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 The black pearls of the Amsterdam fetish scene

Fetish gear in Amsterdam getting your outfit for a pleasurable night The black pearls of the Amsterdam fetish scene

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 LGBTQ bookstore gone definitively?

Gay bookstore Vrolijk closed down LGBTQ bookstore gone definitively?

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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Chop Chop – shop shop! Save bookstore Vrolijk!

Chop Chop – shop shop! Save bookstore Vrolijk!

Today a ‘warning message’ arrived in the Amsterdam headlines: the existence of Amsterdam’s only gay/lesbian bookstore, Vrolijk, is no longer to be taken for granted. Almost 4 years ago we went there to interview the store about its interior renovation and general update, on the occasion of its 30th birthday. You can read the interview here. Back then, a new investor, Mr Leendert Rietveld, decided to put money into the store, to give it a new…

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X Bank makes you want to spend your money

X Bank makes you want to spend your money

X Bank is a store and gallery, which opened in the complex around W Hotel. It is just behind Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. The name is a reference to the old function of the building: a bank. But you will be challenged not to spend your money when you enter this store. The X Bank is a treasure trove for local products which deserve an international podium. X Bank lay out You…

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Bookstore Vrolijk 30 years old – an early midlife crisis

Bookstore Vrolijk 30 years old – an early midlife crisis

Bookstore Vrolijk celebrates its 30th anniversary, amidst economic pressures that burden all bookstores, not only Vrolijk. Below is an interview with Vrolijk, to update you on the latest (and important information about the famous German gay publisher Bruno Gmünder). (EDITOR’s NOTE: the interview has been conducted in Dutch, then translated into English – with a free hand.) First, some history Bookstore Vrolijk (the name ‘Vrolijk’ is Dutch for ‘merry’, ‘gay’ in the old sense of…

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A city within a city – Hôtel Droog

A city within a city – Hôtel Droog

Droog is a Dutch design group, known for it’s quirky, innovative, off-the-wall design of about …. anything. They had their own shop in a charming little street in one of the oldest parts of the city. Now they have branched out and transformed into an all in one design centre with fashion, beauty products, food and one bedroom. You can live the Droog life 24 hours a day!

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