Top 10 places to shop in Amsterdam

Amsterdam makes an ideal destination for a city break offering museums, architecture, canal tours and plenty of shopping options. The Netherlands’ diverse and vibrant capital city is a great place for sightseeing and retail therapy with a mix of antique, modern, retro and quirky shopping districts and open-air markets to visit.

Designer brands and luxury good outlets contrast with vintage stores and shopping malls. If this sounds like your idea of shopping heaven this top ten of places to shop in Amsterdam should help you plan your route:

There are plenty of great places to shop in Amsterdam.

1.    The Nine Streets

Nestled close to Dam Square in the heart of the city centre and straddling the canal district, Der Nagen Straatjes is an exciting mix of boutiques, art galleries, jewellery stores and cafes. You’ll get a real feel for the picturesque charm of Amsterdam in this area and its home to several good quality vintage stores.

2.    The Munt

Named after the historic Mint Tower and situated in the busy Muntplein Square where the Amstel River and Singel canal meet. Here you’ll find the famous floating flower market where brightly coloured flowers are displayed for sale on barges including huge varieties of the traditional Dutch tulips. This area is also good for souvenir shopping.

3.    Dam Square

This busy square is centrally located and home to many hotels in Amsterdam’s city centre. You’ll find many large department stores here including the huge De Bejinkorf (The Beehive), similar to New York’s Bloomingdales or Harrods in London, so expect prices to be higher.

4.    Magna Plaza

This is one of the few shopping malls in Amsterdam and is located in a stunning neo-gothical building that was once the main Post Office. It’s not a huge mall but is a great place to shop for designer goods in the high end outlets located in the stone archways over three levels.

5.     De Jordaan District

This funky, trendy and folksy area is popular with artists and students and has a relaxed and laid back vibe. Record and book shops, artists’ studios and an eclectic mix of smaller speciality shops can be found here. If you visit on a Monday you’ll be able to take a wander around the stalls of the Noordermarkt Flea Market which sets up in the area.

6.    Rokin

This large street is home to many specialist cigar shops and the Amsterdam Diamond Centre which make use of the historic merchant buildings to be found here.

7.    Spiegelwartier (Mirror District)

If you’re interested in bringing back a unique souvenir from your trip then take a browse around over 70 antique shops and fine art galleries found in this area. You’ll find old ceramics and Delftware as well as larger items of furniture and paintings.

8.    Kalverstraat

This busy pedestrian area is one of the most popular shopping spots in Amsterdam and has a history dating back 600 years when it was used for cattle and livestock trading. Nowadays a number of retail chains, designer stores and funky boutiques offer an eclectic mix of shopping choices.

9.    Hooftstraat

Amsterdam’s most upmarket shopping street and frequented by the rich and the famous who come here to shop in the high end designer stores selling leather goods, clothing, fine chocolate and Persian rugs.

10.  Amsterdam Markets

If you’re looking for a bargain, Amsterdam has several markets that pop up throughout the week. There are flea markets, farmers markets, cheese markets, antique markets and book markets to name but a few. If you take a look online you’ll find a list of markets to choose from.

Will you be hitting Amsterdam’s shops this year? Share it in the comments! 

****Informational post on Amsterdam shopping provided by Robert Bayley***

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