De 9 Straatjes
Oude Spiegelstraat 12, De 9 Straatjes
Maison Rika is actually an adorable single-apartment guesthouse masquerading as an achingly chic boutique-slash-gallery. Former stylist Ulrika Lundgren applied the same edgy-yet-approachable aesthetic that makes her namesake line of accessories and separates so great to the two-bedroom, canal-facing space—if it’s authenticity you’re after, this is the way to go. The ground-floor shop is where you’ll find Ulrika’s famed leather bags and star-print tees, as well as jewelry from local designers and a selection of niche fragrances.
Denham Concept Shop
Prinsengracht 531, De 9 Straatjes
It’s been said that Jason Denham makes the kind of jeans other denim designers want to wear. What makes Denham denim so special is that it's mostly selvedge and comes from boutique plants in Japan and Italy, in fact, so high is the quality, that according to Denham employees, you don’t have to launder the jeans very often...or ever. The Denham Concept Shop is located just a few doors down from the men’s and women’s denim bars (clients are encouraged to customize their jeans to perfection) and features shoes, some accessories, and a really neat little espresso bar. Their flagship store, which carries the brand’s complete collection, is located just a few blocks away at Hobbemastraat 8.
The Pancake Bakery
Prinsengracht 191, De 9 Straatjes
Sure it’s a fairly touristy thing to do, but leaving Amsterdam without having the famous pancakes at least once is nothing short of culinary sin. This no-frills, canal-side pancake house is consistently packed, but the customizable poffertjes (teeny, quarter-sized flapjacks) and oversized Dutch pancakes (the savory variations on the classic, particularly the pizza-inspired one, are a game changer) are well worth braving the lines. Plus, the all-day hours mean you can come after the breakfast/lunch rush hour.
Reestraat 7, De 9 Straatjes
What this bustling little café lacks in sitting room, it more than makes up for in delicious, locally sourced food and really good coffee. The homemade sandwiches, salads, and soups are especially great for a quickie lunch while exploring 9 Streets. And if you’re an early riser, the farm fresh juices and yogurt-and-granola bowls are a nice taste of home.
Prinsengracht 587, De 9 Straatjes
Like so many of Amsterdam’s most impressive canal-side properties, the building currently occupied by this whimsical Marcel Wanders-designed hotel had a past life—in this case, as the city library. While one might be inclined to spend all their time in the dizzyingly beautiful lobby, the kitted out guestrooms—with their ample breathing room and generous views—offer a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle outside. While the knowledgeable concierge team can point you in the direction of many incredible restaurants, the on-site Bluespoon and its namesake bar both deserve a visit. Same goes for the spa and lovely gardens.
Keizersgracht 384, De 9 Straatjes
This eclectic and ideally situated hotel pays homage to Amsterdam’s storied history both in architecture (it’s housed in a former theater that dates all the way back to the 17th century) and décor (antiques and original art everywhere). Guests get to pick between five distinct room styles to fit their individual needs, though we’re especially fond of the breezy, wood-beamed loft rooms. Dylan’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Vinkeles, is nestled in the lush courtyard and deserves a visit even if you’re staying elsewhere.
Herengracht 255, De 9 Straatjes
Being that it’s the first Hoxton location outside of London, there’s an inherent polish to this cool, new hotel in the very walkable 9 Streets neighborhood. The 111 rooms are spread out over five historic canal houses and run the gamut from Shoebox (just teeny enough for one), to Concept (downright sprawling with meticulously restored original details) with rates to match—the WiFi, mini-fridge contents, and daily “breakfast bags,” however, are all 100% free. The true appeal here, though, is in the communal areas: There’s a cocktail den, lobby bar, and Lotti’s, an excellent Italian-inflected restaurant that just happens to be under Soho House supervision.
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