9 picturesque little streets in Amsterdam Canal Belt – Full of quirky shops and wonderful eateries
Anne Frank huis
MUSEUM OF THE CANALS – HET GRACHTENHUIS
02/11/16 – A visit to the Museum of the Canals is the perfect way to learn more about the history of Amsterdam’s Canal Ring. The museum looks at the 17th-century city expansion projects that led to Amsterdam’s ring of canals which received UNESCO world heritage status in 2010. After seeing the interactive displays, you’ll look at Amsterdam in a whole new light when wandering through the city’s streets or taking a canal cruise. At Herengracht. Just around the corner at Huidenstraat.
De 9 Straatjes – The 9 Streets
9 picturesque shopping alleyways in the Amsterdam canal belt. In the hart of Unesco’s World Heritage, just behind Dam Square and on the way from Anne Frank to Rijksmuseum. De 9 Straatjes is the ideal neighbourhood to get to know Amsterdam in all its variety and richness. The area offers a great overview of the architectural style of Amsterdam heritage. After 400 years it is still very lively with artisanal businesses, hidden cafes, hotspot restaurants and galleries, and a unique offer of specialized and authentic shops. Dealing in fashion, shoes & bags, vintage, antiques, housewares and one-offs. It’s areas like this that really make you feel comfortable in Amsterdam, so they say!
The Canal Belt
All the world is built around Amsterdam, wrote the famous Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel in the 17th century. During that golden age the old area of the city within the Singel bursted out of its seams. So a ring of canls was designed en made Amsterdam a worldcity by then. The Heren-, Keizers- en Prinsengracht did arise and were connected by side-streets. At the end of last century enterpreneur Djoeke Wessing initiated name and association De 9 Straatjes. The names of these alleyways do refer to the old skintanning industry. As Huiden, Ree, Beren en Wolvenstraat stands for Skin, Dear, Bears and Woolfsstreet!
The 9 Streets In The Press
‘For that true taste of A’dam. Nine little streets that are big on personality.’ (National Geographic)
‘It’s areas like this that really make you feel comfortable in Amsterdam.’ (Lonely Planet)
‘A must if you want to hang out where the locals do.’ (Thomas Cook Travel Magazine)
‘In the mood for some retail therapy? Visit De 9 Straatjes. It is charming and delightful.’ (Vanity Fairs)
‘Easily Amsterdam’s best shopping hub; a charming mixture of designer boutiques, art galleries, vintage clothing stores, gift shops and places to eat and drink.’ (The New York Times)