If you have been in Amsterdam a few times, and the city just draws you in over and over again, what more would you want then an authentic nice neighbourhood to walk around. I have just the streets for you to enjoy canal views, pop in a cafe and get ideas by visiting boutique shops.
Haarlemmerstraat – a few blocks from central station this street is transforming and now offers boutique shops that are different and new. You need to look beyond the tacky tourist shops and coffee shops that are still there, but you will be surprised. Go to &Klevering for your presents or household stuff. And Sukha is my haven of tranquility and new and different clothes and decorations. Bart’s – a local brand for hats – has a flagship store here also and is the place to go if you need a warm hat on a winter Amsterdam day.
If you are up for a break or you need a moment to check some emails Het Warenhuis is your spot. This corner building houses a restaurant with a quirky 70s decoration and the perfect vibe for you to take your breakfast coffee, lunch or afternoon cocktail.
Brouwersgracht – if you need to have that canal view, just around the corner you will have the Brouwersgracht, which is your perfect selfie spot with canal background. Or if you’re not about selfies it might be just what you need and take in the views of lovely facades of old warehouses reflecting in the water amongst the houseboats.
Westerstraat – and a bit more into the Jordaan – the Dutch name for this neighbourhood – you will find Westerstraat. You’ll feel like walking in your familiar neighbourhood without the overload of tourist. Go roam and find Marcel Wander’s Amsterdam brand store for Moooi. He is known for his groundbreaking furniture, decorating many houses and hotels. After these hours you probably feel like a drink and the only place that you need to make sure to check is Finch at the Noordermarkt. It is a classic and your cafe for tasting the Dutch bitterballen and hang out with the locals.