De 9 Straatjes
Bursting with shops, cafes, and galleries, this picturesque neighborhood located right in the Canal District is the perfect spot for a day out. The 9 Straatjes is a charming area, where nine shopping alleys connect to the well-known canal streets Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht, and the Singel. In this Instagrammable district, the shopping enthusiast will find a charming mixture of small boutiques, designer shops, vintages stores, and gift shops. Most of the boutiques' products are basic, trendy, and high-quality materials. Go hunting for vintage treasures or discover some of the best high-end Dutch designers.
After shopping for the best items, you might want to treat yourself at one of the relaxing spas located in the nine streets. Fully unwind with a relaxing massage, enjoy a facial, or get your eyebrows or nails done. But this neighborhood is way more than just a shopping district. Starting from the early morning, the nine streets are the local hot spot to enjoy a healthy smoothie or a pick-me-up coffee with pastries. In the afternoon you can have a delightful lunch in one of the cafes. Especially on Sundays, you will find many spots which offer top quality brunches. In many of the lunch hot spots you can find small items of home decor or accessories, which makes the perfect gift that your friends actually would like to have from your stay in Amsterdam. At night, several cozy restaurants will welcome you for a delightful dinner. Enjoy live music or choose from a wide selection of restaurants that specialize in everything from artisan burgers to vegetarian food. Afterward, a stroll down the canals in the moonlight will set the mood.
As the 9 Straatjes district is located in the city center, it is on only a few minutes' walk away from the Dam Square, Westertoren, and Leidseplein. When you are visiting this impressive neighborhood, don't forget to go for the hidden gems like the "Hazenstraat," also known as "tenth" street. With the 9 straatjes getting more popular by the day, it's the perfect street to look for the hippest restaurants and stores.