Being the bustling epicentre of Netherlands trade, Amsterdam is
a cosmopolitan city hosting all of the world''s leading brands at
shopping malls spread across the city. There is an especially
impressive variety of fashion and jewellery stores at these
What is distinctive about shopping in Amsterdam is the
opportunity for informal shopping on a large scale. The main
shopping streets are between Central Station and the Leidseplein,
including Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat, Heiligeweg, and Leidsestraat.
Some of these areas can be rather seedy however, so for a more
upmarket experience shoppers can head to PC Hooftstraat Street. The
Nine Streets area near the main canals hosts a plethora of market
stalls selling curios, second-hand clothing, antiques and other
miscellany. There are also a number of unique shops in the
Jordaanwhere you can buy popular Amsterdam souvenirs such as wooden
clogs or tulips, blue and white Delft china, and Dutch football
There are a number of street markets in Amsterdam, and while
most concentrate on food, there are a few with interesting curios
for tourists. The largest is Albert Cuyp, while the Dappermarkt
behind the zoo has been voted the best in the Netherlands. Another
highlight for Amsterdam is the floating Bloemenmarkt or ''flower
market'', in which permanently docked barges market exotic flowers
from around the world in the Singel Canal.
The city also has more formal shopping experiences, and
department stores and shopping malls like The Bee Hive, Magna
Plaza, and Kalvertoren.
Most stores in Amsterdam are open until 6pm, with later hours on
Thursday and earlier ones on Saturday.