The best places to shop in Amsterdam

Publication: 23-04-2018


Once you’ve settled in Amsterdam, there aren’t a lot of reasons to leave this city. As I wrote in my previous blog, this city offers a great culinary landscape and the obvious states it’s downright gorgeous to walk around in. Besides eating, shopping is one of my personal hobby’s. Although it can get quite crowded during sunny weekends, I still love to stroll around the city to find unique (and sometimes not so unique) items to expand my wardrobe. Since I’ve been a resident of this city for nearly 10 years, I thought I would share with you my favorite places to go shopping in this very city.

Mainstream
For your mainstream shops such as Zara, H&M, Primark and so many other well known stores which most of us like to visit frequently, the city center is the place to be. Surrounding the famous Dam Square, you’ll find the streets Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat with a wide range of affordable stores that will most likely float your mainstream boat. At the end of the Kalverstraat you will find the Kalverpassage, a five story mall that’s home to 30 more stores. It gets really busy during the weekends, but if you have a day off during the week it’s a great way to get all of your shopping done in a relatively short period of time because these streets are right across the street from each other.

Vintage & boutiques
Not so much into mainstream shops, or more so looking for something unique or vintage? Then there’s a few areas you definitely should check out. The so called 9 Straatjes, which is Dutch for “nine streets, is home to lots of boutique style shops that sell clothing, home articles and jewelry. These nine streets all offer a great deal of variety, from vintage stores such as my personal favorite, called Episode, to high end boutiques.

Another area that’s similar in its offer is probably the most popular area of Amsterdam, called De Pijp. Although you can also find popular stores such as H&M in this area, this area mainly consists of smaller and more independent stores such as Things I Like Things I Love. Although De Pijp is a little more spread out, with all its cute lunch places to enjoy a little walking break, there´s never a dull moment. This area is also home to the famous Albert Cuyp market, behind which are more boutique stores with unique items to dress you as well as your home.

If you’re more of a ‘west side is the best side’-minded resident, then you will most likely enjoy having a stroll on the Haarlemmerdijk, with independent labels, boutiques and vintage stores galore. Dutch brands such as Jutka & Riska have established their businesses in this neighborhood where you can find the perfect outfit, gifts and unique pieces for your interior.

Upscale
Every now and then I like to indulge my shopping appetite by making a visit to the more upscale shopping areas that Amsterdam has to offer. For that luxurious feel I like to visit Amsterdam’s biggest department store located on Dam Square, called De Bijenkorf. This department store offers brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, but you will also find more affordable inhouse stores such as Topshop.

If the weather’s so nice that you don’t want to spend one minute inside, then you can find the same kind of luxury brands on the well known P.C. Hooftstraat. This street famously goes by just its first initials "P.C." and has a great variety of upscale stores for you to find that special item. Just around the corner you will find the Van Baerlestraat, which offers stores in the same kind of segment.

The final street that is a must see if you’re looking for upscale shopping, is the Beethovenstraat. On this street you will find designer stores of all kinds and besides it being a great street to walk around in, it’s also beautiful to look at.

Hopefully these tips will help you find that sweet shopping spot that we crave every so often. Enjoy your shopping spree and please tag me on Instagram (@ExpatHousing) when you decide to check one of these places out.

Cheers!

Janet,
Expat Housing