Amsterdam offers numerous possibilities for shopping. Every district of the city has different shopping aspects, from vintage to modern objects, from luxury brands to cheap ones. Those who already have in mind what to buy therefore need only head for the appropriate district.
Also, Amsterdam is famous for its markets where you can find everything and enjoy typical Dutch snacks. Among the most famous is the Albert Cuypmarkt.
The long Utrechtsestraat boasts shops specialising in home furnishings and charming fashion boutiques. The side streets are dotted with delicatessens and cafés where you can eat and relax after a day of shopping.
Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, one of Amsterdam’s most luxurious streets, is located in the Museum Quarter and is home to high-end brands including Gucci, Cartier, Louboutin, Luis Vuitton and Chanel.
Don’t miss Cornelis Schuytstraat, with its trendy boutiques and homeware shops, and Beethovenstraat, with its chic clothes shops.
The small neighbourhood of De Negen Straatjes, the 9 Little Streets, is among the best places in Amsterdam for shopping. Several original little shops can be found in this picturesque part of the capital alongside cafés and small restaurants.
Very pleasant shopping in the Jordaan where the narrow streets are a riot of small boutiques, vintage shops and artists’ studios.
If you love antiques, the right place for some shopping is the Spiegelkwartier, while if you prefer design, head to KNSM Island.
Among the more touristy but still ideal shopping areas are Dam Square and the area around it, the Kalvertoren pedestrian street and Leidsestraat. Very nice is the Bijenkorf shopping centre.
A separate chapter deserves the Amsterdam markets, small meccas for enthusiasts. The most famous are the Waterlooplein and the Albert Cuyp Market.
In Amsterdam you can find lively open-air markets where you can buy all kinds of stylish and creative items, from the famous tulip bulbs to designer objects.
In fact, Amsterdam boasts a true market culture due to its central role in 17th-century trade. You can shop at one of the 12 open-air markets set up daily in the various districts of the city and during the weekend discover the one that is most interesting to you.
The best known are the Bloemenmarkt, the flower market located along the Singel canal, the Waterlooplein flea market, where you can find vintage clothes and old records, and the Black market the Bazar, the largest covered market in Europe located just outside Amsterdam in the town of Beverwijk.
Amsterdam’s largest and most famous market, the Albert Cuyp market in the De Pijp district, deserves a special mention: on its more than 300 stalls you can find everything from fruit and fish to cheese, spices, flowers and plants, jewellery, clothes, bike accessories and anything else you can think of.
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