Head to Zeedijk, one of Amsterdam's oldest streets, to get a sense of the city's transformation through the ages. Initially constructed as a protective dam, the site was an affluent promenade until the 17th century and the first street to have permanent lighting installed in 1544. After its wealthy families moved to houses built along the three main canals in the city center, the street became the center of cheap nightlife for visiting sailors. Cleaned up and rejuvenated over the past decades, this strip is now the heart of Amsterdam's Chinatown, filled with popular bars and Asian restaurants. The neighborhood also houses one of Europe's largest Buddhist temples, built in the traditional Chinese style. Plan to visit Zeedijk during your Amsterdam vacation using our convenient Amsterdam trip itinerary app.
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  • You can't be impressed by Chinatowns in Europe. Most of the times, they are little more than a street where the concentration of Chinese restaurants is higher than the normal. Zeedijk is not...  more »
  • Interesting area. A brief 5 minute walk takes you through and out of Amsterdam's Chinatown. There is a relatively new Buddhist temple, along with a few Chinese restaurants. Didn't sit down to eat.....  more »

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