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In Amsterdam you can shop till you drop at one of the many shopping malls and shopping centers. This city offers something for everyone. From classic clothing stores to trendy high street. The best places to shop for upscale luxury and classic brands are the famous department stores the Bijenkorf and Maison de Bonneterie. For high streets brand the Kalverstraat is great. Here you can shop at all the large clothing chains you find in every city around the world. More special and a historic attraction on its own are the cozy Nine Streets, also known as “De Negen Straatjes”. At the Nine Streets you will experience a totally different vibe. This is the favorite shopping area of Amsterdam yuppies and hipsters. It’s home to trendy designer boutiques for men and woman. Don’t miss the great cafes there for a coffee or lunch break. If you like to browse art galleries the Spiegelkwartier district is a must visit. So many small art galleries in even smaller streets crossing the channels all the way from the Prinsengracht to the Herengracht. For the ultimate Amsterdam experience it’s fun to visit one of the many open air markets where the locals shop for their daily groceries. The Albert Cuyp Market is by far the most famous one. This list displays the 10 best shopping centers that show the diverse shopping experience Amsterdam has to offer!
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The Maison de Bonneterie’s eye-catching, elegant exterior doesn’t even begin to describe the luxury inside. The family-owned center is a complete shopping experience filled with fine fashion, home to brands such as G-Star, Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss, Scotch & Soda and Ralph Lauren. Book a personal shopper and shop till you drop. On the second level, the center offers a hair salon and spa, as well. After all that shopping, treat your feet to a pedicure. Spend a day at Maison de Bonneterie; you’ll be living the good life. Numerous restaurants are located nearby, so you’ll always have a place to grab a bite to eat when you’re absolutely famished.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Maison de Bonneterie is a luxurious shopping experience, complete with top fashion brands, spa and the opportunity to book a personal shopper.
Anne’s expert tip: At Maison de Bonneterie they often have pop-up shops by upcoming or new designers.
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If you’ve a green thumb or just admire those who do, you’ll want to visit this extravagant ‘floating’ market, most of which actually occupies houseboats moored on the water. Cut flowers, bulbs, potted plants and the like are all available to beautify house and office, and even if you’re traveling, you’ll want to pick up a bouquet to brighten your room or at least snap a few photos. Souvenirs are also available from nearby vendors if you want to pick up a clog or two for the folks back home. Located between the Koningsplein and the Muntplein.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt) is a must visit for everyone coming to Amsterdam for a weekend. The many flowers will impress you!
Anne’s expert tip: Did you know that the Starbucks located at the flower market has an interior inspired by the botanical trend?
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The Nine Streets are just that: nine little streets and alleys in the heart of the historic canal district which, together, form a square-shaped shopping area stretching from the Singel to the Prinsengracht. They encompass: Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuis Molensteeg, Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat and Wijde Heisteeg. Brimming with charm, they are filled with speciality stores that purvey everything from vintage clothing and retro 1950s toasters to toothbrushes and candles galore. A wealth of coveted designer boutiques also congregate along here. It’s ideal for present-hunting for others or treating yourself to a pair of unique new shoes. Dotted along the way are plenty of places to enjoy a cup of coffee, cake or a healthy lunch. Beats malls any day.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: De Negen Straatjes better known as “The Nine Streets” are super cozy streets with small boutiques and many cafes.
Anne’s expert tip: I always like to go to the Nine Streets for the COS store and Lou Lou Fashion.
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Formerly a post office, this grand edifice was initially built in 1899. Its ornate interior and exterior provoked some ridicule when first built, but now, the grand structure is a familiar presence in the city. Nowadays, shopping and dining venues spread across four floors, and you’ll find everything from a music superstore to clothing boutiques for men, women and children. Also included are shops for accessories, home interiors, cosmetics and toys. There are many health and beauty shops at the Magna Plaza like Toni & Guy and Obey Your Body. If you’re looking for a Dutch souvenir the Typical Dutch store and the Cheese store are not to be missed.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Magna Plaza is totally renewed last year and looking more beautiful than ever before. Perfect for shopping Dutch delicatessen!
Anne’s expert tip: The renewed Magna Plaza shopping center is perfect if you’re looking for luxury brands or want to enjoy a coffee at the Grandcafe Ovidus.
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At the top of the Kalverstraat, by the Muntplein, this modern three-level shopping center is pretty much a one-stop shop for all your needs – whether it’s a strong coffee, a deli treat, garden furniture, paint and, of course, clothes. Thirty brand stores located across three floors include America Today, H&M, Hugo Boss and the much loved Dutch department store Hema. Best of all is its café and brasserie at the top with great views across the center of Amsterdam. The entrance of Blue is a bit hidden on the top level and the menu is pretty straight forward but the view is something you will definitely remember!
