De Negen Straatjes
If you thought Amsterdam was just for illicit thrill seekers and Stag Weekenders then it’s time to think again. The city is equally renowned for its quirky design stores, endless boutiques and canal-side cafes.
After years of shopping in the UK where all High Streets look the same, it can be hard to remember how stimulating poking about in shops can be. De Negen Straatjes is the chic and slightly boho district covering the Nine Streets – a direct translation – surrounding the four canals east of the Jordaan. It is home to all manner of fascinating shops. Vintage lighting stores sit cheek by jowl alongside tiny stores selling antique lithographs, trendy shoes, clothes, jewellery and arty objets.
These are shops begging for a rummage, places in which to lose yourself and emerge hours later, blinking at the light with a purchase you’d no idea you needed but now can’t live without.
If this sounds like a cup of tea from which you would happily sup then you will be greedy for our guide to the best of De Negen Straatjes.
Prinsheerlijk Antiek Shop, Prinsengracht 579, www.prinsheerlijkantiques.com
Harold van de Goot presides over this family run business. All original European antiques: chandeliers, mirrors, paintings, pianos and furnishing. A never ending warren of rooms and all too easy to drop a few thousand Euro.
Scotch and Soda, Hudienstraat 3-5, Wolvenstraat 14, (kids) & Berenstraat 15, www.scotch-soda.com
Easy wearing, effortless and informal. Scotch and Soda is a big name in Amsterdam, selling clothes for men, women and children: conventional clothes with just enough of a quirk to keep it interesting.
Laura Dols, Wolvenstraat 7, www.lauradols.nl
The original Amsterdam vintage emporium, even those who don’t normally do vintage swoon at Laura Dols. Start your vintage collection with a little 1950’s box clutch bag and feel that Grace Kelly style.
Bags and Stationary
Property of…., Herenstraat 2, www.thepropertyof.com
Extensive range of Millicanesque (see A Hume range), fine bags and accessories. Predominantly for men but also women. The displays alone are worthy of admiration.
Mendo, Berenstraat 11, www.mendo.nl
The place to stock your coffee table with the swankiest titles in art, design, architecture, fashion and photography. Glossy baubles of bookish wonder. We hear from Roy at Mendo they have just opened a new store in London, Mendo@citizenM Bankside
Restored, Haarlemmerdijk 39 , www.restored.nl
Step softly into the world of Restored. A cornucopia of work by young designers with a distinctly feminine and floaty feel. Ceramics, books, magazines, clothes and more.
Galerie Louise Smit, Prinsengracht 615, www.galerielouisesmit.nl
Uber-chic jewellery in a gallery setting. A cut above your usual bling, some pieces more wearable than others, all collectable and truly unique.
Jorge Cohen Edelsmid, Singel 414, www.jorgecohen.nl
Borrowed glamour from a bygone age – Art Deco jewellery, reclaimed, restored and reproduced. Enough colour, sparkle and bling to make a magpie dizzy. Stunning range of elegant men’s cufflinks.
Art Deco Amsterdam – Djoeke Wessing, Huidenstraat 20, www.wessing.nl
Burrowing through the collection of vintage and reproduction Deco lighting in the store is bound to bring on cravings for cocktails and longings for Gatsby. Find the perfect desk lamp for the perfect study.
Just plain curious…
Amber 35, Herenstraat 35.
The most visually arresting window display in the 9 Streets. Amber 35 sells furniture and curios from Bali and other Eastern countries including beautiful, delicately carved water buffalo skulls.
the Otherist, Leliegracht 6, www.otherist.com
A very esoteric and unusual collection of ‘things’ squirreled away in one little shop; prints, lithographs, books, perfumes, soaps, jewellery, household, books and goodness knows what.