De Warmoesstraat has made a special transformation, from place for green trade to popular entertainment area for gay men. Yet this somewhat extravagant street keeps hidden beautiful historical treasures. A walk through the Warmoesstraat is certainly recommended for lovers of history. war-moes street
Two names for one
One of the oldest streets of our capital is the Warmoesstraat. The street takes its name from the 'potherbs markets "which was kept here before. Here were namely various vegetable traders active. Sooner had the two street names. The most northern part of the street was then Kerkstraat because it approached the Old Church. Later, they dropped the name Kerkstraat to name the entire street Warmoesstraat. The first part of the Warmoesstraat hot now St. Olofspoort. This site was formerly namely the gate of Amsterdam, called St. Olofspoort.
In the 16e century, before the construction of the new canal belt, the Warmoesstraat was the street with the largest houses where the richest inhabitants of Amsterdam had a home. After the canals were completed and the rich people moved there, the street changed into an important trading area with various shops.
Warmoesstraat again in good light
Warmoesstraat has a lot of dark days known. In the second half of the twentieth century there was vacant and the buildings were cracked by the homeless. Drug trafficking in the area caused much inconvenience. Nowadays, partly through rigorous approach and oversight of police, hardly any noise in this street. You will find today's trendy shops, cafes and restaurants.
What you should not miss is the oldest house in Amsterdam, at number 90. You will also find beautifully decorated facades and pavements and shops that have been around for more than 100 years. Because there are also a number of shops and clubs set up in the Warmoesstraat, especially for gay men, the Warmoesstraat has a great attraction to gay people worldwide. The Amsterdam Leather Pride takes place here once a year. This is an event where homosexual men can celebrate fully dressed in leather feast.
The Warmoesstraat is located a short walk from the tram stop. You can also reach the street from the central station. The ten-minute walk is well worth it.