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The Nine Streets Neighbourhood of Amsterdam: A Guide

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Updated: 7 March 2017
The charming, photogenic neighbourhood contained within the western quarter of Amsterdam’s iconic canal belt is colloquially known as the Negen Straatjes (the Nine Streets). These picturesque lanes are lined with many attractions and are renowned for their outstanding boutique stores, chic restaurants and cosy cafés. Here’s what to expect when exploring the Nine Streets.

Reestraat

Two excellent restaurants called Bussia and Nooch are located on Reestraat, that specialise in Italian and Asian cuisine respectively. Apart from dining, the street also features an antique watch store, Buddhist art gallery and specialist tobacco dealer.

Hartenstraat

Although the Nine Streets are usually associated with boutique fashion, the neighbourhood is also among the best places in Amsterdam to find high-end, international brands, and Fred Perry, COS, Timberland and Carhatt all have stores on Hartenstraat, making it perfect for fashion lovers.

Gasthuismolensteeg

Despite its small size, this lane between Hartenstraat and Singel has plenty to offer, including one of the best vinyl stores in Amsterdam, Waxwell Records, which is renowned for its excellent hiphop section. The national spectacles museum is also located on Gasthusimolensteeg and sells a wide variety of vintage eyewear.

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Gasthuismolensteeg | © Frank Weber / Flickr

Wijde Heisteeg

This exceptionally narrow street has a disproportionate amount of attractions including the Amsterdam Cheese Company, Roza Italian Fashion Outlet and J. Zellig tobacco store. It is also only a short distance away from Amsterdam’s floating flower market.

Wolvenstraat

Due to its outstanding boutiques, trendy cafés and other leading businesses, Wolvenstraat is extremely popular among locals. Highlights include affordable and fashionable womenswear from Anecdote, professional gent’s grooming at Haarbarbaar and delicious, hearty meals from Restaurant Brix.

Runstraat

Cheese fanatics should definitely stop by de Kaaskamer on Runstraat as the store sells a massive selection of delicious, locally sourced Goudas and Edams. A traditional Dutch pub called Café de Doffer is located on the opposite side of the road and is regularly frequented by students from the University of Amsterdam.

De Kaaskamer | ©cheeseslave/Flickr
De Kaaskamer | ©cheeseslave/Flickr

Oude Spiegelstraat

One of the Netherland’s largest travel book stores is situated on Oude Spiegelstraat, alongside several fashion-orientated retailers including a designer women’s shoe boutique called Shoediction and Maria Tailor’s Amsterdam brand store.

Huidenstraat

Popular eyewear designers, Ace & Tate, recently opened a new store on Huidenstraat, which faces directly onto the famous academic watering-hole Café de Pels. Discount fashion store We Are Labels also has two showrooms on Huidenstraat.

Berenstraat

Amsterdam’s famed secondhand fashion brand Episode has its largest store on Berenstraat, which is located next to several other excellent clothing retailers such as Scotch & Soda, Gooscraft and Parisienne. A typical Dutch restaurant called Zwaantje is also located on the northern side of the street.