Albert Heijn, Amsterdam
Since my favorite place to stay in Amsterdam is in a furnished CityMundo apartment, I get to stock the refrigerator with snacks, cold cuts, cheese, eggs, herring, beer, etc.
A convenient place to shop for non-specialty groceries and other stuff like that is Albert Heijn. These supermarkets are everywhere all over town, reasonably priced, and they have everything.
What to buy: Nice deli and and cheese sections, and of course, the beer aisle.
This countrywide chain dominates the high street as well as the smaller towns in the Netherlands. The chain seems to have been catering to changing tastes and customer requirements recently. They have increased their selection of organic products, and their green-labelled own brand yoghurt is recommended as very smooth and mild. They are renowned for having a decent selection of wines, but you can't get spirits, or even the Dutch gin here. One massive branch of Albert Heijn, called the 'Food Plaza', located behind Dam Square, can get very crowded. Try and go in the early morning to avoid the queues. There are over 40 branches of Heijn within Amsterdam (some of which are listed below), but the extended hours at this branch are an exception. It should contain most everything you need in terms of food and household goods, though prices on some ranges are more expensive than at some local competitors.
Albert Heijn is a great place to pick up cheese from - a large piece of Gouda can be got very reasonably at Heijn. There are stores throughout the city centre and they are open for longer than normal hours usually. They also have a good range of smoothies, sandwiches and drinks if you are wanting to have a cheap picnic!
What to buy: Gouda - very reasonably priced
this is a supermarket not the cheapest one.
there are 3 a.h. who are open 7 days a week i think till 22.00 hours.
dam tramnumbers 1,2,5,6,13 and 17 koningsplein tramnumbers1,2 and 5 museumplein (near the concerthall) tramnumbers 3,5, 12 and 16
you can also buy stamps and the strippenkaart for public transport here.
picture ah dam
What to buy: at the dam you have also some souvenirs.
stamps and public transport tickets.
for some discount you need the bonuscard. if you dont have one borrowed the card from someone in the line.
The local chain supermarket. It's a mad house.
Expect to pay 1/eu for your cart so use a basket.
You will be charged per bag so bring your own or shove everything into your backpack.
You will bag your own groceries, based on beat the clock. If you have many things, put them all back in the basket. Then, take your things over to the counters they have and take your time bagging without holding up the lines. Dutch tolerance has it's limits it seems.
What to buy: Dove intensive face cream....$7/eu
Albert Heijn chocolate bars...../80/eu
These are spaced all around the city, some huge and some just take-away places----the bigger ones are lots of fun for any tourist/visitor----I love going in supermarkets in new places just to see the different items for sale---maybe you need a new toothbrush or want some fresh fruit----or beer and drinks as well, or a newspaper----check out the local Albert Heijn for some local food cheap---
What to buy: food
What to pay: cheap
If you need to buy groceries or a sandwich it is far cheaper to buy something from the Albert Heyn supermarket there is a small shop located in amsterdam centraal & several others scattered around the city. There is a reasonable sized supermarket near the magna plaza so do purchase your cheese here to take back instead of at the airport if you are an EU traveller.
They also do strropwafels and liquoirice which are good original presents to take back.
Other supermarkets are Dirk as well as the Co-op, take your own shopping bag as they charge you for plastic bags
The Albert Heijn supermarket is one of the oldest chain shops of the Netherlands.
Original started at Zaandam, the chain now has branches in almost all Dutch villages and cities.
Their first grocery store now is part of the Zaanse Schans museum village.
In Amsterdam are supermarkets, a food plaza and several To-Go shops at the train stations.
What to buy: Your daily food and drinks needs
Albert Heijn is a major supermarket chain with branches all over The Netherlands. In addittion to the larger stores there's also several smaller "convenience" shops branded as AH To Go.
These latter are ideal for picking up nibbly stuff for picnics, an alfreco lunch in the park or just to take back to your hotel for an inexpensive "rainy day" supper.
What to buy: The "To Go" shops have a range of ready-made things like salads, sandwiches, micro-wavable meals etc plus all the makings for the do-it-yourselfers such as freshly baked breads, cheese and delicatessen meats, fresh fruit and vegetables.
As well as the edibles they also stock a full range of drinkables of both the alcoholic and non varieties.
What to pay: Maybe not as cheap as buying from the markets etc but as a one-stop shop aren't hugely expensive.