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
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
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.
The store’s location in the W Amsterdam hotel is hidden away from the bustling shopping streets, but once inside the 700m2 space, you’re fully immersed in artistic inspiration.
X Bank, Spuistraat 172
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
A gem of a concept store on Czaar Peterstraat, CP113 offers contemporary and vintage fashion, interior items, great coffee and an eclectic assortment of beautiful items and accessories. Brands on display include Mads Norgaard, Won Hundred, HOPE and studioRUIG. The place has a great café inside, and besides the shopping serves up some excellent cakes and treats.
CP113, Czaar Peterstraat 113
This concept store on Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerdijk is packed full with trendy, handmade accessories and unique clothing – all created by up-and-coming designers. With their store and webshop, Restored provides a platform allowing young designers to reach a wider audience. The store’s stock is constantly changing, but mainstay brands include Kiboots, LEW and Maartje van den Noort.
Restored, Haarlemmerdijk 39
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