Café Chris opened its doors in 1624 as a beerhouse and is, therefore, the oldest café in the Jordaan. The story goes that construction workers from the nearby Westertoren were paid in this café. The Westerkerk was built between 1620 and 1631, but the 85-meter high tower was not finished until 1638.
The Jordaan is an Amsterdam neighborhood, which is bordered by the water of the Prinsengracht and the Lijnbaansgracht, the Brouwersgracht and the Leidsegracht. Some argue that the southern border is not at the Leidsegracht but at the Passeerdersgracht.