No matter if you are a tourist, a foreigner or an Amsterdammer – the Utrechtsestraat street has to offer a little bit from everything and a little bit for everyone. From world fashion to interior design, gifts, wine stores, music, literature and gourmet food – this is the street you have to visit – whether you have one day or a lifetime in Amsterdam.
Starting at Rembrandtplein, this lovely unique street goes all the way to Frederiksplein. Crossing all of the canals, the street goes over the bridges of Herengracht, Keizersgracht, Prinsengracht and Frederiksplein making an outstanding view on the Amstel river at night.
Known as a shopping street for the past 150 years, still, back in the day, this street was not holding the same spirit. At the time, on the Utrechtsestraat, people were selling stuff from their homes, and not even one store was built. Nowadays, you can magically almost-go back to the past and feel the old Amsterdam, just by checking the houses at numbers 94 and 96 (anno 1660) and 131 (anno 1667), as well as the wooden church nearby.
Today Utrechtsestraat is a very busy street, with very narrow sidewalks, trams passing in the middle and noisy traffic, which, surprisingly, does not ruin the shopping, but on the contrary, it gives a special charm to the capital.
Somewhere on the way to Herengracht 573, is located a building from the 17th century – now Museum of Bags, and this is where girls find paradise. It all started when antiquarian Hendrikje Ivo bought a small antique tortoiseshell bag inlaid with mother of pearl in England, dating back to 1820 and crafted in Germany. Hendrikje’s interest in discovering the history of this first bag triggered a passion for collecting handbags. Today, there are only two other museums across the globe specialized in the field, and its collection, counting around 4.500 bags, is the world’s largest.
While being there and spending money on high fashion, get a rest in some of the gourmet restaurants serving delightful but classy specialties. To finish the day perfectly, I recommend you to stop at some of the music and literature stores, get a vinyl and an old book, buy some flawless red wine and thank me later.