Canals, bicycles and narrow streets are part of the fabric of Amsterdam, which in turn makes it one of the most loved cities in Europe. But thanks to bustling shopping streets, exclusive boutiques, vintage shops and department stores, Amsterdam also happens to be a shopper’s paradise.
Named after the nine streets which connect the main canals, Nine Streets is recognised as one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods. Hundreds of shops stretch along the picturesque canal front and down the quaint side streets, featuring a mix of boutiques, jewellers and vintage clothing stores.
Nine Streets is the perfect destination for couples looking for a fashionable area in which to indulge in a bit of retail therapy. Browse skin care and beauty boutiques, interior decorating stores, art galleries, jewellery and designer wear for both men and women.
Nine Streets is perfectly suited for a day of shopping, with the area’s atmospheric restaurants and bars ideal for a drink and some food. It’s just a short walk from our Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam, where you can kick back and relax after a busy day’s shopping.
As Amsterdam’s largest department store, it’s only fitting that De Bijenkorf is located opposite the Royal Palace in Dam Square. No shopping spree is complete without a visit to this magnificent six storey establishment; the company’s flagship store in the Netherlands.
De Bijenkorf is a premium shopping institution and regularly hosts fashion shows, concerts and even offers its own credit card. It’s worth setting aside a good few hours in order to fully appreciate the fascinating stores and their luxury brands. Shopping here is an experience in itself, so take time to make your way through each floor. You’ll find high-end cosmetics and jewellery, whilst the upper levels are home to leading designer boutiques such as Burberry, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Books, household items and gift shops can also be found in this majestic and captivating building.
Visitors who find their shopping bags are beginning to weigh them down, meanwhile, can deposit them in a temporary safe. There’s no need to shop until you drop here. If you do start to tire, however, a visit to De Bijenkorf’s restaurant may be in order. A drink or two and a lovely meal can go a long way in restoring your energy levels.
P.C. Hooftstraat is situated in the Museum Quarter and is renowned for being the city’s premiere shopping street. In fact, it was voted the world’s third nicest shopping avenue in 2012, having been singled out for its inviting atmosphere.
It is home to exclusive fashion retailers, jewellery stores and shoe shops, making it one of the most expensive shopping streets in the country. P.C. Hoofstraat is the place to be seen, with luxury cars frequently pulling up outside the designer stores. The bustling atmosphere, however, makes it a popular destination for both window shoppers and fashion lovers alike.
Magna Plaza can be found just behind the Royal Palace and a stone’s throw from Dam Square. From the outside this 19th century building, formerly a post office, retains its eye catching original features. Visitors stepping inside, however, will enter an exclusive shopping centre that is home to a range of fashion stores. You can also browse jewellers, cafes and an art exhibition showcasing the works of Rembrandt. The recently renovated entrance has further enhanced this historic building’s appeal. Magna Plaza serves as a key component of the Amsterdam shopping experience.
Even those actively looking to avoid Amsterdam’s shopping districts would find it hard to miss out on Kalverstraat. It’s one of the capital’s busiest retail streets, running from Dam Square and down through the core of the bustling city centre. Dating back to the 14th century, the former cow market is today dedicated entirely to retail therapy. Shoppers will find some of the most recognisable high street stores sitting alongside souvenir shops, independent boutiques and other well-known outlets. And best of all, its central location means you’ve got the perfect excuse to come back time and time again.