Winkel van Sinkel
The statues of Winkel van Sinkel
Winkel van Sinkel is a striking building standing by the Oudegracht with its façade featuring four giant cast-iron statues which were fabricated in England, as nowhere else had the technology at the start of the 19th century to produce them. They were so large that they had to be transported to the store by water but unfortunately they were so heavy that the crane off-loading them from the boat collapsed under their weight, earning the statues the nicknames "these fallen English women" and "the English whores."
Food, drinks and nightlife at the Winkel van Sinkel
Today, you can enjoy a delicious meal in the ambiance of the old department store. In the old wharf cellar beneath the Winkel van Sinkel, you will find the Tapaskelder that serves Spanish tapas. If you just want a drink, the Cocktail Lounge is the place to go for some great cocktails and a wide selection of whiskeys. Another great spot is the Nachtwinkel, which opens its doors on Saturday evening to party all through the night.