Jordaaners will happily let the world peek into their homes. Head towards the Brouwersgracht and aim for the Palmstraat and Goudsbloemstraat, then work your way back up and admire the 17th century houses’ cluttered window sills. After gazing at a series of Delftware collections, plasticky faux tulips and lilies, life-size china cats and Golden Age-inspired tapestries, head past Café Papeneiland. Nestled in a crooked canal house, this family-owned cafe is as Amsterdam as it gets. Sit out on the terrace for some people watching — that canal intersection is always busy and particularly pretty in the morning. I often make an espresso pit stop there on my way to work and soak up the sunrise.
Continue your stroll past Pompon flower shop, located right next to Papeneiland, and browse their selection of large-scale flowers and plants. Cross the Noordermarkt square (home to an organic farmers’ market on Saturdays and antique market on Monday mornings) and check out De Weldaad, a quirky furniture store carrying new and second-hand pieces and other curiosities from around the world. Just off the square, tucked away in a quieter little street, you’ll find the second-hand clothing store Kolifleur with its selection of curated, pre-loved gems. I recently got my hands on a shirt by local label Rika Studios (worth a visit, too, right next to The Hoxton, Amsterdam) for a third of the price there.