shopping

 

In Amsterdam there are many places to go shopping. The IAMsterdam website gives an extended list. Vintage lovers can eat their heart out too. You can also check the page of the district where you plan to go. Below we give you a few highlights. 

Shopping: the 9 straatjes

9 straatjes

If you like small boutiques, cosy cafés and restaurants and unique bag and accessory shops, then take a walk along ‘de 9 straatjes’ (the nine streets). This is a special shopping area in the Amsterdam canal ring area between Raadhuisstraat en Leidsegracht. There are numerous little shops (hardly any chain stores) and catering establishments. From vintage to modern, from shabby to chic, from ethnic to traditional Dutch. And also from the Poppendokter (doll doctor) and the Brilmuseum (glasses museum) to naughty lingerie and beautiful bags.

The 9 Straatjes are a few minutes away from the Dam square. Walk behind Paleis op de Dam (the Royal Palace) via Paleisstraat to Gasthuismolensteeg.

Department stores

The most well-known, prestigious and largest department store of the Netherlands can be found on the Dam: the Bijenkorf. Here you will find cosmetics, jewellery, home furnishings, books and all the main fashion brands, but also a hairdresser’s, a nail studio and clothing repair service. 

Bijenkorf Amsterdam. Photo credit: Diederik van der Laan.

Bijenkorf Amsterdam. Photo credit: Diederik van der Laan.

Kalverstraat is a long, narrow shopping street with less expensive fashion (chain) stores and Marks & Spencer.

Other shopping streets

Rokin runs parallel to Kalverstraat, from Dam square to Munttoren. Here you find shoe stores like Betsy Palmer and clothing boutiques like Agnès B.

Waterlooplein
Right behind the imposing Stopera at the Waterlooplein square you will find a flea market: six days a week, about 300 stalls. Here you can buy second hand clothes, Chinese shirts, plants, knickknacks and a whole lot more. One of the hot spots for the countercultural shop-a-holic. Tram 9 or 14 or the underground will take you there.

Utrechtsestraat

The Utrechtsestraat is an attractive shopping street. It leads you from the Rembrandtplein to the Frederiksplein and you will find all kinds of specialist shops with respect to fashion, lifestyle, interiors and delicatessen. Beautiful views of the canals from the sidestreets. You can reach the Utrechtsestraat on tram 4 (it rides through the Utrechtsestraat from the beginning to the end), tram 9 or 14 (the Rembrandtplein stop) and trams 7 and 10 (the Frederiksplein stop).

Spiegelkwartier

Kramer Art and Antiques in the Spiegelkwartier. Photo credit: David Kramer.

Kramer Art and Antiques in the Spiegelkwartier. Photo credit: David Kramer.

Amsterdam’s Spiegelkwartier (‘mirror quarter’) is an absolute must for lovers of art, antiques and curiosities. Trams 7 and 10 will take you there.

Leidsestraat

This busy, narrow shopping street leads from the Leidseplein till the Koningsplein and crosses the ring of canals. Tram 1, 2 en 5 push themselves through this street. There’s a wide range of clothes and shoe shops and also gift shops to be found.

Beethovenstraat

In Beethovenstraat in the Amsterdam-Zuid district, you can find somewhat more luxurious clothing stores and other shops. You can reach it on tram 5.

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