Head to Zeedijk, one of Amsterdam's oldest streets, to get a sense of the city's transformation through the ages. Initially constructed as a protective dam, the site was an affluent promenade until the 17th century and the first street to have permanent lighting installed in 1544. After its wealthy families moved to houses built along the three main canals in the city center, the street became the center of cheap nightlife for visiting sailors. Cleaned up and rejuvenated over the past decades, this strip is now the heart of Amsterdam's Chinatown, filled with popular bars and Asian restaurants. The neighborhood also houses one of Europe's largest Buddhist temples, built in the traditional Chinese style. Plan to visit Zeedijk during your Amsterdam vacation using our convenient Amsterdam trip itinerary app .
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  • If you like all that is Asian, you will be served. This street is full of Asian restaurants. There is also a small Chinese supermarket. Even the street signs are in Chinese. This street goes from docks near the train station to the red light district.
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  • This is Amsterdam's version of Chinatown. We came up here very early in the morning so we strolled the empty streets. It was nice to look at the temples which was more of interest to me.  more »
  • Near the Red Light District, the "Neighborhood" Chinese, little adds. Worth a short passage and some pictures from memory
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