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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Pompadour Amsterdam

    Western Canal Ring | Food/Candy

    This beloved chocolaterie, patisserie, and tearoom celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, and the civilized still congregate for afternoon...Read More

  • 11. Arti Choc

    Oud-Zuid | Food/Candy

    Chocoholics, take note: this Oud-Zuid institution not only sells handmade bonbons in sophisticated flavors like Earl Grey, cranberry-caramel...Read More

  • 12. Harewood Bakery

    De Pijp | Food/Candy

    For the freshest, fluffiest donuts head to this hole-in-the-wall near the Albert Cuyp market, where the artisan brioche dough is left to proof...Read More

  • 13. Hartog’s Volkoren Bakkerij & Maalderij

    Amsterdam-Oost | Food/Candy

    This prizewinning artisan bakery, which mills its own flour and uses no additives or preservatives, started as a small family place in 1896...Read More

  • 14. Jacob Hooy & Co.

    Nieuwmarkt | Specialty Stores

    Filled with teak-wood canisters and jars bearing Latin inscriptions, fragrant with the perfume of seeds, flowers, and medicinal potions, this...Read More

  • 15. Puccini Bomboni

    Western Canal Ring | Food/Candy

    This popular chocolatier sells handsomely sized bonbons, handmade using only the finest natural ingredients. Flavors range from classic (caramel...Read More

  • 16. Van Roselen Fine Chocolates

    Eastern Canal Ring | Food/Candy

    This chocolate-box-size shop specializes in premium international chocolate brands, such as Amsterdam-based Chocolate Makers, award-winning...Read More

  • 17. Van Velze’s Chocolaterie & Patisserie

    Amsterdam-Oost | Food/Candy

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

  • 18. Geels & Co.

    Specialty Stores

    Still run by the family Geels, this Warmoesstraat store has been selling tea, coffee, and brewing utensils since 1866. It's a great place to...Read More

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