Shopping Areas in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is widely known for its liberal mindset, and when it comes to the shopping scene this is no exception. Shopping in Amsterdam, be it for clothes, groceries, or for finding small vintage treasures is sure to please, whether you’re looking for a new Louis Vuitton wallet or fresh local vegetables.

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Places to shop in Amsterdam

1. Shopping for the main brands at Kalverstraat

The Dam Square hosts the magnificent Amsterdam Royal Palace and marks a key location for any Amsterdam visitor due to also hosting the National Monument statue as well as the Madame Tussauds. What your local guide will also be able to inform you of, is that this square marks the beginning of the Kalverstraat street, one of Amsterdam’s most famous fashion-chain shopping streets. Shopping here is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam.

Here, your host can introduce you to the Amsterdam shopping style! You’ll find clothes stores with prices ranging from bargains to slightly more expensive stores and your private guide will help you pick the best stuff there. This street stretches out for miles and is usually filled by a mixture of happy locals and curious tourists.

2. Warm stroopwafel shopping at Cuyp Local Market

Amsterdam’s Albert Cuypmarkt market, which locals simply refer to as “Cuyp,” is the largest (and one of the most popular) outdoor local markets in all of the Netherlands. It must not be missed while shopping in Amsterdam, seeing as it offers the freshest vegetables, prettiest flowers, and most delicious local pastries at a bargain.

With over 260 stands and running 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday), many local sellers will let you bargain prices even lower than the original price. Your host can definitely help in the negotiation process. Ask them to also pick out a great Stroopwafel stand and try one of the Netherland’s most famous pastries while they are still warm and the caramel is still melted. A delight that will have you licking your fingers! Add it to your list of things to do in Amsterdam!

3. Shopping for treasures at Waterlooplein Flea Market

If you would like to experience local markets but are more interested in finding vintage treasures and knick-knacks ask your local guide to take you to Waterlooplein, Amsterdam’s largest flea market, which operates weekly from Monday to Saturday.

Full of local bargains and endless amounts of stalls there is something for everyone at this flea market. The market can be found right next to the Amsterdam City Hall and the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, as well as being located by the Amstel River. Take the perfect opportunity to shop for souvenirs to take back home for a bargain, with the help of your friendly local host!

4. High-end fashion shopping at the P.C. Hooftstraat

Located in the museum district, the P.C. Hooftstraat (known by locals as the PC) is the hotspot for luxury shopping in Amsterdam. Featuring extremely exclusive stores such as Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Tesla, Tommy Hilfiger, and Chanel, this street offers high-end products for the toughest of wallets.

While these brands may not be in everyone’s shopping price-range, ask your local guide to show you this street to window shop or even to admire the design of these wonderful high-end fashion stores. They might also be able to tell you a few insights about the brands! Most of these stores follow the typical Dutch store opening times and operate between 10:00 and 18:00, but some may open or close sooner than others, so keep that in mind when planning your shopping tour.

5. Boutique shopping at the 9 Streets (“De 9 Straatjes”)

As the name entails, De 9 Straatjes are nine small and unique shopping streets which create a beautiful shopping neighbourhood and the perfect location for anyone interested in boutique or vintage shopping.

Offering everything from boutique furniture designer stores or small intricate house knick-knacks, The 9 Streets also have a lot of history and your local guide will be able to tell you about how this location evolved from years of trade (such as animal skin trade). These streets connect the canals between Raadhuistraat and Leidsegracht, and feature some of the most quirky, photo-worthy, and unique shops in the Amsterdam shopping scene.

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