Amsterdam is not only known for its coffeeshops, tulip fields and Red Light District. If you are in need of some retail therapy, Amsterdam will not disappoint. We have combined a list of best shopping areas, interesting places to visit as well as the best flea/vintage markets Amsterdam has to offer – all within walking distance from our hotel.
De Negen Straatjes (‘The Nine Streets’)
(10 min walking distance)
For the authentic Amsterdam shopping experience, head out to The Nine Streets.
Located in the heart of the city’s historic canal district, The Nine Streets were constructed during the 17th century, occupying the Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht in Amsterdam’s Central Canal Ring. Here you will find a variety of cozy little cafes like Pluk or Ree7, vintage shops like Zipper, small designer boutiques, art galleries and speciality shops.
High End Fashion District (P.C. Hooftstraat)
Head to the museum district for upscale shopping. P.C. Hooftstraat is Amsterdam’s most fashionable shopping street, hosting brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Mulberry, Tommy Hilfiger and more – all within a short walking distance. Follow down Van Baerlestraat for brands like Gant and Miss Sixty. Discover famous Dutch designers like lingerie mastermind Marlies Dekkers, whose shop is located on the Cornelis Schuytstraat.
The Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat,
Kalverstraat 1012 Amsterdam
(3 min walking distance)
If you are looking for mainstream fashion shops and an ultimate tourist shopping experience, head to Kalverstaat. Shops like Zara, H&M, HEMA and a good bunch of souvenir shops are located there. For a slightly more upscale fashion, Leidsestraat is a great option with shops like Karen Millen, Paul Warmer, Filippa K and Shoebaloo
Dam Square area,
(7 min walking distance)
One of the famous attractions in Amsterdam is Dam Square. Aside from its historic value, the area around Dam Square offers a great variety of shops and places to visit. Local street artists and performers often entertain the curious crowds with their singing, dancing or juggling skills
Among dozens of mainstream shops like Primark and Pull&Bear, the famous Dutch department store De Bijenkorf can be found there.
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Utrechtsestraat is a little oasis of retail heaven at the eastern edge of Amsterdam’s canal belt. Starting at Rembrandtplein in the north and heading all the way down to Frederiksplein in the south, this charming street is full of trendy shops, interior design stores, fashion boutiques and one of the best record stores in Amsterdam – Concerto.
Thrifting turns any shopping experience into a treasure hunt and we are about to give you the map for it.
Albert Cuyp Market, De Pijp,
Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 BD Amsterdam
(10 min walking distance)
In the heart of the hip De Pijp area of Amsterdam, you will find the largest outdoor market in the Netherlands – the Albert Cuyp Market. With over 260 stalls, any guest can find what they are looking for. It has everything from fresh local produce, souvenirs to take home, to a bicycle repair shop. Head out there for an unforgettable experience of local culture and great market atmosphere.
Waterlooplein 2, 1011 NZ Amsterdam
(5 min walking distance)
This flea/vintage market offers a great choice of clothes, shoes and home accessories. A branch of the famous Episode second-hand stores is located there. Inside, you can find an amazing choice of sneakers, leather jackets and bargain a great 80’s outfit. Apart from Sunday, the Waterlooplein Market is open every day from 09:30 to 17:00.
T.T. Neveritaweg 15, 1033 WB Amsterdam
(30 min by public transport)
IJ Hallen is considered the biggest flea market in Europe. If you are after a great bargain, then you are in the right place. It is a real treasure hunt for the thrifters – from unique pieces of furniture to famous labels for a friendly price.
Entrance fees apply: Adults € 5.00 and kids € 2.00
Amsterdam has a lot to offer, so be assured that you will find what you are looking for, whether it is a fancy bag, vintage pair of jeans or an unforgettable experience – you won’t leave empty-handed.