Best concept stores in Amsterdam
Shopping should always be up there on the bucket list before any visit to the Dutch Capital. Alongside the major brands and flagship stores, Amsterdam conceals a whole host of concept stores that are as creative and quirky as the city itself. Browse local handmade goods, beautiful souvenirs, ceramics, décor, plants and fashion from up-and-coming designers. Here's our pick of stores which turn a shopping trip into an event!
Edible Treasures is a recently-opened concept store situated in a characteristic corner building in Oud-Zuid, which was formerly a butcher’s shop. And even though not everything is edible, the collection is certainly full of treasures, for your interior decor, that is. You’ll find everything you need to set the table, a special selection of cooking books, the finest homeware items and there is even a children's section. And when you're feeling peckish done, head to the deli at the front for a cup of coffee and something delicious!
Like a lovechild between an art gallery and a department store, X Bank is the epicentre of Dutch Design. In fact, in and amongst the covetable objets d'art and locally designed fashion, the store proudly displays artworks and installations by prominent artists and regularly hosts exhibitions, fashion shows, launch parties and talks. You’ll find the store hidden away in the W Amsterdam Hotel, and once inside the expansive space, you’re fully immersed in artistic inspiration.
Anyone with green fingers needs to check out this cute concept store just off the Kinkerstraat. Inside you'll find a stunning range of new houseplant friends to take home with you, garden tools, seeds, compost along with botanical prints, books and stylish plant hanging accessories. And if you have no idea what you’re doing, you can sign up for several workshops to create that ultimate urban jungle at home.
OU Boutique Stories
OU (French for ‘where’, as in ‘where did you get that!?’) brings an element of fun to wardrobe classics. Stocking all things textured, printed, sparkly and embellished, the product lines include clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery, swimwear and gifts that are too pretty to give away. Ou exactly is it? There are a few boutiques in Amsterdam (in the Nine Streets Shopping Area and in De Pijp), and one in Haarlem.
OU Boutique Stories | Runstraat 8, 9 Streets / Reestraat 16, 9 Streets / Gerard Doustraat 95, De Pijp / Kruisstraat 40, Haarlem
Top tip: Haarlem is another fantastic city with concept shopping opportunities galore, have a read of our dedicated guide to shopping hotspots in Haarlem.
With a minimalistic design bathed in white, Cottoncake displays handpicked items from clothing, footwear and accessory designers in Europe and beyond. Keep an eye out for the latest collection from its house label and new fragrance collection. 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 serving excellent coffee, cakes and brunch on the weekend.
ID Store Haarlem
The kind of ultra-chic store you have to be told about by those in the know, ID store Haarlem was designed for the most discerning of shoppers. The racks are stocked with quality basics in a largely neutral colour palette – including brands like Modström, Second Female and The Nude Label. Complete the look with leather goods, minimal jewellery, homeware items and cosmetics.
Something in between a stylish gift shop and the most instagrammable café imaginable, Pluk lets you shop, eat and then shop again. The cosy store located in the 9 Streets shopping district is charmingly and chaotically stocked — shelves, countertops and even the floor — with pastel-hued home goods, kitchenware, stationery and gifts. Foodwise, treat yourself to a nutrient-packed smoothie bowl sprinkled with edible glitter, poké bowl or cake with lashings of icing.
Six & Sons
An expertly curated selection of fashion items, accessories and decorative curiosities sourced from all over the world can be found in this unassuming little store on Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerbuurt shopping area. It’s also a safe bet for gift shopping, whether your recipient is into luxury stationery, Mad Men-esque bar equipment, apothecary goods or travel guides for the coffee table.
Nestled in the inspiring museum district on Czaar Peterstraat, CP113 is home to contemporary fashion, and an eclectic assortment of beautiful shoes and handbags. Brands on display include Mads Norgaard, Won Hundred and Ivylee Copenhagen. Best of all, the store’s own café gives you the chance to weigh up those difficult purchasing decisions over a fluffy cappuccino and slice of cake.