Why visit Amsterdam: the top Amsterdam shopping locations
There are plenty of interesting cities in Europe, so why visit Amsterdam? Well, we’ve already covered why you should visit Amsterdam if you’re looking for a fun break, but here is yet another answer to the question “why visit Amsterdam?”: Amsterdam is a shopper’s paradise! From high-end boutique shops and luxury department stores offering the most prestigious international brands to chaotic flea markets filled with everything you can imagine, there’s plenty of shopping to be done when you visit Amsterdam. So what are the best places to go to if you are planning on shopping in Amsterdam? Here are our top picks:
Amsterdam shopping streets
The Leidsestraat and the Kalverstraat in the historic city center offer some of the best shopping opportunities in Amsterdam. You can find hundreds of luxury stores offering the top international brands, as well as all kinds of local products and souvenirs. Both streets are great for strolling around and doing some casual shopping in Amsterdam. But if you are looking for an Amsterdam shopping experience that’s more off the beaten path, The Negen Straatjes district is a fantastic choice for purchasing vintage clothing and other items. This historic neighborhood, located in the middle of the canal ring, offers some of the most picturesque sights in the city (you can also see it on one of our many canal cruises and walking & bike trips).
Amsterdam shopping centers
The two main Amsterdam shopping centers are the Magna Plaza shopping center and the De Bijenkorf department store. Both are located at the heart of the historic center, just a 15-minute walk away from Amsterdam Central Station. They offer the most high-end shopping in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is home to a great number of secondhand bazaars, the most famous of which are the Waterlooplein Market, the Noordermarkt, and IJ-Hallen. You can find all kinds of antiques, vintage clothes, vinyls, musical instruments, furniture, art, toys, board games, books, electronics—you name it, they’ve got it (and for a cheap price). IJ-Hallen is actually the biggest second-hand market in all of Europe, but it’s only open twice a month. So if you’re planning on visiting it, don’t forget to check the opening dates in advance!