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Convenient shopping center next to the Marks and Spencer store where you have many stores under one roof.
Anne’s expert tip: I always go here when it’s rainy and cold or when it’s too hot outside. It’s so convenient to have everything under one roof!
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This narrow pedestrianised street runs between Dam square and the Muntplein (where the Kalvertoren shopping center can be found), and is probably Amsterdam’s busiest commercial shopping area. Along here, you’ll come across pop music stores, fashion stores and shoe stores; the Bodyshop and English-language bookstore, Waterstone’s, are also along this stretch. If you feel your sugar levels plunge along with your bank account, head to Australian Homemade on the corner where the street meets Spui for delicious chocolate or ice cream. Or put your feet up with something more substantial on the Spui square where a local book market sets up every Friday and (from March to December) also the site of an art market on Sunday.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Although not the most beautiful shopping center the Kalverstraat is home to all the affordable fashion stores.
Anne’s expert tip: If you’re looking for the high street brand like H&M, Zara and Urban Outfitters the Kalverstraat is a perfect match.
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The PC Hooftstraat is one shopping street in Amsterdam that fashionistas will certainly not want to miss. Whether you’re searching for a new outfit or just want to window shop, you must take a stroll down this internationally renowned street and soak in the stylish grandeur. The PC Hooftstraat is the most expensive shopping street in the Netherlands. You’ll find top brands, such as Lacoste, Mulberry, Gucci, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Hermes and Tiffany & Co. The Museum Quarter is located nearby, so if you need a break, you are close to top Amsterdam attractions such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum. You’ll also find delicious restaurants and cafes in the area.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The PC Hooftstraat is the most expensive shopping street in the Netherlands and home to all the major designers.
Anne’s expert tip: Go to the beautiful Conservatorium Hotel after shopping at the PC Hoofstraat. The brasserie and Tunes Bar are very nice for a lunch or coffee break.
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The Spiegelkwartier is the district between the Rijksmuseum and the Herengracht with the Spiegelstraat as its most important street. It’s the number one art district in Amsterdam and a perfect place to shop for antiques and modern and classic art. Upscale shops line the streets, offering everything from sculpture and porcelain to high-quality furniture and other decorative goods. Many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and make ideal mementos of time spent in the Netherlands. The Spiegelkwartier is known for the many art galleries there. When going into the galleries you sometimes feel as if in a museum. Dutch Masters from Karel Appel to Vermeer are there for you to see. After shopping at the Spiegelkwartier it’s fun to go to Stach for wine and bites or to restaurant Red for a surf and turf with lobster and steak.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Spiegelkwartier is the number one shopping center if you’re looking for art and antiques while walking down historic streets.
Anne’s expert tip: Why would you go to a museum when you can see pieces of modern art and classics of the Dutch Masters for free?
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The Albert Cuypmarkt is one of the most authentic markets in Amsterdam. Every morning at 8 am the market vendors start to unpack their fresh products, clothes and flowers for a new day at the Albert Cuyp. It’s said to be one of the largest daily open-air markets in Europe. The Albert Cuyp market is open from Monday to Saturday and provides numerous shopping and food-tasting opportunities. This vibrant, colorful market is a destination of its own. A true attraction in Amsterdam! Locals like to go to the Albert Cuyp Market to buy their daily groceries like fresh produce, such as seafood, cheese, chicken and vegetables. Make sure to browse all the stalls. You’ll find great bargains. Throughout the day, don’t forget to taste international treats. Try typical Dutch foods, such as coroquesttes, stroopwafels, cheese and fresh herring. These foods make for a tasty mid-morning snack.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Albert Cuypmarkt is a tradition in Amsterdam and one of the largest daily open-air markets in Europe.
Anne’s expert tip: Stop by the fresh fish stand where they sell traditional Dutch “Kibbeling”. A white fish battered and fried served with ravigote sauce.
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De Bijenkorf, a chain of high-end department stores, is definitely a Dutch favorite. The store in Amsterdam, which opened in 1870, was the first of De Bijenkorf’s stores. The majestic building towers over Dam Square, ready to welcome shoppers. The name literally translates to the “beehive,” which is fitting because the store is always buzzing. Shoppers can browse a wide range of brands from Mulberry and the Dutch brand Fred de la Bretoniere to Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger. De Bijenkorf also has a great travel department where you can buy luxury suitcases. The shoe department is shoe heaven for men and woman. Not to forget about the book and stationary floor. On the ground level of De Bijenkorf you find the luxury shop in shops of Gucci, Fendi and Mulberry.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: De Bijenkorf is a landmark in the city center of Amsterdam. It’s the best department store with a very complete collection of almost everything.
