Amsterdam is not known for being one of Europe's famous
shopping centers, but it can surprise many people for
the variety of options that match the most diverse types
of taste (and pockets).
In the city, you will find a
multitude of neighborhoods full of shops selling shoes,
clothes, books, cosmetics, souvenirs and a good
example of this is the Jordaan. Open-air fairs such as
the famous Albert Cuyp Market, which also sell a bit of
everything, are also attractions in their own right and
are worth visiting.
Those who like a certain luxury will also not be
disappointed, because in the capital of Holland there
are the main world brands and, better, most of them
concentrated in a single street. Shopping centers are
not the strong point of local commerce, but in return,
you will find some department stores with a huge variety
In the months of July and January, most of the stores
in the city promote a large inventory burn and the
discounts are excellent attractions. During this period,
the streets tend to be quite crowded, especially during
the summer. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage alarm clocks.
From Monday to Wednesday and Saturdays, stores open
around 9am and close around 6pm. On Thursdays, it is
possible to enjoy a little more, as the establishments
are open until 9pm. On Sundays, stores usually open
later, from noon, and close at 5 pm.
Albert Cuyp Markt
Amsterdam's largest and most traditional open-air
fair is also a busy leisure area. Not only are fresh
vegetables and fruits and seafood sold on site, but also
the most diverse types of objects, such as clothes,
shoes, cosmetics, bicycle and souvenir items, all at
very interesting prices.
Like every good fair, Albert Cuyp also has a section
of ready-made foods and traditional snacks, such as
cheeses, kip saté (chicken skewer with peanut
sauce) and stroopwafel (typical Dutch biscuit
stuffed with caramel). Located in the central region of
Amsterdam, exactly in the vibrant De Pijp
district, the fair is also surrounded by bars and cafes
inviting to a stretched after the visit. Albert Cuyp is
open from Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm -
stay tuned, as the place may close earlier in the winter
or if the weather conditions of the day are not very
Albert Cuypstraat, Amsterdam - CEP: 1073
Telephone: +31 20 201 8800
Hours: Mon – Wed, Sun: 15: 45–22: 30 \ nQui – Sat: 15:
45– Midnight \ n
Bars, restaurants, coffee shops (where soft
drugs are sold), nightclubs and shops are concentrated
in this, which is one of the most famous squares in
Amsterdam. Extremely well located, several lines of the
electric cable car (2, 1, 5) give access to it,
Leidseplein never seems to sleep. The square is
also the stage for the presentation of various street
artists and in the summer it is even more crowded with
tourists, due to the large concentration of bar tables
throughout the central area.
The route from the square to the Central Train
Station, through Leidsestraat and
Koningsplein streets (be careful with the traffic
of electric trams on site), is full of shops selling
shoes, clothes and articles in general. The perfumery /
pharmacy DA, for example, is
one of those establishments. The Dutch store chain sells
cosmetics and perfumes at very interesting prices, even
outside the sale period.
Leidseplein, Amsterdam - CEP: 1017
Those looking for antique and music stores, varied
boutiques (like thrift stores), cozy cafés and more,
will certainly enjoy the region of the nine streets.
They are located in the charming and traditional
neighborhood of Joordan, exactly between Raadhuisstraat
and Leidsestraat, just a few minutes walk from the Royal
Palace, on Dam Square.
With a vibrant atmosphere, the place is ideal not
only for shopping, but also for those who admire the
architecture of Amsterdam and, of course, do not want to
miss a delicious walk.
MD's tip: if you're passionate about
chocolates, be sure to check out the Urban Cacao
store (photos). In addition to chocolate, the brand
produces macarons, pies, among other temptations. Check
out the photos!
tussen Prinsengracht en Singel, Amsterdam
The most famous supermarket chain in the Netherlands
is a place where you will find ready-made dishes - such
as sandwiches, sushi and salads - at much more
affordable prices than in restaurants, in addition to
drinks, chocolates, cheeses and the famous stroopwafel
cookies, also a more affordable than in souvenir shops.
Look for the AH sign (there are stores scattered
throughout the city), but beware, none of the chain's
stores accept Visa and Mastercard cards, so it's always
good to have some cash at the time of purchase!
