Why not walk around?
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So after having a coffee at the Eye museum cafe at Amsterdam Noord Keiko and I decided to get on the ferry for a little exploring of downtown Amsterdam. Instead of crossing the passage in the Central Station we directly headed west and took the road under the railroad tracks at Droogbak. (Which reminds me a blog entry on funny streetnames would be nice ;) ).
By Buiten Visserstraat we got on the Haarlemmerstraat, one of my favorites shopping streets at Amsterdam. The tourist- and fashion industry haven't taken over the shops yet, and because the neighbourhood is at the edge of the Jordaan, you might probably notice the old Amsterdam slang every now and then.
When at Haarlemmerdijk we passed Coffee Company we were not into another coffee already so we went on to the Haarlemmerplein.
After gazing at and taking pictures from the reconstructed warehouses (now apartments) we quickly passed Nieuwendijk and Damrak (feeling uncomfortable because of the high risk for pickpocketing) to the red light district (a saver area, with a smaller risk for pickpocketing) to Zeedijk and Geldersekade (Amsterdam's China town). Here I did my shopping at Wah Nam Hong, after which we sat down at a cafe at the Nieuwmarkt for a coffee and a sandwich.
Already it was past 15.00 so time to go back home again. However not after enjoying all the Chinese shops at Zeedijk, where Keiko showed me the special cakes at Dun Yong, and I looked for a new teapot at Hol Wha to replace the one I 've broken, and after another stop at Hoi-Tin, a Chinese restaurant and pastry shop where we both bought some authentic Chinese pasties to take home with us.
At Central station Keiko got on a train, and I took a ferry, and hopped on my bike for home.