Anne’s expert tip: Ladies, if you’re looking for a new designer bag De Bijenkorf is the place to go!
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What is the biggest shopping mall in Amsterdam? ›
Westfield Mall of the Netherlands. Created to be the biggest shopping destination in the country, Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is located in one of the most urban areas in Europe: Randstad, the economic heart of the country.What is the main shopping area in Amsterdam? ›
Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat
The two main shopping streets in Amsterdam's city centre are the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. Of the two, the Leidsestraat has the more exclusive shops like Filippa K, Karen Millen, Paul Warmer and Shoebaloo.
1. Mall of America - Minnesota, United States. The Mall of America isn't just a shopping center; it's a destination. By the numbers, there are more than 520 stores, 50 restaurants, more than 30 specialty food stores, 14 movie screens, a park, an aquarium, and other unique attractions like the LEGO Imagination Center.What is the largest shopping mall in the Netherlands? ›
Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is a shopping mall located in Leidschendam in the Netherlands. With a total retail floor area of 117,000 m2 (1,260,000 sq ft) it is the largest shopping mall in the Netherlands.What is the fancy shopping street in Amsterdam? ›
Amsterdam's best known is the P.C. Hooftstraat, named after Dutch poet and playwright, Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft. Situated between the Vondelpark and Museumplein, the street is home to renowned luxury brands including Chanel, Prada, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Jimmy Choo.What is the most famous department store in Amsterdam? ›
De Bijenkorf (The Beehive) is one of the longest-established and most iconic department stores in the Netherlands. Its flagship store in Amsterdam dates back to 1870, occupying a 21,000-square-metre complex on Dam Square.Where is the best place to shop in Amsterdam? ›
- De Negen Straatjes (The 9 Streets)
- Magna Plaza.
- P.C. Hooftstraat.
- De Bijenkorf.
- 1 – Canal and Canal Cruise.
- 2 – The Van Gogh Museum.
- 3 – Rijksmuseum.
- 4 –Anne Frank's House.
- 5 – Dutch Tulips.
- 6 – Dam Square.
- 7 – Red-Light District.
- 8 – Royal Palace of Amsterdam.
The Museum Quarter: best area for culture
The best area to stay in Amsterdam for cultural attractions, the Museum Quarter centres on the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum – although the nightlife around Leidseplein is also within easy striking distance.
The Dubai Mall (Dubai, UAE)
It has over a thousand shops, an ice rink, an aquarium, a gocart track, a virtual reality theme park, a haunted house, and even a real Diplodocus fossil on display at The Souk Dome.
Which is the world's most luxurious shopping mall? ›
- #1- The Dubai Mall, Dubai United Arab Emirates. ...
- #2- Mall of the Emirates, Dubai United Arab Emirates. ...
- #3- Villagio Mall, Doha, Qatar. ...
- #4- Mall of America, USA. ...
- #5- West Edmonton Mall, Canada. ...
- #6- Beverly Center, Los Angeles. ...
- #7- Melbourne's GPO, Australia.
1. Mall of America. Opened in 1992, Mall of America is the nation's largest mall at more than 5.6 million square feet. Located outside Minneapolis, Mall of America draws 40 million visitors each year to its more than 520 shops and restaurants.What is the most famous supermarket in Amsterdam? ›
Albert Heijn (AH) is the premium supermarket chain in the Netherlands, run by the multinational Ahold group. It has dozens of store locations in Amsterdam.What is the most popular store in the Netherlands? ›
- Lidl. ...
- Aldi. ...
- PLUS. Turnover: €5.5 billion (2022, estimated) ...
- Detailresult. Turnover: €2.2 billion (2021) ...
- Sligro. Turnover: €1.9 billion (2021) ...
- SPAR. Turnover: €829 million (2021) ...
- Makro. Turnover: €797 million (2020) ...
- Hoogvliet. Turnover: €765 million (2019)
You can drink water from the tap everywhere in the Netherlands. And it is much cheaper than buying bottled water in the supermarket.Do you tip in Amsterdam? ›
That's because, in the Netherlands, there is no social or written requirement to tip a restaurant worker. However, if you received good service or thoroughly enjoyed the food, it's customary to give a small tip — around 5-10% of the bill.What is the main tourist street in Amsterdam? ›
Damrak is the street connecting the Amsterdam Centraal Station to Dam Square. It was originally a straight stretch (rak) of the river Amstel which had been dammed (at what is now the dam square) leading to the name. The river has since been filled in and converted into the street.What are the top retail stores in the Netherlands? ›
- IKEA. 3.7★ 12.4K. Reviews. 6K. Salaries. 2.8K. ...
