Top Shopping Spots in Amsterdam
From trendy markets to designer outlets, there’s much to browse and buy in the Dutch capital. Whether you’re after luxury items, vintage pieces, or an authentic glimpse of city life, here’s a rundown of Amsterdam’s best shopping locales.
Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat
From high-end boutiques to high-street stores, Amsterdam’s two main shopping streets provide plenty for cash-splashers and window-shoppers alike. Once home to a 15th-century cattle market, Kalverstraat is now lined by retail chains, restaurants, and souvenir shops, while Leidsestraat is better known for its upmarket options, including Paul Warmer and Michael Kors. Take advantage of hop-on hop-off tours that stop nearby to browse these two bustling streets at your own pace, or find you way around quickly and easily on a guided tour.
Dedicated to designer fashion and luxury service, this consumer’s paradise next to Vondelpark consistently ranks as one of the world’s best shopping streets. Built in the late 19th century to connect the central square with the exclusive suburbs, the street is now home to prestigious brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Access the out-of-town location with ease on a tour that includes transfers, even opting to cycle between upmarket stores for an authentically Amsterdam experience.
The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes)
Though a relatively new shopping neighborhood, De Negen Straatjes does not lack in character, boasting independent eateries, vintage stores, and cultural institutions that foster a lively atmosphere well into the evening. Check out the district on a tour of the city’s top shopping spots, or benefit from its canal-ring location and arrive or depart by cruise vessel any time you like.
Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet
With more than 150 individual stores, Holland’s oldest outlet mall is a must-see for dedicated bargain hunters. In a village-style setting, the factory outlet offers discounts on a range of lines, including Adidas, Calvin Klein, and Hugo Boss, while on-site cafés and restaurants provide a restful break from retail therapy. The mall is located around 45 minutes’ drive from Amsterdam, so consider booking transfers in advance to optimize your shopping time.
This trendy neighborhood south of the center is home to Amsterdam’s largest outdoor market, the Albert Cuypmarkt. From fresh produce to fashionable clothing, its 300-plus stalls sell all sorts of wares six days a week. But the fun doesn’t stop there—the area surrounding the market boasts stylish stores and laid-back eateries aplenty, making this a must for any visiting hipster.