Nine Little Streets, Amsterdam
The Nine Little Streets (Wijde Heisteeg, Huidenstraat, Runstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Wolvenstraat, Berenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Hartenstraat and Reestraat) house a number of unique shops.
Art Deco at the Wolvenstraat 20 is one you should not miss.
The window of the Witte Tanden Winkel at the Runstraat 5 is also a must.
2009 update: A tenth little street has been added to the nine existing ones.
What to buy: Those special goodies.
The 9 little streets are running parallel toeach other between Singel and Prinsengracht in the western part of the city center. You don't find the international stores like H&M or body shop here but tiny individual unique shops, and also little bars and cafes. This area is one of my favorite places in Amsterdam. Just wonderful to walk around, have a look in the shops, have a coffee, check out a gallery and do some shopping.
In the picture you see a shop selling travel books only, located at the corner Oude Spiegelstraat/ Singel.
The streets in that are are Reestr., Hartenstr., Gasthuismolenst., Berenstr., Wolvenstr., Oude Spiegelstr. , Runstr. , Huidenstr. and Wijde Heisteeg.. They have a little website listing all the shops, galleries, cafes etc, show a map and tell you a bit (in English) about the history of the area.
La Savonnerie is a soap shop. Many special soaps lkie Tade, Lothantique, Durance, Acca Kappa, Mediterranean Spa, Asinerie du Pays des Collines, Badeanstalten and Chilli are for sale, but it's also possible to have your own special soap made at the spot.
The shop is not at the Nine Little Streets, but just one bridge crossing to the South away at the middle 3 streets. Have a look at the Johnny Jordaan square too while you are there.
Business hours: Mo-Sa: 10AM - 6PM
What to buy: Soap (as a gift)
What to pay: Euro 5
The area between the Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht contains an intimate shopping centre known as ‘De 9 Straatjes’ (The 9 Streets). The nine picturesque small streets connecting the canals are filled with one-of-a-kind small shops, vintage stores, alternative fashion, specialised theme stores and galleries. This part of the city centre is very popular among shoppers on a search for unique products and gifts. The streets are also an excellent location for a good cup of coffee and a short escape from the busier streets of Amsterdam.
In an early 2010 trip I discovered this wondeful shop was closed and being transformed into who knows what?
H. J. van de Kerkhof - Fournituren was an authentic shop supplying everything what you need for making cloths, curtains and more. There was so much stuff stashed in this small shop. Where did it all go?
McLennan's is a shop selling pure silk products.
So, if you are looking for silk fabric for curtains, pillows, bridal clothing and more; have a look inside.
Mo: 1PM - 6PM
Tu-Fr: 10.30AM - 6PM
Sa: 10.30Am - 5.30PM
What to buy: SILK
Jan Best Verlichting is a shop specialising in decorative lamps.
Well, Jan describes it as: nostalgic lamps and timeless furniture.
Mo-Fr: 10:30AM - 6PM
Sa: 10:30AM - 5PM
What to buy: Lamps
What to pay: Top prices.
Roerende Zaken is a shop where you can find classic design objects from furniture to clocks, lamps and othe decorative items.
Th-Fr: 1PM - 6PM
Sa: 1PM - 5PM
Su: 2PM - 5PM
or at appointment by phone.
De Kaaskamer is a shop loaded with cheese. Over 300 cheese varietries from of all over the globe are stored at this place.
What to buy: Cheese!
Famous is a small memorabilia shop in one of The Nine Little Streets.
What to buy: Memorabilia of one of your heroes.
The Fifties-Sixties shop is cramped with original stuff.
It´s like taking a trip to your childhood years.
STOUT is a poshy lingerie shop. Stout is Dutch for naughty. Well ladies, do I have to explain more?
Mind you; their website is for 18+!
What to buy: Lingerie (a bit naughty)
Antionia is a small shop loaded with slippers. All sizes, fabrics and colours; an amazing collecting.
What to buy: Slippers!