Amsterdam China town:
Food, Fun and Fashion.
Born in the Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt area, where I lived the first 8 years of my life, Chinatown is my favorite place to hang out.
Where once my children playground was, guards the Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple over Chinatown and all its visitors.
The special roof tiles and many characteristic ornaments for this temple were flown in especially from China. The animals on the roof represent the Chinese Zodiac. The dragon stands for the protection of the temple and the quarter.
The Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple is the largest, traditional Chinese palace style build, temple in Europe.
Chinatown booming business
Over the years, Chinatown has gone from strength to strength and today, booming businesses are spilling over into the whole Nieuwmarkt area.
Even the street signs are either in Chinese or bilingual Chinese-Dutch, which is cool.
Of course, Chinatown in itself is a bit misleading as there are also dozens of Japanese Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai restaurants, cafés, coffee shops and boutiques scattered along the beautiful streets. This buzzing complex of Far East/Asian restaurants, shops, beauty salons, Traditional Chinese Medicine apothecaries, massage salons, food markets and martial art schools has received rave reviews, and deservedly so.
Some of the shops and supermarkets have several floors so it will take some time to get around the whole building! Amsterdam Chinatown is arguably one of the few places where you can get authentic and really tasty Chinese food.
Chinatown is the place to relax when you visit Amsterdam, experience it yourself, get the feeling working.