Negen Straatjes

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De 9 Straatjes
Neighborhood of Amsterdam
Hartenstraat bridge over the Herengracht
Hartenstraat bridge over the Herengracht
ProvinceNorth Holland
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
Area code(s)1016

De Negen Straatjes (English: Nine Little Streets) is a neighbourhood of Amsterdam, Netherlands located in the Grachtengordel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[1]

De Negen Straatjes[edit]

De Negen Straatjes comprises nine side streets off the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel in central Amsterdam which have been promoting themselves with that name since the 1990s. Together they form a sub-neighborhood within the larger western Grachtengordel (English: Canal Belt), one with many small and diverse shops and restaurants. The construction in this area goes back to the first half of the 17th century. De Negen Straatjes is bordered on the north by the Raadhuisstraat and on the south by the Leidsegracht. In between, the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel are intersected by three cross streets - but each of the cross streets has different names in each of its sections between the canals.

From the Prinsengracht towards the Singel and beginning with the northernmost streets, the streets are:

  • Reestraat (English: Roe Deer Street) – Hartenstraat (English: Hearts Street) – Gasthuismolensteeg (English: Inn Mill Alley)
  • Berenstraat (English: Bear Street) – Wolvenstraat (English: Wolf Street) – Oude Spiegelstraat (English: Old Mirror Street)
  • Runstraat (English: Cow Street) – Huidenstraat (English: Skins or Pelts Street) – Wijde Heisteeg (English: Wide Heath Street)

The names are reminders of many of the types of work that were carried out here in centuries past, especially the processing of skins (cow, bear, wolf and roe deer skins).


Street signs of De Negen Straatjes

Until the end of the 16th century, the city of Amsterdam encompassed the area inside the Singel and what is now Kloveniersburgwal. After the Alteration and change in management, the city expanded in four stages between 1585 and 1665. Around 1612, during the Twelve Years' Truce, the third expansion of the city began with the reclamation of the Grachtengordel (including the area now known as De Negen Straatjes) and the Jordaan between Brouwersgracht en Leidsegracht. The majority of the buildings in De Negen Straatjes date from the 18th century, with little remaining of the original 17th century buildings. There are more than 140 national (Dutch: rijksmonument) and municipal monuments in De Negen Straatjes.[2]

The idea to promote the Nine Little Streets as a shopping area came from a few entrepreneurs such as Djoeke Wessing. They wanted a common name for the area and give it a kind of allure as the more notable nearby neighborhood of Jordaan. This would promote cooperation and business growth, but also attract more tourists to the hitherto relatively unknown area. The Association of The 9 Streets was founded on November 12, 1996. Nobody thought it was a good name at the time, but the name has stuck, and the area retains de 9 Straatjes' name.[3]

Area attractions[edit]

  • Museum Het Grachtenhuis at Herengracht 386
  • Photography Museum Huis Marseille on Keizersgracht 401
  • The European Center for Art, Culture and Science in the Felix Meritis house on the Keizersgracht
  • The Dutch Institute for War Documentation (English: Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie, NIOD) on the Herengracht

The yearly Prinsengrachtconcert (English: Prinsengracht Concert) in August takes places at the corner of the Prinsengracht and the Reestraat at Pulitzer Amsterdam.

The "tenth" street[edit]

In recent years the Hazenstraat, a side street off the Elandsgracht in the Jordaan, close to De 9 Straatjes, has called itself the Tenth Street (Dutch: Tiende Straatje).[4]


  1. ^ "Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  2. ^ Bewonersgroep Grachten 9+ Branchering 9 straatjes toen en nu 23 november 2017
  3. ^ Djoeke Wessing, art deco and: the woman behind the 9 Streets
  4. ^ De Hazenstraat is het Tiende Straatje

Coordinates: 52°22′12″N 4°53′09″E / 52.37000°N 4.88583°E / 52.37000; 4.88583