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Amsterdam is a city that even from the point of view of shopping, of whatever kind that may be, offers a multitude of opportunities able to satisfy every taste whatever the budget. You will immediately notice how the centre is a succession of shops; typically Dutch items such as antiques, diamonds, flowers, Delft ceramics and classic wooden clogs, but also bizarre and moden creations, as well as high fashion or emerging designer items. Also the fact that most of the downtown streets are reserved for pedestrian traffic makes shopping in the city a long and pleasant walk.

Almost a kilometer of shops await you in Kalverstraat and Nieuwedijk, starting from Dam Square. In particular, taking Nieuwedijk you will find many shops of clothing, souvenirs, coffeeshops and fast food. Continuing on Haarlemerstraat, you can find the ideal place for second-hand lovers (clothing and books). If you continue from Dam Square, you will reach the Rokin, where you can dream entering one of the many diamond shops. In the Kalverstraat, you can shop among a multitude of clothing stores, record shops, scented essences and equipped bookshops. At the end of the street, through the flower market (near Munt Square), you can walk to Leidsestraat ideal for those who love innovative design. In the heart of the district of Jordaan and throughout the area surrounding the Westerkerk you can spend your time dedicated to shopping between antique shops, clothing and objects often peculiar and bizarre.

In the area between Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel, known as De Negen Straatjes (the nine streets: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuis Molenstraat, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Sèiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg), there is the greatest concentration of researched, trendy, unique shops, including designer workshops, where you can buy clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories and jewels that are anything but conventional or banal, recent or vintage, as well as scrutinize the proposals of numerous art galleries. Whether you are interested or not in buying, it is worthwhile to visit this twine of alleys because they are really interesting and scenic thanks to the fact that the structure of this area of the city reflects almost entirely that of the first half of the seventeenth century already at the time rich of workshops and laboratories. If you don’t like giving up high fashion boutiques even on holiday, your destination is without a doubt the area near the Rijksmuseum, the P.C. Hooftstraat. Also close to the Rijksmuseum, in Singelstraat, are the most famous art and antique shops as well as contemporary art galleries. Even those who love the offer of the more concentrated shopping malls will not be disappointed: Magna Plaza (in Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, near Dam Square, behind the royal palace), Kalvertoren (in Kalverstraat), Bijenkorf (on the corner between Dam Square and Damrak) are right in the city center.

Another really interesting, varied and cheerful context for shopping in Amsterdam is certainly represented by the numerous markets and street markets that you will find in every corner. Here you can buy every kind of souvenir, handmade product, vintage garment and flowers that have made the country famous all over the world. Among the most important and interesting we mention those that we will describe below briefly.


Waterlooplein Markt


This is the classic flea market, the busiest in the city. Clothing of all kinds, second-hand books, vinyls, postcards also of the early 1900’s. Do not start buying at the first glance, visit it slowly and compare the prices in order to find the best deals. We recommend you visit it in the morning, you will find the most authentic atmosphere and the best offers.

Times: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00

Waterlooplein (near the Stopera, modern construction of the Opera house and the New Town hall)



Along the Singel Canal, between Piazza Munt and Konings Square you can explore in the world’s only ‘ floating ‘ flower market. You will find many varieties of flowers but the most varied bulbs are those of tulip and Narcissus.

Times: daily from 9:00 to 17:00

Singel Canal



It is a classic market that is held every day except Sunday. Obviously the busiest day is on Saturdays, during which more than 300 stalls sell all kinds of food, clothes and accessories at the most affordable prices in the city. During the visit you can stop at one of the many cafes that line the market area, as well as many shops.

Times: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00; Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00

Albert Cuypstraat


True mecca for lovers of organic products. In the church square you will find all the food and the goodies offered by firms and farmers dedicated to organic farming and rearing.


Times: Saturday from 9:00 to 15:00




Another market, in a general meaning of the term, takes place in Lindengracht Street: food (some to ‘ try on the spot ‘ like the delicious Dutch cakes) clothes, accessories, shoes, CDs and DVDs. The prices are often lower than those of the shops.

Times: Saturday from 9:00 to 16:00


A fun and interesting flea market where you can rummage through old and second-hand clothes, perhaps picking up some good deals.

Times: Monday from 9:00 to 13:00



Coming down from Dam Square, almost at the end of Kalverstraat, you will come across the pretty little Spui Square. This corner is made interesting by two markets that are held just here: on Friday that of second-hand books and old prints, but not only that, while on Sunday international artists exhibit and sell their works.

Times: Friday and Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00




In the proximity of the University of Amsterdam, you will recognize it as it takes place under the arcades, an ancient book market is held daily, especially for old and second-hand books, postcards, maps and even engravings. Sellers usually categorize books and publications in general on a per-language basis.

Times: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00




This is the largest indoor market in Amsterdam, and is held in an old warehouse, divided into small stands overflowing with objects where you could get lost for hours, perhaps with a break in one of the cafes inside the building. The main offer is aimed at antique enthusiasts and collectors, in fact the prices are often quite expensive but it is not uncommon to catch some interesting bargains. Don’t be surprised if in some stands you have to ring the bell so that the staff can come to assist you.

Times: From Thursday to Saturday from 11:00 to 17:00

Elandsgracht 109



It is a small market dedicated to collectors of stamps, coins, old postcards and commemorative medals. The offer is aimed so that the stalls often do not exceed the 10 stands. It is held not far from small Dam square.

Time: Wednesday and Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 280


It is a seasonal market that takes place in Nieuwmarkt Square, in front of the De Waag. In the summer months every day you will find stalls to animate the square: Monday to Friday the groceries, souvenirs and accessories market, on Saturday the market of exclusively organic products and on Sundays the antique market.

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