When you have had enough of shopping on the busy Kalverstraat, head to the Nine Streets (de 9 Straatjes) for a more authentic and relaxing experience.
In an area constructed in the first half of the 17th-century, the nine side streets, located a mere two minutes walk from Dam Square, connect the main canals between Leidsegracht and Raadhuisstraat.
The names of some of the streets give a glimpse into the types of shops that could be found here in earlier times – trade in animal hides for the leather industry:
– Huidenstraat (Skins Street)
– Berenstraat (Bears Street)
– Wolvenstraat (Wolves Street)
– Hartenstraat (Hearts Street)
– Runstraat (named for the oak bark used for tanning)
– Reestraat (Roe Deer Street)
– Gasthuismolensteeg (Guest House Mill Ally)
– Oude Spiegelstraat (Old Mirror Street)
Nowadays shoppers will find all sorts of opportunities from vintage to designer shopping, as well as artisanal businesses, hidden cafes, galleries, and restaurants.
The list of streets that make up The Nine Streets are: Huidenstraat, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Hartenstraat, until Runstraat and Reestraat, plus the three alleys on the side of the canal the Singel: de Wijde Heisteeg, Gasthuismolensteeg and the Oude Spiegelstraat