Shopping in Amsterdam the Nine Streets area – part 1

Amsterdam II 091For our second trip of shopping in Amsterdam we go to the “Negen Straatjes”: the Nine Streets. An area of old buildings, quaint little shops, lots of little lunch places and (for the time being) hardly any big stores. This is the best fun shopping area in Amsterdam. Which consist, as you probably already have guessed, of 9 little streets. Sometimes when I go there with a friend we can only cover 2 streets as we go from door to door.

Here is the little map of the route we walked. We started at the top, at the corner of Prinsengracht and Reestraat in Koffiehuis De Hoek (Coffeeshop The Corner), to enjoy a lovely cappuccino.

Amsterdam II nine streets map“We” that day, means my friend Helena, who is always game for some shopping. She was wearing a beautiful coral necklace, knowing I would love that. Present from her husband (I am not the only lucky girl). See Helena below:Amsterdam II 006
And here am I, wearing an Ina necklace (green beads with blue lapis lazuli at the bottom), big modern watch (present husband).
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The shopping commenced in Reestraat. Passing a fine Italian restaurant Bussia (it was still a bit too early for luch), we went into Miss Jones, with bags, accessories, clothes and designer shoes from size 34 to 45 (European sizes). Nearly bought a pair of incredibly good booties from a famous Dutch shoe designer: Jan Janssen.

Below: restaurant Bussia at number 28 and Miss Jones at number 26:

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Next stop was Suspence (nice and easy if these shops have an English name; no need for translation) at number 22. As you can see below, Helena was checking out the clothes, while I fell for a faux gold cuff bracelet (seen here) and a yellow necklace. How about these glitter turn-ups on the jeans of the left doll?
Amsterdam II 013At number 18 the shop “Who’s that girl & Wow to go”, with clothes in all colours. Or as they say: “Bright colors, playful prints and a touch of retro”. I love that doll which is always in front of the shop.Amsterdam II 021At the end of Reestraat, near the Keizersgracht you can find beautiful vintage and antique watches at Amsterdam Watch Company. 
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Two years ago I bought this watch there. The dial is hidden:
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Crossing the Keizersgracht, going straight through to Hartenstraat. At number 1: Hesther van Eeghen. If you ever wanted a special bag, gloves or wallet, this is the place to be. Below two pictures of her shop window:Amsterdam II 026

Amsterdam II 027Below: when I saw these loafers in the window of Lock Stock & Barrel (number 26) I thought of Rita, a woman I “met” on 40+Style. I bet she would love them.
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Below: And it is time for lunch at Van Harte, Hartenstraat 24, which we did. To protect their privacy, I blurred the faces of the people.
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Below: at number 22 Hartenstraat is McLennan’s pure silk. Fantastic fabric store. Remember my purple silk jacket? This is the shop where I bought the material. As you can see, they sell scarfs too. Silk of course. The way they displayed it, reminded me of a room in Judiths’ house (Style Crone) with even more scarfs, displayed in the same way. See here.

Of course we had a little look. I cannot remember whether Helena bought a scarf this time, but she did the time we were in the shop before.
Amsterdam II 035And then to my total surprise… at number 16…. Karl Lagerfeld. All in black and white: his favourite, my favourite. Can you see the cut-out of Karls’ face through the doorway? Could not resist going in and finally found the perfect bag to replace my black plastic shopping bag of EURO 2,00 which I had been using for 12 years.
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It embarrasses me to admit I bought this bag. Or do you agree that looking for the right shopping bag for so long to replace a battered plastic one, is a good reason?
The bag is as light as a feather with a great big opening at the top. See pictures below. Never mind the cardigan I am wearing. My husband says it is hideous and after seeing the photos I agree with him. Look at the bag and my cute cat Sophie on the roof in the lower right picture.

Amsterdam II 040Across the road at number 19: Kleikollektief. A shop with great ceramic work. I think the two bowls with Neptune are probably work in cooperation. I know them by their geometrical work.
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Hartenstraat number 7: Fab. (I told you … we go from door to door. So many nice shops.) Fab. is known for their fun bag designs. Have a look at their website. If you cannot visit me in Amsterdam, you can order their stuff as they ship internationally. (Gosh they should really pay me for all this advertising, don’t you think? Alas.. they don’t.)
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At number 5 the clothes shop ML. Here is where I bought my lemon green jacket (LAST year).
I was strong. I resisted the black and white jackets… It hurt, but I made it out the door without spending anything. Looking at these photos, there is still a painful longing….
Amsterdam II 048At the beginning of this post I introduced you to Hester van Eeghen and her fabulous bags. Further down the street, at number 1 she has her shoe shop.
Amsterdam II 052On the corner of Hartenstraat and Herengracht we found Parwan, a shop with original jewellery from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, India, Burma, Nepal and Tibet. Helena wanted a big silver ring to go with her necklace and earrings, and… succeeded. See the rings in the top right picture below. She chose the one on her ring finger, but she wears it on her middle finger.
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Time to look across the canal. Yep Amsterdam is smashing.

