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The Nine Streets
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands|de9straatjes.nl|
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.
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.
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