haarlemmerstraat & haarlemmerdijk (amsterdam)

The other week, my mom came up to Amsterdam for 2 days, and I wanted to take her to places she had never been before: Singel 404 was one of these places, as was the Stedelijk Museum book sale on Friday afternoon, and lastly, the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk, just a short walk from Central Station…

Something about these streets reminds me so much of St. Laurent in Montreal, Canada. I think it’s the mix of boutiques and cafes, restaurants and bars, and ordinary shops like pharmacies and grocery stores but also 24 hour shops and fast food stores. It’s quirky, it’s busy, it’s … Amsterdam.

One of the first stores we went into was Unlimited Delicious (Haarlemmerstraat 122; 020-622 4829), open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm. It’s a beautiful patisserie selling chocolates, ice cream and pastries, as shown below. There’s a small tea room in the back, and I can’t wait to come back and try one of their lemon meringue tarts…

Then there’s the lovely clothing/interior/accessory shop Sukha (Haarlemmerstraat 110; 020-330 4001), that I’ve highlighted already in Amsterdam Insights. I just love everything about this store…

Another great shop, Meeuwig & Zn, Olie Azijn Mosterd (Haarlemmerstraat 70; 020-626 5286), also known as “Check Your Oil,” where you’ll find the best olive oil in town. Open Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm. They also sell other products like various pestos and olive pastes, salts, artichokes and tomatoes, cookbooks and the most fabulous tins (I need to come back for one of those!)…

How cute are these two, spotted in the doorway of a glasses shop?

This shop was one of my favorite finds on the Haarlemmerstraat. Het Grote Avontuur (Haarlemmerstraat 25; 020-626 8597), open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm, sells trinkets from all over the world, from Russian nesting dolls to tasseled chiffon Chinese lanterns, as well as vintage items like French classroom posters and old Vogue magazines. Great for presents…

Up next? The bakery Vlaamsch Broodhuys (Haarlemmerstraat 108; 020-528 6430), open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6.30pm and Saturday till 6pm. Walking by you can already smell their fresh bread and pastries…

I just love everything about this street…

I’ve mentioned RESTORED (Haarlemmerdijk 39; 020-337 6473) before as it was listed on hipshops, and I had to include it in this post. I actually originally read about this shop on design*sponge a little while ago. The shop is run by two creative women Petra van Roon en Marijke Hukema, who sell unique/hand-made products as well as clothing and accessories made by young Dutch designers. The store is just beautiful…

Deksels! (Haarlemmerdijk 129; 020-528 9613), “kitchen supplies for kitchen lovers,” that just about says it all. You’ll find everything here from Le Creuset pans (my favorite) to baking supplies and cookbooks…

There’s also a cafe/restaurant across the street, open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 to 11pm (they’re also open Sunday from 10am for breakfast!)…

If you’re going to see a movie in Amsterdam, you HAVE TO go to The Movies (Haarlemmerdijk 161; 020-638 6016). It’s the oldest movie theater in Amsterdam, dating back to 1912, and everything about it is just wonderful (how about a dinner&movie combo for 22 euros?)…

Spotted: lovely autumn plants on the Haarlemmerdijk…

Another great find, the Kookboekhandel (Haarlemmerdijk 133; 020-622 4768), an entire store dedicated to cookbooks! For more than 30 years this store has been selling cookbooks in different languages, different categories… Anything you can imagine…

Drinking a beer on the sidewalk outside Eetcafe Rosereijn (Haarlemmerdijk 52; 020-626 8027) on a late Thursday afternoon…

And if you’re looking for a chocolate fix, you must visit Jordino (Haarlemmerdijk 25; 020-420 3225), open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday and Monday from 1pm to 7pm. Creamy ice cream on chocolate covered waffle cones, champagne truffles, strawberry macaroons, almond-cherry cakes… The list goes on. You can’t leave this store without buying something (don’t say I didn’t warn you!)…

And last not but not least, IJScupyje (Haarlemmerdijk 14), open daily from 12 to 10pm. It’s not surprising that these ice cream parlors have popped up all over the city (I’ve mentioned the Prinsengracht location already), their ice cream is just that good…

Mind you, this is NOT an extensive list of shops and restaurants on the Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerdijk. I couldn’t take photographs of everything or mention them all here, but there are MANY more places to visit. Other notable mentions include papabubble (Haarlemmerdijk 70; 020-626 2662 ) for personalized candies made in the workshop; De Pizzabakkers (Haarlemmerdijk 128; 020-427 4144) for authentic Italian pizzas and never-ending supplies of Prosecco and wine; Harlem Drinks and Soul Food (Haarlemmerstraat 77; 020-330 1498) for delicious nachos; and Two For Joy Coffee Roasters (Haarlemmerdijk 182) for the best coffee in Amsterdam (see my post here).

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