Amsterdam Sights

Shopping in Amsterdam

The first Dutch department store of Hudson's Bay opened at Rokin Street on September 5th

Shopping streets, malls and department stores

There are large stores near the Munt Tower (Hema), and at Dam Square (de Bijenkorf and Magna Plaza).

The Jordaan and the streets around it contain many small interesting individual shops. The PC Hooftstraat and Van Baerlestraat contain many of the more chic shops.

Stylishness in the PC Hooftstraat

Leidsestraat - Kalverstraat - Nieuwendijk

The main shopping areas of Amsterdam are situated in the centre. If you walk from Leidseplein into the direction of Centraal Station you will pass by Amsterdam's most commercial streets. Note that it can be very busy here during the weekends.

De Bijenkorf

A luxury department store at Dam Square that opened its doors in 1870 and now accommodates many exclusive stores selling different brands. On the ground floors you will find cosmetics, lady bags, jewellery, watches and men's fashion, higher up women's and kids' fashion, books, furniture, textiles etc.

PC Hooftstraat

An elegant upmarket shopping street near the Rijksmuseum with many international and Dutch designer boutiques. Around the corner of PC Hooftstraat (pronounced pay-say-hoaft) on Van Baerlestraat are more boutiques, shoe stores and bookshops. Nearby, Cornelis Schuytstraat has upmarket stores selling fashion, food, flowers, and collectibles.

Albert Cuyp Market

Amsterdam's best daily street market for everything. Albert Cuyp Market is situated in the cosmopolitan neighbourhood De Pijp.

Magna Plaza

An elegant shopping centre in the former post office building of Amsterdam. Magna Plaza is situated behind the Royal Palace and has 40+ exclusive shops under one roof.

De 9 Straatjes

De 9 Straatjes or "The 9 Streets" is a collective name given to the 9 cosy and picturesque shopping streets in the Unesco Heritage listed Amsterdam Canal Belt. These 9 little streets run between Raadhuisstraat and Leidsestraat, just a few minutes walk from the Royal Palace at the Dam Square. This little district with its small, original and exclusive boutiques forms a charming neighborhood with a great, bustling atmosphere.

ArenA Poort

A large modern shopping area is located outside the city centre around Ajax football stadium in Amsterdam Zuidoost. It is easily accessible by metro and has large malls, like the home furnishing shopping centre Villa Arena, Media Markt, Decathlon, Prénatal, Perry Sport and shopping centre Amsterdamse Poort.


For food during the day, the Albert Heijn supermarkets (largest national chain) usually have cheap ready-to-go meals on hand, from prepackaged sandwiches and salads to microwavable single-serving meals. In the city centre, there is a large supermarket behind the Royal Palace (near Dam Square), on Koningsplein and one on Museumplein, which are open until 22:00, 7 days a week.

Shopping route

The popular Must-see Shopping route winds through the city centre and takes you along the main (and busiest) shopping streets of Amsterdam.

Albert Heijn, Blokker, de Bijenkorf, Hema

are typical stores in Amsterdam

Tax-free shopping

Claim back the VAT (Value Added Tax)