Has anyone stayed in the De Pijp neighborhood? I'm leaning towards an AirBnb in this area as it's less expensive than the center. I'm planning on 5 nights, and I live in a heavily populated, busy neighborhood in the US, so I actually like lively street scenes. For reference, I really like Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg in Berlin, Shoreditch in London, and La Latina in Madrid. Just wondering about ease of transport and friendliness of the neighborhood to visitors. Thanks in advance.
We stayed there in 2012. We really liked it. There were 2 trams that went through the area. One took you to Centraal station and went down the main street. The other came from the bus station went past the museum and Vondelpark area and ended at the other Amsterdam train station. We also walked to Centaal station one morning and it took awhile but we liked seeing everything at a walking pace. We had our favorite bakery, there was a huge supermarket 2 blocks from us, and an Aldi across the street. We loved the more "neighborhood feel of it. We were also very close to an outdoor market that is well known. I would stay in the area again. Our place was on Van Hillgaertstraat.
The Pijp is a lively neighborhood and quite safe. Close to Sarphati park and Albert Cuyp market is the 'real' Pijp . Hilligaertstraat is on the southern edge of the Pijp.The PIJP has many older homes , depending where you are in the Pijp. The older , the steeper the stairs. With heavy suitcases and on the 3-rd floor , it could be a problem. In NL the first floor is an American 2-nd floor as they call 'our' first floor "parterre"=ground floor. City center properties have also many steep stairs. As was already pointed out ; public transport ( line 12 and 25 ) are close by. For Public Transport you could check out the cards for 1,2,3,4 or 5 days although I found Amsterdam very walkable as long as you do not walk on the bicycle paths (reddish colored ) which are often confused with sidewalks.
Thank you very much! I've decided to stay in De Pijp in a ground floor apartment. It's a bit more expensive than the third-floor places listed but finding a place to stay in September in Amsterdam is more challenging than I thought it would be!