Amsterdam is a city called the “Venice of the North” because of their similarities of the urban design. According to Freddes (2012):

“Amsterdam is often compared with Venice, and not just because of their fame as mercantile cities. Both are comprised of a myriad of islands, linked by countless bridges over innumerable watercourses. You can only build on their weak subsoil after you have driven piles many metres deep into it. […] They do resemble each other, but they also differ drastically, and the difference goes back to their origins. […] Venice began in the water, a collection of natural islands that were gradually linked and ossified, and are still surrounded by the lagoon. Compared to this, Amsterdam is not a water city but an intermediate form of land and water city. From the start, the canals and islands were the work of the hand of man, just as are the dikes which tie in its o the city to its surroundings. This old difference has influenced the traffic patterns through the centuries.”

The Grachten Museum (n.d.) offers an insight about the history of Amsterdam urban setup and the relationship with the architecture, work and life of their inhabitants and visitors. An immersive display combined with a projection on an urban-scale model shows views of Amsterdam’s canals over the years.

I was able to scout the whole historical center and I could find a good match between Oudezijds Voorburgwal and the Calle Larga (actually tiny fondamenta between Ponte del Megio and San Giacomo dell’Orio) in Venice. While I was sketching, a local guide was telling to a couple of tourists that this spot is called “Little Venice”, because “the buildings are going directly into the canal”. A little Venice in a Venice of the North.

In both sites I was next (In the middle I would say) to an outdoor place of a bar/restaurant.

Freddes, F. (2012). A Millennium Of Amsterdam. Thoth Publisher, UK.
Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam. (n.d.).