The main shopping streets in Amsterdam are Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat. The most exclusive and luxurious brands are found in P.C.Hooftstraat. The narrow 9 Streets are lined with high end fashion, vintage, design and art. Haarlemmerstraat and Utrechtsestraat have small boutiques, cafés and restaurants. More shopping of course at Amsterdam’s markets.
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Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat
Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat are the main shopping streets in Amsterdam. Kalverstraat runs from Dam Square, intersecting with Leidsestraat near the end. Both are pedestrian areas. At Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat you will find all major international shopping chains like H&M, Mango and Zara, as well as many sneaker stores and shoe shops. Kalverstraat runs parallel with the broad street Rokin (with metro access).
Leidsestraat, with its many shoe shops, ends at Leidseplein, one of Amsterdam main squares with terraces, cafés and its many places to eat in the side streets.
Kalverpassage Shopping Centre lies at the end of shopping street Kalverstraat. The store in the basement is Holland’s own Hema, the most famous Dutch shop for Dutch people. Hema is a general goods store and offers basic but beautiful designed goods for a basic price. Also good for attractively priced souvenirs!
Haarlemmerdijk and Haarlemmerstraat
Across from Kalverstraat at the other side of Dam Square runs Haarlemmerdijk. This is rather cheesy pedestrian shopping street, with many fast food places. Haarlemmerdijk runs parallel with the broad Damrak connecting Central Station and Dam Square.
At the end, crossing the road, you head into Haarlemmerstraat. Haarlemmerstraat is a great shopping street in Amsterdam. Many small boutiques, great little places to eat, beautiful gift shops. Haarlemmerstraat is also popular for its variety in brown bars, stylish cafés and great restaurants. At the end of the street is one of Amsterdam’s favorite Art Film House.
P.C. Hooftstraat runs parallel with the Museumplein square. This is the place to shop for the most exclusive and luxurious brands. The Amsterdam P.C. Hooftstraat is home to Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Dior.
The ‘9 Streets’ cover the narrow side streets of the canal belt area between Dam Square and Jordaan Quarter. 9 Streets is a popular and busy shopping district in Amsterdam. The fashion tends to be more high end, but housed in small, stylish boutiques. Also great for vintage shopping and designer goods. This Amsterdam shopping area also has great places to have lunch, grab a beer with the locals or eat out.
Behind Dam square, behind the Amsterdam Royal Palace on Dam Square, there is a imposing neo-gothic building that once served as Amsterdam’s main post-office. It is now a mall in Amsterdam, great for shopping on cold days in Amsterdam! Among many other, the Dutch Sissi Boy, fashion and interior design, is located in the basement. Apart from a café on ground floor, there is also a food department on the second floor.
Bijenkorf department store
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.