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“The "Carnaby`' of Amsterdam” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kalverstraat

Kalverstraat
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Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Canal Cruise
Ranked #106 of 482 things to do in Amsterdam
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Owner description: It seems that all of Amsterdam can be found on or near this major street including shops, restaurants, clubs and museums.
Vancouver, Canada
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“The "Carnaby`' of Amsterdam”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

A visit to Amsterdam would not be completed without visiting Kalverstraat. Starting at the "Dam" work your way up from the HEMA to Blokker and all the shops between to get your fix. Beyond the shops are some cool museums too - and Spau which is a major Tram stop. Anyway, Kalverstraat is pedestrians only and be sure to stay to the right on busy days in the summer or on the weekend - it gets busy. There's even a McDonald’s for those of you missing home. People watching seems to be the focus here and lots of people from all over the world and more during the footie games. Enjoy. Tip: Stop at the V&D Department store for a light lunch at "la Place" or at the HEMA for a togo "Hema Worst" aka sausage.

Visited August 2013
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“" Sale " Still ON !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Ever since we have been visiting Amsterdam we have always loved this shopping street :)
Go around 10am and you would think it is closed ! go in another hour or so and you feel like all Amsterdam`s citizens have descended upon it ! LOL
One shop , touristy trinkets , magnets etc .. has had a "Sale" on for over 20 years ! :)
Good place to get a cheap eat is the Hema store café on the 1st floor !
And watch your Purse/Wallet while on the street !

Visited July 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Shopaholic's lane”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Best location, walked around from the start of Kalverstraat to the Dam Square and Nieuwendijk. It was so busy with tourist everywhere, great sales, quirky shops and side streets had many of the cafe's Amsterdam is famous for. I loved the atmosphere Kalverstraat has so if you are a shopaholic this place is the perfect place to visit, If you are not into big crowds - definitely avoid.

Visited July 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Typical crowded high street”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

No need to go here if you visit Amsterdam, only to get to the Begijnhof, a really nice and quiet old place with old houses.

Visited November 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Kalverstraat: Easy walk fr Dam Square to Muntplein/Flowermarkt.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

The great thing about Kalverstraat is its location. It's situated in the centre of Amsterdam - running along Rokinstraat, stretching from Dam Square to Muntplein (square). Little streets veer off to the side taking you to other nearby popular spots such as Spui, the Flower Market and Leidseplein. Kalverstraat is strictly a walking street, so no bikes or vehicles! It is a popular shopping district and I find that it to be always crowded, unless it is later in the day when shops have closed. Majority of the shops are brand name - some even duplicated along the way. There are always sales galore. My favourite shop attraction is 'De Slegte', a huge book store selling both new and old! For fun there is a specialty shop called '2theloo' - a store with pay-to-use washroom facilities (pricey,but bright, clean and with different wall mural themes) plus a variety of novelty toiletry souveniers!

Visited July 2012
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