Charming cafe-bar in de Pijp is simple, friendly and ‘gezellig’
The 9 Streets is a network of shopping lanes full of elegant character.
Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum is a magazine shop in a cozy square at the inner edge of the canal belt. Adjoining its fully fledged bookseller sibling, the bijou Athenaeum is a mouthwatering proposition for anyone with a love for print and who looks for titles they haven’t seen before, or seeks the titles they long for.
Follow the tram tracks south-ish from Rembrandtplein and you’ll find yourself stepping onto Utrechtsestraat. This is a bustling avenue that cuts across the canal belt at the east side of the city centre, providing an impressive mixture of places in which to eat, drink and shop.
Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk are a single-stretch of shopping streets slightly to the west of Centraal Station. Once a bit of a no-go area, the stretch’s shady past is long behind it, now hosting a mixture of homeware and clothes boutiques in between the liberal smattering of coffee shops.
Gerard Douplein and Gerard Doustraat are an interconnected square and street, a literal stone’s throw from other de Pijp hotspots we’ve blogged such as Eerste Sweelinckstraat, Eerste van der Helststraat and Albert Cuypmarkt and the various food, drink and shopping venues on them we already know and love.
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.