- Albert Heijn. 3.6★ 2.4K. Reviews. Salaries. 1.9K. ...
- adidas. 3.9★ 6.9K. Reviews. 3.7K. Salaries. ...
- H&M. 3.5★ 14.9K. Reviews. 8.5K. Salaries. ...
- ALDI. 3.5★ 12.4K. Reviews. 10.1K. Salaries. ...
- Primark. 3.5★ 10.1K. Reviews. 666. Salaries. ...
- PVH Corp. 3.7★ 2K. Reviews. 1.7K. Salaries. ...
- Jumbo. 3.6★ 1.2K. Reviews. Salaries. 4.6K.
Possibly the most famous square in the whole of Amsterdam, Dam Square welcome thousands of tourists from all over the world every single day and is often a bustling hive of activity. The square was built in the 13th century when a dam was created around the River Amstel to prevent the city from flooding.What is the most common grocery store in the Netherlands? ›
Albert Heijn is the #1 supermarket in the Netherlands. This mainstay has slightly higher prices, but they also offer the best selection of familiar brands and variety. The lines can also be fairly long around dinner time…
What do you get cheap in Amsterdam? ›
- Stroopwafel. Stroopwafel – the way of serving. ...
- Amsterdam Houses. Houses of Amsterdam. ...
- Van Gogh's Patterns. Accessories from official Van Gogh Museum Shop. ...
- Delftware Windmills. Windmills of Delftware ceramics. ...
- Cheese. ...
- Clogs. ...
- Tulip Bulbs. ...
- Bike Accessories.
The cheapest way to travel around Amsterdam is walking but if you need to get somewhere fast, the use of an OV chip card is the answer. Being used on trams, buses and metros, the OV chip card (OV-chipkaart) is the easiest way to pay for all your travel about town.What is the best money to use in Amsterdam? ›
As in most European countries, the currency of the Netherlands is the Euro (symbolised as EUR or €). Other currencies are normally not accepted, so be sure to change dollars, etc. at one of the currency exchange offices located throughout the city.What is the number 1 tourist attraction in Amsterdam? ›
Today the museum has over 1 million pieces in its collection and over 8,000 on display dating from the 1200s.
- Bitterballen. Image from Creative bros. ...
- Stroopwafels. Image from Marie-Charlotte Pezé ...
- Thick Dutch fries. Image from Koen Smilde. ...
- Dutch pancakes. ...
- Jenever. ...
- Apple pie. ...
- Raw herring. ...
Haring or 'Hollandse Nieuwe' (Dutch new herring) is probably the most famous Dutch food. If you like fish you should at least try it once. The raw herring is served together with chopped raw onions and gherkins. Also the way of eating is a real Dutch tradition.What is the most walkable part of Amsterdam? ›
Best Neighborhood in Amsterdam for a Local Vibe: De Pijp
The neighborhood is very walkable and hosts Amsterdam's biggest street market. Its narrow streets are also the place to look for works by up-and-coming local designers and unique gifts.
Centrum: For tourists and short-term visitors, Centrum is the most popular area to stay in Amsterdam: it's the oldest part of the city, it's close to everything you'll want to see, and it's very walkable. It's also very touristy.How many days do you need for Amsterdam? ›
As a general rule, most travelers can plan on spending between 2-4 days in Amsterdam, depending on whether or not they take any day trips, and how long they plan to spend in the Netherlands overall.Which is the No 1 biggest mall? ›
Biggest Mall in India
LuLu International Shopping Mall is the largest mall in India in terms of total retail area and has over 225 outlets spread across four floors.
What is the 1 biggest mall? ›
Lulu International Shopping Mall in Kochi boasts to be the largest mall in India. Covering a sprawling area of 17 acres with over 225 outlets across four floors, Lulu mall has opened doorways to more than 100 biggest international brands in Kerala.Which country is best for luxury shopping? ›
France, Italy, and the United Kingdom have a high number of luxury labels that you can buy without having to pay import taxes and other fees. A Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag, for example, is 30% to 40% cheaper if you purchase it in France instead of the United States.What city has the most expensive shopping? ›
New York's Fifth Avenue has reclaimed its position as the world's most expensive retail street, with average rents of USD2,000 per square foot (sq ft) per year (€21,076/sq m/yr) according to a new global ranking from real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.What is the worlds most famous shopping street? ›
- Fifth Avenue, New York. ...
