Shopping in Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is world-renowned for its excellent shopping, with everything from huge department stores to independent boutiques to be found in the city’s canal-lined streets. Shopping in Amsterdam is different from UK high-street shopping, mainly because of the difference in the city’s layout, but also because of the range of shopping options available.
There are plenty of great destinations for luxury shopping in Amsterdam, with perhaps the most famous being P.C Hooftstraat, an exclusive shopping street located near Museumplein. On the street you’ll find Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes and more. Beethovenstraat and Utrechtsestraat are also good options for designer brands, including food, fashion and fragrance. Sample exquisite chocolate at Huize van Wely or wonderful Dutch cheeses at Tromp.
The Nine Streets
The Negen Straatjes area, (or Nine Streets in English) is a collection of criss-crossing streets in the heart of Amsterdam’s Canal District. These picturesque streets are home to some of the city’s best independent boutiques and vintage stores, as well as art galleries, jewellers and more. There are over 200 retailers along the streets, so you can easily spend a full day exploring and shopping ‘til you drop.
Amsterdam is home to some wonderful department stores, of which De Bijenkorf is the most well-known, located just on the edge of Dam Square. With an upmarket and sophisticated selection of products, De Bijenkorf is a fantastic centre for luxury shopping in Amsterdam. Alternatively, head to Maison de Bonneterie for a more familiar department store layout, with famous names such as Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY and Polo represented. Magna Plaza is another gorgeous Amsterdam department store, with luxury and designer brands in abundance.
One of the best ways to spend a day in Amsterdam is roaming the local markets looking for bargains. You can rub shoulders with the locals at the neighbourhood markets in Albert Cuypmarkt, Dappermarkt, Nieuwmarkt or Ten Katemarkt, but if you’re looking for something more specific, then try the organic farmer’s markets in Noordermarkt each Saturday, or Haarlemplein every Wednesday. Bloemenmarkt is a floating flower market in the Binnenstad area, and there is a famous flea market at Waterlooplein 6 days a week.
Art & antiques
Nieuw Spieglestraat is the go-to destination for art and antique shopping in Amsterdam, with more than 70 dealers in the street, ranging from Egyptian antiques to modern, conceptual art. The Spieglekwartier is located next to the Rijksmuseum, making it the ideal destination for art lovers as you can visit the museum to view some world-class art and then buy some for yourself.
Amsterdam is famous for its diamonds, with world-renowned stores such as Gassan and Coster offering tours to explain the process of cutting and polishing diamonds, with a stop at the end to purchase items from their dazzling collections. There are also jewelers such as Harry Tromp, Van Pampus and Bonnebakker around the city.
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