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.