quiet amsterdam (amsterdam)

In the craziness of this pre-Christmas time, I thought I’d share with a few “quiet places” in Amsterdam. The first is the Museum Willet-Holthuysen, found on the beautiful Herengracht, wedged between the Amstel river and the busy Utrechtsestraat. It’s a peaceful oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. I recently just walked right by and decided to take a look.

It was so beautiful inside – dark rooms with candles burning…

And grand bouquets of flowers…

This 17th century canal house has been preserved over the years and is now a museum with a permanent collection (the history of the house) and often has temporary exhibits rolling through.

The Museum Willet-Holthuysen can be found on the Herengracht (605) and is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on the weekends from 11am. Next is Zuivere Koffie on the Utrechtsestraat. Granted, the Utrechtsestraat is a very busy shopping street but I went to this little cafe right at 4pm, right before closing.

Sipping on a delicious cup of coffee, watching bikers go by…

There are plenty more coffee places on the Utrechtsestraat, including another favorite of mine, Two For Joy Coffee Roasters on the Frederiksplein (29) (see previous post here). Zuivere Koffie (Utrechtsestraat 39) is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and from 9am on Saturday.

And lastly, the Begijnhof behind Spui (remember the American Book Center?) It’s a courtyard that dates back to the 14th century.

It’s probably the quietest place in Amsterdam that I know of. You can’t even hear the trams passing through Spui. And it the courtyard is just beautiful…

The Begijnhof (and chapel) is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

Only after preparing this post did I find that there’s a book called “Quiet Amsterdam,” a beautifully illustrated photography book by Siobhan Wall. It looks as though it can be found at Waterstones (Kalvestraat 152) so I might have to pick up a copy!

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