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Shopping in Amsterdam

Markets in Amsterdam

Shopping in AmsterdamThe city of Amsterdam features a large number of open-air markets including the Albert Cuypmarkt, Westermarkt, Ten Katemarkt, and Dappermarkt.

The Albert Cuypmarkt is by far the biggest and busiest market in Amsterdam; named after landscape painter Albert Cuyp (1620-91), whose paintings are in the Rijksmuseum.  The Albert Cuypmarkt is legendary for its variety: aromatic stalls selling Dutch cheese, olives, herbs and spices, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.  Clothes and other general goods are on sale too, often cheaper than anywhere else.  The surrounding area teems with cosy cafes and eateries, many with an exotic flavour as well as and stylish shops and bars.  If you want to experience the ‘real’ Amsterdam at its multicultural best, the Albert Cuypmarkt is definitely the place to be.

The Dappermarkt was voted best market in the Netherlands 2007/2008, and is generally considered to be Amsterdam’s most affordable and most multicultural market.  Here you can sample exotic foods, try on a funky dress, or buy some bread and cheese for a picnic in the park!

If you are looking for good food, head to the Boerenmarkt (farmers market) on Noordermarkt and Nieuwmarkt.  Taste your way through handcrafted cheeses, homemade herb pestos, breads, pastries, all-natural home products, specialty mushrooms and artisanal baked goods.  Or if flowers are your thing, get yourself down to the Central Canal District to the Bloemenmarkt (flower market).  This canal-side alley is just spectacular: full of blooms, bulbs and plants.  No matter what time of year, the stalls create seasonal scents and a lush rainbow of choices.

The Waterlooplein, Noordermarkt and Westerstraat Market offer a myriad of stalls ranging from toys to antiques, collectibles to textiles and vintage clothes, while the more specialised markets include the Spui Book Market and the Postzegelmarkt (Stamp Market).

Shopping in Amsterdam

With everything from multi-level department stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques, antiques to contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the most refined shopper. Shops in Amsterdam range from large department stores such as De Bijenkorf founded in 1870 and Maison de Bonneterie a Parisian style store founded in 1889, to small specialty shops.

If visiting markets is more to your liking, see our Amsterdam markets guide.

The two main shopping streets in Amsterdam’s city centre are the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. The Kalverstraat is home to all the shops you would expect in a large city like H&M, Mexx, Zara and Miss Sixty, plus a few department stores including the Maison de Bonneterie and De Kalvertoren. The Leidsestraat has the more exclusive shops such as Filippa K, Karen Millen, Paul Warmer and Shoebaloo.

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The Maison de Bonneterie is an upscale department store on the Kalverstraat with labels including Armani, Burberry, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Ferragamo, Gant, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Riani and Marc Cain. Vroom & Dreesmann, the largest department store of the Netherlands, offers easy and affordable shopping. De Kalvertoren shopping centre on the Kalverstraat is home to some 45 shops, and sells many leading labels including Mango and Tommy Hilfiger. Nearby, the Magna Plaza shopping centre is located in a stunning monumental building on the Spuistraat, close to Dam Square. Located right on Dam Square is the Bijenkorf: a trendy, original and dynamic department store.

Another extremely popular shopping area is the Negen Straatjes: nine narrow streets that were dug within the Grachtengordel (the concentric historical canal system of Amsterdam) during the 17th century. These narrow streets intersect the main canals between the Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district, and are dotted with great restaurants, cafés, art galleries, jewellers, boutiques and vintage stores. The Negen Straatjes differ from other shopping districts with the presence of a large diversity of privately owned shops. With an exceptional array of styles, trends and prices, this area is truly a shopper’s paradise.

Pieter Cornelisz HooftstraatAmsterdam’s luxury boutiques and designer shops are mostly found in the Museum District (Museumplein), close to the Vondelpark in the streets Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat and Cornelis Schuytstraat. The Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat is Amsterdam’s most upscale and exclusive shopping street. Just three short blocks of shops contain almost every label and designer you could possibly want: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Roberto Botticelli, Kookai, D&G, Cartier and more. A few minutes walking will take you to the Cornelis Schuytstraat, which although is mainly a shopping area for the locals, is well worth a visit. You will find fantastic food, cosmetics, wine and flowers, alongside several designers (including Dutch brands Percy Irausquin and Marlies Dekkers), gadget shops and few great cafés.

In a cluster of historic houses near Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum, you can find a treasure-trove of art and antiques in the world famous Spiegelkwartier: a cosy little neighbourhood of mini-museums that offer some of the finest art and antiques you’re likely to find anywhere in the world. Over 70 specialised dealers offer not only top-quality collections, but considerable expertise.