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. 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

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    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

  • 3. The Otherist

    Western Canal Ring | Ceramics/Glassware

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  • 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. A Space Oddity

    Western Canal Ring | Toys

    This little shop combs a big world for robots, toys, and memorabilia from TV and film. It's best known for its extensive collection of Star...Read More

  • 6. Baobab

    Jordaan | Household Items/Furniture

    Founded in 1967, this shop is like Ali Baba's cave of treasures. You'll find a rich trove of jewelry, Buddhas, fabrics, and furniture—both old...Read More

  • 7. Bloemenmarkt

    Eastern Canal Ring | Flowers

    Along the Singel canal, the famous floating Flower Market is where blooming wonders are purveyed from permanently moored barges. Besides bouquets...Read More

  • 8. Brilmuseum

    Western Canal Ring | Gifts/Souvenirs

    A must-visit when you're strolling The Nine Streets, this boutique displays an eye-popping collection of spectacles from the antique to the...Read More

  • 9. Hogendoorn & Kaufman

    Centrum | Ceramics/Glassware

    Fancy a gift fit for King Willem-Alexander? This shop sells the crème de la crème of ceramics and glassware, with the best designs from Baccarat...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. Nieuws

    Leidseplein | Gifts/Souvenirs

    Small, quirky presents, such as Amsterdam map puzzles, Blue Q socks, and Van Gogh sunflower soap, can be found at this crossroads for gag gifts...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Cortina Papier

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    Poet or paper-pusher, you'll find a luscious array of notebooks, albums, stationery, gift wrap, and 26 colors of writing ink here. And if even...Read More

  • 14. Dom

    Centrum | Gifts/Souvenirs

    With its black walls, Prince-pumping sound system, and cheeky-themed bath and body works, DOM feels more like the backroom of a club than a...Read More

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    Gifts/Souvenirs

    In the market for Colombian coffee, silver jewelry, a set of salad tongs, new salsa beats, or a handcrafted photo album from India? You'll find...Read More

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