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Historic Shopping

A shopping day in Amsterdam is incomplete without paying a visit to the Kalverstraat. The oldest saved document in which the name 'die Calverstraete' is mentioned dates from 1393, making this historic shopping district of Amsterdam one of the oldest recorded. The name of the street refers to the lively business in cows, oxes and calves which took place in the street until 1629. After the disappearance of the cattle market, the Kalverstraat turned into a stylish shopping street. Up until about thirty years ago, the street was not only familiar because of the shops, but also well known as a street full of lunchrooms, restaurants, hotels and cinema's.

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