You know you’re heading towards the Jordaan when you leave the Westerkerk behind and the street along the Prinsengracht is full of people marching up and down, trying to find their way through rushing bikes, scooters and cars. It’s not a relaxing walk at all. In fact, it makes you wonder how people live here.
But then you turn left and the entire picture – and mood – changes. As you step into the heart of the neighbourhood, you finally get to the essence of things. Windows wide open, locals reading the newspaper or enjoying a glass of whine in front of their cosy houses, flowers everywhere, inviting benches, and an overwhelming feeling of peace and gratitude.
And so, you begin to understand why Amsterdammers love the Jordaan so much, they would do anything to make this neighbourhood their home. No matter how busy the main streets, these pockets of peace are totally worth it.