From its humble beginnings as a fishing village in the late 12th century to its current role as
a major hub for business, tourism, high fashion and culture
, Amsterdam is one of Europe's pioneering lifestyle cities. The De Pijp district is a central, vibrant area, home to the most renowned market in The Netherlands, the Albert Cuypmarkt
— a daily feast of fresh produce and local culture.
A melting pot of different nationalities, De Pijp is known as the Quartier Latin of Amsterdam
, alive with shops, restaurants and trendy bars. The famous Museumplein and Royal Concertgebouw are a saunter away from Sir Albert's doorstep.
Or wander over to the designer heaven that is the P.C. Hooftstraat
, or the high fashion oasis of the Van Baerlestraat.
And that's just the start — around the corner from Sir Albert you'll find the Leidseplein and Rembrandt Square,
crammed with cafes, cinemas, a casino, theatres, live music venues, nightclubs and theatres like the Stadsschouwburg, De La Mar Theatre and the most famous one of Amsterdam, the Carré. Dam Square
is a ten minute walk from Leidseplein. In addition to several restaurants, cafes, and shops, Dam Square features many worthwhile attractions, including the Royal Palace
— the ultimate highlight.