Amsterdam shopping



Find the good places to shop in Amsterdam

Shopping is a joy in a city like Amsterdam, which is full of places to spend money. From fashion boutiques to antiques stores and souvenir shops to huge shopping malls, you will find no shortage of retail therapy in the city. To try and describe the entirety of Amsterdam’s shopping possibilities would take pages, for the city is chock full of shopping experiences that cater to every taste and desire.

There is no exact Amsterdam shopping experience and no one thing that most tourists buy, as in some cities. Books and antiques are both popular items in Amsterdam if they interest you, and likewise fashion and design. Of course, the most famous of all tourist souvenirs that can be bought in Amsterdam are the Dutch wooden clog shoes which, while outdated, still make for a fun memento from The Netherlands. Porcelain dolls and beer mugs are another popular keepsake that many people choose to take home from Amsterdam. All of these items can be purchased at the popular Amsterdam shopping spot, Souvenirs 33 (P.C. Hoofstraat 33; +31 (0) 20 662 1213; www.souvenirs33.com), which carries all the famous Dutch souvenirs, as well as traditional touristy tokens like magnets, hats and t-shirts.

Perhaps one of the most interesting ways to experience Amsterdam shopping is to go to one of the city’s many historic street markets, which traditionally catered all sorts of everyday goods, from flowers to kitchenware, to locals. Dappermarkt (Dapperstraat, East Amsterdam) is consistently voted one of the best markets in Europe, and sells everything from traditional farmer’s market produce to flowers and cheap clothing.

The Book Exchange (Kloveniersburgwal 58; +31 (0) 20 626 6266; www.bookexchange.nl) is a small but packed-full second-hand bookshop that buys and sells books and offers a great selection in English on several floors. The ambiance of this bookstore is second-to-none, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stacked within an old canal house.

If it’s fashion and clothing you’re after, a number of shopping streets are located in the central area of the old city, namely the upmarket P.C. Hooftstraat, where you’ll find all of the big-name designers and expensive stores; Nieuwendijk, a somewhat seedy but interesting shopping street; Haarlemmerstraat, which is great for finding antiques stores; and the canal streets, including Prinsengracht and Herengracht, which are regentrified neighborhoods full of trinket stores and gift shops.