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Shopping in Amsterdam

Shopping with some dollops of refreshment over a cup of coffee or bites of snacks is what most shoppers of different age-groups are fond of. Shopping in Amsterdam bears out to this fact. The shopping capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam offers a rich mix of trendy and modern, lavish and luxury, cheap and second-hand, and antique shopping experiences. What makes a go of shopping in Amsterdam as a pleasurable indulgence is a cluster of metro shopping malls and retro shopping streets. The shopping malls are multi-storeyed buildings with an eyeball-grabbing display of complete merchandise amidst gleams and glitters. It is convenient to walk down the shopping streets and pick up your choices from exclusive collections at brand stores lining the streets in Amsterdam. ‘Sophisticated’ and ‘relaxed’ are the most suitable words describing the free spirit of shopping in Amsterdam. Here are some of the most frequented shopping malls and the most haunted shopping streets of the Dutch capital.

De Bijenkorf

Shopping in AmsterdamDe Bijenkorf at the Dam Square is the biggest department store in the city of Amsterdam. An upscale market for luxury shopping, De Bijenkorf is a must visit. The range of products in any of the stores is selective and exquisite. This monumental building houses not only brand stores but also an art gallery, a coffee bar, a restaurant, and a hairdresser for the young shoppers. Festivities, fashion shows, concerts, cultural events, exhibitions and workshops are organised inside the mall, making shopping a pleasurable indulgence. De Bijenkorf issues its own periodical magazine and credit card. The magnet of the Bijenkorf is the 3-day long special sales which takes place once a year, either at September end or in October. Many luxury items of the world-class brands are available at discounted prices during the sales. Surprising is the sight of shopping madness on those three days.

Website: http://www.bijenkorf.nl/
Address: Dam Square
Hours: Mon 11am-6pm; Tues, Wed, Sat 9.30am-6pm; Thus, Fri 9.30am-9pm; Sun 12-6pm

Kalvertoren

Shopping in AmsterdamKalvertoren Shopping Complex is a grand edifice at Kalverstraat, the busiest shopping street of Amsterdam. The Kalvertoren houses popular fashion brand stores like Levis, Diesel, H&M, Mango, Classics, Marlboro, Timberland, Nike; a cosmetics store Douglas; a goods store HEMA; a spectacles store Eye Wish; an interior decoration store Riviera Maison; a coffee bar, a music shop and an ice-cream parlour. The mall is easily accessible from Heiligeweg, Kalverstraat and Singel streets.

Website: http://www.kalvertoren.nl/
Address: Kalverstraat 212-220
Hours: Mon 11am-6.30pm; Tues, Wed, Fri 10am-6.30pm; Thurs 10am-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-6pm

Maison de Bonneterie

Shopping in AmsterdamA traditional luxury department store in Amsterdam, Maison de Bonneterie is located within 10-minite walking distance from the Dam Square between Rokin and Kalverstraat streets. With both retro and metro collections of apparels and accessories, De Bonneterie has come up as a one-stop store housing some of the world’s top fashion brands. The unique collection of products suiting the tastes of even finicky shoppers is a highlight of the store. Adding to the store’s reputation is unique customer care service. Hugo Boss, Burberry, Strenesse, Max Mara, Polo Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabanna, Armani, Replay, Sergio Rossi and Tommy Hilfiger are some of the fashion brands of international repute at De Bonneterie.

Website: http://www.debonneterie.nl/
Address: Rokin 140 – 142
Phone: 020 531 34 00
Hours: Mon 11am-5.30pm; Tues, Wed 10am-5.30pm; Thurs 10am-9pm; Fri, Sat 10am-6.30pm; Sun 12-5pm

Magna Plaza

Shopping in AmsterdamThe place to go on a shopping spree for designer wears and branded fashion accessories in Amsterdam is Magna Plaza. Having its location just at the back of the Queens Palace at the Dam Square, this illustrious shopping mall consists of three floors and houses the world’s most eminent fashion brands like Mango, America Today and GSUS jeans. Here, the pleasure of shopping is doubled up with refreshments at Ristretto, a coffee bar on the third floor and Ovidius, an Italian food outlet on the ground floor. The mall building is a Dutch architecture with Neo-Gothic style. A grand piano dominates the centre of the ground floor. The shoppers are entertained with live music shows on weekends and holidays. There are a shop selling souvenirs from Holland to the right and a kiosk with the Dutch cheese to the left in the mall.

