Amsterdam Shopping


Shopping in Amsterdam can be a great experience for those who like shopping. You can really shop until you drop! Amsterdam has got plenty of malls and shopping area’s. On this page we will inform you where to go if you’re looking for a real unique shopping experience, or just casual shopping at the international retailers.

Shopping in Amsterdam is endless

There are different kind of shoppers. Some people already know exactly for what kind of clothes, gadgets, souvenirs, food or exclusive diamond-stores they are looking for. Others prefer going with the flow; having a look in lots of different stores with out looking for something particular. It doesn’t matter which shopping style you have got, everyone can succeed at shopping in Amsterdam.

In some cultures bargaining when shopping is everyday business. Please note that in Amsterdam most prices are fixed and usually there’s no room for bargaining. In exceptional situations shop owners might be willing to bargain if you buy more than one item, but don’t feel offended if there’s no room for bargaining at all. The only places where bargaining is accepted are the local markets. More information about the markets is provided on this page below.

Populair area’s to shop in Amsterdam

The shopping area’s listed below are definitely worth a visit, these are the most popular area’s. Which one is best for you depends on what you’re looking for.

  1. Pc Hooftstraat

    The PC Hooftstraat might be the best known shopping street in the Netherlands. It is the most exclusive shopping street of the Netherlands. This street is perfect for real fashion lovers. You will notice all the luxury designer brands and stores straight away. As you might expect you won’t have to go there for shopping on a budget. You’ll find brand stores from brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
    The area is a great place to go, when your up for a break from the Museum Quarter, which is just around the corner. There you’ll find the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. In the area you’ll also find many restaurants, cafes, parks and hangouts. Leidseplein is very close to the PC Hooftstraat and ideal to get there by public transport.

  2. Kalverstraat

    The Kalverstraat is the busiest shopping street in Amsterdam. It’s a perfect street for some casual shopping. You’ll find lots of international retail chains like H&M and ZARA. The street itself is pretty narrow and can become crowded, especially in the weekends. The streets runs from Dam Square all the way to Rembrandt Square. At Dam square you’ll find the high class department store the Bijenkorf. At the end of Rembrandt Square there’s a shopping centre called Kalvertoren.
    Stores that you find in the Kalverstraat are mainly fashion stores, music and bookstores and other specialty stores. In and around the Kalverstraat are plenty of opportunities for a snack ranging from ice to chocolate, fastfood, a sandwich or a decent meal. One of the hidden secrets from March until December are the local markets on the Spui square connected to the Kalverstraat. On Fridays there’s a book market and on Sundays a art market.

  3. De 9 straatjes

    The name of this district is very straight forward. The translation is the Nine Streets. You will find these nine cosy streets and alleys in the heart of the historical district of Amsterdam. These streets make up a perfect scene for small, authentic stores. Shopping here is a truly unique experience in a wonderful setting with the monumental canal houses, small bridges and streets. The stores that you’ll find here are one-of-a-kind. Among the quirky stores you’ll find galleries, boutiques, bookstores, vintage and delicacy stores.
    This area is well known amongst locals, but less by tourists. A real hidden secret of Amsterdam which is situated between the Prinsengracht and the Singel. This place is perfect if you are looking for a unique souvenir or present.

  4. Bloemenmarkt

    The Bloemenmarkt (Flower market) is an unique street, since it’s actually a a floating market! Yes, you read it right, “floating market”. In Amsterdam you see lots of houseboats were people live in. In this case, the berthed houseboats on the water happen to be shops. It’s the perfect place for gift shopping. Dutch tulip bulbs, potted plants and all kind of other plants are waiting to get wrapped in gift paper.
    The Bloemenmarkt is a great place to combine with your shopping in the Kalverstraat. Since it’s quite a short street. Just make a short stroll through it. It is located in between Koningsplein and Muntplein. Parallel to the Bloemenmarkt is Amsterdams most famous gay clubbing street.

  5. Magna Plaza

    This extraordinary building is designed by P.C. Peters which also designed the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Central Station. The purpose was a luxurious post office. Nowadays the building houses one of the few shopping malls of Amsterdam. Inside you’ll find four floors with fashion and beauty stores. Magna Plaza is a perfect alternative for the Kalverstraat when it’s raining or cold outside.
    The atmosphere in Magna Plaza can be described as romantic, thanks to the impressive building with perfect fit lighting. In the weekends and in the holidays there’s a piano in the middle of the building where live music is being played. In December the piano is replaced with a enormous Christmas tree. You can reach Magna Plaza by foot from Central station it’s only a 10 minute walk. You’ll find the building right behind the Royal Palace Dam Square. If you haven’t found what you were looking for, other shopping areas are just around the corner.

