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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Jennifer Ceaser

Sandwiched between the Old Town and the Jordaan, in the western part of the Canal Ring, De Negen Straatjes (the Nine Streets) is Amsterdam’s premier boutique shopping hub. A far cry from the tacky souvenir shops and big chains found in much of city centre, its brick sidewalks are home to a lively assortment of independent stores, designer boutiques, artisan jewellers, upscale vintage fashions and edgy art galleries.

It’s a great place to discover the latest Dutch and Flemish brands and pick up locally-made soaps and luxe toiletries. Rest your feet (and your wallet) at one of the many quaint cafes and stylish bars that dot the area.

The Nine Streets are in one of the prettiest, most character-filled parts of the city – chances are you will wander down them even without meaning too.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes) are located in the western part of the Canal Ring, between the Singel and Prinsengracht, and bounded by Runstraat and Reestraat.

Note that the nine streets are actually three streets, which change names as they cross over the three canals. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from Dam Square.

When to do it

Most shops are open daily, usually from 10am to 6pm, with occasional later closing hours on Thursday. Some are closed Monday mornings, opening around noon.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

Pulitzer Amsterdam

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands[0.1 miles]

Contemporary luxury, location and historical charm all meet in this five-star canal-front property, steps from the Nine Streets and the character-filled Jordaan district.

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Hoxton Amsterdam

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands[0.2 miles]

A cool, retro design complements the historical character of this wonderful, affordable canal-side bolthole.

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The Dylan Amsterdam

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands[0.3 miles]

Amsterdam’s top boutique hotel — beautiful rooms and accomplished cuisine in a historic canal-side building.

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W Amsterdam

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands[0.4 miles]

Swanky design hotel in the picturesque heart of the city, offering an array of bars and restaurants, plus the city’s largest rooftop pool.

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Best for ages: 18+ | £16

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A 17th-century old people’s that is now the overseas outpost for St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. Lavish, must-see exhibitions of exquisite treasures selected from the Hermitage’s vast collections.

Best for ages: 18+ | £22

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