If you’re looking for shopping, then the ‘De Negen Straatjes’ (or The 9 Streets) is where you should head to.
It’s store after store of boutiques, one-off shops, and a few great chains that make the cut, dotted with some great restaurants and cafes in between.
I found myself coming back to this area again and again. It’s a small condensed cluster that makes it easily walkable. Personally, I loved popping in and out of the incredible stores, then sitting on one of the patios for lunch and people watching.
Shop at Marie-Stella-Maris for conscious creams, oils, and beauty products (not to mention a stunning interior). Other shops worth checking out include KO for cool design products & souvenirs (that don’t suck), OU for leather sandals and curated clothes, and Skins Cosmetics for the most incredible fragrance & skin care collection.
Eat at Jansz for the incredible food and interior (also, the sidewalk patio is ideally situated). For a midday coffee or snack, head to Wolvenstraat 23:
Once you’ve seen all there is to see amongst the 9 streets, walk through the nearby Bloemenmarkt. Although it’s become quite the tourist attraction, in my opinion, a girl can never have too much flowers.
Dinner at Moeders. While this place may not be considered 9 Streets proper, it sits right on the area’s edge is a must-try. Featuring traditional Dutch dishes in a eccentric space, its an experience unlike any other. The walls are lined with real-life framed photographs of mother’s, most of which are the matriarch’s of actual patrons that have eaten there. The food itself is also fantastic, no-fuss, comforting, and goes down great with a local beer.