The neighbourhood is kinda funky, with doll-sized cafés, leafy gardens, and one thing that New Yorkers can only envy: canals.
Yes, the Jordaan neighbourhood (pronounced your-DON) is Amsterdam’s Greenwich Village. But we’re talking about the Village of 1977, not 2017: kinda funky, with doll-sized cafés, leafy gardens, and one thing that New Yorkers can only envy: canals.
On a recent walk around Amsterdam, we dropped in on the Jordaan’s “9 Straatjes”—9 Streets—to check out the September splendour. Our noses led us to the three unexpected places. The first is Pontifex (Reestraat 18-20), a combination doll hospital and candle store. We dropped off a hairless china-faced doll to be rehabilitated (€15) and perused the candles. You won’t find merely giftshop-y candles here. These are candles for every occasion, performing voodoo to make someone fall in love with you….
Next up is Pompadour (Huidenstraat 12), the chocolaterie and café where the favorite pastry is a chocolate ganache cake (€5.50) and the most popular bonbon is made of Taïnori chocolate (64% cacao, €1.75 apiece). Both are a taste of heaven.
Last stop on the whirlwind tour of the Jordaan is Quinta Absinthe (Nieuwe Leliestraat 4), a specialty liquor store called that sells Dutch stand-bys like jenever, a local gin; and the ghoul-green, licorice-flavored absinthe. Enjoy!