De 9 Straatjes, or The 9 Streets, are a collection of small little alleys between canals and are host to, probably, some of the coolest people and shops and cafes in the whole of Amsterdam. Bursting with beautiful humans it is the perfect spot for a little people watching.
So, the other day I hopped on my bike and set of, knowing full well I was way too poor to buy a things, but just to enjoy the experience. I was not disappointed. I mean this is a place where Karl Lagerfeld has his own store.
I could spend hours just wandering along the streets, taking in the truly breath taking buildings.
One thing that strikes me is the feeling that Dutch architecture have this incredible facade hiding the buildings behind. If you were to take away the rooms you would be left with this mesmerising wall of different sized facades. Almost like a masquerade ball for buildings...
Once you have finished ogling the incredible buildings there is plenty to occupy you back down at street level. There are heaps of vintage store, barbers, beauty parlours, jewellery stores and, my favourite, old book stores to keep you amused for an afternoon of shopping.
And if you get tired, feel free to rest your weary feet on a little seat outside some random shop.
But if you are feeling a slightly longer rest be sure to pop into Screaming Beans. I recommend the Iced Latte and all it's creamy deliciousness. It perked me up perfectly for my cycle back home.
Which could have been mistaken for 'home' home as I passed some bagpipes on the way. You can take the girl out of Scotland, but the pipes will follow her!!