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Herengracht 300: Kaldi for perfect coffee and thee. This girl was looking so lovely sitting outside this shop, I had to take her picture. Great hat, great style.
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And onwards around the corner into Huidenstraat, where the feet prints on the street did not tempt us enough ……
But more of that next month. As I said, the 9 Streets hold so many pleasant surprises, you need quite a bit of time to see everything.
Stay tuned my dear visitors.

If you like to see more of the Nine Streets, see my post here. And underneath the tab Amsterdam (top navigation) you will find more reports on Amsterdam areas.



    • Greetje
      28 October 2013 / 12:46

      Thank you. Why do you think I am smart?

  1. 28 October 2013 / 09:13

    Greetje, now I am convinced you secretly work for the Amsterdam tourist office and shops… 😉
    I hope they pay you well for all the lovely photos and insider tips or give you great discounts *g*
    Fabulous shops and I love your look in the blue long jacket and nude booties!
    Also Helena’s ring is awesome.

    Thank you for all your kind comments recntly, much appreaciated!!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      28 October 2013 / 12:38

      No Annette, no discount at all. At the moment these “reports” are very much about shopping. In future (after about another 2 to 3 articles on the shopping topic) I want to branch out a bit. Less shops and more interesting outfit things. But perhaps my readers like these shopping posts. Too soon to tell yet.
      And I think it is funny that you like my blue cardigan. It was the best photo I could find. All the rest showed that it is a wrong purchase.

  2. Rosemary
    28 October 2013 / 11:01

    Oooh, oooh,oooh! I will absolutely DIE when I come to Amsterdam and see such fabulous things. I’m afraid my bank account shall never recover!!! It’s like saying to an alcoholic, “here, have all the drinks you want, they’re free!”

    Never mind, I can’t wait to come and feast my eyes on the wonderful shops and gorgeous streets. How lovely you and your friend look. Isn’t it wonderful how with the internet we can “meet” and chat?

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary from

    • Greetje
      28 October 2013 / 12:42

      I totally agree with you Rosemary. It is fun to meet kindred souls like this. That is why I thought it would be nice to meet one another in person. Hope you are saving up for May as nothing in those shops is for free I am afraid, hahaha. There are vintage shops in that area too. Just have not photographed them. Stupid of me. Would have been a nice mix.

  3. 28 October 2013 / 12:08

    I have been bugging my husband to take me to Amsterdam for over a year now, eversince Emirates opened the route to the city. The last time I was there was in 1993! and it was not even with him! I have to go again, soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing these images, I will use them to persuade my husband to take me soon!!


    • Greetje
      28 October 2013 / 12:45

      If you come in May (or September) you can meet some other readers too. You don’t have to hang out with the rest of the group all the time, perhaps just one day or half a day, while your husband is checking out shops with technical stuff (assuming he is interested in that sort of thing haha).

      • 29 October 2013 / 07:30

        I take note and read the posts on it and if my husband’s leave permit (coincide with the dates and months) I would love to join the fun! Will definitely let you know 🙂

        • Greetje
          29 October 2013 / 18:18

          That would be so great !!

  4. 28 October 2013 / 13:00

    hello, I say that has style “elegant”.
    Best Regards

    • Greetje
      28 October 2013 / 13:55

      Thank you. Very kind. I am flattered.

  5. 28 October 2013 / 13:59

    Looks like you have some downright incredible shopping right outside your door. Oh the shoes and bags, I’d be in heaven! I love the black and white jacket in the window also. I’m guessing you two had a fun day. I love the blue sweater you are wearing. It looks so stylish with your belt and purse but it’s the very cool booties that make it sing!

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      28 October 2013 / 17:04

      Believe me Ann, that blue cardigan is not that nice on me in real life. I took the only good photograph. But I agree that the booties work well. Wearing them today as a matter of fact.
      And yes, the shops in Amsterdam have great stuff which is why it was a financial disaster for me to create this post haha.

  6. 28 October 2013 / 14:12

    Great report which brings home so many memories. That Karl Lagerfield store is a surprise! And you bought a great bag there. By the way, I think you were referring to Rita (not Rina). To all your readers out there who are still making up their mind about coming: the 9 streets alone are worth the trip!

    • Greetje
      28 October 2013 / 17:07

      Oh Thanks. Of course I mean Rita. (Rina is a nice woman at our advertising agency.)
      And perhaps my posts on the 9 Streets will convince more readers to come in May or September.

  7. josep-maria
    28 October 2013 / 20:30

    Some shops and beautiful photos, how beautiful is Amsterdam! I like your blue jacket.

