Best Christmas Shopping in Amsterdam, 2013

Christmas is the most popular holiday of the season. During the December month Amsterdam turns into a magical city with lights in every tree. The shopping streets beautifully decorated with the shopping windows in Christmas theme and many lights that illuminate the narrow streets when it gets dark so early. In The Netherlands we have two holiday's in December. "Sinterklaas" which is a typical Dutch and much bespoke holiday. This is mostly celebrated with little children. In contrary to Christmas! In The Netherlands the Christmas holiday is for the adults. It's two days (yes, the Dutch celebrate 1st and 2nd day of Christmas) where it's all about food, family and presents. 

Amsterdam is great to go Christmas shopping since there are so many small boutiques with unique items. The last few years a dozen of concept stores opened the doors. Perfect if you're looking for a personal gift since there are so many different products under one roof. And if you're lucky you can also have lunch or coffee there. Some of the best shopping streets are Cottoncake and Hutspot. For cheaper Christmas gifts the recently opened Flying Tiger is a perfect address. Super cheap Scandinavian designs at this trendy department store.

Enjoy your holiday shopping spree in Amsterdam!



Between the Sarphatipark and the busy Albert Cuypmarkt you find concept store Cottoncake. It's located at the 1e Van Der Helststraat and surrounded by other cool shops that are worth to have a look at as well. The all-white interior at...  Read More



Do you know the perfume laboratories of the exclusive perfume brand Le Labo in New York, Paris and London? Don't tell this secret around but you can also buy this brand at the exclusive Skins Cosmetics beauty store in Amsterdam. The store has...  Read More



Flying Tiger is a department store in the lower segment that is originally from Copenhagen. The Scandinavian design is super clean and loved by a lot of people. The store at the central Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam is only open for a few weeks...  Read More



At concept store Het Grote Avontuur there never is a dull moment. For the Christmas holidays hey work together with entrepreneurs to organize cool events like pop-up markets and pop-up cafes. The Haarlemmerdijk and Haarlemmerstraat where this...  Read More



As soon as you enter the concept store Sukha you notice something different. All the products here have a story. The owners buy the products straight from the makers where possible and it's great to know where the items come from. Most of the...  Read More



Ever since the opening of their first store in Amsterdam the home and living store Sissy Boy is a favorite by locals in Amsterdam. Their collections are very recognizable and consist of products under the Sissy Boy label and items from trendy...  Read More



Maison NL is one of the cutest concept stores in Amsterdam. It has a super female collection handpicked by the owners on home and living fairs all over the world. The style of the store is classic with a twist. Although the store is very small...  Read More



Concept stores are super popular in Amsterdam. It's almost like a new one opens the doors every week. In a street where before only cheaper shops and shawarma restaurants were located Hutspot changed the street view completely. Suddenly hipsters...  Read More

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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



The Utrechtsestraat is one of the most lovely streets in Amsterdam to go shopping. After years of renovation the tram 4 crosses the street again and the street is more trendy than ever. Jan is a great concept store where you can find something...  Read More