When doing your Amsterdam shopping, you’ll be sure to find all that you’re looking for in the many different shopping streets that are full of shops, retail stores, boutiques, art, and so much more.
Shopping Streets and Hot Zones
The main shopping streets for clothes and fashion are those that run in a line from near the Central Station to the Leidseplein: these are Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat, Heiligeweg and Leidsestraat.
Kalverstraat is also known as one of the streets to do most of your Amsterdam shopping in, as it’s one of the busiest streets in the heart of the city.
You can find an array of boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants and galleries on the Nine Streets, or De Negen Straatjes which are located between the main canals from the Prinsengracht to the Singel, found just south west of Dam Square. There is a diverse array of privately owned shops here, and you’ll find many interesting treasures when you take a stroll down here!
Discover some high-end shops when doing your Amsterdam shopping on the street of Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat and Cornelis Schuytstraat, located in the neighborhood of the Vondelpark. You’ll also find shopping streets in the older areas that surround the center, like on Kinkerstraat, the Ferdinand Bolstraat, the Van Woustraat and the Jayastraat.
Tip: Jayastraat is the place considered to carry the most ethnic stores to do your Amsterdam shopping in.
Other Shopping Areas
When you visit the museum quarter, be sure to do some of your Amsterdam shopping nearby, as you’ll find it to be a very stylish area. You’ll find some of the finest designer shops in the entire city, from designer shoes to health specialists, massage, boutiques, designer interiors and much more.
In Jordaan, one of the prettiest little village areas in the city, you’ll find a sizable collection of goldsmiths and jewelers, fashion boutiques, galleries, and other special shopping. This area has always been a center for artistic endeavors, so you’ll be sure not to leave empty handed when doing your Amsterdam shopping here!
One well known street market you can find when doing your Amsterdam shopping for food, clothing, household items, flowers and more is the Ten Cate Market. The largest you’ll find is the Albert Cyp, and it’s also the most popular.
Other shopping street markets to do your Amsterdam shopping include Spui (where on some days you’ll find books, other days art and antiques), Lapjesmarkt (specializing in cloth and materials), Waterlooplein (a well known flea market), and Noordermarkt (selling fabrics, records, second hand clothing and many fresh organic healthy foods).
Discover special hand made imports from Latin America at Santa Jet, where you’ll discover beautiful lamps, mini tin shrines and a wide variety of postcards, and browse through De Beeldenwinkel Sculpture Gallery if you’re a sculpture lover.
Pop into The Book Exchange if you’re looking for a large selection of English books, and don’t miss out on checking out the Cracked Kettle for unique and rare bottles.