Website: http://www.magnaplaza.nl/
Address: Nieuwezijdse Voorburgwaal 182, near the Queens Palace
Phone: Mon 11am-7pm; Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-7pm; Thurs 10am-9pm; Sun 12-7pm

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Kalverstraat

Shopping in AmsterdamThe busiest shopping street across the city centre of Amsterdam. Full of buzz and bustle, Kalverstraat is lined with a whopping number of shops selling varied products. With two big stores – Kalvertoren and Magna Plaza near the Dam Square, Kalverstraat teems with swirms of shopping flybees. The Bijenkorf at the Dam, a grand shopping mall to the north-east of Kalverstraat, is a magnet drawing multitudes of shoppers for luxury items, designer wears and fashion accessories. Kalverstraat runs from the Dam Square to Haarlemmerstraat, a commercial hub full of shopping interests.

Haarlemmerstraat

Shopping in AmsterdamThe trendy shopping street for trendy shoppers in Amsterdam, Haarlemmerstraat is abuzz with fashion flybees seeking the latest trends. Shopping is less expensive here. This shopping street of Amsterdam is crowded with shops and stores selling a huge variety of luxury products and lifestyle items. The ambience of Haarlemmerstraat feels fresh and young as most customers haunting this hub in quest of fashion, style and trend are young. Comparatively longer than Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk, this street has cafes and bars where shoppers can take a pause for some dollops of refreshment.

Utrechtsestraat

Shopping in AmsterdamNot so full of hustle and bustle as Kalverstraat, but kicking with shopping activities. Utrechtsestraat is a long canal street lined with glittering boutiques and specialty stores. Walking down this shopping street of Amsterdam and flitting across stores is complete engagement for several hours. A number of home stores selling household accessories makes Utrechtsestraat an ideal place for domestic shopping. Breathing in an air of relaxation away from the maddening crowd of shoppers, at restaurants and cafes of Utrechtsestraat doubles up the pleasure of shopping in Amsterdam.

De Negen Straatjes (‘The Nine Little Streets’)

Shopping in AmsterdamDe Negen Straatjes or the ‘Nine Streets’ area is one of the most famous shopping hotspot in the city of Amsterdam. This busy shopping street of Amsterdam offers a lot to let the shoppers experience ‘shop till you drop’. The picturesque location near the Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht is a highpoint of De Negen Straatjes. This Amsterdam shopping street is frequented mainly for its diverse brand stores, designer boutique, specialty shops and cozy cafes. Shopping in Amsterdam means shopping in this area.

P.C.Hooftstraat

Shopping in Amsterdam‘Shopping with sophistication’ is the catchphrase defining the ambience of P.C.Hooftstraat, a small shopping street of Amsterdam,in the vicinity of the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk. Having the world’s major brands of cosmetics, luxury clothes and shoes under the single canopy, P.C.Hooftstraat is posh and expensive. Whatever you want to buy, you will get to see an exclusive range of choice here. This Amsterdam shopping street encompasses a huge car parking space whose match is rare to be found anywhere in Europe.

Beethovenstraat

Shopping in AmsterdamShopping is the panache of Beethovenstraat, an elegant shopping street in Amsterdam Zuid or South Amsterdam. Built early in the 20th century, this street is illuminated with big glittering shop windows. Modern in setting and convenient to walk, Beethovenstraat is made illustrious by the presence of well-known apparel, accessory and lifestyle brands. Shopping for wine and chocolates is an attraction here. Beethovenstraat is also famous for its informal eateries offering excellent bits of Dutch sandwiches.

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