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Lokale Makers | S2 | E5 | Wooden Amsterdam
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Made in Amsterdam souvenirs

Unwrap Amsterdam's vibrant culture in its charming gift and souvenir shops. Brimming with locally crafted treasures, these shops are your ticket to finding the perfect memento or gift. From edgy art to delectable Dutch delights, each piece tells a tale of local creativity and craftsmanship, ensuring your souvenirs are anything but ordinary.

Karin Engelbrecht
After writing about all things lifestyle in Amsterdam for 15+ years, this born-and-raised South African knows where it’s at.
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X Bank

Whether you stop by to admire local lifestyle label HK Living’s living room or shop one of the city’s most extensive collections of Dutch design, art and fashion, this 300 m2 concept store in the W Amsterdam’s historic former bank building near Dam Square, is always worth a visit. Alongside established names in fashion, design and art, like Viktor & Rolf and Maarten Baas, you’ll also find lesser-known local designers here, like 1/OFF and Atelier Reservé. There’s a vinyl corner, where you can sift through LPs, and a perfume bar with divine Dutch scents such as the Salle Privée range for men, all-natural unisex perfumes by Abel and fragrances by YVRA.

X Bank | Spuistraat 172, Centrum


Products on display in interior of Spiegel design store
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Conveniently situated between the Canal Belt and the Rijksmuseum, everything for sale at this gift shop was designed in The Netherlands. You’ll find tableware, jewellery, hats, scarves, bags, art, furniture, books and stationery, by renowned local labels such as Polspotten, StoryTiles, Heinen, Barts, Bufandy, Lammers & Lammers and Miffy Art Parade. Looking for a more extensive collection of Miffy toys, books, clothing and homewares? Head to the new De Winkel van Nijntje shop nearby (Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 61). There’s also one in Zuid (Scheldestraat 61) if that’s more convenient.

Spiegel | Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 2a HS, Centrum

Het Faire Oosten

Located at the Oostpoort Shopping Centre, this destination store boasts ‘the largest collection of (M/F) fair fashion in the Benelux’ and a good selection of ethical, well-made local brands. We particularly like the whimsical A-dam boxershorts, geometric Susan Bijl shoppers, stylish Maium raincoats and veg-led Food for Skin skincare. ‘The idea for this sustainable warehouse came from my love of handicrafts, the maker’s industry and the knowledge that we have to take care of our planet and its people’, says Magali Heuberger, founder of Het Faire Oosten.

Het Faire Oosten | Waldenlaan 208, Oost


Interior of Groen+Akker design and souvenir store.
Image from Thomas van Schaik

A stark white interior forms a neutral foil for colourful designs by up-and-coming Dutch and European designers and established local names like Lex Pott and &k Amsterdam. An eclectic offering ranges from mo man tai’s coloured bubble mirrors and smiley key chains to exuberant Scandi light objects and collectable art by Rop van Mierlo. For singular gifts, stylish homewares and some genuinely quirky finds, you're at the right address here.

Groen+Akker | Govert Flinckstraat 114, De Pijp

The Maker Store

Women selling jewellery at the Maker Market in De Hallen
Image from Ella Hansmann

This concept store in De Hallen cultural complex is run by local creatives and craftspeople. It’s chock-a-block with unique products that have a story, from Dots & Freckles’ statement polymer clay earrings and TIMcity’s sustainable beanies and t-shirts with graphic city prints to De Ballen uit Amsterdam’s Christmas tree ornaments of iconic Amsterdam landmarks like the Westertoren and Skinny Bridge. Or personalise your smartphone, wallet or jewellery with a laser print tattoo at the in-house Uncover Lab. You can also meet the makers at the monthly The Maker Market.

The Maker Store | Hannie Dankbaarpassage 39, Oud-West

Colourful Goodies

Image from Ruby Cruden

There’s a doll for every child at Colourful Goodies. ‘Inclusivity is our priority and we understand how important it is for every kid to identify with their dolls,’ says founder Ellen Brudet. Europe’s ‘first black doll gift shop’ specialises in dolls with every skin tone including naevus, vitiligo and Down’s Syndrome. There are also dolls with afros, curls, headscarves and traditional Surinamese, Indian and Moroccan clothing here, as well as cards, books and African wax print patchwork stuffed toys.

Tip: for a good selection of Dutch women’s fashion brands, do visit Pek & Kleren, a concept store on the opposite side of the street.

Colourful Goodies | Van der Pekstraat 75, Noord

Moooi Store

Moooi shop interior
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Ogle daring Dutch design at the impressive Moooi Store, which opened in early 2023. Here, you’ll find the eclectic Amsterdam-based brand’s full collection, from lighting and furniture to wall coverings, carpets, gifts and home and lifestyle accessories. It’s the perfect place to score classic Dutch designs like the Hortensia Armchair or Meshmatics Chandelier but also to check out recently launched pieces including the NomNom Light, Aldora Sofa or Menagerie of Extinct Animals bedding.

MOOOI STORE | Utrechtsestraat 145-147, Centrum


Window display of DSIGN.Amsterdam design and souvenir shop
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This candy store for lovers of Dutch design is filled with objects that will make you smile, like Rijkje’s brightly coloured tulip (ear)rings made from recycled acrylic, quirky 2D felt bags by Sacha Wendt, cute Miffy lamps, cheerful wooden canal wall hangers/puzzles by CRE8 and Secrid’s clever B Corp certified card-protectors.

DSIGN.Amsterdam | various locations in Centrum


Woman shopping for clothes at HEMA
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Founded in 1926 in Amsterdam as a price point store by the owners of the still-existing luxury department store De Bijenkorf, HEMA has since become a beloved Dutch chain with a mission to ‘make the ordinary extraordinary.’ Though sometimes compared to Target for its cheerful red logo and accessible prices, HEMA stands out by offering primarily original own-brand products. For affordable gifts, small household items, cosmetics, office supplies, clothing, footwear, and accessories for the whole family, along with typical Dutch treats like tompoucen (a brightly glazed local version of mille-feuille or Napoleon), slagroomtaart (a whipped cream cake) and rookworst (a local smoked sausage variety), HEMA is most Amsterdammers’ go-to choice.

HEMA | various locations in Zuid-Oost, Noord, Zuid, Centrum and West

I amsterdam Store

Voor Lokale Makers in de I amsterdam Store
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Conveniently located inside Amsterdam Centraal Station, this is the perfect place to find a last-minute gift from locally-based brands for your loved ones at home. Here you’ll find products like delicious, planet-friendly chocolate by Chocolademakers and Zuivere Koffie’s 100% organic fair trade coffee, which is roasted and packaged by a social enterprise in Zaanstad prison. There are also De Stadsplank’s sustainable wooden cutting boards made from felled city trees, Loenatix’s socially produced kids’ streetwear, Pig & Hen’s premium marine rope bracelets and The Upcycle’s belts, earrings and other accessories made from old bicycle tyres.

I amsterdam Store | De Ruijterkade 28 b-d, Amsterdam Centraal Station

Karin Engelbrecht
After writing about all things lifestyle in Amsterdam for 15+ years, this born-and-raised South African knows where it’s at.
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