Today, I walked from Central Station to the Haarlemmerpoort. Once you clear the touristy mess near the station and walk west on the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk one finds a lively mix of shops, mostly mom and pop operations, and the odds and ends of urban street life. It is, perhaps, Amsterdam’s best street for window shopping, noshing, and capricious purchases. Here are a few pictures. More to follow.

Central Station under construction. A couple of goth kids navigate the strange landscape of modern Amsterdam.

Shops on the Haarlemmerdijk

Op-art in a passage off the Haarlemmerdijk