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Over the past ten years, a sophisticated shopping area has emerged along nine alleyways of the Amsterdam canal belt. The area is called “The 9 Streets” and it is brimming with quirky shops, cafes and restaurants. While some chain stores have started to invade, independent brands and local designers have held their ground. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Denham Men (Runsraat 18)
There are several shops in the area by this local brand, but the men’s shop has a funky vibe and a more focused collection. Come here for the best jeans you will find anywhere, made with Japanese and Italian fabrics. They have a custom tailor on hand to make sure your new threads fit just so and a courtyard with old-fashioned dye tubs.
2. PRJCT AMS (Gasthuismolensteeg 18)
This shop has an eponymous line of classics including T-shirts, sweaters and jackets, plus selections from independent European designers.
3. One Man Show (Huidenstraat 32)
A recently opened concept store about the size of a closet, it features edgy men’s clothing by a young Dutch designer.
4. The Frozen Fountain (Prinsengracht 645)
On the periphery of the area, the Frozen Fountain is an exquisite home accessories and furniture store featuring Dutch and international designers. In addition, there is an array of items, like chess sets and iPad cases, which you will find irresistible.
5. Mensocks (Runsraat 6)
As you might guess, this store is all about socks and the variety and selection is overwhelming.
6. Haar Barbaar (Wolvenstraat 35)
Happen to need some grooming while in Amsterdam? Come here for a cut and shave in a vintage atmosphere.
Food & Drink:
When you’re feeling a bit peckish from all of that shopping, head to Pluk (Reestraat 19) for organic snacks, fresh juices and coffee.
For a quick lunch go to Burgerlijk (Runstraat 1), where you can join the Dutch version of the burger craze that seems to be sweeping over Europe.
Jansz (Reestraat 8), which is part of the Pulitzer Hotel, is an elegant option for dinner and the adjacent Pulitzer Bar was just named one of the best in the world.
If you are looking for cheese, avoid the ubiquitous Amsterdam Cheese Company stores and head to Kaaskamer (Runstraat 7), where you will find the finest selection of cheeses, sausages and other sundries.
5. “Brown Bars”
Despite all of the changes during recent years, traditional “brown bars”–cozy pubs where you can grab a beer and some snacks–still dot the area and serve as a reminder of the neighborhood’s past.
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Paul Bachant, Insider Voyges | June 23, 2016
After traveling the world extensively, living abroad for long stretches and fully immersing himself in foreign cultures, Paul Bachant founded Insider Voyages to share his passion and expertise with those on a journey of discovery.
Formerly a senior executive for a global luxury retailer, Paul has an elevated aesthetic that informs his unique approach to traveling in style. He also knows the value of building loyal relationships with his clients, the better to serve their individual needs. And then there is his restless curiosity. It drives him to continually seek out inspiring destinations, resources and relationships wherever he goes. For Paul, the most memorable trips are those that reveal the authentic heart of a place.
Paul continues to travel frequently, not only as a contribution to his work, but also for the pure joy of discovering new destinations and experiences.