Central Amsterdam is small with most distances
walkable. It is structured as a half wheel. In the middle
is the old centre bounded by the Singel canal. It contains
the Red-Light district, a maze of small streets and quiet
canals, and the Royal Palace at the Dam, with the shopping
streets Nieuwendijk and Kalverstraat going north and south.
Surrounding the old centre are the three concentric ring
canals Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.
The streets that connect the ring canals have exceptionally
West of the Amsterdam ring canals is the
Jordaan, an area to walk, with quiet canals, tiny streets,
and unusual shops. It also contains a lot of restaurants and
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The main shopping areas are the Leidsestraat
between the Leidseplein and Spui, and the Kalverstraat and
Nieuwendijk, leading from the Munt Tower via the Dam to near
the Central Station. There is a daily clothes and second-hand
market around the City Hall and Opera.
Prostitution and the sale and use of cannabis is permitted
in Amsterdam and largely accepted in the
red light district. Coffee shops are allowed to sell small
amounts of cannabis and are strictly regulated and taxed.