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Best Shopping near the Cruise Port in Amsterdam

The 10 Best Places in Amsterdam to Shop For Your Cruise

You know that overwhelming feeling you have when you forget to pack something important or run out of an essential product, that sensation of frustration, disappointment or stress? This can happen to anyone. To help ease your mind, 10Best has gathered the best places to shop near the Amsterdam cruise port. Whether you are searching for a bathing suit or just want some sunscreen, this list contains it all. You will easily find everything you need for your cruise. 

If you are looking for formal wear, De Bijenkorf and Maison de Bonneterie are two great places to start. The Maison de Bonneterie even has a spa on the second level, so you can get your nails done for formal night. The Negen Straatjes is full of darling boutique shops, where you are sure to discover one-of-a-kind items. Depending on the shop, you may find casual or upscale wear. The Kalverstraat, home to a variety of stores, is a great place to locate swimwear, resort wear, shoes and more. At the HEMA, you’ll find nearly everything at an affordable price, from skin care products and towels to casual clothing and accessories. BENU Apotheek Dam is the best place to go if you need to fill a prescription. If you forgot your camera or need to pick up accessories for your technology gadgets, your best bet is Saturn.


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 nine little streets: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg. The Singel forms the border to the East, while the Prinsengracht marks the western most point. The Negen Straatjes has it all: jewelry stores, shoe shops, fashion boutiques and more. With such variety, you're sure to locate at least a few great finds, either for the resort or formal night. Make sure to take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee, a cold beer or delicious slice of apple pie at one of the cute cafes or pubs.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The Negen Straatjes is brimming with cute boutique shops and charming cafes.

Jessica's expert tip: Make sure to enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of apple pie at one of the cafes.

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Central Canal Ring
PostNL Postkantoor
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Post cards, letters and care packages are some of the best ways to keep in touch with loved ones back home while traveling. Just a short walk from Centraal Station and very close to Dam Square, you'll find the post office, filled with everything you may need. You can go right up to the counter to buy stamps if you already have your correspondence ready. Or you can browse the assortment of cards and postcards available. You can also purchase a box if you need to mail tasty treats or Dutch souvenirs. The post office has every size box, from small to large. If you have a day or two in Amsterdam, you can also buy an OV chip card, which is valid for the public transportation.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The post office is the best place to go if you are looking for stamps or cards.

Jessica's expert tip: You can also buy an OV chip card at this location, so you can travel by public transport.

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Saturn Amsterdam
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Did you forget your camera? Do you need a special accessory for your technology gadget? Perhaps you are simply looking for a good CD or DVD. Saturn, one of the largest electronics stores in Europe, has it all. The store is located on the Oosterdok Island, which is very convenient and within walking distance of the cruise passenger terminal. Walk in and ask for help, or take a look around. If you are debating between two products (or more), you can even ask to try the product out. When you're ready to buy, all products are ready for immediate use.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Saturn, within walking distance of the cruise passenger terminal, is one of the largest electronic stores in Europe.

Jessica's expert tip: If you are not sure what to purchase, ask for help. You can try the products out in the store before you buy.

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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 office, is now home to three floors of shopping. Whatever you're looking for, Magna Plaza has a little bit of everything: jewelry, clothing, souvenirs, skin care and cosmetics. You can even purchase Dutch cheese to take home. When you cannot shop anymore, head to Grand Café Ovidius or The Views. Rejuvenate yourself with a refreshing beverage and light snack. After, you can always continue shopping.

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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 Boss, Scotch & Soda and Ralph Lauren. Book a personal shopper and shop till you drop. It is a great place to find formal wear. On the second level, the center offers a hair salon and spa, as well. After all that shopping, treat your feet to a pedicure. Spend a day at Maison de Bonneterie; you'll be living the good life. Numerous restaurants are located nearby, so you'll always have a place to grab a bite to eat when you're absolutely famished.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Maison de Bonneterie is a luxurious shopping experience, complete with top fashion brands, spa and the opportunity to book a personal shopper.

Jessica's expert tip: Head to the second floor and treat your feet to a pedicure.

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You should never travel without a good book. Whether you are lying by the pool or getting ready for bed, it is nice to have something handy to read. If you forgot yours, or are just looking for something new, start your search at the American Book Center. The ABC is a book lover's heaven: three floors packed top to bottom with a variety of English books. From Sci-Fi and Manga to fashion, travel guides, magazines, children's novels, romance and history, as well as bargain buys, everyone in the family will surely find something at this family-run bookstore. Students receive 10 percent off with a valid ID, and if you are over the age of 55, you can receive 10 percent off on Mondays.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The American Book Center is a book lover's heaven, filled from top to bottom with great reads.

Jessica's expert tip: Students receive 10 percent off with a valid ID, and if you are over the age of 55, you can receive 10 percent off on Mondays.

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Old City Centre/Old Side
BENU Apotheek Dam
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The Dam Apotheek, a small pharmacy that dates back to 1882, is located right next to Dam Square. As it is centrally located, it is the perfect place to drop by if you are searching for something for the cruise. They offer an assortment of items, including skin care products. If an item is not available over the counter, most pharmacies in the Netherlands require you to have a prescription from a Dutch doctor. For the best results, fill the order online in advance or send an email before you leave to see what you can arrange with the pharmacy. The Dam Apotheek does have a Web shop, offering you the ability to order products online.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The BENU Apotheek Dam, a small pharmacy that dates back to 1882, offers an assortment of products.

Jessica's expert tip: If you need to fill a prescription, send an email in advance with your request.

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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. The name literally translates to the "beehive," which is fitting because the store is always buzzing. Shoppers can browse a wide range of brands such as DKNY, Calvin Klein and Diesel, perfect if you are looking for cruise formal wear. You can also shop for shoes, accessories, casual wear, bathing suits and beauty products. De Bijenkorf is truly a one-stop shop.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: De Bijenkorf, a Dutch favorite, is a one-stop shop.

Jessica's expert tip: If you are looking for formal wear or accessories, De Bijenkorf is a great place to start, as you can browse brands such as Calvin Klein and Clinique.

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Old City Centre/New Side

The HEMA is an inexpensive store that has just about everything. If you want to print your pictures, the HEMA offers a photo service. Purchase a notebook or journal, so you can jot down all your memories as you travel. Pick up some extra pens and pencils, while you're at it. If you're headed somewhere sunny, make sure to buy some sunscreen and a towel for the beach. Did you run out of make-up or are you looking for accessories to match a new outfit? The HEMA offers that, as well. You'll even find an assortment of affordable clothes, namely casual outfits, from baby to adult. There is an ATM if you need cash. On your way out, stop by the restaurant for a coffee or ice cream. The HEMA is truly a Dutch favorite, and it will soon be one of yours.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The HEMA, a store that has practically everything, offers quality items at an affordable price.

Jessica's expert tip: At the HEMA, you'll even find skin care products, towels and casual clothing.

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Old Center / Red Light District

The Kalverstraat is a busy shopping street where you can easily spend a whole day. This area promises a fun day out. 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 to shoes and toys to books, you'll find just about everything. The street is even home to one of Amsterdam's malls, the Kalvertoren. So whether you are searching for a new swimsuit or looking for resort wear, the Kalverstraat caters to every style and budget, both men and women. To top off the entire experience, the Kalverstraat is said to be over 600 years old, so you'll be strolling through a piece of history.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The Kalverstraat is lined with numerous stores suited to every budget and style.

Jessica's expert tip: This street is a great place to find casual wear for both men and women.

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Meet Jessica Lipowski

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

In May 2016, she published a non-fiction book, "Flavors of...  More About Jessica