If you are looking for a unique shopping experience while in Amsterdam, de Negen Straatjes (the Nine Little Streets) is the place to... more » go. In the Nine Streets you will find specialty stores, boutique shops and high-end vendors housed in a wonderful mix of 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings.
The 200+ shops of the Nine Streets are located just a five-minute walk west of Dam Square in the western canal district, which is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These streets have been home to shops since the 17th century when the merchant-class lived in grand canal houses. The cross streets connecting the canals became shopping streets providing food, clothing and furnishings for the wealthy canal-side residents.
This guide provides a mix of men's and women's clothing, shoes, ceramics, prints, specialty food shops and a wonderful canal-side cafe. The shops included are unique and independent. In some cases the goods are made or designed right in Amsterdam. Proprietors are on hand at many of the shops. Today these shops are under pressure from high-end vendors who are willing to pay high rents to occupy these unique shopping streets. Supporting the shops in this guide will not only provide you with unique goods, but also help support the spirit of the Nine Streets. less «