- Orchard Road, Singapore. ...
- Rue de Rivoli, Paris. ...
- Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich. ...
- Ginza, Tokyo. ...
- Bond Street, London. ...
- Magnificent Mile, Chicago. ...
- Via Monte Napoleone, Milan.
Southdale Shopping Center, located in Edina, Minnesota, was the first totally enclosed shopping center in the nation.What is the largest outlet in the US? ›
Sawgrass Mills, Florida
With a massive 350 stores to explore, Sawgrass Mills is the largest outlet, retail and entertainment destination in the United States. Stores include Coach, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren and Prada.
New York's Fifth Avenue is the city's most famous shopping street, and probably the most famous shopping street in the world. Here, you can find flagship stores for nearly every high-end designer—Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Armani, Fendi, and more.What is the most famous fries shop in Amsterdam? ›
Even their french fries are exceptionally yummy, and if you're looking to try the best fries in Amsterdam (and in the whole of the Netherlands), you should pay a visit to Manneken Pis. Manneken Pis is an extremely popular chain of fast food restaurants located in the Netherlands.What are the shopping times in Amsterdam? ›
Traditionally, shops and markets are closed all day Sunday and Monday mornings. Normal shopping hours are 09:00 or 10:00 to 18:00 (17:00 on Saturday) although some are now beginning to stay open later in the evenings and a majority of the shops on the main shopping streets are open on Sundays.What is the pretty city in Netherlands? ›
Amsterdam. Amsterdam with its spiderweb of canals and the stepped-gable houses alongside the water is perhaps the most visited place in the Netherlands and undeniably one of the most beautiful cities not only in the Netherlands but in the world.
What is the most visited city in Netherlands? ›
Amsterdam. An obvious starting point: Amsterdam is one of Europe's most visited cities and with one picture or postcard, it isn't hard to see why. This city, built on canals with wonky houses, would have to be one of the world's most photographed cities if not the most.What brands are cheap in Netherlands? ›
- Mud Jeans.
- G-Star RAW.
- Kings Of Indigo.
- studio JUX.
- Eco Vegan Shoes.
Main exports are: machinery and transport equipment (28 percent of total exports), mineral fuels (23 percent), food (11 percent), clothing and footwear (10 percent) and pharmaceuticals (5 percent). Over 60 percent of total exports is sent to European Union countries.Is Amsterdam known for shopping? ›
There are plenty of options for shopping in Amsterdam – the city is famous for its stylish boutiques and markets where you can buy typical Dutch products of all kinds, modern designer's items, fashion, antiques, vintage objects, tulip bulbs etc.Is Amsterdam good for luxury shopping? ›
No matter what you're looking for, Amsterdam is a shopper's paradise. For those with more discerning taste, the city has an excellent selection of luxury shops, ranging from designer fashion houses to unique boutiques and custom-made items you won't find anywhere else.What food do you eat in Amsterdam? ›
- Bitterballen. Image from Creative bros. ...
- Stroopwafels. Image from Marie-Charlotte Pezé ...
- Thick Dutch fries. Image from Koen Smilde. ...
- Dutch pancakes. ...
- Jenever. ...
- Apple pie. ...
- Raw herring. ...
Gouda is by far the most popular cheese in the Netherlands, and although this cheese can be found in supermarkets around the world, the real stuff is to be enjoyed here.Do people wear jeans in Amsterdam? ›
Top style tips for the Netherlands
Like much of Europe there isn't really a dress code in the Netherlands. Jeans, t-shirts, sweaters and comfortable but attractive shoes will take you anywhere. Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.
CURRENCY. In Amsterdam, as well as in all the Netherlands and many other countries of European Community the accepted currency is Euro (EUR, €), no other currencies are commonly accepted, so you will have to change your dollars, sterling, yens, etc to Euros.What is the number 1 mall in us? ›
|1||Mall of America||Bloomington, Minnesota|
|2||American Dream||East Rutherford, New Jersey|
|3||Aventura Mall||Aventura, Florida|
|4||South Coast Plaza||Costa Mesa, California|
What is the biggest mall in USA? ›
1. Mall of America. Opened in 1992, Mall of America is the nation's largest mall at more than 5.6 million square feet. Located outside Minneapolis, Mall of America draws 40 million visitors each year to its more than 520 shops and restaurants.What is the biggest mall in Europe? ›
Planning policy prioritizes the development of existing town centres, although with patchy success. Westfield London (White City) is the largest shopping centre in Europe.