Best places for vintage shopping in Amsterdam
Are you an eagle-eyed vintage hunter looking for a designer gem or do you want to fill your home with retro treasures? Whatever your style, Amsterdam’s vintage scene is brimming with one-of-a-kind pieces you won’t want to leave behind. Read on for the best places in Amsterdam for vintage shopping.
IJHallen flea market
A short (and free!) ferry ride away, the biggest flea market in Europe, IJ-Hallen, is full to the brim with furnishings and clothing looking for a new home.
Amsterdam’s largest daily flea market on Waterlooplein is the place to pick up a bargain among pre-loved and vintage clothing, bikes, antiques and general knick-knacks.
A flea market and farmers’ market in one, Noordermarkt's Saturday stalls are a haven for antiques, books and vintage fashion. To avoid the weekend crowds, head there on Monday morning for a second flea market.
Filled with rails of vintage clothes from the 50s to the 90s, the Rumors branches are a one-stop destination for a vintage outfit, from second-hand Dr. Martens to leather bags and berets in every colour. In its sister store, We Are Vintage, you’ll find Levi’s jeans, chunky knitwear and vintage party dresses, as well as men’s clothing – think plaid shirts and aviator jackets. You’re bound to find a piece you’ll love forever here.
We Are Vintage | Eerste van Swindenstraat 43 / Kinkerstraat 193
Everything from jeans and worker jackets to fur coats and sports sweaters lines the rails at Episode. Be prepared to do some serious digging. It might feel like a bit of an endless treasure hunt, but there are gems to be found.
Vintage fashion lovers will adore scouring the rails at Marbles. Leather coats, snakeskin bags and vintage denim for men and women are packed into cosy stores across the city.
Jutka and Riska
Founded by two sisters Jutka and Riska Volkerts, this curated store has a new collection every week featuring handpicked vintage. Dior, Burberry Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent line the rails, as well as gold jewellery and statement sunglasses.
Penny Lane Vintage
Penny Lane Vintage boasts classic cuts and high-quality fashion reminiscent of old-school icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Paul Newman.
Bij Ons Vintage
‘Wear vintage or wear nothing at all!’ That’s Bij Ons philosophy, which wants to rid the planet of clothing waste and get more people wearing pre-loved clothes. As well as a selection of branded sports sweaters and baseball jackets, Bij Ons specialises in upcycled patchwork denim jackets.
Started by vintage lovers Marlot and Imara, Vintage Jungle in Jordaan is a treasure trove of unique pieces, including Afghan dresses, Austrian embroidered knits, boho waistcoats, vintage silk kimonos and summer linen.
You’ll find Bis! between Waterlooplein and Nieuwmarkt at Sint Antoniesbreestraat – three vintage shops, each with their own collections. Its unique selling point is the store at 25A, which specialises in military clothing. You’ll find army and navy classics here, from different countries and periods of time, for those going for a utilitarian look or interested in collectibles.
Nestled among the Jordaan boutiques, Vindit specialises in stand-out outfits for stylish occasions, including theme parties or performances. You’ll also find vintage collectibles like Norwegian sweaters, long leather jackets, and accessories from bygone eras, including bowties, ear warmers and hats.
FURNITURE AND HOMEWARE
In the heart of Oud-West and near to De Hallen, you’ll find Het Halletje, a vintage and vinyl store filled with an eclectic collection of mid-century furniture and regularly refreshed records.
If you’re dreaming of a Mad Men-style interior, don’t miss a visit to the Das Gaaf warehouse. Located in Rijsenhout, near to Schiphol airport, this store has a serious collection of vintage furniture and home accessories from the 50s, 60s and 70s, from teak sideboards to drinks trollies and everything in between.
For those with a little more room in their budget and an eye for designer classics, The Modern has one of the most stylish vintage collections in Amsterdam. Expect Eames chairs, pre-loved Pierre Paulin and Grete Jalk, mixed with contemporary art, rugs and homeware to build an effortlessly stylish space.
For wallet-friendly vintage, a visit to De Lokatie thrift store will satisfy retro-loving bargain hunters. De Lokatie is a social company, dedicated to reusing, recycling and upcycling as well as giving its employees work where they have not easily found employment.
Van Dijk & Ko / Neef Louis Design
This colossal warehouse in Amsterdam Noord, within walking distance of NDSM, boasts a massive range of vintage and industrial furniture and homeware from across Europe. Expect a rapidly changing collection featuring Danish design, Belgian office furniture, Hungarian cupboards or Romanian pottery - and some unexpected objects in between. If that’s too big to pack for home, it’s still worth a trip for its range of linen, glassware, books, ceramics and lampshades. Fellow vintage seller Neef Louis Design is next door.
Part vintage store, part workshop, Brilman Design specialises in selling and restoring vintage lamps. The shop in Zeeburg is filled with them! And there’s more to make your trip worthwhile, including kitchen utensils, antiques, curiosities and mid-century homeware.