Spiegelkwartier Art Galleries and Antiques in Amsterdam
Walk straight ahead when you leave the Rijksmuseum and cross the bridge on to the Spiegelgracht - you are now in the antiques and gallery district of Amsterdam.
Known as the Spiegelkwartier - it's actually two streets, the Spiegelgracht and the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat with some antique shops spilling into the side streets such as the Kerkstraat and the Prinsengracht.
For almost 100 years these 70 or so shops and galleries and antique malls have specialised in high end antiques and paintings. Housed mainly in old style Amsterdam town houses it is a stunning area to browse for a really diverse collection of antiques and artworks.
Specialists in Dutch ceramics and Delftware rub shoulders with Religious Art, Ethnic Sculptures or Chinese Furniture. Specialist shops deal in ancient globes, 18th Century furniture, crystal glass chandeliers or Art Deco jewellery. Galleries exhibiting old masters, Dutch Realism or paintings from Contemporary and 20th Century masters such as Chabrol, Kandinsky, Karel Appel it really is a fascinating place to wander and the quality of the antiques and paintings are of the highest standard.
Galerie Brandt specialises in contemporary and Conceptual Realism.
Cafes and bars are plentiful - so you can stop for a leisurely coffee on one of the bridges, indulge in one of the artisan chocolate shops or enjoy an elegant dinner. Getting there is easy by foot or bicycle, it's so close to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum - it's an ideal destination after your museum visit.