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 226, Amsterdam - CEP: 1012 RR
Telephone: +31 20 421 8344
Hours: Mon – Sun: 8: 00–22: 00 \ n
Leaving the center of Amsterdam a little bit towards
the east, you will find another market that is worth
visiting too. And not only for the opportunity to buy
souvenirs, clothes, fruits, among many other things, but
also for the corner stall (facing "Mauritskade" street)
that sells one of the most delicious kebabs in the city.
Our favorite snack there is the complete Turkish
pizza, thinly baked, freshly baked, with meat filling,
freshly grilled vegetables and sauces. And the coolest
thing is to buy this delight and walk around the fair,
visiting the stalls and enjoying the atmosphere of the
Dapperstraat, Amsterdam - CEP: 1093 HB
Telephone: +31 20 694 7495
Hours: Mon – Sat: 10: 00–16: 30 \ n
Like Harrods in London and KaDeWe in Berlin,
Amsterdam also has a chain of successful department
stores. Located in a huge building on the corner of Dam
Square, Bijenkorf is, in fact, a large mall where not
only men's, women's and children's clothing (mostly from
famous brands) are sold, but also cosmetics, home goods
(the section is wonderful), books, among other options.
Tip from the MD: on the top floor of
the store you will find the Bijenkorf Kitchen,
a cozy cafe / restaurant full of delights, self-service
Dam 1 3F, Amsterdam - CEP: 1012 JS
Phone: +31 6 50275086
Website: http: // https:
Time: Mon – Sat: 10: 00–20: 00 \ nSunday: 11: 00–20: 00
In the heart of Amsterdam, the bustling Kalverstraat
is always full of people coming and going. There the
visitor finds shopping options for the most diverse
tastes; big department stores like Zara, Mango, Urban
Outfitters, a mini-mall (Kalvertoren), cafes and
restaurants, fast food chains like McDonald's,
museums and even a church.
Yes, right on the shopping street, exactly at number
58, you will find the discreet De Papegaai (O
Papagaio, in the literal translation). Built in 1700,
probably in the garden of a poultry vendor's house, the
place is worth visiting. One of the most striking things
is the contrast between the deep silence inside the
church and the noise and movement outside.
Max Euwe is a busy square that faces the main
entrance to the Vondelpark and is also just a short walk
from the famous Leidseplein. There are some really cool
bars / restaurants and some more expensive souvenir
shops. Not to mention giant chess, a
free game that attracts people of all ages.
In summer and on milder days, the center of the
square is full of tables, making the place an excellent
option for a lunch or a few drinks. Ah, there are
restaurants / bars like Hard Rock Café Amsterdam
and Wagamama, with oriental food.
Max Euweplein, Amsterdam - CEP: 1017 MA
Next to the Vondelpark, the PC Hooftstraat is the
address of luxury in Amsterdam. On the street considered
a mini 5th avenue you will find great world brands, such
as Prada, Armani, Diesel, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, among
others. There are clothes, bags and shoes, jewelery and
cosmetics stores located next to each other and which
tend to have much higher prices than the rest of the
city's shopping areas.
PC Hooftstraat, Amsterdam - CEP: 1052
One of the most famous squares in Amsterdam, the Dam
is also one of the busiest places in the city. Extremely
well located, about 1.3 km from the central train
station, it is there that you will find the National
Memorial to the Dead, a monument that honors the victims
of World War II. Every May 4th, a ceremony is held on
site, attended by Queen Beatriz, from the Netherlands.
In addition to the monument, the Dam also houses the
Royal Palace, a spectacular building erected in 1648 and
the residence of the Dutch royal family in Amsterdam
(the monarchy lives in The Hague).
As it could not be otherwise, the busy square is also
full of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and shops with
options for the most diverse tastes. In addition to the
famous and luxurious Bijenkorf, a Dutch
department store, on the Dam you will find some of the
best places to buy souvenirs in the capital.
Behind the Royal Palace is also the Magna
Plaza, a beautiful 19th century building and
one of the few shopping malls in the city. The prices on
site are a little higher than normal, but it is worth
getting in to see the beautiful architecture up close.