The best shops in Amsterdam are found in the centre. Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat are the 2 main shopping streets in Amsterdam, connecting the central squares of Dam, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. These streets house all the major international shopping chains like H&M, Mango and Zara. The best shops of the most expansive brands are found in P.C Hoofdstraat, parallel to Museum Square. The narrow 9 Streets are lined with quirky boutiques with everything from second hand clothes to high end fashion, cosmetics, design and art. West of Central Station the Haarlemmerstraat is famous shopping streets with some of the best shops in Amsterdam. From Rembrandtplein, the Utrechtsestraat has some beautiful designer shops for fashion and interior design to a record shop.
Where to find the best shops in Amsterdam?
Malls & Department stores
The most famous and ‘glamorous’ department store is on Dam Square. It’s called Bijenkorf. (‘Beehive’). Bijenkorf is the largest department store in Amsterdam. Chique in a Dutch way. It’s the Bloomingdale’s of Amsterdam.
Behind Dam square, behind the Queen’s Palace, there is a wonderful old building that once was the main post-office.
The Magna Plaza building now hosts three floors of some of the best shops. Buy upmarket brands like Lacoste, Men at Work, Cavallor and some of The Neteherlands own: Sissy Boy, America Today and shoe store Van Dalen.
Magna Plaza shoppingcenter is open every day till 7 pm and Thursday till 9 pm.
Kalverpassage Shopping Centre lies at the end of shopping street Kalverstraat. The big store in the basement is called Hema, the best shop for Dutch people who adore this general goods store because of its basic but beautiful designed goods for a basic price.
Kalverpassage is open every day till 6.30, Thursday till 9 pm.
Boutiques & Design
The ‘9 Streets’ covers the entire area from the Dam square across all 4 canals, from Leidsestraat to the Brouwersgracht, until the Jordaan area. It entails a total nine small streets (hence the name Nine streets).
Famous for its vintage stores, designer boutiques, cozy bars and trendy lunchrooms, the Nine Streets are a maze you enjoy getting lost in. More vintage and second hand clothes in Amsterdam are found on the local markets.
Just like 9 streets, the Haarlemmerstraat has the best shops in Amsterdam if you like things a little different. Not big brands here, just small boutiques, designer fashion and beautiful gift shops. The area is also popular for its wide variety in bars, cafés and restaurants. At the end of the street is one of Amsterdam’s favorite Art Film House.
Located more to the East of the Center, near Rembrandtplein is the Utrechtsestraat, a long street that cannot be left out of this list. Great for window shopping. Between some authentic Dutch bars you will find lots of fashion, gourmet food, interior design and a good record shop.
True high-end classics are available at P.C.Hooftstraat, near Museum Square. Here’s where famous Dutch football players hang out with Holland’s high society. Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Cartier all have stores here, together with Dutch designers Edgar Vos (clothes), Ad Donkers (shoes) and Fred Stoeltie (glasses). If you’re on a budget: these best shops are fun for window shopping too.