The Amsterdam antiques quarter, het Spiegelkwartier, is a historic neighbourhood nestled between the Herengracht canal and the Rijksmuseum.
Its origins date back to the 17th century, when city authorities ordered the digging of a canal linking the Prinsengracht and the erstwhile Boerenwetering. The new canal was named after one of the city’s four mayors: Hendrick Dirksz. Spiegel.
The first to come and live and work here were artisans and craftsmen; watchmakers, upholsterers and plumbers. That way they could be close to their clients, the rich merchants living on the city’s grander canals.
The Rijksmuseum opened its doors in 1885 and by the turn of the century the first antiques dealers had set up shop on the road leading up to it, hoping to entice the art and antique-loving museum visitors with their wares.
Today the lively and relaxed Spiegelkwartier has been at the heart of the country’s art and antiques trade for over eighty years.
The neighbourhood numbers more than seventy antiques dealers and art galleries, offering an exceptional range of antiques, classic and contemporary art: from exotic folk art, 17th century Old Masters and glass, to 18th century pendulum clocks and contemporary ceramics.
Without exception they are all specialists with carefully curated collections and a love of their work who will be only too happy to advise you on your purchase. Whether you’re seeking a piece to add to your collection or looking for that very special gift, the chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Spiegelkwartier.
But it’s not only art and antiques the quarter has to offer. There’s so much to see and do! The Spiegelkwartier boasts a wide range of quality boutiques selling high-end fashion, gifts, design and bonbons.
If you’re looking to relax with a cup of coffee and mull over a purchase or celebrate a recent acquisition with a fine dinner, there are cosy restaurants and bars on almost every corner.
We’re happy to welcome you to the Spiegelkwartier