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Centuries of creativity

Described by many as a village, Amsterdam packs the cultural punch of a city many times its size. While still retaining a bit of a ‘sex, drugs and rock 'n’ roll' reputation, Amsterdam is now more about being a ‘creative city’ where the high standards set by such Golden Age painters as Rembrandt are maintained. The city has become a global hub for art, design, architecture and advertising, but one where all its attractions are just a short and scenic bike ride away.

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This street goes all the way from Central Station to Westerpark and is packed with cool shops, bars, lunch rooms and a cult-movie-theatre. In 2012 it was chosen the best shopping street of the country. And we understand why! What to expect: It’s all about hand-made, sustainable and organic products here. In a fun, fashionable and laid-back kind of way. Stores like Restored, Sukha & Six and Sons make you wish your bank account is unlimited. This street houses the best organic deli in town: Vinnies Deli. Everything they sell can be described with one word: Yummmm! (with a capital Y!). Good to know: Some of the shops in this street are closed on Sunday (Not Vinnies Deli) so if you plan to go on a shopping spree, make sure you go on the right day (unless you are broke:)).

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Haarlemmerstraat is an area on walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station. Here you find the nicest specialty food stores. The ones you had back in the days, small stores that focus on quality and just one product. Think meat, cheese or wine.

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A lively street chock full of things to see and buy Editors' Note

Haarlemmerstraat is an easy walk from Central Station. By day it is crowded with shoppers browsing specialty shops and vintage clothing stores. There is a health drink bar, a bakery, and a chocolate shop, restaurants, and a charming cinema called The Movies. Bars and nightclubs attract the night crowd.

You’ll see trendy cafés, delis, supermarkets, and wine shops. The street is very narrow and the two way traffic is a bit daunting. Bicycling on the street would be dangerous. This is a great place for a stroll.

Haarlemmerstraat, 1017 PT Amsterdam
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