Put on your best shopping shoes because you’re going to cover a lot of ground. Whether you are looking for something special or just want to browse, Amsterdam is a great shopping destination. With a wide range of stores to suit all styles, the city offers a little something for everyone. To help you plan your shopping trip better, 10Best has compiled a list of the best places in town to shop until you fall. Choose the ones that best suit your tastes and let the shopping begin. You will certainly enjoy it.
If you like unique finds, head to the Negen Straatjes district in the Jordaan or Haarlemmerdijk and Haarlemmerstraat neighborhood in West Amsterdam. The Negen Straatjes has many shops, while Haarlemmerdijk and Haarlemmerstraat offer original and unusual shops. Both areas have plenty of comfortable cafes for when you need a quick break.
In addition, Amsterdam is home to several outdoor markets. Choose your favorite and admire the products displayed by many sellers. Stroll through the Albert Cuypmarkt, one of the largest outdoor markets in Europe, or visit Waterloopleinmarkt, where you will find many affordable treasures. The outdoor markets are great for shopping and walking. Be sure to stroll down the most expensive shopping street in the Netherlands, PC Hooftstraat. This street and the others that surround it have high-end brands. Ready, ready, shop!
1. Magna Plaza
The Magna Plaza, located opposite the Royal Palace and Dam Square, is absolutely magnificent. This same feeling will continue when you enter. The arcades add an additional element of luxury. The building, formerly the post office in Amsterdam, now houses three storeys of shops. Whatever you’re looking for, Magna Plaza has a little bit of everything: jewelry, clothes, souvenirs, skin care and cosmetics. You can even buy Dutch cheese to take home. When you can no longer do your shopping, go to the Grand Café Ovidius or The Views. Rejuvenate with a refreshing drink and a light snack. Afterwards, you can still continue shopping.
2. De Biljenkorf
De Bijenkorf, a chain of high-end department stores, is definitely a Dutch favorite. The Amsterdam store, which opened in 1870, was De Bijenkorf’s first store. The majestic building overlooks Dam Square, ready to welcome buyers. The name literally translates to “beehive,” which is fine because the store is still buzzing. Buyers can browse a wide range of brands from Gucci and Bjorn Borg to Diesel and Ralph Lauren. Ladies, if you’re looking for a new pair of skinny jeans or dyed jeans, stop by the Premium Denim Department. You can also buy shoes, household items, accessories and beauty products. De Bijenkorf is a one stop shop.
3.Water Loplein Flea Market
Water looplein market is one of the many outdoor markets in Amsterdam. This market, located on Waterlooplein, exudes an energetic atmosphere, brimming with sellers who offer an assortment of items, ranging from bicycles and furniture to second-hand clothes, art, books, electronics, trinkets quirky and more. With such a variety, Waterloopleinmarkt is the ideal opportunity to browse the many objects for sale. Take your time and wander the aisles. Keep your eyes open when you are sailing. Not only is the market full of unique finds, it is also known for its bargains. Afterwards, fill up with liquid in one of the nearby cafes. Note that the market is open every day except Sunday.
4. Spiegelk Wartier
Spend the day searching for unique treasures in the Spiegelkwartier. If you are an antique lover or an art lover, you will feel right at home. The neighborhood, whose name literally translates to “Mirror Quarter” in English, is home to over 70 specialty shops. From furniture to chandeliers to oriental art, ancient scientific instruments, music boxes and Delftware, one of the many merchants is sure to have what you are looking for. The Spiegelkwartier is ideally located opposite the Rijksmuseum and close to many other museums, such as the Allard Pierson Museum and FOAM. When you need to take a load and rest your feet, there are also many cafes and restaurants nearby.
The Kalverstraat is a busy shopping street where you can easily spend a whole day. The street, which is lined with many stores such as V&D, Zara, H&M, Nike, Rituals and Lush, starts at Dam Square and winds its way up to Muntplein. From clothes to shoes to toys and books, you will find just about everything. The street even houses one of Amsterdam’s shopping centers, the Kalvertoren. The Kalverstraat caters to all styles and budgets, men and women. Even if you just want to shop or watch people, the Kalverstraat promises a fun day. To top it off, the Kalverstraat is said to be over 600 years old. You will walk through a piece of history.
6. Maison De Bonneterie
The elegant and eye-catching exterior of the Maison de Bonneterie does not even begin to describe luxury inside. The family center is a full shopping experience filled with fine fashion, home to brands such as G-Star, Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss, Scotch & Soda and Ralph Lauren. Book a personal shopper and shop until you fall. On the second level, the center also offers a hair salon and a spa. After all these purchases, give your feet a pedicure. Spend a day at the Maison de Bonneterie; you will live the good life. Many restaurants are located nearby, so you’ll always have a place to grab a bite to eat when you’re hungry.
7. Haarlemmerstraat & Haarlemmerdijk
Get away from the norm and head to Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk for an enjoyable and original shopping experience. You will find a wide range of independent and specialty shops. From eco-friendly fashion to kitchen gadgets and everything in between, this shopping district has something for everyone. When you’re exhausted (let’s face it, there are a lot of fascinating shops to go around) and you need to rejuvenate, there are a lot of trendy but profitable restaurants and cafes in the area for a drink or a bite to eat eat. End a successful shopping day in Amsterdam’s oldest cinema, “The Movies”. After a busy but fun day, you are sure to leave happy and satisfied.
8. PC Hofftstraat
PC Hooftstraat is a shopping street in Amsterdam that fashionistas will certainly not want to miss. Whether you are looking for a new outfit or just want to shop, you should stroll down this internationally renowned street and soak up the elegant grandeur. PC Hooftstraat is the most expensive shopping street in the Netherlands. You will find major brands, such as Lacoste, Mulberry, Gucci, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Hermes and Tiffany & Co. The museum district is located nearby, so if you need a break, you are close to the main attractions of Amsterdam such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. You will also find delicious restaurants and cafes in the area.
9. Albert Cuyp Market
The Albert Cuypmarkt is one of the largest open-air markets in Europe and offers many shopping and tasting possibilities. This dynamic and colorful market is a destination in its own right. The market is home to many vendors who sell products such as clothing, accessories and flowers. Many sellers even sell fresh produce, such as seafood, cheese and vegetables. Make sure to browse all the stands. You will find good deals. Throughout the day, don’t forget to taste international delicacies. Try typical Dutch dishes, such as kroketten, stroopwafels, cheese and fresh herring. These foods make a delicious mid-morning snack.
10. De Negenstraatjes
The Negen Straatjes, which translates to “Nine Little Streets” in English, is a picturesque shopping district located in the heart of Amsterdam. This quiet area is a paradise for shop lovers. As its name suggests, the Negen Straatjes has nine small streets: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg. The Singel forms the eastern border, while the Prinsengracht marks the westernmost point. From jewelry stores to art galleries and shoe stores to fashion boutiques, the Negen Straatjes has it all. With such a variety, you are sure to find at least some good finds. Be sure to take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee, a cold beer or a delicious slice of apple pie in one of the pretty cafes or pubs.