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Hazenstraat: Amsterdam's "Tenth Street"
It's a single street after Amsterdam's Negen Straats (Nine Streets), but Hazenstraat, the Tiende Straatje (Tenth Street), rates a ten in serious shoppers' books. Lined with boutiques, cafés and galleries, this cobbled strip in the Bohemian-chic Jordaan begins starts at Lauriergracht, where French urban artist Invader installed one of 26 mini-mosaics inspired by Space Invaders characters. Highlights include: The English Bookshop, as much a literary gathering spot as a place to buy books and DVDs made from them; Petsalon, a hat shop that's been a Jordaan fixture for 25+ years; Brown Clothes, featuring Kings Road-inspired couture; Joep Buijs' art studio, with paintings of colorful women, children and dogs; Olivaria, Holland's oldest olive specialty shop; Coffeeshop Biba, a back-to-the-60s-style smoke shop that's grown up with the flower children; Chocolátl, a chocoholic's Nirvana; Cats 'n Things, for all things feline; Saarein. a bar for all "queer minded people"; La Festa Pizzeria/Bed & Breakfast; 't Stuivertje, serving continental cuisine; and Flamework, Daniela Malaica's glass jewelry shop proffering vibrant necklaces and other contemporary accessories inspired by her African-Italian roots.
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