Amsterdam is banning new shops targeting tourists in the city’s historic centre in the latest attempt to reclaim it for residents.
The city government announced on Thursday that ticket shops, bike rental companies, cheese shops and other retailers or attractions catering mainly or exclusively for tourists would be prevented from opening in parts of the Centre district.
The number of shops selling food for immediate consumption, such as ice cream and doughnuts, will also be limited in about 40 shopping streets around the centre.
Kajsa Ollongren, deputy mayor for economic affairs, said inner-city buildings designated for retail were increasingly being occupied by shops geared towards tourists, reducing the variety of outlets for residents.
“The situation in our city centre requires firm measures. I see too many shops offering more of the same, solely targeting tourists.”