Amsterdam shopping is reflective of the city’s rich cultural heritage. It can mean browsing the best of cutting-edge fashion and design, world-famous art, and valuable antiques; unearthing something truly unique in an independent store; or jostling with crowds in vibrant outdoor markets for Dutch souvenirs, flowers, vintage clothing, and collectables.
With such an impressive repertoire of shops, you’ll by no means be left wondering what to buy in Amsterdam. Start your spree on Nine Streets and see where the day takes you! Just make sure you save some time for Mirror Quarter in your shopping schedule.
De Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets)
Visit Nine Streets for an authentic Amsterdam shopping experience. This beautiful shopping district is so named for its nine picturesque streets and surrounding canals, and it’s a hotspot for the best vintage and designer fashion shops, design shops, bookstores, and jewellers. Several restaurants and chic cafes in the area are perfect for taking that well-earned shopping break, or for simply soaking in the authentic Amsterdam surrounds.
Spiegelkwartier (Mirror Quarter)
The Spiegelkwartier shopping district is a must-visit for lovers of art and antiques. It’s where you’ll pick up that authentic Warhol to hang in your living room (or Picasso, if that suits better), or that divine archaeological treasure. It’s not an inexpensive shopping experience – unless you’re window shopping, of course. After whiling away a morning here, why not visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, or the Stedelijk Museum just a short walk away.
If you consider the likes of Tiffany, Chanel and Dior to be among your closest friends, P.C Hooftstraat is probably for you. Named after the Dutch poet Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Amsterdam’s poshest shopping street is devoted to the world’s biggest brands, luxury fashion, and cosmetics. It’s sophisticated, it’s chic, and it’s not to be missed.
When the sun is bright and the breeze is cool, why not visit one (or even a few) of Amsterdam’s markets? Lively and colourful, these street markets are as deep-rooted to the city as its 800-year-old Oude Kerk. Dutch cheeses, flowers, organic fruit and vegetables, vintage clothing, collectables and more on proud display tempt many a traveller from across the world daily.