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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