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 18:28

      The blue cardigan is not so nice in reality though. But I am glad you like the “tour”.

  8. Catia
    28 October 2013 / 20:43

    Your blog and pictures are very expressive and colourful. Like you!

    • Greetje
      28 October 2013 / 20:45

      Wow, thank you. And welcome to my little blog. Nice of you to leave a comment (and such a nice one too).

  9. 28 October 2013 / 21:10

    Well Greetje, you make me wish to visit Amsterdam. What a great review about it.
    Lovely pictures of nice shops….. and you bought a very nice bag.
    What a great post.


    • Greetje
      28 October 2013 / 21:30

      Yes, it is not just Paris you know. LOL

  10. 28 October 2013 / 22:06

    What a wonderful post, Greetje! Amsterdam seems to be a colorful city and I like thinking that it is, in some way, very similar to you:unconventional and joyful!
    In my opinion, this is the best post about Amsterdam you have shared until now. I love the idea to sit in the open air sipping a delicious cappuccino!!
    It would be very nice to visit it with you! ( Oh, how much I would like to come!!)
    Your bag is huge, and for that reason I like it even more. . . I always have a lot of essential stuff to keep in handy!!

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 05:15

      It would be so nice if you could come over to Amsterdam. And yes, Amsetrdam is like me. When I first set foot in this city I was 17. And my first thought was: “oh this is where I belong. This is my place”. I regret not living there anymore. Fortunately it is only 15 minutes away by train.
      The black bag is indeed so big on purpose. It is not a fancy bag they call shopper. It IS a shopping bag.

  11. 29 October 2013 / 01:19

    Thanks for taking us on your little shopping tour. You make me want to go back to Amsterdam!

    I adore your friend’s coral necklace – what a gorge statement piece!

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 05:17

      I will gladly accompany you if you ever return. And would want that.

        • Greetje
          1 November 2013 / 13:16

          Would be entirely my pleasure.

  12. Happiness at Mid Life
    29 October 2013 / 04:31

    Thanks for sharing your shopping trip with us! I really like the vintage watch that your a couple of years ago. And you have great will power to resist those pretty black and white blazers. I have no will power.

    For me, I prefer to spend money on a good leather bag that will last me for years. The color and shape is so classic, you will get your money’s worth out of this gorgeous all around purse.


    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 05:18

      And the bag is really meant for city shopping. Not for being fancy. Glad you like the post.

  13. 29 October 2013 / 04:45

    Ok, the opening picture with that lovely print scarf is beautiful. Remember your post with the green boots? Wouldn’t that scarf work well with the boots?…. It looks like it has that shade of green.
    About the black bag. It’s not hideous in my opinion. Maybe a little plain compared to the bags in the window shot picture. Really playful and colorful. And I agree with you about the black and white jackets. I would feel really sick if I passed on them. Especially the one with the fir trim.

    I love your pictures of Amsterdam. They are stunning 🙂

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 05:21

      Thank you Glenda. Glad you enjoyed it.
      It is not the black bag my husband found hideous. He meant the blue cardigan. (Sometimes I swerve off topic.)

  14. 29 October 2013 / 10:48

    Dear Greetje,
    just toke a tour with you trough the 9 Streets and loved it!!Good job,we do it again some time in real time.

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 18:31

      Oh yes we sure will. Thanks for your comment.

  15. 29 October 2013 / 14:21

    This was a thrilling tour, Greetje. Breathtaking! I clicked on the websites, and was in heaven when I found the Fab body paint gloves. They would be mine today if not for the price! Amsterdam is not only beautiful, but it looks like it would take days to explore the many unique and beautiful shops.

    Thank you for the mention. You’re right. The silk scarves are displayed in the same way that I display mine.

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 18:35

      You have more scarves though haha. And yes the euro is a bit expensive to the dollar.

  16. 29 October 2013 / 14:26

    Nice article again, Greetje. And yes, I LOVE the Nine Streets, although I don’t go to Amsterdam often anymore.

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 20:29

      Thanks my wonderful stylist. Miss you.

  17. Rebecca
    29 October 2013 / 17:15

    What a wonderful post about Amsterdam shopping – I wish I could hop on the next flight and join you and your friend. I absolutely love the shoes and bags and wonder if they are sold anywhere in NYC. Anyway thanks for taking me along on this fun shopping adventure!

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 21:16

      The shoes and bags of Hester van Eeghen are sold online in the US. Have a look at the link in my post.

  18. 29 October 2013 / 17:20

    Greetje, Watch out, your local travel agency is sure to snatch you up. You are doing a fantastic selling job of your town. I had the most spectacular view last week from the air. The morning was cloudless and your hometown is absolutely breathtaking, so lush and green. I hope to visit in person to see these sights your teasing us with.