  6. Kalvertoren

    Another indoor shopping area can be found in the Kalverstraat, near Rembrandt Square. It is called Kalvertoren, which translates into the Kalvertower. This place is perfect when you prefer one location that satisfy all your shopping needs. In the Kalvertoren you’ll  a variety of stores ranging from clothing stores, to stores that sell garden furniture, plenty coffee cafés, and of course the Dutch favorite Hema. Which is a department store. If you’re up for a break from shopping, make sure not to miss the cafe on the top floor. You can enjoy a drink while having a really nice view of the city.

  7. Spiegelkwartier

    The Spiegelkwartier compares best to the 9 straatjes shopping area. Here you’ll find lots of unique one-of-a-kind stores, galleries and boutiques.
    It is the best place of Amsterdam when you’re up to see shop for art. Besides art you’ll also find many luxury shops, all with their own unique assortment. Expect unique paintings, sculptures, porcelain, collectors items and other decorative goods. Even if you’re not sure if you’re really going to buy something, just take a quick walk through the streets in this area. Walking this area will make you feel like walking through a free museum. Don’t be surprised to find pieces of world famous artist like Vermeer or Karel Appel. In the area there are plenty of good restaurants in case you’re up for a brake from shopping.

  8. Bijenkorf

    For the many Dutch citizens The Bijenkorf is their favorite department store. The Bijenkorf is a chain that has multiple stores in The Netherlands. The one located at Dam square in Amsterdam is the oldest one, its history dates all the way back to 1870. The translation for Bijenkorf is “beehive” which perfectly represent the buzzing of the stores.
    In the Bijenkorf you’ll find lots of local and world famous brands. Most of products found there can be labeled as high quality ‘luxury product’ and are priced as such. The assortment consists largely of clothing, odors, make-up, jewelry, odors and suitcases. But there’s also a in-store hairdresser. So you’ll find practically everything you need to return home shining like a diamond.

  9. Czaar Peterbuurt

    The Czaar Peterbuurt is a relatively undiscovered shopping area that’s pretty popular among locals. Here you’ll find stores owned by independent entrepreneurs. The stores that you’ll find here are offering specialty products. Products like: wine, cheese, African coffee specials, olives, flowers, furniture, decoration and handcraft products. This makes it perfect for buying some original souvenirs, that you won’t find in the souvenir shops. It is located 15 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station.

  10. Utrechtsestraat

    The romantic atmosphere of the Utrechtsestraat will get a special place in your hearth. With the many conceptstores, designer stores, interior stores, and not to forget the best music stores of Amsterdam. This place is perfect to spend some quality time. There are many typical Amsterdam restaurants, bars and lunchrooms to keep you going. It is located in between the Rembrandt plein and runs towards the Frederiksplein.

  11. The Beethovenstraat

    In Amsterdam Zuid you’ll find this place that’s for sure less crowded compared to most of the areas listed above. It is a hidden secret, since it does have a broad shopping street, with plenty of fashion stores, boutiques, upscale patisseries, and perfumeries. A real alternative laid back shopping area in the city.

Amsterdam Markets

There are plenty of markets in Amsterdam. In the list below all the markets are mentioned with a very brief description, the location and of course when they are there to be found. Note: at many market stalls you can only pay with cash Euro’s.

Albert Cuyp markt

What: Groceries, food, clothes, flowers, handcraft and local products. Great food. Over 260 stalls.
Where:
Albert Cuyperstraat – Amsterdam South.
When:
All the year from Monday until Saturdays during day time.

Dappermarkt

What: Groceries, food, clothes, flowers and local products. Over 200 stalls.
Where:
Dapperstraat – Amsterdam East.
When:
All the year from Monday until Saturdays during day time.

Ten katemarkt

What: Groceries, food, clothes, flowers and local products.
Where:
Ten Katestraat – Amsterdam Old West.
When:
All the year from Monday until Saturdays during day time.

Nieuwmarkt

What: Local products and especially biological products.
Where:
Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt.
When:
All the year from Monday until Saturdays during day time.

Waterlooplein markt

What: Biggest second hand market of Amsterdam. Interior, bikes, art, souvenirs, food.
Where:
Waterlooplein Amsterdam.
When:
Every day during daytime.

Pekmarkt

What: Biological and handcraft local products.
Where:
Van der Pekstraat Amsterdam North.
When:
Every Wednesday during daytime.

Vintage markt Javaplein

What: Vintage products from clothes up, souvenirs, and plenty of food.
Where:
 Javaplein Amsterdam East.
When:
Starts the first of October on the next four Saturdays on a row during daytime.

Noordermarkt

What: Antiques, modern and vintage clothes, food, handcraft products. It’s very colorful.
Where:
Westerstraat Amsterdam Centre.
When:
Every Monday and Saturday during daytime.

Sumatrastraat markt

What: Amsterdams smallest market. Hidden secret.
Where:
Sumatrastraat Amsterdam East.
When:
Every Saturday during daytime.

IJ hallen

What: Second hand products. A huge supply, of clothes and food.
Where:
T.T. Neveritaweg 15 – Amsterdam North.
When:
Every first and last Saturday and Sunday of the month during daytime.

