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 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. 360 Volt

    Western Canal Ring | Household Items/Furniture

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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Betsy Palmer

    Centrum | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    A mere clog's throw from Dam square is a shoe store to scream about. You'll find a colorful collection of fashionable footwear from brands such...Read More

  • 5. Chocolatl

    Jordaan | Food/Candy

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

  • 6. De Kaaskamer

    Western Canal Ring | Specialty Stores

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

  • 7. De Pindakaaswinkel

    Oosterdok | Food/Candy

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

  • 8. De Winkel van Nijntje

    Oud-Zuid | Toys

    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...Read More

  • 9. Droog

    Centrum | Household Items/Furniture

    Besides exhibiting highlights of its collection, this design collective also sells a number of its irreverent, often artfully industrial, furniture...Read More

  • 10. Duikelman Kookgereedschap

    De Pijp | Household Items/Furniture

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

  • 11. Erik’s Delicatessen

    Amsterdam-Oost | Wine/Spirits

    This trusted delicatessen has more than 100 foreign cheeses and a large selection of local varieties, including various boerenkazen (artisanal...Read More

  • 12. Goed van Toen

    Amsterdam-Oost | Clothing

    If you’d rather not have your kid wearing clothing made by other children, you’ll love this store. Owner Calidris Poorter sells hip, colorful...Read More

  • 13. Laura Dols

    Western Canal Ring | Clothing

    Here it's all about the nifty '50s: prom dresses, petticoats, wedding gowns, furs, hats, and linens from the olden days (reminder: secondhand...Read More

  • 14. L’Amuse

    Oud-Zuid | Food/Candy

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

  • 15. Marqt

    Leidseplein | Wine/Spirits

    With an emphasis on "real food"—local, seasonal, and sometimes organic—and transparent production practices, this sustainable supermarket offers...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Metropolitan

    Red Light District | Food/Candy

    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...Read More

  • 18. Moooi Amsterdam Showroom & Brand Store

    Jordaan | Household Items/Furniture

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

  • 19. Noordermarkt Farmers' and Flea Market

    Jordaan | Antiques/Collectibles

    This farmers' market, held every Saturday along the perimeter of the Noorderkerk, is cherished by local foodies for quality comestibles such...Read More

  • 20. Patisserie Holtkamp

    Eastern Canal Ring | Food/Candy

    From Sachertorte to sabayon, and almost every Dutch cookie imaginable, Holtkamp has been a master of European pastry classics since 1969. However...Read More

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