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 21:19

      I hope so too. Oh how I hope! I was so mad at myself for not having met you at Schiphol. For not having cancelled that stupid meeting. Hope you can come and visit.

  19. 29 October 2013 / 21:19

    love the white coat with that pastel scarf
    all that shopping…heaven

    • Greetje
      29 October 2013 / 21:44

      It was heaven! Although not for my bank account. And thanks for the compliment about the coat. You are the first one to notice. LOL

  20. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    31 October 2013 / 15:12

    Amsterdam is so lucky to have you as their brand ambassador Greet…’re making me wanna hop on over there in a snap!!


    • Greetje
      31 October 2013 / 19:22

      Wouldn’t that be great? But I can imagine that your booming business keeps you very busy.

  21. 1 November 2013 / 03:43

    I love these tours by you, Greetja. I may not get to go, but I can enjoy these. Amsterdam looks like paradise. Cool weather (I never mind gray skies) wonderful history and architecture, and the shops … THE SHOPS! So many gorgeous things! Handbags and shoes, my favorites … no telling what else I’d find.
    Mostly, I want to go to the restaurants. Sit and drink wine and chat and watch people. And eat.
    You look so sophisticated, and cool, and URBAN … this week, my highest compliment. Both you and your lovely friend.
    Thank you, Greetja … I know these take time (hard duty, I know!) and I so appreciate your approach to the whole thing … I even appreciate the maps. A sense of scale always helps.
    Good to know we have someone to take to dinner if we ever get there!
    Your city needs to know what a fabulous (and terribly underpaid!) ambassadress you are!

    • Greetje
      1 November 2013 / 06:09

      Hi Jan, your comment made me laugh. I am Urban hah? Well that is a compliment indeed. You can understand my extravagant spending habits with so many nice shops around.
      More tours to come. One each month.

  22. 1 November 2013 / 18:42

    That is too funny because I love that cardigan! LOL I think it is the colour of it.

    What a great little tour. Really makes me want to come for a visit. My bank account had better be ready for it though. Do you have any good consignment/thrift stores? That is what I’m more interested in.


    • Greetje
      1 November 2013 / 20:01

      I admit that I have not been on the look-out for thrift shops. And there are a couple of very good ones. Bear with me. There will be two more posts like this one and then I will be on the look-out for thrift shops.
      (And it is a good photo of the blue cardigan. I could show you others that would change your mind about it.)

  23. 2 November 2013 / 18:05

    Oh Greetje this post makes me want to shop! What a fun day. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Greetje
      3 November 2013 / 00:13

      Come on over in May or September and we will shop.

    2 November 2013 / 19:19

    The shopping looks amazing. My husband and son took a trip there last summer and loved it.

    • Greetje
      3 November 2013 / 00:14

      So do I, so do I. A bit much as a matter of fact.

  25. 3 November 2013 / 00:12

    The architecture in Amsterdam is mesmerizing! Beautiful, beautiful buildings…I’d be tripping over myself looking up…or across a canal…oooh, hopefully I wouldn’t fall in a canal. 🙂 This shopping district has all sorts of eye candy. Probably not an area where I would spend much money, with the exception of coffee or lunch, {what did you have for lunch, by the way?}; but would, non the less, reap so many fabulous ideas for DIY. Now, I’m off to visit FAB…and grrrr, your posts are not showing up in my bloglovin’ roll, but I have resubscribed. Hopefully, I will get your posts in a more timely manner! Have a beautiful day!

    • Greetje
      3 November 2013 / 00:40

      Please let me know Sue ifyou have any further trouble with resubscribing. Perhaps there is something wrong on my side.
      And we had cheese and ham toasted sandwiches. Very Dutch.

  26. elle
    3 November 2013 / 04:17

    What a fabulous tour ( Again!!) Such lovely upscale shops and eateries, I adore your scarf in the first shot, and the blue furry sweater in the other. Also, I love that watch with the hidden face, so beautiful. Thanks for compiling all of these lovely images from your tour. I so feel I went somewhere special!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      3 November 2013 / 09:48

      There are two more tours like this to come. After that I am going to make a new series. I fell for the watch because it was a glorious holiday day, I was in a great mood and thought “oh what the heck.. Who cares.. I am just gonna do it”.

  27. 4 November 2013 / 09:29

    It is amazing how a scarf makes an outfit.
    Thank you so much for your tour. I do hope to visit one day.
    I am so glad your mother is better.
    Do you think I should leave the link open longer? I have no idea of how long most people leave it open. They usually join on Saturday and that is it.
    I shall research.

    • Greetje
      4 November 2013 / 13:58

      I think Patti leaves Visible Monday open slightly longer. Monday to Saturday?
      There will be another tour (part 2 of this amazing neighbourhood) next month.
      I try not to publish too many tours. I don’t want to “over-feed”.

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