Diamonds And Much More

Where to buy jewelry in Amsterdam Diamond Experience If you are interested in the Diamond Industry in Amsterdam, then best is to visit the Gassan Headquarters on Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173 and enjoy their Diamond Experience tour. Galerie Koudijs If you want to see (and perhaps buy) the latest in jewelry design then we have two suggestions for you. Let’s first visit Galerie Rob Koudijs located on Elandsgracht 12. It is a 100 square meter exhibition…

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For the love of leather and the art of making clothes with it

For the love of leather and the art of making clothes with it

As you stroll through Amsterdam you may come across many gay and leather businesses. But you may also come across areas in the city where a number of gay businesses had once stood. Some of these areas were at one time identified by the sheer collection of gay and lesbian artisans and shop-owners there. One such area in particular is the negen straatjes or ‘9 little streets’. This is an area of small shopping streets…

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Shops as a rainbow of diamonds in the 9 little streets

Shops as a rainbow of diamonds in the 9 little streets

In the old city centre, just south  of the iconic Westerkerk, is the popular area of the 9 little streets (in Dutch Negen Straatjes). It used to be an area full of surprising, quirky, local shops. Often artisanal, sometimes artistic and always full of surprises. Nowadays big clothing brands are taking over the area. Luckily some of the old diamonds of the old days survive. We visited some of those diamonds with a LGBTQ interest or…

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Fetish gear in Amsterdam getting your outfit for a pleasurable night

Fetish gear in Amsterdam getting your outfit for a pleasurable night

When you are looking to fulfill your fetish dreams with the right outfit, you have a lot of shops in Amsterdam to choose from. Internationally renowned are of course Mr.B and RoB, two long established fetish stores that grew out of the leather scene and held a near monopoly together. But there is more to shop for in Amsterdam to get your fetish gear. Now you can choose from 5 fetish shops in Amsterdam, each with…

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Gay bookstore Vrolijk closed down

Gay bookstore Vrolijk closed down

Gay bookstore Vrolijk has closed down, possibly permanently. We were on a tour around gay and lesbian stores on a Saturday when we heard the news. When walked by the store, a simple note said ‘closed’. The website states in Dutch that it is ‘closed due to reorganization’. With both sale channels closed down, no money is coming in any more. Other shop owners shocked but not surprised We spoke to several other shop owners…

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