De 9 Straatjes (“The Nine Streets”) is a series of side streets in Amsterdam lined with boutiques, restaurants and places where you can pay 60 Euros for a haircut. It’s all totally adorable. Tourists and locals alike go there to shop, frolic, drink coffee and take photos of shop cats, like this one here:
Many residents would love it if the entire city was more like De 9 Stratjes and a lot less like the Red Light District. Policies and civic efforts including “Project 1012” seek to clean up Amsterdam’s core and give it a more respectable reputation. Crass gentrification or a necessity, I’ll let you decide.
For those who can’t be troubled with such political matters, look at the kitty! Isn’t he cuuuuuuute?