cultural books square
The Spui, originally a body of water, is the 'cultural books square of the Netherlands', with a high-quality weekly book market and a wide variety of book stores on or near the square, including 2 shops dedicated to English-language literature (American Book Center and Waterstones ).
Picturesque Spui Square with the inconspicuous entrance door to the Begijnhof
The Spui provides entry to the Begijnhof, an enclosed courtyard dating from the early 14th century.
Another famous shop at the Spui is the Athenaeum Boekhandel (book store) that is specialised in books on Amsterdam history. You can also find here a lot of cultural travel guides, dissertations on Amsterdam and restaurant guides.
Nextdoor is the Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum (news centre) offering foreign and local newspapers and magazines from all over the world in current affairs, design, art, fashion, cooking, interior design.
Athenaeum book store and news centre on Spui square
Amsterdam Book Market at the Spui
The book market is held every Friday, the whole year around. Old, rare, second hand and out-of-print books: all kind of books are brought to the Spui Book market by some 25 booksellers from all over the Netherlands. There is also a weekly art market on the Spui, every Sunday.
Statue 'Het Lieverdje'
A small statue for a street urchin, 'Het Lieverdje' ('The Little Darling'), stands on the square. The statue represents the youth of Amsterdam, always playing pranks, but with a heart of gold. The bronze statuette was unveiled in 1960.
Notable buildings at the Spui
- Maagdenhuis (the administrative centre of the University of Amsterdam dating back to 1780)
- Arti et Amicitiae (1841), an artists' society and art gallery at the corner of Rokin and Spui
- Gebouw Helios (1895-96) at Spui 15-19, in Art Nouveau style, that nowadays houses a fish and seafood restaurant.
- Oude Lutherse Kerk (1632-1633), Old Lutheran Church, across the Singel canal. On Sundays the church is still used for services by the Evangelical Lutheran Community in Amsterdam; on other days it is used as an aula by the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Allard Pierson Museum archaeological museum
Amsterdam Museum 700 years of history of amsterdam
Art Market Artplein 't Spui
Begijnhof enclosed courtyard from the 14th century
Bijbels Museum biblical museum
Rederij Kooij canal cruise
Flower Market daily market with floating shops
Kalverstraat shopping street
nearby Breakfast cafés
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nearby Lunch spots
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