The Nine Streets
The Nine Streets, or De Negen Straatjes in Dutch, offer you a unique shopping experience in the heart of Amsterdam. Despite the narrow, cobbled streets, the area is home to over 200 shops making it one of the city's most fashionable districts. Locals have been trading on these nine little streets since the 17th century.
The streets were originally constructed when the Heren, Keizers and Prinsengracht canals were dug out around Amsterdam’s Medieval town center to deal with the population boom. Many of the streets still hint to the artisans that once occupied them like the streets Wolven and Beren, Wolves and Bear, acknowledging where the trade of animal hides happened all those years ago.
From boutique to bohoToday the streets boast an eclectic mix of stores. From vintage clothing to designer stores such as Van Ravenstein. You will also find homeware, antiques, galleries and numerous chic cafes and fine restaurants scattered around. The perfect place to take a break while doing a little retail therapy, and the perfect spot to continue you evening.
Charming photo opportunitiesThe entire district is a UNESCO World Heritage site and exploring these side streets, passageways and quaint bridge is the perfect way to spend a day of your holiday. Besides shopping or cozying up at a café, the area provides a great backdrop for picturesque photo opportunities. Remember to look up at the 400-year-old building facades and admire the Dutch heritage as you pass by.
Straddled by canals, this retail haven is only a stone’s throw from the popular tourist hub of Dam Square, and a short 15-minute stroll from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam.