Amsterdam's Finest Shopping Street
The P.C. Hooftstraat arose at the end of the 19th century, around the same time the Vondelpark was constructed. Initially the P.C. Hooftstraat was a normal residential street with houses based on designs by the famous architect Pierre Cuypers. Cuypers also designed the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Central Station.
In the early days of the P.C. Hooftstraat there were hardly any luxury shops. There were only a few neighborhood stores. In 1876 the street got the name of the historian, poet and playwright: Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft. The seventies had arrived and the call to a luxury shopping street became increasingly louder, partly due to the impoverishment of the Kalverstraat. Many of them were departed from the Kalverstraat to the P.C. Hooftstraat. Slowly but surely, the P.C. Hooft transformed from ordinary neighborhood street to chic shopping place. Butcheries and bookshops had to clear the field for luxury, international, fashion brands.
Nowadays the 300 meter long P.C. Hooftstraat is a fashionable shopping street in the Amsterdam district Oud-Zuid, located near famous museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. Moreover, the P.C. Hooft is in the top ten of the most chic shopping streets in the world.
Living in the P.C. Hooftstraat means living on a central location in Amsterdam with all the benefits that come with it. The Vondelpark is a few minutes away, cafes and bars are around the corner and public transport takes you easily to every part of the city.