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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    Western Canal Ring

    Founded by a duo of graphic and industrial designers, this canal-belt store boasts the Netherlands’ largest collection of restored vintage industrial lighting from around the...Read More

  • 2. American Book Center


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

  • 3. Architectura & Natura

    Western Canal Ring

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

  • 4. Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum


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

  • 5. Candy Freaks


    Whatever your dietary restrictions—from sugar- or gluten-free to organic, vegan, and halal—you will find something to hit your sweet spot here. There is plenty of...Read More

  • 6. Chocolatl


    Sip a tiny cup of potent hot chocolate while admiring the shop’s colorful display of "eclectic premium chocolate" from around the world. From the purest...Read More

  • 7. Coster Diamonds

    Museum District

    Even if you're not in the market for a new rock, the free, guided tour of (reportedly) the world's oldest diamond-polishing factory is certainly worthwhile....Read More

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  • 8. De Kaaskamer

    Western Canal Ring

    True turophiles will follow their noses to this exceptional "cheese room," with hundreds of varieties of the world's best cheeses on offer. There are rare...Read More

  • 9. De Pindakaaswinkel


    Peanut-butter lovers have found a new place of pilgrimage in De Plantagebuurt’s popular indie shopping street. The artisan creations here are made with freshly ground...Read More

  • 10. De Winkel van Nijntje


    Most department stores and toy shops in the Netherlands carry this iconic Dutch children's brand, which you may know as Miffy, but here, at one...Read More

  • 11. Duikelman Kookgereedschap

    De Pijp

    Hands-down the best kitchenware store in Amsterdam. The city’s chefs and home cooks crowd into this family-run business for excellent advice on everything from oyster...Read More

  • 12. Erik’s Delicatessen


    This trusted gourmet food shop has more than 100 foreign cheeses and a large selection of local varieties, including various boerenkazen (artisanal raw milk farmhouse...Read More

  • 13. Gray Label Store

    Western Canal Ring

    This culty Amsterdam kidswear clothing label is known for its GOTS-certified minimalist unisex apparel for ages 0–10. The brand's 624-square-foot boutique, which opened in the...Read More

  • 14. I.Ma.Gi.N Jewels

    Western Canal Ring

    At the first I.Ma.Gi.N Jewels store outside of Belgium, you'll find delicate gold- and silver-plated jewelry in trendy designs. Founder Margaux Spruyt, who comes from...Read More

  • 15. Laura Dols

    Western Canal Ring

    Here it's all about the nifty '50s: gala dresses, petticoats, wedding gowns, furs, handbags, top hats, bow ties, and linens from the olden days (reminder:...Read More

  • 16. L’Amuse


    With more than 400 cheeses, all aged in the shop’s very own cheese cave, this is easily one of the best cheese shops in the...Read More

  • 17. Marqt


    With an emphasis on "real food"—local, seasonal, and sometimes organic—and transparent production practices, this sustainable supermarket offers everything from fresh fish, meats, and cheeses to...Read More

  • 18. Mendo

    Western Canal Ring

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

  • 19. Metropolitan

    Red Light District

    Owned by the pioneering Dutch chocolatier Kees Raat, this is the place to satisfy all your late-night sweet cravings. Raat’s bean-to-bar chocolate is made from...Read More

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    The showroom and brand store of Moooi, a famous Amsterdam design collective named for the Dutch word for "beautiful," is a must-visit for lovers of...Read More

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