I have been looking to stay in the pijp area.. Is it a good area to stay? Close to center, cafes, nightlife etc..?
Good area to stay?
De Pijp is one of the most characteristic neighborhoods in Amsterdam, and perhaps after De Jordaan, I'd highly recommend staying there.
It's fairly close to the city center at about a 20 minute walk, but there are plenty of trams and buses servicing the area as well. Tram will take about 5 to 10 minutes getting to the city center (depending on where in De Pijp you are).
There are a lot of restaurants and eateries, ranging from the downright awful to very good. However, the area is perhaps not best known for its nightlife. To go out, you'd probably have a better chance going into the center. almost 8 years ago