From luxury boutiques to independent clothing retailers, flea markets and high street stores, the Dutch capital offers a fantastic range of shopping options to suit a variety of styles, tastes and budgets.
The term 'flea market' may not have the most appealing ring to it, but the Waterlooplein Market is an Amsterdam institution which appeals to fashion lovers and bargain hunters alike. This daily flea market, located just a short walk away from The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center, attracts hundreds of traders and bargain hunters each day. The stalls sell everything from antiques to books, vinyl records, art and jewellery. And if you're on the look-out for the next big fashion trends, this may well be the place to find it. The market attracts a host of wannabe fashion designers and traders looking to get their foot on the ladder, so keep an eye out for bargain deals on quality items. You can also sample a range of freshly cooked cuisine from around the world, featuring European, African and Middle-Eastern influences.
Exclusive shopping in the heart of the capital
P.C. Hoofstraat has been recognised as Amsterdam's premier shopping street for decades and its shop fronts read like a who's-who of the fashion elite, from Hugo Boss to Ralph Lauren and Gucci. This luxury shopping avenue is frequently lined with flashy cars and attracts a mix of wealthy locals, tourists and curious window shoppers.
Another key feature of the Amsterdam shopping scene is its department stores, many of which date back to the late 1800s. Amongst the most prominent stores is de Bijenkorf, enviably located on the edge of the popular Dam Square. The six-storey establishment houses high-end boutiques such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton and regularly hosts fashion shows, as well as out-of hours VIP shopping for those requiring a more personalised shopping experience.
The best of vintage shopping
The city is home to a wide range of second hand outlets, of which Laura Dols remains a firm favorite among female shoppers. If vintage clothing is your forte, then be sure to stroll along Wolvenstraat and browse Laura Dols' incredible collection of fifties clothing. You'll find a large selection of dresses, hats, bags and shoes in this quaint and fascinating store. It also has an array of glamorous ballroom gowns and cocktails dresses which have previously belonged to the Hollywood elite. Laura Dols' wide range of quirky styles has become a firm favorite with both local and visiting fashionistas, so it's little wonder the store regularly features in both national and international fashion magazines.
One of Amsterdam’s most colorful attractions has to be the Flower Market. In Spring you will see an abundance of Holland’s national flower, the tulip – next to an impressive array of other flowers and plants, bulbs and seeds. Don’t forget to take pictures! In wintertime the Flower Market also offers Christmas trees and decoration.