Amsterdam Shopping

Whether you go for Baroque antiques or cutting-edge fashion, the variety of goods available in Amsterdam’s boutiques, street markets, and concept stores is mind-boggling, and hunting for that special purchase akin to grand entertainment.

If you enjoy the thrill of the chase, explore the charming, mazelike streets of the Jordaan and "The 9 Streets," in the Western Canal Ring, where you'll

stumble upon a surprising number of vintage fashion boutiques, high-end denim brands, art galleries, local design outlets, and specialty food stores.

For high-end shopping, Amsterdam's priciest street is the P. C. Hooftstraat, in the Museum District–-it's affectionately called the P. C. (pronounced “Pay Say”). Porsches and Ferraris are parked on the street, and many shop interiors mimic stately Dutch mansions, replete with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and antique furnishings. Don't neglect the nearby Van Baerlestraat, Willemsparkweg, and Cornelis Schuytstraat, where you're likely to discover a hyperchic home accessory or premium investment piece for your wardrobe. At the other end of the scale, join the crowds on the Leidsestraat, Kalverstraat, Damrak, Rokin, and Nieuwendijk, where flagship stores, major chains, and department stores stand shoulder-to-shoulder with inexpensive fashion outlets and cheesy souvenir shops.

If that's all a bit too noisy and crowded, head to the Spiegel Quarter, for a more refined and quiet shopping experience, with proportionately escalated prices. You’ll find elegant antiques shops whose beautiful displays include antique art, maps, furnishings, jewelry, and clocks. Collectors, museum curators, and antiques dealers routinely shop here for old Delft and Makkum treasures. If you have time, visit one of the daily outdoor markets: the bustling Albert Cuypmarkt in De Pijp is one of the oldest and best-known. Be sure to explore the neighborhood’s many concept stores and hip indie boutiques as well, and make a pilgrimage to nearby Utrechtsestraat for its fantastic food, fashion, and lifestyle stores. There are lesser-known Sunday markets, like the organic Pure Markt at Frankendael Park and the Local Goods Weekend Market at De Hallen, or check out the Sunday Market and Neighbourfood Market at Westergasfabriek.

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  • Department Stores

From ties to towels, the selections at the Netherlands' largest national department store chain are more than decent, though none will...

Van Ravenstein

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This chic boutique carries top Belgian labels such as Walter van Beirendonck, Martin Margiela, Dries van Noten, and Ann Demeulemeester,...

Van Roselen Fine Chocolates

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This chocolate box-size shop specializes in premium international chocolate brands, such as Sicilian chocolatier Donna Elvira, Fine &...

Van Velze’s Chocolaterie & Patisserie

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Tucked away in an unremarkable residential street off the River Amstel, this superlative chocolate shop specializes in confections made...


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This open-air market is a descendant of the Jewish pushcart trade that gave this part of the city its distinct lively character in the...

Wildschut Antiques & Oddities

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A tribute to European craftsmanship, you'll find antique French chests and armoires made of fine woods such as mahogany, as well as marvelous...

Young Designers United

  • Clothing

This collective gives up-and-coming designers a rack to call their own as they work toward establishing a label or shop. Currently, there...


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Founded in 1979, Zipper is one of the oldest second-hand stores in Amsterdam. It's driven by one family’s love for vintage goods, and...

Zwart op Wit Boekhandel

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This bibliophiles’ bookstore stocks international newspapers including Corriere della Sera, Die Welt, Le Monde, and the Daily...


  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

On Saturday 9:30–5, Amsterdam’s finest organic- and artisan-food producers descend on a small square behind the Concertgebouw concert...