Best Places to Shop in Amsterdam, from Malls to Markets

In Amsterdam you can shop till you drop at one of the many shopping malls and shopping centers. This city offers something for everyone. From classic clothing stores to trendy high street. The best places to shop for upscale luxury and classic brands are the famous department stores the Bijenkorf and Maison de Bonneterie. For high streets brand the Kalverstraat is great. Here you can shop at all the large clothing chains you find in every city around the world. More special and a historic attraction on its own are the cozy Nine Streets, also known as "De Negen Straatjes". At the Nine Streets you will experience a totally different vibe. This is the favorite shopping area of Amsterdam yuppies and hipsters. It's home to trendy designer boutiques for men and woman. Don't miss the great cafes there for a coffee or lunch break. If you like to browse art galleries the Spiegelkwartier district is a must visit. So many small art galleries in even smaller streets crossing the channels all the way from the Prinsengracht to the Herengracht. For the ultimate Amsterdam experience it's fun to visit one of the many open air markets where the locals shop for their daily groceries.  The Albert Cuyp Market is by far the most famous one. This list displays the 10 best shopping centers that show the diverse shopping experience Amsterdam has to offer!

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

Central Canal Ring
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If you've a green thumb or just admire those who do, you'll want to visit this extravagant 'floating' market, most of which actually occupies houseboats moored on the water. Cut flowers, bulbs, potted plants and the like are all available to...  Read More

Central Canal Ring


The Nine Streets are just that: nine little streets and alleys in the heart of the historic canal district which, together, form a square-shaped shopping area stretching from the Singel to the Prinsengracht. They encompass: Reestraat,...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District


Formerly a post office, this grand edifice was initially built in 1899. Its ornate interior and exterior provoked some ridicule when first built, but now, the grand structure is a familiar presence in the city. Nowadays, shopping and dining...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District


At the top of the Kalverstraat, by the Muntplein, this modern three-level shopping center is pretty much a one-stop shop for all your needs – whether it's a strong coffee, a deli treat, garden furniture, paint and, of course, clothes. Thirty...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District


This narrow pedestrianised street runs between Dam square and the Muntplein (where the Kalvertoren shopping center can be found), and is probably Amsterdam's busiest commercial shopping area. Along here, you'll come across pop music stores,...  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

Central Canal Ring


The Spiegelkwartier is the district between the Rijksmuseum and the Herengracht with the Spiegelstraat as its most important street. It's the number one art district in Amsterdam and a perfect place to shop for antiques and modern and classic...  Read More

Albert Cuyp Market


The Albert Cuypmarkt is one of the most authentic markets in Amsterdam. Every morning at 8 am the market vendors start to unpack their fresh products, clothes and flowers for a new day at the Albert Cuyp. It's said to be one of the largest daily...  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