If simply walking along a pretty street that offers you a range of shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops (of both kinds) to poke your head into, then you could do a lot worse than finding yourself strolling along Utrechtsestraat which heads south east out of Amsterdam's centre (from Rembrandtplein) towards De Pijp and Amsterdam Oost.
I'm reluctant to name my favourite places along the street as I know places can close as quickly as a blog post is published but I'll leave you with a short list. We've long liked Pata Negra for its "disco-dining" tapas experience (if you don't like reggaeton music and people dancing on their chairs while you dig into some albondigas, don't go here), Take Thai is pricey but delicious, Cafe Krom has the most beautiful mid-century interior (and an impressive menu of beers) and of course the huge music store Concerto is a definite highlight. Utrechtsestraat is also home to some beautiful clothes, shoe and interior design shops, including a few pop-up concept stores.
Oh and be sure to look up and around at the houses' architecture which is mostly traditional 17th and 18th century gabled style, but there is also the occasional beautiful example of art nouveau or art deco. And don't miss the views of the three main ring canals which the road crosses. You could even try the traditional Dutch dish of a slippery piece of pickled herring while taking it all in... go on, I dare you!
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