Shopping in amsterdam

bike and shop in holland
Key Shopping Areas

Shopping in its most concentrated form is found along the three-quarter-mile strip from Centraal Station south to Muntplein, around Dam Square and Kalverstraat. These pedestrianised streets are lined primarily by department stores, souvenir shops, home-grown clothing names and international brands.

For more quirky shops, head to Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets), which is littered with one-off boutiques dedicated to cutting-edge clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry, as well as cafés and restaurants. Haarlemmerstraat and Utrechtsestraat are similarly dotted with original clothing, accessories and homeware shops.

PC Hooftstraat is the place for chic designer boutiques and home interior shops while Spiegelkwartier is a warren of art and antique shops selling museum-quality works.

Shop Opening Times
Opening Hours

Most shops in Amsterdam are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm (to 9pm on Thursday) and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

Smaller specialist shops typically open and close later (11am - 6pm), while those in popular commercial areas often open on Sundays too. Pick up a free "Shopping in Amsterdam" guide from a VVV tourist office for more information.

Antiques in Amsterdam
Vintage shopping

There is a wide range of second hand shops in Amsterdam, from trendy vintage boutiques to vintage thrift stores. You can find many of these in the 9 Streets District, Episode and Zipper being amongst the best.

You'll find men's and women's fashion from the 50s to the 80s in these select stores.

The streets near PC Hooftstraat, namely De Lairessestraat, Cornelis Schuytstraat, and Jacob Obrechtstraat, are a rich hunting ground for vintage and boho fashions found in tiny boutiques.

Design shopping
Dutch Design

Droog is a pioneering collective founded in 1993, which introduced Dutch design to the world, and also runs a shop and gallery.

De Kasstoor showcases work by radical furniture designers and replicas of pieces crafted by Le Corbusier, Gerrit Rietveld, and members of the De Stijl movement.

Frozen Fountain is run by designers Cok de Rooy and Dick Dankers, who sell an eclectic mix of furniture, ceramics, tea towels and glassware.

Dutch Department stores
Department stores

De Bijenkorf is Amsterdam's leading department store, stocking everything from clothing and cosmetics to furniture and household goods.

The upmarket Maison de Bonneterie is a sumptuous establishment, selling designer clothing and accessories, select sportswear and homeware.

markets in holland
Amsterdam Markets

The Dutch love a good market and there are no fewer than 21 regular markets in Amsterdam.

Our favourites include: Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam's famous floating flower market on the Singel; Albert Cuypmarkt, a mile-long stretch of over 250 stalls in De Pijp; Noordermarkt, which sells local organic food on Saturdays and vintage clothing on Mondays.

The Oudemanhuispoort book market in a covered passageway between historical University buildings; and the 750 stands of the monthly IJ-hallen flea market in Amsterdam Noord.