From quirky boutiques to world-famous luxury brands, there is no shortage of shopping in Amsterdam. This Dutch capital city offers retail therapy for every taste and budget. If your next vacation includes Amsterdam shopping, be sure to visit our favorite spots to hit the shop in this fascinating city!
The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes)
The Nine Streets is, you guessed it, nine streets located in the heart of the city’s historic canal district. Built in the 17th century between the Leidsestraat and the Jordaan districts, here you will find an eclectic array of restaurants, cafés, art galleries, jewelers, boutiques and vintage stores. The shops here range from bargain to super luxury, so there truly is something for everyone. This area is also considered one of the most photogenic neighborhoods in Amsterdam so be sure to bring your camera along to capture the scenery while shopping in Amsterdam.
After the construction of the Rijksmuseum in 1900, the Spiegelkwartier became Amsterdam’s most popular center for arts and antiques. This area holds over seventy antique shops and galleries. If you’re looking for art, jewelry, or furniture, you’re sure to find it here. Shopping Amsterdam in this area is worth it, just to be delighted by just how extensive the variety of quirky collectibles there are!
If you’re looking for luxury Amsterdam shopping, head to the city’s museum district and P.C. Hooftstraat. Here you’ll find any luxury designer you could dream of, from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Nearby Van Baerlestraat also offers upscale shopping while Cornelis Schuytstraat is known for shops of Dutch designers.
For the latest trends, a visit to the Haarlemmerdijk is a must. This long street runs east to west from Amsterdam’s Central Station. Along it is a wide variety of specialty shops, independent clothing labels, Dutch collectibles, and second-hand shops. You’ll also find interior design boutiques and specialty food stores that are perfect when shopping in Amsterdam.
Those indulging in Amsterdam shopping must visit the most famous department store of De Bijenkorf in a stately building at the head of Dam Square. The store caters to international shoppers with tax-free shopping for non-EU citizens. You can also enjoy personal shopping services from the exclusive second-floor lounge. Just be sure to book ahead of time for your personal shopping experience. Nearby Magna Plaza is also worth exploring not only for its historic building but also a wide variety of shops.
The Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat
In Amsterdam’s city center, the two main shopping streets are the Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat. The Kalverstraat is home to many shops that are popular in most large European cities such as H&M, Zara, Esprit, Urban Outfitters, Pull & Bear, and UNIQLO. In contrast, Leidsestraat has more exclusive shopping boutiques such as Filippa K, Karen Millen, Paul Warmer, and Shoebaloo. Both streets are quite popular with visiting tourists and perfect for shopping in Amsterdam.
Finally, a visit to the Utrechtsestraat is the perfect way to finish off your Amsterdam shopping. This street lies at the eastern edge of the Canal district, from Frederiksplein in the south and heading all the way up to Rembrandtplein in the north.
…this charming street is chock-full of trendy concept stores, fashion boutiques, interior design stores and one of the best record stores in Amsterdam, Concerto, which takes up five adjoining properties along the street. All that shopping is hungry work, so don’t forget to stop off at one of the many cafes and restaurants dotted amongst the beautiful stores. -iamAmsterdam.com
Whatever your style or budget, shopping in Amsterdam won’t disappoint you. Are you planning an Amsterdam shopping trip anytime soon? For more of our favorite overseas shopping, explore The Ginza District’s Famous Shopping.