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Zeedijk, Amsterdam

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • Small Chinatown as any other Chinatown in any city in the world outside of China. It's not very big and is fast, I did not find anything interesting
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  • Walked in the Middle over the Canal from the attic near the Church, go to the weighing. Turn slowly the streets lined up Chinese restaurants hung signs in Chinese characters, so turned out to Chinatown. Did not feel too wide. Chinese temples.
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  • Once the boundary of the old city, literally facing the sea. Now a tourist walking area. It has lost much of its former "true grit" but still nice to walk to the Nieuwmarkt. 
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