West of Noordermarkt.
The best way to see the Jordaan is on foot. Just stroll around and enjoy the atmosphere, the shops, cafes and restaurants.
Typical Jordaan street
View on Westerkerk from Jordaan
Balcony in Jordaan district
View from Westerkerk tower over Jordaan