by Andy in Cool Travel on Sunday 27 July 2008

The Nine Streets, or ‘De Negen Straatjes’, is so named for the nine small, cosy streets between Raadhuisstraat and Leidsestraat, just minutes from the heart of Amsterdam. The streets house a great number of vintage stores, alternative fashion, and specialised theme stores – including some particularly good Dutch bookstores. It sure is a spectacular area, and is encased by some of Amsterdam’s finest 17th century canals. I can imagine years ago it would’ve been incredible for discovering new art, literature and fashion, but recently Paul Frank, Carhatt and Vans managed to sneak in there – amongst others – so it doesn’t feel quite so adventurous anymore. A must see all the same, some of the more eclectic vintage stores are amazing.