Where to shop in Amsterdam? Here are the best shopping locations where you can find everything from high-end brands and luxury boutiques to concept stores, vintage and modern Dutch design.
1. De Bijenkorf department store
De Bijenkorf is a chain of high-end Dutch department stores. Its flagship store is located in the center of Amsterdam. It offers a wide selection of both luxury designer brands (Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Burberry, Valentino) and mass market labels (Benetton, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel etc.).
De Bijenkorf is often compared with New York’s Macy’s and Les Galeries Lafayette in Paris. We totally recommend you to visit it and have a look!
De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam is located on Dam Square. It is just a 5 – 7 minutes walk from Amsterdam Centraal station. Alternatively you can take a tram line 4 or 14 (to the Dam stop) or metro line 52 (the Rokin stop).
If you are travelling by car you can park in Q-Park de Bijenkorf, which has direct access to the department store.
De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam: the world of brands
2. De 9 Straatjes (The Nine Streets)
De 9 Straatjes (which means the nine 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 nine alleyways with the names referring to the old skin tanning 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!
- Laura Dols, Wolvenstraat 7, Amsterdam, a very cute vintage shop specializing in fifties clothing. Unique dresses, hats, shoes, bags, accessories and an extensive collection of ballroom and wedding dresses. Make sure you don’t miss this experience!
How to get to the Nine Streets in Amsterdam?
Thought Staalstraat it generally not mentioned in guidebooks as a popular shopping area 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.
- Puccini Bonboni, Staalstraat 17 Amsterdam, a luxury chocolate boutique. Here you can buy artisan bonbons, homemade in Amsterdam since 1987 according to the family recipes using only natural ingredients. What a treat!
4. P.C. Hooftstraat: luxury shopping in Amsterdam
Feel like checking for new collections at Jimmy Choo and Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, Escada and Trussardi, Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry shops? Head to P.C. Hoofstraat (Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat), one of the most expensive shopping streets in the Netherlands, that hosts luxury brand boutiques.
How to get there?
P.C. 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 tram line 2 (direction Nieuw Sloten) to Hobbemastraat / Rijksmuseum stop. If you are travelling by car, there are parking places and two garages – Museumplein, Van Baerlestraat 33 and Byzantium, Tesselschadestraat 1G – available nearby.
Most of the shops are open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, except for Sundays and Mondays when they open at 12:00, and Thursdays when they can work till 21:00.
5. Kalverstraat shopping street
Kalverstraat is the biggest shopping street in Amsterdam. You will find the stores of numerous mass market brands (Zara, UNIQLO, H&M, America Today, Levi’s, Ecco, Diesel and hundreds of others) here. Check Kalverstraat website for the most up-to-date list of shops located in this shopping area of Amsterdam.
How to get there?
Kalverstraat is a walking street. You can enter it from the Dam square side or from the Flower market side. Alternatively you can take a tram line 4, or 14.
Most of the shops are open daily from 10:00 to 19:00. However there are always exceptions to the rule. On Sundays and Mondays many shops open their doors at 12:00, but on Thursday they stay open till 21:00.
Tax free shopping in Amsterdam
Good to know! If you, a non-EU citizen, spend a minimum of €50 for shopping in the Netherlands, you can VAT back. Find out how to shop tax free in the Netherlands.
Enjoy your shopping in Amsterdam!