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. American Book Center

    Centrum

    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

  • 2. Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum

    Centrum

    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

  • 3. Candy Freaks

    Nieuwmarkt

    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

  • 4. Chocolatl

    Jordaan

    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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Erik’s Delicatessen

    Amsterdam-Oost

    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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. L’Amuse

    Oud-Zuid

    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

  • 10. The City Street Spa

    Eastern Canal Ring | Perfume/Cosmetics

    This baby-blue boutique spa is a favorite with the city’s Grachtengordel set, but the aestheticians here make everyone feel pampered. The Deluxe...Read More

  • 11. Tony's Super Store

    Centrum

    In Amsterdam's former stock exchange, De Beurs van Berlage, where cacao beans were already traded over 400 years ago, you'll now find the colorful Super...Read More

  • 12. De Condomerie

    Red Light District

    A discreet, well-informed staff promote healthful sexual practices at this condom emporium (with an equally handy online store). You'll find a colorful collection of rubbers...Read More

  • 13. Evenaar Literaire Reisboekhandel

    Western Canal Ring

    Armchair travelers and bucket list–walloping wayfarers visit this store for publications on travel and anthropology. Whatever you need to know about foreign cultures, you'll find...Read More

  • 14. Fred de la Bretoniere & Shabbies Amsterdam

    Museum District

    Much-lauded Dutch footwear designer Fred de la Bretoniere has been selling men's and women's leather footwear since 1970. It's no surprise that his handiwork—combining simplicity,...Read More

  • 15. Glandorf & Thijs

    Eastern Canal Ring

    Owners Liesbeth Glandorf and Hubert Thijs of the eponymous wineshop off leafy Amstelveld take a “personal approach to wine,” which means that they import wine...Read More

  • 16. Goed van Toen

    Amsterdam-Oost

    Owner Calidris Poorter sells hip, colorful brands such as Atracktion, Duns Sweden, Iglo + Indi, and Maxomorra. Sustainably manufactured using transparent processes, everything is available...Read More

  • 17. Oger

    Museum District

    Founded by Oger Lusink in 1989, this store takes "dressed to the nines" to a 10 in its self-proclaimed goal to "bring Latin style" to...Read More

  • 18. Pauw Women Flagship Store

    Museum District

    Building on her family business's 50-year heritage, Madeleine Pauw's elegant designs are particularly suited for sophisticated women with a penchant for timeless, well-cut investment pieces....Read More

  • 19. Peter Donkersloot Galerie

    Eastern Canal Ring

    Along the Spiegelkwartier, this is a top stop for contemporary art inspired by popular culture (mostly modern figurative painting done with a lush brush, as...Read More

  • 20. Skins Cosmetics

    Western Canal Ring

    Cosmetics junkies can get their fix at this beautiful shop with an outstanding assortment of global beauty, skincare, lifestyle, and fragrance brands, including niche names...Read More

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