With everything from multi-storey department stores and exclusive boutiques to antiques and contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the most discerning shopper.
A city reputed for its innovation and creativity, Amsterdam is home to many established and budding fashion talents. From the club scene to the catwalk, the city is a source of inspiration for stylish individuals. In addition to all the big brands, fashion chains (on Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat) and international designers, Amsterdam boasts numerous up-and-coming Dutch designers and independent shops. The city is also big on denim, being home to multiple denim brands, shops and designers.
Amsterdam has many different shopping areas. Each has its own character, which means that in addition to getting your shopping fix, you can check out new beautiful and interesting neighbourhoods and enjoy strolling around. From the hip Nine Streets – narrow streets nestled between the historic canals of the canal ring – through the luxury boutiques in grand Oud Zuid to vintage delights around Waterlooplein, soak up the vibe of the area you’re in and don’t forget to do some people-watching!
But of course, it’s not only fashion you can shop for in Amsterdam. There is also a great selection of design and interiors shops, where you can stock up on various objects, decoration, kitchenware, textiles and more. Dutch design enjoys a great reputation for being beautiful, yet practical, even pragmatic, and often with an air of dry humour. You also shouldn’t forget to stock up on souvenirs. Plus there are many great markets that sell everything from organic produce through vintage fashion to general bric-a-brac. Lastly, those whose wallets are still not empty might consider looking at some diamonds...