10 Best Places in Amsterdam to Shop ‘til You Drop

Slip on your best shopping shoes, because you’re going to cover a lot of ground. Whether you are searching for something special or just want to browse, Amsterdam is a great shopping destination. With a wide range of shops catering to every style, the city offers a little something for everyone. In order to help you better plan your shopping excursion, 10Best has compiled a list of the best places in town to shop until you drop. Pick out the ones that best match your tastes and let the shopping begin. You are certainly in for a treat.

If you love one-of-a-kind finds, head to the Negen Straatjes area in the Jordaan neighborhood or Haarlemmerdijk and Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam West. The Negen Straatjes has numerous boutique shops, while Haarlemmerdijk and Haarlemmerstraat offer quirky, unusual shops. Both areas have plenty of cozy cafes for when you need a quick break.

Additionally, Amsterdam is home to several open-air markets. Choose your favorite and admire the goods the many vendors have on display. Stroll through the Albert Cuypmarkt, one of the largest open-air markets in Europe, or visit Waterloopleinmarkt, where you will find many affordable treasures. The open-air markets are perfect for a “shop and stroll.” Don’t forget to walk down the most expensive shopping street in the Netherlands, the PC Hooftstraat. This street and others surrounding it boast high-end brands. Ready, set, shop!

Old Center / Red Light District


The Magna Plaza, located across the street from the Royal Palace and Dam Square, is absolutely stunning. That same feeling will carry over as you step inside. The archways add an extra element of luxury. The building, formerly the Amsterdam post...  Read More

Old City Centre/Old Side


De Bijenkorf, a chain of high-end department stores, is definitely a Dutch favorite. The store in Amsterdam, which opened in 1870, was the first of De Bijenkorf's stores. The majestic building towers over Dam Square, ready to welcome shoppers....  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District


Waterloopleinmarkt is one of Amsterdam's many open-air markets. This market, located on Waterlooplein, exudes an energetic atmosphere, brimming with vendors who offer an assortment of items, everything from bicycles and furniture to second-hand...  Read More

Central Canal Ring


Spend the day hunting for one-of-a-kind treasures in the Spiegelkwartier. If you're an antique aficionado or art lover, you will feel right at home. The area, whose name literally translates to "Mirror Quarter" in English, is home to more than...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District


The Kalverstraat is a busy shopping street where you can easily spend a whole day. The street, which is lined with numerous stores such as V&D, Zara, H&M, Nike, Rituals and Lush, starts at Dam Square and winds its way to Muntplein. From clothing...  Read More

Old City Centre/Old Side


The Maison de Bonneterie's eye-catching, elegant exterior doesn't even begin to describe the luxury inside. The family-owned center is a complete shopping experience filled with fine fashion, home to brands such as G-Star, Marc Jacobs, Hugo...  Read More



Break away from the norm and head to the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk for an enjoyable and quirky shopping experience. You'll find a wide array of independent boutiques and specialty shops. From environment-minded fashion to kitchen...  Read More

PC Hooftstraat
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The PC Hooftstraat is one shopping street in Amsterdam that fashionistas will certainly not want to miss. Whether you're searching for a new outfit or just want to window shop, you must take a stroll down this internationally renowned street and...  Read More

Albert Cuyp Market


The Albert Cuypmarkt is one of the largest open-air markets in Europe and provides numerous shopping and food-tasting opportunities. This vibrant, colorful market is a destination of its own. The market is home to numerous vendors who offer...  Read More

Central Canal Ring


The Negen Straatjes, which translates to "Nine Little Streets" in English, is a quaint shopping area situated in the heart of Amsterdam. This quiet area is a boutique lover's haven. Just as the name implies, the Negen Straatjes is comprised of...  Read More


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Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream.

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