De Negen Straatjes (Nine Little Streets)

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24/7 daily; shops and restaurants operate indi...

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Free, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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De Negen Straatjes, or the Nine Little Streets, are exactly that – nine streets that run between the Prinsengracht and Singel canals and are lined with shops and boutiques. (For your orientation, the Singel is the first main canal that wraps around the city center.) Vintage clothing shops nestle alongside accessories stores and interior design boutiques, and hours vary by store.

Recent travelers called the area a lovely place to stroll and said it was less touristy than other parts of the city. Though you'll likely rub elbows with plenty of other travelers, you'll also encounter your fair share of locals.

When your feet get tired, you can take a break from shopping and pop into either Nielsen cafe for an apple tart or the Pompadour for some homemade chocolate – two stops recommended by past visitors. De Negen Straatjes can be reached by the 1, 2, 5, 13, 14 or 17 tram. For a listing (or map) of the area's exact offerings, check out the website.

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