Old City Centre/New Side

Amsterdam's historic city centre is divided by two streets, the Damrak and the Rokin, creating a north/south axis with Dam Square and the Royal Palace in the middle. To the west of this axis is the New Side (Nieuwe Zijde) of the medieval city, which was actually settled before the Old Side (which lies east of this axis). The Nieuwe Zijde is named after the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), which is the city's second oldest church and new in relation only to the Oude Kerk (Old Church). Dam Square and the Royal Palace are also considered to be part of the New Side.

The city's two main shopping streets, the Nieuwendijk and Kalverstraat, are located in the Nieuwe Zijde, as is the Amsterdam Historic Museum, the entrance of which can be found on the Kalverstraat. Just off the busy Kalverstraat you can find Spui, a small square with cafes and a weekly book market. The Spui also has an excellent all you can eat sushi restaurant, Tokyo Café; the service is lousy but the food is good and fresh.

Near the square you will also find the city's famous flower market, the Bloemmarkt. Here you can see a wide array of beautiful flowers in the summer, and buy bulbs of the famous tulips all year long. The market also has many inexpensive souvenir shops.

Running parallel to the shopping streets is Spuistraat. Here you can see some buildings with colorfully painted facades, which are some of the city's infamous squat residences. Interspersed amongst these unconventional homes you will find some of the city's fancier restaurants, including Lucius (seafood) and Caprese (Italian).

The Magna Plaza, located behind the Royal Palace, is the city's post office of the Golden Age now converted into a shopping mall. Shops in Amsterdam are open until 6pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends, except on Thursdays, when they are open until 9pm.


Comedy Theater

Getaway (The)

Restaurant Dorrius



Last Waterhole (The)

Museum Amstelkring


Muiderpoort Theater

Restaurant November




Bubbles & Wines

Shibli Bedouin

Steakhouse Piet de Leeuw


Taveerne De Kluis

Pampa (La)


Molly Malone's

Passage (De)

Suite Rest-O-Bar


Cafe Belgique


Louis Bar/Café de Dam


Winston Kingdom

Coffee Connection (The)

Cafe De Schutter

t Doktertje

Argos Bar

Brasserie Harkema

Bulldog Mack (The)


Café Oporto


Amsterdam Bike Rental

Narrowest House

Koninklijk Paleis

National Monument

Amsterdam Canals Candlelight Cruise

Amsterdam Canals Dinner Cruise

De Bijenkorf

Nieuwe Kerk (De)

Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour


Schoth Lederwaren and Reiseartikelen B.V.

Amsterdam Dungeon

Nieuwendijk & Kalverstraat

Amsterdam Diamond Center

Tuschinski Theater

Maison de Bonneterie


Vitamin Advice Shop

De Appel

Tip de Bruin

Alien Visitors

Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace)

Fantasyshop Chimera

Luigi's Tours

Agnietenkapel (Universiteitsmuseum)

H.H. Petrus en Pauluskerk (Papegaai)

De Slegte

Fame Music

Post CS

Prostitution Information Centre

Rederij Plas Amsterdam

Magna Plaza

Restaurant Dorrius

Aboriginal Art & Instruments

Madame Tussauds

St. Nicholas Church


Dam Square

Old Man (The)

Wijnand Fockinck

Jazz Palace

Rhythm Import

Yellow Bike Tours


Begijnhof en Kapel

Koan Float

Munttoren en Muntplein

Sexmuseum Amsterdam

Admiraal (De)

Holland Experience


Suite Rest-O-Bar

De Silveren Spiegel

Passage (De)

Cafe Fonteyn


Restaurant Greenwoods

Restaurant Dorrius

Coffee Connection (The)

Stereo Bar

Sarang Mas

Pampa (La)

Brasa (La)

Brasserie Harkema

Bulldog Mack (The)

Indian Restaurant Vijaya

Tweede Kamer

De Wintertuin, Hotel Krasnapolsky

Soup En Zo

Restaurant Reflet


Shibli Bedouin

Getaway (The)

Steakhouse Piet de Leeuw

Dam Plaza

Molly Malone's

Van Altena



Cafe Bern

Restaurant 5


Hotel Vijaya

Hotel Beursstraat

Sofitel Amsterdam

Last Waterhole (The)

Hotel Doria



A-Train Hotel

NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

Tulip Inn Amsterdam Dam Square

Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam

Nova Hotel

Hotel Amsterdam

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