Eerste Sweelinckstraat and Eerste van der Helststraat are in the heart of de Pijp, running in parallel from Albert Cuypmarkt to opposite ends of Sarphatipark. Both streets are pedestrianised (apart from bikes of course) and offer a great mixture of laid back and unique venues to eat, drink and shop.
Throughout the summer – or on sunny winter afternoons – locals make the most of the space by spilling out of the cafes and restaurants onto the pavements to enjoy food and drinks from brunch ’til dinner.
There are lots of places to note (not least Little Collins, Flamingo and Cafe Schilder) but De Emaillekeizer, on Eerste Sweelinckstraat, is a particularly unique little shop piled high with enamelware and crafts from around the globe. As frustrated food stylists, Team Kompas is enthralled by its charming stock of plates, utensils and kitchen equipment but De Emaillekeizer also has a large range of West African crafts as well as a selection of reggae and African music to buy; some of which is always pumping out of the sound system and guaranteed to loosen your hips while you browse the shops treasures.