As a city known for innovation and creativity, Amsterdam really provides the perfect shopping experience. Trust us, this creativity flows through all the stores and they really deliver something different. Whether you want to browse the latest fashions, pick up some stunning homewares or find the perfect souvenir, you can do it all in Amsterdam.
There are lots of different areas within the city that offer a wide variety of shopping experiences, so you can really hone in on the type of products that you are looking to purchase. Plus, when you need a break from shopping there are plenty of amazing coffee houses or restaurants for you to try. What more could anyone ask for from a shopping trip? Read on to find out all about shopping in Amsterdam.
Shopping areas in Amsterdam
The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes)
This area, comprising of nine narrow streets is located in the heart of the canal district. You can expect to find retailers offering jewellery and vintage clothing as well as plenty of exclusive boutiques.
This is the most exclusive shopping street in the whole of Amsterdam. Think luxury designers such as DKNY, Louis Vitton, Mulberry and Ralph Lauren. You can even head down the nearby Van Baerlestraat to find brands such as Miss Sixty, Gant and Vanilia.
Amsterdam is also well known for department stores, which all offer the latest in fashion and homeware, in one handy location. De Bijenkorf is quite probably the most well-known in the city. Located in a beautiful building just off Dam Square it really is well worth a visit.
The Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat
These are the two main shopping streets in Amsterdam. Here you will find worldwide brands that you will most definitely recognise. Karen Millen, H&M, Zara and Urban Outfitters, for instance, all have stores in this area.
This is the area to visit if you fancy looking at art or picking up some antiques. Located next to the Rijksmuseum, this area has grown up since the museum’s construction in 1900 to become one of the busiest centres for arts and antiques in the whole of Europe. With over 70 shops, there really is a lot to explore.
This is one of the trendiest streets in Amsterdam which is located close to Amsterdam Central Station. Here you will find independent stores, selling all kinds of creative products in clothing and homeware as well as lots of speciality food produce. There are also second-hand shops. This street is lively but incredibly fun.
Understanding the opening hours that most Amsterdam retailers abide by will help you plan your shopping trip. Generally, stores in the city are open 7 days a week and will mostly open between 10 am and 8 pm. On Monday, however, shops generally open an hour later at 11 am but they make up for this on Thursday with late night shopping until 9 pm. Sunday opening hours are also slightly different, with shops opening between 12 midday and 6 pm.