Top ten most beautiful concept stores in Amsterdam
When visiting Amsterdam, shopping is always up there on the list of things to do. You can visit typical chain stores, but there’s much more to see in the many specialty and concept stores in Amsterdam. Find local handmade goods to gift as souvenirs for friends and family, dress up your home with handpicked décor or dress yourself in fashion from up-and-coming designers. You’re spoiled for choice, so we’ve narrowed down the best shops in Amsterdam.
You probably won’t find the same thing twice at any of Hutspot's locations in Amsterdam. Founded by three friends in 2012, Hutspot first operated as a pop-up shop before its flagship store opened in De Pijp. The shop, featuring an open floorplan with concrete floors and sleek fixtures, is constantly sourcing new products for its revolving collection of furniture, home accessories and clothing.
After checking out the pieces from the latest designer, visit the top floor of the Van Woustraat store to grab a bite to eat in the Lunchroom. If you’re more in the mood for a cocktail, head below ground to Bar Hutspot for live music.
Hutspot, Van Woustraat 4 and Rozengracht 204-210
Get exquisitely made, unique home accessories and the advice to go along with it at Friday Next, where a shop, café and interior design studio are nestled together in the Oud-West neighbourhood. Known and unknown brands mingle together in this small shop, creating an atmosphere of both the expected and unexpected. In the café, you can sit down for breakfast or lunch while the Friday Next interior designers gather the décor for your home or business. In addition to the Dutch designers featured in its store, you can check out Friday Next’s house brand About Monday, which creates handmade soaps, cushions and furniture.
Friday Next, Overtoom 31
Take a leisurely walk in the woods while you shop! When you enter SPRMRKT (yes, a throwback to the building’s former life as a supermarket), you first have to navigate through tall, bare trees in the entryway before reaching the main area of this modern concept store in Amsterdam.
Clothing collections for men and women from brands across the world — Alyx from the U.S., Keta Gutmane from Latvia and Wood Wood from Denmark, just to name a few — hang on plain metal pipes alongside concrete tables and chairs, artwork and coffee table books, and even candles that echo the industrial atmosphere of SPRMRKT.
SPRMRKT, Rozengracht 191-193
If you’ve ever heard that the Dutch love indoor plants, Wildernis will serve as definitive proof. This small but charming shop located in Oud-West is a green paradise tucked away in Amsterdam. Shopping at Wildernis appeals to all the senses, with its lush green houseplants, botanical prints, gardening supplies and gifts, as well as its offering of fresh coffee, tea and cake. Visiting Wildernis is like visiting an old friend’s house, though you can buy (not borrow!) all the stuff inside. Wildernis also periodically holds workshops around gardening and DIY — recent guests learned to create plant hangers and to paint with flowers.
Wildernis, Bilderdijkstraat 165F
When you visit Droog, you’re visiting much more than a shop. Droog is a design company headquartered in Amsterdam, though its exhibitions and projects take place around the world. Located in a 17th century building in the centre of Amsterdam is Hôtel Droog, a so-called “hospitality experience”. The Droog Store features both affordable and luxury items (take a peek at the web shop), while the café at ROOMSERVICE by Droog serves up seasonal breakfast and lunch items.
After lunch, stroll through the Fairy Tale Garden, in which real and synthetic greenery and flowers coexist, take a seat in the library or pick up some products in the spa. At the end of a long day exploring Hôtel Droog, you can even stay the night in the one and only bedroom.
Droog, Staalstraat 7B
Styled after the “cabinets of curiosities” featuring the beautiful, unusual and sometimes downright bizarre, The Otherist is the place to find what you didn’t know you were looking for. Sourced from designers and vintage and antique suppliers across the globe, the products at The Otherist are always surprising. One day you’ll find a collection of real glass eyes and the next, a set of antique keys.
Visiting The Otherist is like visiting a museum with its framed insect specimens, ranging from beetles to butterflies, lining the wall above glass cases of trinkets and curiosities. Though you can purchase many items in its online shop, The Otherist is always worth a visit.
The Otherist, Leliegracht 6
Your eyes may need some time to adjust when first walking into internationally-known design company and footwear brand United Nude's flagship store in the centre of Amsterdam. Everything is simple and black — the walls, the stairs, the fixtures, the columns and the furniture — except for the shoes.
Along the walls are dozens of identical recessed boxes housing the many conceptual shoes designed by United Nude, backlit in changing colours. These boxes are part of the Wall of Light™, a computer-controlled LED wall that creates more of an exhibition than a commercial space. With the shop’s innovative design, United Nude reinvented the shoe store just like its Möbius shoe design reinvented the heel.
United Nude, Spuistraat 125A
With a minimalistic design bathed in white, Cottoncake is a breath of fresh air in a busy city. This small shop in De Pijp boasts a small collection of handpicked items from clothing, footwear and accessory designers in Europe and beyond. Keep an eye out for the latest collection from its new house label, which sold out of its one-of-a-kind jackets almost immediately.
The artwork decorating the white walls changes regularly to act as a mini exhibition, though the prints are for sale, too. In the back of the shop is a small oasis for those who just need to take a break; sip on a cappuccino and treat yourself to a vegetarian or vegan dish at breakfast and lunch.
Cottoncake, 1e van der Helststraat 76 hs
At Pluk, you can shop, eat and then shop again. The cosy café and shop located on the Canal Ring is charmingly and chaotically stocked — shelves, countertops and even the floor — with pastel-hued home goods, kitchenware, stationery and gifts. Everywhere you turn, there’s a new and unique product to admire.
Up a narrow, winding flight of stairs, find a seat (beware, there are precious few available) to enjoy a homemade breakfast bowl, fresh salad or sandwich. On sunny days, you can take advantage of Pluk’s small garden while treating yourself to one of the tasty pastries on display in the front of the shop.
Pluk, Reestraat 19
Decorated in muted earth tones of white, grey and brown, Sukha celebrates nature and everything handmade and comfortable. The concept store stocks whimsical but practical handcrafted products that use natural materials and are often locally made, including warm scarves and cardigans, beaded jewellery, party decorations, paper goods and kitchenware.
Its Atelier Sukha house label further embraces sustainability, with a collection that uses primarily wood, wool, linen, cotton, cashmere and the unusual lokta, a Nepalese artisanal paper. Spending some time in Sukha, which means “joy of life” in Sanskrit, allows you to truly celebrate all that life — and the shop — has to offer.
Sukha, Haarlemmerstraat 110
The best shops in Amsterdam are often the undiscovered. Check out even more concept stores and Dutch design shops in Amsterdam!