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Waterlooplein Market

Waterlooplein Market

Open from 9am daily except Sunday, Amsterdam’s main flea market is far more central than its counterparts in Paris or even Brussels. Established in 1893 when this was the city’s Jewish Quarter, Waterlooplein comprises lines and... Read More

Van Ravenstein

Van Ravenstein

For the latest works by the most creative designers over the border in Belgium – Dries van Nooten, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela – this canal-side boutique is their most attractive shop window in Amsterdam. Downstairs,... Read More

’t Klompenhuisje

’t Klompenhuisje

If you’re looking to get pairs of clogs for the kids, this is the place to come. In the children’s shoe trade for the best part of four decades, the Clog House offers hand-crafted examples of the genre, rather than the tacky... Read More

Magna Plaza

Magna Plaza

Amsterdam’s other main downtown shopping centre exudes 19th-century elegance: it’s a Neo-Gothic building with three floors of elegant arcades. Along with outlets for Swarovski, Lacoste and Mango, there’s a stall for Dutch cheeses... Read More

Lambiek

Lambiek

The city’s most renowned (and oldest) purveyor of comics and comic albums. It certainly doesn’t lack for stock, including a secondhand section. The shop also has an excellent website with a famed Comiclopedia online... Read More

Kalvertoren

Kalvertoren

It may not be Amsterdam’s biggest shopping centre but it’s probably the best located, just off the city’s main retail thoroughfare of Kalverstraat. Visit for international brands including Nike, Timberland, Hugo Boss, Swatch and... Read More

Gassan Dam Square

Gassan Dam Square

The largest jeweller’s in the Netherlands – no idle boast – is this most prominent of Gassan’s several outlets around Amsterdam. Samuel Gassan founded his namesake company at the city’s diamond exchange in 1945. It also... Read More

Episode

Episode

Popular purveyor of vintage clothing, Episode now has branches across north-west Europe – but it’s in Amsterdam that you’ll find the original store on Waterlooplein. We also like the outlet on Berenstraat, which has recently... Read More

Distortion Records

Distortion Records

J oin the old punks and indie fans browsing this vinyl Mecca in the Jordaan. You’ll also find electro, jazz and reggae records on CD as well. Read More

De Kaaskamer

De Kaaskamer

Amsterdam’s most renowned outlet for cheese offers more than 200 varieties, from organic rennet to goats’ cheese with fenugreek. Current specialities include farmhouse Gouda with truffles or cumin but it’s fun just to come in and... Read More

De Bijenkorf

De Bijenkorf

Given its landmark address of Dam 1, it’s no wonder the Bee Hive is Amsterdam’s most renowned store for high-end fashion brands. Established in 1870, and with branches all over Holland, de Bijenkorf is the collective shop window in... Read More

BeBob Design

BeBob Design

For a select few, the whole purpose of a trip to Amsterdam is to make a pilgrimage to this one shop. It stocks a trove of vintage furniture from the immediate post-war period, which includes pieces by Starck, Le Corbusier, Jacobsen and... Read More

Amsterdam Art Market

Amsterdam Art Market

Every Saturday from March to December, between 10am and 6pm, the old centre of Spui gives itself over to stalls of canvases, sculptures, ceramics and sundry objets d’art. Organised by the Amsterdam International Artists’ Foundation,... Read More

American Book Center

American Book Center

Expats and tourists after literature on Amsterdam – or just literature, full stop – make a bee-line for this 40-year-old, family-run institution. It fills three floors with an excellent selection of titles, fiction and non-fiction,... Read More

Albert Cuypmarkt

Albert Cuypmarkt

The largest street market in the Netherlands has been in business since 1905. Closed only on Sundays, Albert Cuyp in the heart of De Pijp runs to 260 stalls purveying all manner of goods. Fresh produce, clothes, jewellery, handicrafts,... Read More


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