The name Warmoes comes from the early Middle Ages and was a word for a kind of vegetable. It used to be a vegetable market here. The Warmoesstraat was once an aristocratic street with dignified shops. In the 18th century the street became the center of the coffee and tea trade. Nowadays you will find a wide variety of stores here. The Amsterdam gay scene is represented here with specialized shops and cafes recognizable by the rainbow flags and the blue/black striped flags. A number of historical buildings have been restored, for example the house called 'In het Paradijs' (In Paradise) at number 148, which used to be one of the most beautiful houses in the city.
The Warmoesstraat is also known for police station Warmoesstraat, the police station where Appie Baantjer worked and about which he has written so many books. The Dutch television serie 'Baantjer' with 12 seasons was extremely popular. Want to get to know this neighborhood? Groups can book a guided walk by an old detective from former police station Warmoesstraat.
On the Warmoesstraat, you are at the right place if you like sweetsness: at the shop of master pattisier Kees Raat, Metropolitan, you can find homemade ice cream and the best chocolate. At the Bakkerswinkel, the cozy lunchroom of couple Michel and Simone, you can enjoy a delicious lunch, high tea or coffee with cake. Food lovers should dine at restaurant De Compagnon in the Guldehandsteeg, where Chef Bert van Buschbach and his Sara (sommelier) will amaze you how refined Burgundian cuisine can be.