'The 9 Streets' is the collective name for nine small cozy shopping streets between Raadhuisstraat and Leidsestraat.
Here you'll find vintage second hand shops, alternative fashion boutiques and speciality stores. The streets also lend themselves very well for a delicious cup of coffee and a brief escape from the bustle of Amsterdam.
The 9 streets emerged around the old medieval center of the three main canals, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. These were connected with each other. In the 17th century the 9 streets were officially connected. Nearly four hundred years later, the area is still buzzing from crafts, special restaurants, galleries and a unique range of small & specialist shops.
Entrepreneur Djoeke Wessing was the first who started a shop in the 9 Streets. She found that there was a good connection between the streets and the canals, but there was little contact among themselves. This needed to be much better, she thought, and decided to put everything in order to join forces. This created, under her leadership, an association which soon became known as 'The 9 Streets' and this beautiful part of Amsterdam became widely known as the best shopping city and country!