The Zeedijk was built in the late 13th century to protect Amsterdam from the countless floods that ravaged the city. The Zeedijk protected against the treacherous waters of the IJ and the Zuiderzee. This helped Amsterdam to develop into an important port and trading city. The dike is still visible, 700 years after construction. De Zeedijk is known for its authentic buildings, original and restored facades and is part of Chinatown. You will find special shops, lunchrooms and restaurants, also the only Buddhist Temple in Amsterdam can be found here. At Butchery Vet you can get a Broodje Zeedijk. A must try!
The houses in Amsterdam used to be made of wood. Only two of these old houses have been preserved. One in the Begijnhof and one on the Zeedijk. We find the wooden house on the Zeedijk at number 1. It was built between 1546 and 1550. There used to be an inn here where sailors sought their entertainment. Nowadays we find café In 't Aepjen by owner Ger van der Valk. The rooms above the cafe belong to hotel NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace.
Every August, the Hartjesdagen are celebrated on the Zeedijk, with the race on high heels and the neighbourhood breakfast. The annual herring party in June is frequented and during the Red Light Jazz festival in May you can enjoy live jazz in many places. Michael and Diana from Café ZILT welcome lovers of specialty beers and whiskey in their cozy cafe. For a liqueur, good glass of wine or other drink you are welcome at Jeroen from Café De Roode Laars. After that, you are probably in the mood for an evening of karaoke at Casablanca Music.
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