Amsterdam is as charming as it is fashionable – and what the locals are wearing is a good indication of the uniqueness of a city. We’ve talked to some local bloggers who shared their personal recommendations on where’s good for shopping and what items to go for this spring!
A Dash of Fash
First up is fashion blogger Iris of A Dash of Fash, who’s fun, quirky and eclectic style almost always includes a pop of colour and some very unique accessories!
What are your favourite areas of Amsterdam for shopping? Definitely the Rozengracht, it has a nice mix of interior and fashion shops. I love browsing all the shops - my favourite being this super colourful interior shop called Kitsch Kitchen - and crashing at Brandstof or Mazzo for some yummy bites. Another favourite of mine is the flea market at de IJ-hallen, held once a month. I always come home with the coolest vintage finds for only a couple of euros.
What piece of clothing (or shoes/accessories) is your current favourite? My favourite right now are a-line skirts. I am loving the 70’s trend this season and love a nice suede or denim button-down skirt. Can't wait for spring so I can wear them with bare legs!
We also spoke to local blogger Renée Sturme from the FashionFillers blog on where she likes to shop and what’s chic right now!
Where do you shop? It must be a very common answer but the prettiest area of Amsterdam definitely is The Nine Streets. Here you can find many small boutiques, vintage and new, including Scandinavian brands like Filippa K and COS. There are lots of places to grab lunch or a decent cup of coffee in between shopping and the architecture couldn't be more charming. It's also a popular place to have drinks in the evening - busy, but not overcrowded. Two streets similar to this area are the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk, close to Central Station. You'll find some tourist places and coffee shops (the ones where you won't get coffee) at the beginning of the street, but if you continue the pretty shops keep on coming. There are a quite a few concept stores, vintage shops, restaurants and the prettiest things for your kitchen. Not enough yet? Go visit the area De Pijp in the South of Amsterdam for more.
What piece of clothing is your current favourite? A while ago I decided to finally invest a bit of money into the perfect classic biker jacket from Sandro and it definitely was one of the best (big) decisions I made when it comes down to clothes. As much as I love shoes, this for sure is the one and only piece to splurge on!
Raspberry & Rouge
Rebecca Laurey, stylist and founder of fashion blog Raspberry & Rouge, has been making the streets of Amsterdam a chicer place for several years. Head over to her blog for some very inspirational looks! Here are her personal recommendations:
What are your favourite areas of Amsterdam for shopping? My favorite area to shop must be the Nine Streets, in the centre of the city. Not only the most beautiful part, but also packed with cute little boutiques and coffee places. You can find stores like Rika and Acne there, but also the best vintage store in Amsterdam: Episode.
What piece of clothing is your current favourite? My favorite piece of clothing right now must be my new Chloe sunnies, actually. I’ve been obsessing over them for months, and obviously they were sold out everywhere. Fortunately I did manage to bump into them in the tiniest eyewear shop on Koningsplein, they have a great selection of high end sunglasses - and have most of the new collections in stock.
Tamina, fashionista and blogger over at FashionJudy let’s us know her personal favourites:
Where do you like to shop? I love to go shopping with a friend or one of my sisters at Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. It's always quite busy there but it's only a couple minutes from the central station and contains all shops I like, from Topshop and River Island to ZARA and Pull&Bear. However, I heard about a vintage store that is supposed to be quite close to Kalverstraat at Dam square. I've already seen a couple really nice items on friends and can't wait to discover it myself.
What piece of clothing is your current favourite? Hmm, that's a difficult question. I've got this beige oversized cardigan from ZARA a couple of weeks ago that I love to combine with almost everything. Actually, beige is one of my favorite colors at the moment. My 'summer black' so to say. However, I'm also crazy about my pointy flats that I purchased at Mango, especially with rolled-up pants. If you follow me on instagram, you've probably already seen those items a lot already, ha ha!
Whatever shopping district you decide to go for, make sure to book a stylish room at our central Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center with the canals right on your doorstep. Additionally, you'll only be a ten minute walk away from The Nine Streets, the bloggers place to shop! Besides being full of very chic people, Amsterdam has some pretty amazing shops, as mentioned by the bloggers above. If on the look out for something uniquely Dutch, a must-see local brand is Denham the Jeanmaker, founded in Amsterdam in 2008 by Englishman Jason Denham. The latest edition of Denham’s retail concept opened at Hobbemastraat 8 near the famous P.C. Hooftstraat shopping area, and here you'll see the entire men’s and women’s collections with a presentation of denim and seasonal collections.
Another one definitely worth checking out is Sky in Herengracht 228. Here you’ll find contemporary French and Italian brands like Isabel Marant, Forte Forte and APC. We asked the people at Sky what Amsterdam women dress like, and they perfectly summed it up with this answer:
"Amsterdam’s women have a style that is both feminine and strong at the same time. You see a lot of bohemian and rock’n’roll influences, and women here love to mix classic smart pieces with casual or sporty pieces."