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.
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.
X Bank, Spuistraat 172
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 floor plan with concrete floors and sleek fixtures, is constantly sourcing new artisans to add to its revolving collection of furniture, home accessories and clothing. The Van Woustraat location has an on-site barbershop and retro photo booth on the ground floor.
Hutspot, Van Woustraat 4 and Rozengracht 204-210
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 two boutiques in Amsterdam, in the Nine Streets and De Pijp, along with one in Haarlem on Kruisstraat.
OU Boutique Stories, Reestraat 16 and Gerard Doustraat 95, Amsterdam, Kruisstraat 40, 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.
Cottoncake, 1e van der Helststraat 76 hs
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.
ID Store, Schagchelstraat 7, Haarlem
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 on the Canal Ring 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.
Pluk, Reestraat 19
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 Haarlemmerdijk. 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.
Six & Sons, Haarlemmerdijk 31, Amsterdam
Olivia & Kate
Further contributing to Haarlem’s position as the shopping capital of the Netherlands, stores like Olivia & Kate strike the tricky balance between fashion-forward and wallet-friendly. The product range is colourful, eclectic and entices you into a world of whimsy that you can recreate at home, by picking up a few décor pieces or heavenly scented candles.
Olivia & Kate, Anegang 48, Haarlem
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.
CP113, Czaar Peterstraat 113
What began as a bespoke tailor almost 100 years ago is now a contemporary concept store, remaining in the hands of the same fashionable family. There’s an unmistakeably ‘Amsterdam’ essence to the goods on offer, such as innovative knitwear label Granny’s Finest (lovingly knitted by Dutch grannies!) Royal Delft ceramics and the best raincoats and umbrellas money can buy. Coffee from the store’s onsite café will keep your shopping momentum up, as will the tarts from Petit Gateau, and if your next stop is a museum you can even drop off your haul for safekeeping.
District 1071, Van Baerlestraat 50
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