Shopping in Amsterdam
There are many places in and around the city to get your retail fix - with different areas offering different shopping experiences, from upscale designer labels to local vintage - each with their own Dutch essence.
The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes)
Located in the heart of the city's historic canal district, this area of nine narrow streets called the Negen Straatjes was constructed during the 17th century. The Nine Streets intersect the main canals between the Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district, and are dotted with great restaurants, cafés, art galleries, jewellers, boutiques and vintage stores. With an exceptional array of styles, trends and prices, this area is truly a shopper’s paradise.
Upscale designers and labels
Head to the museum district for luxury shopping at its best. The P.C. Hooftstraat is Amsterdam’s most exclusive shopping street, featuring brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more within a few short block. Continue down the Van Baerlestraat for brands like Vanilia, Gant and Miss Sixty. Famous Dutch designers like lingerie guru Marlies Dekkers have shops on the Cornelis Schuytstraat.
Department stores and shopping centres
Looming over Dam Square and home to a broad selection of high-end brands, De Bijenkorf is one of Amsterdam's best-known department stores. Situated in an impressive historic building just behind Dam Square, Magna Plaza is a collection of shops, ranging from Mango to Sissy Boy. Also on the Kalverstraat, De Kalvertoren shopping centre is home to 45 shops.
The Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat
The two main shopping streets in Amsterdam’s city centre are the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. Of the two, the Leidsestraat has the more exclusive shops like Filippa K, Karen Millen, Paul Warmer and Shoebaloo. The Kalverstraat is home to all the shops you would expect to find in a large European city like H&M, Mexx, Zara and Esprit.