The 9 Streets District in Amsterdam

The 9 Streets (‘De 9 Straatjes’) is a charming neighborhood in the heart of Amsterdam's canal belt. The area is popular with both tourists and locals, and is known for its unique collection of quirky boutiques, vintage shops, art galleries and quaint cafes. Take a stroll along the picturesque canals and narrow streets, full of treasures waiting to be discovered. The 9 Streets quarter is a must-visit for those seeking a mix of historical charm, creative flair and a lively atmosphere.

Bustling street view of Hotel IX Amsterdam in the Nine Streets neighborhood with guests enjoying the sunny weather.

Location of the 9 Streets

The 9 Streets District spans the area between the four main canals Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel, and is situated nearby major landmarks such as the Anne Frank House, Begijnhof and Dam Square. From Amsterdam Central Station it is a 15-minute walk or you can take a tram to Dam Square and walk from there to the 9 Streets.

The nine streets

The streets and alleys were laid out in the first half of the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, a period of economic and cultural prosperity for the Netherlands. This expansion was part of the larger development known as the 'Grachtengordel' (canal belt), which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Each street has its own character and together they form a grid of charming lanes that offer an eclectic mix of independent boutiques, specialty shops, art galleries and cozy dining spots.

  • Reestraat
  • Hartenstraat
  • Gasthuismolensteeg
  • Oude Spiegelstraat
  • Wolvenstraat
  • Berenstraat
  • Runstraat
  • Huidenstraat
  • Wijde Heisteeg
Stylized map of the Nine Streets district highlighting the streets and landmarks near Hotel IX Amsterdam.

The meaning of the names of the 9 Streets in English

Reestraat: Roe Street; Hartenstraat: Hearts Street; Gasthuismolensteeg: Guest House Mill Alley; Oude Spiegelstraat: Old Mirror Street; Wolvenstraat: Wolf Street; Berenstraat: Bear Street; Runstraat: ‘Cow’ Street; Huidenstraat: Skins Street; Wijde Heisteeg: Wide Heath Alley.
Most of the names recall the type of work that used to be carried out here, especially the processing of animal skins.


  • Designer clothing and vintage fashion. Recommended: second hand store Zipper (Huidenstraat)
  • Specialty food and delis. Recommended: De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam (Runstraat)
  • Homemade chocolates and sweets. Recommended: Pompadour (Huidenstraat)
  • Jewelry and accessories. Recommended: The Cool Collective (Reestraat)

Dining and Cafes

  • Traditional Dutch cafes and eateries. Recommended: Café De Doffer (Runstraat)
  • International cuisine. Recommended: Restaurant Bussia (Reestraat)
  • Trendy coffee shops and bakeries. Recommended: Pluk Amsterdam (Reestraat)
  • Street-side terraces perfect for people-watching. Recommended: Toos&Roos (Berenstraat)

Hartenstraat, where Hotel IX is located

Hartenstraat is one of the nine streets in the city centre of Amsterdam, between the canals Herengracht and Keizersgracht. This narrow street is characterized by a laid-back atmosphere. A place where the architecture shows Amsterdam’s rich history, with monumental buildings lining the street.

Whether you are a passionate shopper, a foodie, or simply someone who enjoys the allure of a historic cityscape, Hartenstraat has something to offer.


  • Fashion-forward clothing boutiques offering the latest trends as well as vintage styles like King Louie Store, Nudie Jeans and Hester van Eeghen.
  • Specialty stores like The Gamekeeper.


  • A cozy cafe where you can enjoy lunch like Flower Burger.
  • Restaurants that serve an array of cuisines, reflecting Amsterdam's international culinary scene like Quattro Gatti, Sebastian, Kagetsu.
Inviting outdoor seating at a café in the Nine Streets shopping district of Amsterdam, with vibrant tulips and passersby. Casual stroll along a cobbled street in the Nine Streets shopping area of Amsterdam with local shops and cyclists.

History of Hotel IX

Hotel IX is situated in a 17th century historic building that used to be the home and workshop of Rembrandt van Rijn’s frame maker. Read more about the history of Hotel IX.

Stay with us in the 9 Streets

Chic attic room at Hotel IX Amsterdam with exposed wooden beams, plush bedding, and a wall-sized photo of the Nine Streets.

Our five suites wonderfully incorporate the theme of the streets into its interior.

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