The Pipe area
The Pipe area is one of Amsterdams most popular places to live at. House prices are sky high, because the area offers a lot of entertainment for the inhabitants. But what is the touristic value of this quarter.
1. What is the Pipe Area?
The Pipe area is a residential area, to the south of the city center. Due to the high density of restaurants and bars, this quarter is very popular. Initially the plans where to develop a luxurious quarter, like Paris’s Arc de Triomphe (follow link for initial plans). Around the public square impressive villas had to be build, but this turned out to be too expensive. Eventually the area was built with houses for the working class.
2. What are the popular attractions?
A walk through this district is an attraction on itself. This area has perhaps the most restaurants and bars per square meter. In the summer time terraces can be found throughout the whole Pipe area. At this time of the year people stay out a lot and the terraces are fully loaded until late in the evening. Especially the areas around Marie Heinekenplein square and the Albert Cuyp market are very busy, with popular restaurants such as: The Butcher, Nam Kee and Bazar Amsterdam. Besides the entertaining ambiance at this areas, there are also some attractions that could be worth a visit.
The Heineken Experience is an exhibition/museum about the brand Heineken and their beers, which is housed in the former brewery. Visitors get an impression and taste of the brand throughout its existence.
Albert Cuyp market
This is Amsterdams largest market, that is opened daily (except on Sunday). The Albert Cuyp offers all kinds of markets stall various goods, from exotic food to soft head pillows.
The Sarphatipark is a public park in the middle of the Pipe area. Here the people walk their dogs, have picnics, jog or just have a relaxing walk around. The park features a small lake with a tiny waterfall, a sculpture, grass fields and some playgrounds.
Marie Heineken Plein
This is a square next to the Heineken Experience on the edge of the Pipe. The Marie Heineken is a popular square for its many restaurants and bars surrounding the square.
3. Popular hotels at the Pipe
The Okura hotel is a luxurious hotel on the edge of the Pipe district. This was the first hotel on European ground, from the Japanese Okura Group. To be mentioned: the hotel has four restaurants that are accredited with a Michelin star. These are: Ciel Blue with 2 stars, Serre with a price/quality star, Yamazato with one star and the Sazanka restaurant also with one star.
4. How to get there?
– It is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Leidseplein square. You should follow the street the Weteringschans and at the roundabout you turn right. On the other side of the canal you’ll walk into the Pipe.
– It is approximately a 15 minute walk from the Rembrandtplein square. You should follow the streets Reguliersdwarsstraat and then take the Vijzelstraat to the left. After you cross the canal you’ll just walk into the Pipe area.
By public transport
The Pipe area can the easiest be reached by tram lines 16 and 24. This journey will take up to 25 minutes.
It is approximately a 10 minute journey from the Ring A10. You can take exit s103 or s114 and follow the signs for city ring s100. The Pipe is located between the Amstel and the Ruysdaelkade.
Did you know that the initial name of the Pipe was: YY
6. Photos of the Pipe area
7. Where is it located?
The Pipe area is located between: the Stadhouderskade, Amstel, Jozef Israelkadeand the Ruysdaelkade.