Shopping in Amsterdam is a unique experience, thanks to the city's laid-back atmosphere and clever planning that puts all the shops in a logical layout. You can find high-end designer boutiques next to discount shops, all within the same primary shopping areas.
Take a look at our guide to shopping in Amsterdam to prepare to shop 'til you drop!
Fashion is the main appeal in Dam Square. The plaza's northern side backs up to De Bijenkorf, a huge department store dealing exclusively in designer brands. The gorgeous building, designed during the Dutch impressionist movement, is lovely to view as well.
Dam Square also has busy shopping streets that travel out from its southern corner into Kalverstraat. The pedestrianised avenue is lined with high- and middle-end clothing shops, such as Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Monki, which have massive showrooms.
Utrechtsestraat is a quiet, central street that travels between de Pijp and Rembrandtplein. It's filled with Dutch townhouses and picturesque landscaping among numerous boutique stores and coffee shops to relax in between shopping excursions.
De Negen Straatjes
De Negen Straatjes is a quirky neighbourhood within Amsterdam's Western canal ring and spans 9 streets. Since the 1990s, the area has drawn designers who created a distinctive boutique economy in the area, complete with gorgeous storefronts and personally curated showrooms. You'll also find vintage shops throughout the area.
P.C. Hooftstraat is the most notable shopping area in Amsterdam and attracts hundreds of shoppers every day. The shops are high end and expensive, but it boasts only luxury brands with impeccable service, and it has gorgeous architecture.
Oud Zuid, or the 'Old South' area of Amsterdam, boasts several streets with clothing, accessories and gift stores in a beautiful residential area. Van Baerlestraat has chic names like Vanila, while Beethovenstraat has a row of women's, men's and children's trendy shops. There's also Cornelis Schuytstraat, an area with upscale boutiques and homewares stores.
The De Jordaan area is known for its quirkiness, which extends to its shopping. The funky area has a maze of tiny streets with second-hand stores, artist's studios, galleries and small boutiques. Nearby is Haarlemmerstraat, another area filled with clothing stores and restaurants.
Located along the canal, Spiegelgracht and the narrow brick street of Nieuwe Spiegelstraat are the ideal shopping destination for antique lovers and artists. You'll find an array of antique shops with furniture, clothing, art, print and books, as well as numerous art galleries from emerging artists.
Located in Amsterdam's Eastern Harbor, KNSM Island is a neighbourhood of former warehouses with innovative and modern design and home shops. If you're looking for unique gifts, home decor or homewares, this is the perfect place.
The Dutch capital is a fascinating place to visit and sightsee, but it also boasts some of the best shopping in Europe. Treat yourself on your Amsterdam city break with some shopping, window or otherwise, at its high-end boutiques and hidden gems. Complete your planning with our definitive guide on what to do whilst you're there.