When visiting The Netherlands, a visit to the beautiful historic city of Amsterdam is absolutely a must! Not only because of the picturesque canals, interesting museums, beautiful parks and typical Amsterdam cafes, the capital of The Netherlands has a lot more to offer!
For shoppers interested in books, antiques, diamonds, curiosities and local delicious Dutch food and drinks, Amsterdam is a true paradise. Many roads in the city center are closed for cars, which makes shopping in this city a pleasant experience, although you still have to watch the inevitable bicycles!
Amsterdam has various shopping areas and shopping streets, each with their unique offering.
The most famous and busiest shopping street in Amsterdam is the Kalverstraat. In this street you will find shops selling shoes, bags, clothes, souvenirs, music, food and much more! In this street you will also find the American Book Center shop.
In the Kalverstraat you will also find the V&D department store, while the Bijenkorf department store is located at the Dam square, which is very close to the Kalverstraat.
This long shopping street ends at the Dam square, where it continues on the other side as Nieuwedijk.
Close to the Kalverstraat you can find two shopping malls, Magna Plaza and Kalvertoren.
You can find the P.C. Hooftstraat close to the Museum district with the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum. The expensive and posh shops in this street sell luxury goods and designer products, like shoes, bags and clothes.
The Haarlemmerstraat is a trendy shopping street, which attracts in general a young audience. Most shops are less expensive that the shops in the Kalverstraat and P.C. Hooftstraat.
The largest and most famous general market in Amsterdam is the Albert Cuyp market, which is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:30 to 17:00 hrs. Tourists better avoid the market on Saturdays, since the market is really busy on this day.
Lovers of flea markets should go to the Waterlooplein Market, where you can find more than 300 stalls selling antiques, second hand clothes, CD's, DVD's and other used items. The open-air Waterlooplein market is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 until 17:30 hrs.
At Singel you will find the famous Amsterdam Flowermarket (Bloemenmarkt), where you can find all kinds of flowers, plants and bulbs. This market is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:30 until 17:00 hrs.
Most shops in Amsterdam are open from Tuesday to Friday from 09:00 until 18:00 hrs. On Monday the shop-opening hours are from 13:00 to 18:00 hrs. Late night shopping in the Dutch capital is possible on Thursdays until 21:00 hrs. On Saturdays most shops close their doors at 17:00 hrs.
In the city center of Amsterdam it is also possible to shop on Sunday.
There are two sales periods in Amsterdam, the winter and summer sales. In general, the winter sale takes place in December and January and the summer sale in July and August. The sales periods are not restricted in time.
Most shops in Amsterdam accept cash, debit and credit cards. Residents from outside the European Union may have their Value Added Tax (VAT) returned for purchases
Refer to my other Amsterdam articles if you are interested in:
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in The Netherlands
- Parks and Gardens in Amsterdam
- Fun Things To Do For Kids In Amsterdam
- Art Museums In Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum
- Art Museums In Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum
- Interesting museums in Amsterdam: Heineken Experience and House of Bols