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One of the most familiar and frequented shopping streets of Amsterdam, the Kalverstraat got its unique name from the business of cows, oxen and calves that flourished in the street till 1629. History has it that the street has been in existence for more than a whopping six hundred years now.
After the cattle-market made an exit, the Kalverstraat had a complete makeover and took the form of a stylish and hip shopping street. In fact, the street was well known for a houseful of lunchrooms, restaurants, hotels and cinemas, apart from its shops.
As you walk down the street, you can spot almost all the main brand names having an outlet here. Special fashion wings for men, women and children, footwear, beauty and health, jewelry and accessories, toys, gifts and souvenirs, eatables, telecom, books and magazines; all having that special Amsterdam feel to them.
Step into the Didi or Cool Cat for some exclusive children’s wear or visit the Sunglass Hut to see some of the most contemporary styles in eyewear. Kalverstraat also houses some renowned book centres of today including the Watersons, American Bookshop, New English Bookshop and De Slegte.
You can also visit some of the most famous museums and sights here including the likes of Royal Palace, National Monument or the famous Madame Tussaud.
To take a quick break from all the hustle and bustle of the place, you can make a quick retreat into the Spui where you can pick a café, a bar or a restaurant of your own choice.
With all its glory and the amazing variety of products it offers, any visit to the city is surely incomplete without a trip to the wonderful Kalverstraat!
Since the parking spaces in the city are generally both rare and expensive, it is best to use public transportation to get here.
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