Amsterdam is Holland's favourite destination for a day of shopping. The centre of Amsterdam has thousands of shops, ranging from very cheap to luxurious.
There is of course the main shopping area Kalverstraat/Nieuwendijk (around Dam Square), but also the Jordaan area is known for its many small shops.
And there is the well-known '9 Straatjes', the 9 Little Streets.
Extremely popular is the very long shopping street Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerdijk, in the Jordaan area.
For luxury shopping there is the PC Hooftstraat, and to some extent also the Bijenkorf department store at Dam Square (Amsterdam's most famous department store).
These are the places to go to when you shop for top brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, etcetera.
To this category also belongs the Spiegelstraat antique shops area, where you find dozens of antique shops.
Another favourite shopping experience are the famous street markets, of which the Albert Cuyp market in Albert Cuypstraat is the biggest and most famous.
Other shopping streets are:
- Damstraat/Oude Doelenstraat/Oude Hoogstraat/Nieuwe Hoogstraat (right off Dam Square)
- Van Baerlestraat
- Zeedijk plus Geldersekade (Amsterdam's China Town)
You could also venture out of the centre, where you can find the non-touristy shopping streets and areas.
Some of them are in interesting, upcoming neighbourhoods, such as Kinkerstraat (Old West), Javastraat (Indische Buurt), Ferdinand Bolstraat (De Pijp).
You might also explore the shopping area around the Bijlmer ArenA train station, with on the one side the ArenA stadium area and on the other side the Amsterdamse Poort, Amsterdam's largest shopping area outside the centre.
Special mention is made of our list of special shops in Amsterdam, which highlights all kinds of shops worth mentioning for special reasons.
Karl Lagerfeld shop @ Hartenstraat
P C Hooftstraat, Oger shop
Kalverstraat, Amsterdam's main and busiest shopping street
Beer shop 'De Bierkoning'