Shopping in Amsterdam
The city of Van Gogh, bikes and canals. But would you say that Amsterdam is also a great place to go shopping? Well, it is! The capital of The Netherlands counts with many corners where you can do some shopping in Amsterdam. Would you like to learn about this hidden facet of the most charming city in the north of Europe?
In this peculiar and popular city, you will find vintage and fashion shops, new designers, jeweller’s and art galleries, all of them unique. There are so many places where to go shopping in Amsterdam that you will need at least a day to walk through its streets… or, why not? You can do a shopping route cycling in the city of the canals.
Are you going to travel to Amsterdam soon? Are you a shopping addict? You’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll discover the main shopping areas of Amsterdam. Take a look at the following list!
Places where to go shopping in Amsterdam:
De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Streets)
If you consider yourself to be a shopping addict, you can’t miss out on this spot in the capital of the Netherlands, where you can buy all sorts of things.
If you want to know the neuralgic centre to go shopping in Amsterdam, you can’t miss out on The Nine Streets. You will find these little streets by crossing the most important and beautiful canals of the city, Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht and Herengracht, right before arriving to the charming neighbourhood of the Jordaan. They are in the big touristic area where you will also find restaurants, cafés, art galleries and vintage products.
The Nine Streets are the ideal place for shopping in Amsterdam if you’re looking for quality and fashionable products: Unlike what happens when you shop in big chain shops, if you buy your clothes here you won’t find anybody wearing the same outfit as you!
Waterlooplein Market is an outdoors flea market where you can buy second-hand clothes. Besides, it is the oldest market of Amsterdam, very popular among the youth since you can buy vintage clothing or old military uniforms, posters and objects from African and Asian culture. It opens from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5.30 pm and saturdats from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Not all the vendors go the same days, which is why the locals recommend to stop by every day. It isn’t the biggest market in the city, so you won’t need to much time to see it through. The most expert shoppers know how to find the best vintage bargains when shopping in Amsterdam.
And if you don’t find anything you like, don’t worry: Among the shops that surround Waterlooplein Market you will find Episode, one of the most famous vintage shops in the city. It’s not as cheap as the flea market, but you can find pieces that any hipster would love!
The Bijenkorf, located in the centre of the city
, is the biggest shopping centre in Amsterdam. Here, you will be able to buy anything you need: from food to clothes, make-up, stationery, toys or furniture. It’s located right behind Dam Square
, so it is an ideal place for shopping in Amsterdam for those who are staying in the centre, or if you need to buy something last-minute.
There are many shops located in Leidestraat, the street between Kalverstraat and Leidseplein. In Koningsplein, next to the Singel canal, you will also find the Bloemenmarkt or Flower market, where you will be able to buy flowers and tulips in different colours. This place for shopping in Amsterdam opens every day and it is the perfect place to go for a walk, mingle with the locals and breathe a different atmosphere in the capital of the Netherlands.
Even if flowers aren’t really your thing, you will probably end up caving and buying some bulbs to grow beautiful tulips back home. Is there a better way to remember your trip to Amsterdam?
Finally, very close to the Bloemenmarkt you will find Spui, a little square where several streets and canals convey and where you will find very interesting book shops.
The Antiekcentrum is an antiques market and one of the few indoor markets in Amsterdam. It is a paradise for the collectors of antique furniture and paintings, used clocks, jewels or toys. It’s located in a cosy, nice and relaxed atmosphere and the prices are good for all kinds of budgets.
It opens every day except for Tuesdays, from 11 am to 4 pm, and the weekends from 10 am to 5 pm.
What did you think about this selection of places where to go shopping in Amsterdam? Have you already been shopping in this charming city full of canals? Tell us about your experience there and leave some tips for the other travellers!