The Dutch love their flowers, and they often buy those flowers at Gerdaís. This florist goes beyond tulips, selling garden and house plants as well as bulbs and seeds (but getting them through customs is your own problem). If youíre looking for something a little more detailed (perhaps a host gift?), Gerdaís puts together arrangements that would shame even Downton Abbeyís Dowager Countess.
· La Savonnerie
If regular soap from a regular store isnít quite enough for you, La Savonnerie will be the answer to your prayers. Stand around sniffing the gorgeously curated selection already in the shop or make your own custom soap with some assistance from the helpful staff. You can even get soaps personalized with names or dates on them. One note: the soaps take about 24 hours to complete, so donít go here on your last day in town.
· Ready to Fish
Some of Hollandís hottest up and coming designers are featured here, in this smartly curated boutique. Almost everything is for sale, from the minimalist menís and womenís clothes to the chic furniture. If you canít make up your mind about what to buy, thereís an in-store bar where you can have a beer and deliberate about your purchases. Hello, drunk shopping.
· Alfons de Letter
This shop makes signs. Thatís all. And they will be the coolest, most instructive signs you ever see in your life.
· English Bookshop
This is technically cheating, as the English Bookshop is on nearby Lauriergracht, known to locals as the ďtenth street.Ē But for a selection of English-language books that would even impress a college Literature major, itís worth a visit.
Pro tip: To find the 9 Streets on a map, look for these streets: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuis Molensteeg, Oude Spiegelstraat,, Wolvenstraat, Berenstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg.