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Zeedijk, Amsterdam

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Historic Walking Area Landmark
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. Put Zeedijk into our Amsterdam holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This street ends in Amsterdam's version of Chinatown and is a very lively street filled with a great variety of restaurants and bars. We highly recommend the food at New King at Zeedijk 115-117; it on...  more »
  • Lots of eateries and little shops to be found here. Emphasis on chinese and asian kitchen. Great food to be had in some. Wonderful stroll ending at the Nieuwmarkt and bordering the Red Light District.  more »
  • Visit the restaurants not the big once lik Nam kee but small once you can have a verry good meal for a nice price with lots of chines people.  more »