Looking forward to do some shopping in Amsterdam? Great! Here are the best spots where you can find something trendy and special for yourself and for your family.
De Bijenkorf is a chain of high-end Dutch department stores. Its flagship store is located in the center of Amsterdam. It offers an unforgettable shopping experience both to the luxury brands’ (Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Diane von Furstenberg, etc.) fans and those who prefer mass market labels (Benetton, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel etc.). Check all fashion brands available in De Bijenkorf >>
De Bijenkorf is often compared with the New York’s Macy’s and Les Galleries Lafayette in Paris. We highly recommend you to visit it and have a look!
How to get there?
De Bijenkorf is located on Dam Square. It will take you 5-7 minutes to walk there from Amsterdam Centraal station. Alternatively you can take a tram №4, 9, 16, 24, 25 (to the Dam stop).
Kalverstraat is the biggest shopping street in Amsterdam. You will find the stores of numerous mass market brands (Zara, Vero Moda, H&M, America Today, Levi’s, Ecco, Diesel and hundreds of others) here. Check Kalverstaat website to get a full and up-to-date list of stores that are open for you here.
How to get there?
Kalverstraat is a walking street. You can enter is from Dam square side or from Flower market side. Alternatively you can take a tram № 4, 9, 16, 24, 25 (if you exit on the Muntplein stop, you will find yourself near Flower market, and if you choose the Dam stop, you will obviously come to Dam square).
Most of the shops are open daily from 10.00 to 19.00. However there are always exceptions to the rule. For example, on Sunday and Monday many shops open their doors at 12.00, but on Thursday they stay open till 21.00.
De 9 Straatjes
De 9 Straatjes (which means the 9 little streets) is a shopping area in Amsterdam that offers a charming mixture of designer boutiques, art galleries, vintage clothing stores, gift shops and places to eat and drink.
It consists of 9 alleyways with the names referring to the old skintanning industry (Reestraat, Berenstraat, Runstraat, Hartenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Huidenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Oude Spiegelstraat, Wijde Heisteeg) crossed by the three main canals of Amsterdam (Herengracht, Keizersgracht, Prinsengracht). The area also offers a great overview of the architectural style of Amsterdam heritage. You will definitely enjoy your visit to this cosy Amsterdam’s spot!
How to get there?
If you have just finished shopping at Kalverstraat, you can simply walk to De 9 Straatjes (the map below shows the route from De Bijenkorf, via Kalverstraat to De 9 Straatjes. The total distance is just 1,5 km).
Thought Staalstraat it generally not mentioned in guide books as a popular shopping location in Amsterdam, we certainly recommend you to visit it! The street is located in the center of Amsterdam, between Waterlooplein and Flower market.
Staalstraat will surprise you with a variety of fashion, design and vintage stores, each with its unique atmosphere.
Feel like checking for new collection at Jimmy Choo and Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, Escada and Trussardi, Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry shops? Head to PC Hoofstraats, one of the most expensive shopping streets in the Netherlands, that hosts luxury brand boutiques.
How to gey there?
PC Hoofstraat is located in a close neighbourhood of the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk and the Van Gogh Museum. If you travel by public transport from Amsterdam Centraal, take a tram №5 (direction Amstelveen Binnenhof) or №2 (direction Nieuw Sloten) to Hobbemastraat / Rijksmuseum stop. If you are travelling by car, there are parking places (4 EUR/hour) and two garages – Museumplein, Van Baerlestraat 33 and Byzantium, Tesselschadestraat 1G (4 EUR/ 49 minutes) – available nearby.
Most of the shops are open from 10.00 to 18.00 daily, except for Sunday and Monday when they open at 12.00, and Thursday when they can work till 21.00.
Good to know! If you, a non-EU citizen, spend a minimum of €50 for shopping in the Netherlands, you can get up to 13,75% of the purchase price back. Find out how to shop tax free in Holland.
Enjoy shopping in Amsterdam!