The Jordaan was constructed in 1612 for workers and immigrants. In the 1970s the municipality began extensive renovations, and the area has since transformed from a working-class neighborhood into one of the most desirable districts of the city. Despite ongoing gentrification, there is still plenty of down-to-earth fun to be had here. For an evening of sentimental hits, head to Café Nol on the Westerstraat, where the good old days are far from forgotten. The Negen Straatjes have also become a must-see for any Amsterdam visitor. And not without reason—the area is lined with unique boutiques, delicatessens, home decor stores, and lovely cafés.