Amsterdam

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
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
Whether you go for Baroque antiques or cutting-edge fashion, the variety of goods available in Amsterdam’s boutiques, s

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 Nine 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–-affectionately called "the P. C." (pronounced “pay say”). Porsches and Range Rovers 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 Spiegelkwartier for a quieter, more refined 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 Maker Market at De Hallen, or check out the Sunday Market and Neighbourfood Market at Westergasfabriek.

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  • 1. Architectura & Natura

    Western Canal Ring | Books/Stationery

    Rarely does anyone leave this renowned shop empty-handed—not with its stock of beautiful oversize art and photography books spanning architecture...Read More

  • 2. Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum

    Centrum | Books/Stationery

    For the city's best selection of international newspapers, creative magazines, and highbrow periodicals, as well as the freshest local offerings...Read More

  • 3. Mendo

    Western Canal Ring | Books/Stationery

    Co-founder Roy Rietsap set out to create “the coolest bookstore for visual beauty and inspiration … a candy store for book aficionados,” and...Read More

  • 4. &Klevering Zuid

    Oud-Zuid | Household Items/Furniture

    You'll find yourself in a rainbow world at this quiet corner, thanks to its multi-tinted tableware, colorful household accessories, and bright...Read More

  • 5. American Book Center

    Centrum | Books/Stationery

    What began in the early '70s as an erotic magazine outlet has grown into reputedly the largest brick-and-mortar English-language book emporium...Read More

  • 6. Antiquariaat A. Kok & Zn

    Nieuwmarkt | Books/Stationery

    This antiquarian's heaven, housed in a former department store, offers five floors of treasures on Amsterdam history. Specialties of this family...Read More

  • 7. Boekhandel Robert Premsela

    Museum District | Books/Stationery

    Stop by this highly respected specialty shop for art books after visiting the nearby Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum, or Rijksmuseum. The...Read More

  • 8. De Boekenmarkt op het Spui

    Centrum | Books/Stationery

    The city has a number of book markets, although its most famous, which recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary, takes place every Friday...Read More

  • 9. Evenaar Literaire Reisboekhandel

    Western Canal Ring | Books/Stationery

    Armchair travelers and bucket list–walloping wayfarers visit this store for publications on travel and anthropology. Whatever you need to know...Read More

  • 10. Jan

    Eastern Canal Ring | Household Items/Furniture

    This pint-size concept store is the perfect place to find chic souvenirs and last-minute gifts for all your style-savvy friends and their tiny...Read More

  • 11. Oudemanhuispoort Book Market

    Centrum | Books/Stationery

    This tiny, venerable book market is snuggled in the heart of the University of Amsterdam's meandering edifices. Booksellers in this 17th-century...Read More

  • 12. Sukha

    Jordaan | Household Items/Furniture

    With its serene white decor and sustainably produced fashion and lifestyle products, it comes as no surprise that Sukha is Sanskrit for "joy...Read More

  • 13. The Book Exchange

    Centrum | Books/Stationery

    Redolent of a bygone era in a rural New England town, this browse-worthy shop sells used English-language books on all subjects and many a secondhand...Read More

  • 14. Zwart op Wit Boekhandel

    Eastern Canal Ring | Books/Stationery

    This unassuming bibliophiles’ bookstore stocks a changing selection of international newspapers and magazines, as well as cookbooks, kids' books...Read More

  • 15. De Slegte

    Books/Stationery

    Possibly the largest bookstore in Amsterdam, this is a true haven for book hunters. Every floor stocks tomes in various languages, across all...Read More

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