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Jordaan Neighborhood/Street
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The floral canal names in the Jordaan district are at odds with the fragrances that would have emanated from them in their early days. This canal, named for the "eglantine rose," is one of Amsterdam's loveliest. Many of its houses and surrounding streets were first occupied by Golden Age painters and artisans, including the legendary Blaeu family of mapmakers. Hidden here is the St. Andrieshofje, famous for its Delftware entryway. And certainly not hidden (because it's usually jammed with people) is the famed Café 't Smalle (on the corner of the Prinsengracht). This brown café, covered with eglantine roses and complete with a floating terrace, was where Pieter Hoppe began his jenever distillery in 1780, an event of such global significance that 't Smalle is re-created in Japan's Holland Village in Nagasaki.

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Between Prinsengracht and Lijnbaansgracht
Amsterdam, North Holland  1015, Netherlands

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