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.
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.
Kalverstraat is a long, narrow shopping street with less expensive fashion (chain) stores and Marks & Spencer.
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.
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).
Amsterdam’s Spiegelkwartier (‘mirror quarter’) is an absolute must for lovers of art, antiques and curiosities. Trams 7 and 10 will take you there.
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.
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.