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9 Straatjes in Amsterdam

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9 Straatjes Amsterdam

The best spots in the 9 streets

The quaint and quirky streets that straddle Amsterdam’s grandest canals form the city’s most photogenic neighbourhood. Known to locals as De Negen Straatjes or ‘The Nine Streets’, this shopping district is full to bursting with vintage and designer shopping, speciality stores and cosy cafés and restaurants De 9 Straatjes stands for nine cosy and picturesque shopping streets. In the middle of the World Heritage Canal Belt. Just a few steps behind Dam Square. Or on the way from the Rijksmuseum to Anne Frank House. This delightful neighborhood is brimming with unique shops, charming eateries and great ambience. Anyone spending an afternoon here is sure to take home unexpected finds. The six bigger streets (Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Runstraat and Huidenstraat) refer to the trade in animal skins for the leather industry. They offer a complete overview of all the building styles of the old city centre of Amsterdam. Most buildings date back to the 17th century and are small, monumental shops.Even after 400 years it is still very lively with artisanal businesses, charming bars and restaurants and galleries and a unique offer of specialized and mostly authentic shops. From mishmash to chic, from ethnic to old Dutch, from doll doctor and Spectacles museum to naughty lingerie and bags ‘con amore’. And from old to new, or better said: from antique and vintage to contemporary. In short: who goes to De 9 Straatjes, will definitely buy something special and different, whether it is old or new. The funny thing is that few people – even the people from Amsterdam – know the difference between the streets. More than once you will hear: “I have bought something really nice!” “Oh where?” “Uh, somewhere in De 9 Straatjes.”