Shopping in Amsterdam

There are many areas within Amsterdam which offer good shopping. You’ll be strolling up and down long streets (pretty much zero side streets) so my tip is to come prepared and end up in the right street from the beginning!

The shopping is varied and the offers are many.

Dam Square is centrally located, and Kalverstraat is close by. I recommend starting at Haarlemmerstraat, followed by Jordaan, Kalverstraat, Dam Square, the Negen Straatjes, and lastly Leidsestraat  (or opposite route).

Dam Square

Amsterdam’s biggest department store De Bijenkorf  is in Dam Square (Dam 1).
What I enjoyed about this up market, luxury department store is that I could find pieces I hadn’t seen back home in the brandstore.

De Bijenkorf

If you need something more budget friendly there is a H&M Flagship Store in the neighbourhood (Dam 4).

Magna Plaza Designer clothes under one roof are found at the magnificent Magna Plaza (behind the Queens Palace on the Dam Square; Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182). There is Mango and Marlboro, but other than that I was not familiar with the brands located here.


Kalverstraat is Amsterdam’s busiest shopping street, rightfully so. There are what seems like an endless number of stores (including Bershka, Levi’s, Mango, etc.) here and you really get to shop til you drop.

Find the usual brand names @ the big shopping centre Kalvertoren.


Don’t miss out on what Amsterdam really has to offer. While Kalverstraat is grande and typical, Leidsestraat is charming and has many boutique stores which fit right in with Amsterdam.


Vintage (Wini Vintage), gift stores (Daskas) + (Klevering), or fairtrade (Sukha Amsterdam) is found in Haarlemmerdijk and Haarlemmerstreet. It is voted the best shopping street in the Netherlands, according to a survey of NLstreets. You find a diverse of stores here, as well as eateries.


If you are in Amsterday on a Monday (morning) and you want to find something special; head to the Noordermarkt for the Monday flea market.

This is not the only Monday market in Jordaan; the Westerstraat Markt is also very good if it’s clothing and fabric you are after.

A cool store is ‘Square Feet‘ (Prinsheerlijk); designer shoe pleasing your eyes and feet!

Negen Straatjes

Shop vintage items (Juffrouw Splinter) and clothes in one of the following streets; Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. Spiegelbeeld (Huidenstraat 24b) is a fashion shop which sells new and second-hand designer clothes. My fave in this area.


 No reason to leave Amsterdam with any money left.

My rating of Amsterdam: 

Vis Veibeskrivelse for bil til Leidsestraat, Grachtengordel-West, Amsterdam, Nederland i et større kart

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