A historic area popular with many visitors to the city, the Nieuwe Zijds neighborhood is also home to some of Amsterdam’s most well-known coffeeshops and a booming nightlife centered along Spuistraat and Haarlemmerstraat.
Known as the “squatter ’hood” due to its population of young liberal types who participate in everyday society but often choose to live in abandoned buildings, Spuistraat is full of alternative bars and urban nightclubs that define Amsterdam’s counterculture and that attract an energetic crowd with lots of street style.
In contrast, the more modern lounges and traditional brown bars along Haarlemmerstraat and in the Spui square of Nieuwe Zijds cater to a preppier clientele who prefer more casual evenings of drinking and mingling.
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