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The 8 best shopping streets in Amsterdam

July 28, 2017/ BY Alina

Some’s favorite activity in the world, other’s idea of necessary evil: shopping! Whether you like shopping or simply just need to, you always hope to find the best shops wherever you are. Lucky for you, Amsterdam has a lot of great shopping streets. This raises the question though: where to start? That’s why I give you the 8 best shopping streets in Amsterdam, enjoy!

Streetview Kalverstraat in Amsterdam

1. Kalverstraat

There are many streets in the city center where you can go shopping. However, there’s a reason the Kalverstraat is the most expensive street in the Dutch Monopoly game. It is probably one of the best-known shopping streets in the Netherlands. The Kalverstraat attracts 50,000 shoppers every day. Here you can find the most well-known international brands such as Pull&Bear, Forever21, H&M, Urban Outfitters and River Island.

Dam Square with Bijenkorf departmentstore in Amsterdam

2. De Dam

Dam Square is close to the Kalverstraat. The biggest reason for people to shop at the Dam is the Bijenkorf. Literally translated, this means beehive. Bijenkorf is the most famous department store in the Netherlands; the biggest being this one in Amsterdam. From coasters to clothing, you’ll find it at the Bijenkorf.

Streetview Leidsestraat Amsterdam

3. Leidsestraat

The Leidsestraat is an extension of the Leidseplein, which is close to Royal Coster Diamonds. In the Leidsestraat you can find some luxurious brands such as Filipa K and Supertrash. However, if you’re looking for some beauty products, Leidsestraat is a must-go for you. You find all the crèmes, gels, lotions, makeup and perfumes in luxurious drug stores such as Rituals, The Body Shop and ICI Paris XL.

Streetview Haarlemmerstraat Amsterdam

4. Haarlemmerstraat

In 2011, the people of the Netherlands voted the Haarlemmerstraat the best shopping street of the country. In the Haarlemmerstraat, you can enjoy Dutch shopping the old fashion way. There are a lot of small independent boutiques and trendy (yet affordable) restaurants. Stroll a bit further to the Prinsenstraat and Herenstraat to gaze upon the historic buildings that Amsterdam is so famous for.

Stores down the PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam

5. P.C. Hooftstraat

Everybody in the Netherlands knows this street. It’s definitely one of the best shopping streets in Amsterdam. The P.C. Hooftstraat is the most luxurious street in this list – and Amsterdam entirely. Many world famous celebrities do their shopping here! In this street, you can find loads of exclusive stores, haute couture shops and famous brands. Do you like brands such as Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Gucci and many more? This is the street for you. The P.C. Hooftstraat is located in the south district of Amsterdam. A few hundred meters ahead this street, you’ll find Royal Coster Diamonds.    

iconic store at Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam

6. Beethovenstraat

This street smells good! The Beethovenstraat is also down in Amsterdam south, close to Coster. Here you can find some upscale perfumeries, coffee bars and confectioners. Visit the stores such as Douglas, ICI Paris XL or Skins for the best beauty products. Enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a smoothie at the Coffee Company or Starbucks. Are you fond of pastries? Bakeries and patisseries like Petit Gateau, Huize van Wely and Bakery Renzema have the best treats. For other tasty food, visit the Marqt supermarket across the street for pure, honest and sustainable products. By the way: they have chocolate!

Streetview Rembrandtplein Amsterdam next to Utrechtsestraat

7. Utrechtsestraat

This street is the connecting road between the Rembrandtplein and the Frederiksplein. It is however also a feast for everyone who likes shopping. At the Utrechtsestraat you can find trendy concept stores, interior design shops, fashion stores and the best music store in Amsterdam: Concerto. If you have time, you should definitively check this one out. This music store consists of no less than five buildings.

Vintage store in Czaar Peterstraat in Amsterdam

8. Czaar Peterstraat

Close to Amsterdam Central Station, you’ll find the Czaar Peterstraat. This one might seem a little small next to all these big and famous streets. Don’t be fooled though: this street was voted the best shopping street in the Netherlands in 2015. The charm of this street is the variety of all small independent stores with one specialized product. The first sells all kinds of French cheeses, another one Ethiopian coffee and the third has a wide range of Italian wines. For all kinds of delicatessen and extraordinary gifts, here’s your spot.

 For more information about good spots in Amsterdam, please contact our travel department. This department can help you to arrange a personalized plan to make your stay in Amsterdam as pleasant as possible.  

street in Amsterdam with typical Dutch houses and Dutch tram


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