For some excellent shopping in Amsterdam travelers should be sure to visit Utrechsestraat located in the eastern canal system. There are numerous trendy boutiques located here that range in prices from bargain basement to high-end designer fashion. This is also a great place to stop for a quick break, as there are numerous cafes and trendy cocktail bars on the street. Household furnishings can also be purchased here making it a popular place for locals to visit on the weekend.
One such place is the store Kom which is famous in Amsterdam for its trendy selection of bathroom furnishings and novelty items. Boutique style kitchenware and other household good are also sold here. Items range in price anywhere from 5 euros to 100. One specialty item here is Dutch glassware. Unique emblems and design features set the glasswork apart. The style of the work is extraordinarily Dutch and would make a stunning addition to any collection. Unique linen designs also dominate the store's selection with fascinating placemats and table napkins featured at reasonable costs.
Go Amsterdam on the About.com website has a great visual display map of many of the shops currently located on Utrechsestraat. Utrechsestraat has quite a lot going on, so if you are looking for something specific it might be best to check out the map beforehand. You can get everything here from women's wear to jewelry, books, music and electronic devices. Though the area is popular with tourists, it is also a functioning residential area for those living in and around the Amsterdam eastern canal system. During the week, you may see local office workers and business people bustling about to and from work, but the weekend packs in people from all over the city making it one of the few places in Amsterdam where tourists and locals blend together equally.
At night, the place jumps alive with its restaurants and cocktail hours. It is a much different atmosphere than one might expect in a city that is home to the infamous and seedy red light district. Something you should look out for here are the local delicatessens where some of the world's most delicious food is sold at local costs.
For meats and cheeses, try Loekie Delicatessen located at Utrechsestraat 57. The shop smells amazing and you can choose to have items securely wrapped for your travels or enjoy a delicious tasting menu right in the store. The Loekie Delicatessen also offers party catering services and is one of the most popular catering companies in Amsterdam. The shop, like most in Holland, is closed on Sunday, but is cheerfully open the rest of the week from 9.00 until 18.00. Fresh seafood can also be bought here such as shrimp and smoked salmon or of your taste buds prefer more unique items, then try some of the local eel.
For vegetarian food, head over to the Golden Temple located at Utrechsestraat 126. This restaurant has set dining times with breakfast served between 8.00 and 11.00. Lunch is served between 11.00 and 15.30 before the restaurant closes for a few hours to prepare for dinner service. Dinner is the most popular meal served here between 17.00 and 22.00 seven days a week.
The restaurant serves a variety of vegetarian food inspired by Thai and Indian cooking styles and spices. It may seem like a strange feat visiting Holland to eat eastern cuisine, but it is an excellent alternative for vegetarians in a country with meat heavy cuisine. Alcohol is also not served here though there are plenty of bars and pubs close by. Utrechsestraat is also a great place to look for Amsterdam city centre hotels and will give you and your loved ones a convenient opportunity to explore some of the city's best sites.