Lapjesmarkt

What: The heaven for to get all the items to craft your own, clothes curtains and more.
Where:
Westerstraat near the Noordermarkt Amsterdam Centre.
When:
Every Monday from 09:00 – 13:00.

Bos en Lommerplein markt

What: Over 120 markt stalls with local products, many food and clothes.
Where:
Bos en Lommerplein Amsterdam West.
When:
Tuesday until Saturday during daytime.

Buikslotermeer markt

What: Market with local products. Nearby there’s a big shopping mall to complete your visit.
Where:
Buikslotermeerplein Amsterdam North.
When:
Every day during daytime with some expectations for Saturdays.

Fazantenhof markt

What: Groceries, interior stuff, clothes and lovely food from many different cultures around the world.
Where:
Bijlmerplein Amsterdam South East.
When:
Monday and Thursday during daytime.

Boeremarkt Haarlemmerplein

What: Biological products. Behind the stalls you will mostly find the producers of these products.
Where:
Haarlemmerplein Amsterdam Centre.
When:
Every Wednesday during daytime.

Boekenmarkt Spui

What: Book market, posters, art and more.
Where:
Spuistraat Amsterdam Centre.
When:
Every Friday during daytime.

Boekemarkt Oudemanhuispoort

What: Book market, posters, music, art and more.
Where:
Oudemanhuispoort Amsterdam
When:
Monday until Saturday during daytime.

Markt plein 40-45

What: All day goods. Groceries, food, clothes and more.
Where:
Plein 40-45 Amsterdam West.
When:
Every Tuesday until Saturday during daytime.

Markt Tussenmeer

What: Markt stalls in between a shopping street. All day goods can be found.
Where:
Tussenmeer Amsterdam West.
When:
Every Tuesday during daytime.

Antiekcentrum markt

What: Amsterdams biggest indoor market for antiques, find your hidden gems. Perfect place for household decorations and souvenirs. Of course there is plenty of food to find.
Where:
Elandsgracht Amsterdam Centre.
When:
Everyday during daytime.

Kraaiennest markt

What: Colorful market with many different nationalities. Incredible good food, local products like Groceries, clothes, flowers and more.
Where:
Kraaiennest Amsterdam South East.
When:
Tuesday and Friday during daytime.

Lindegracht markt

What: Local market with around 230 stalls. One of the oldest markets of Amsterdam.
Where:
Lindegracht Amsterdam Centre.
When:
Every Saturday during daytime.

Lambertus Zijlplein markt

What: Local products, clothes, and groceries.
Where:
Lambertus Zijplein Amsterdam West.
When:
Every Monday during Noon.

Koningsmarkt (Kingsday)

What: Second hand market all over the city. Everyone has the permission to sell their goods.
Where:
Everywhere in Amsterdam and the entire country.
When:
National holiday on 27th of April every year.

Museum markt

What: Latest designer goods, food, and much more! Perfect when you visit Amsterdam with kids.
Where:
Museumplein Amsterdam Centre.
When:
Every third Sunday of the month during daytime.

Shop outside Amsterdam

All of the locations and area’s above are in Amsterdam. The following location is out-of-town, and ideal to when your up for a real shopping trip. It is called Batavia stad and is completely build with one purpose, serve shoppers!

Batavia stad

The fashion outlet mall area is the perfect place when want the best price you almost can get in the entire country for big fashion brands. It is out of our Amsterdam very close to the city Lelystad.  People all over the country are going to this place. A view times a year to find everything they need with a big discount (30-70%). This place is like heaven for bargain hunters. For people outside the EU this is heaven for sure, because they can shop tax free.
This lakeside fashion mall offers 250 brands, great cafés and restaurant to complete your day of shopping. Besides Dutch designing clothes the following brands can be found: Hugo Boss, Micheal Kors, Replay, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Le Creuset Calvin Klein Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Puma, Denham and many others.

You can get easily to Batavia stad via the shuttle bus that goes directly to the destination. Just hop on Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam (Prins Hendrikkade). It departures at 10.00 and will be back at 16.00 in Amsterdam. The return ticket cost €15,00- for adults, and kids between 4-12 year cost €7,50-.

Opening times

Some brief general information, about shopping in Amsterdam. The opening hours of most shopping stores are from 1 o’ clock in the afternoon up to 6 o’ clock in the evening on Mondays. From Tuesday up to Friday the hours are from 9-10 in the morning until 6 in the evening for the shopping stores. Some supermarkets, like Albert Heijn stay mostly open until 10 pm even on Sunday.

Public transport

Most of the roads in the city center are closed for cars. The best is to travel by foot or by public transport. On the up-side this makes the Amsterdam shopping more pleasant. In addition, when you rent a bike this is a great way to go to shop in Amsterdam. Take a look at the links below, which provide some other great information, that can help you preparing yourself for the best Amsterdam shopping experience:

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