Dam Square, Amsterdam
While walking from Centraal Station to Dam Square (Damrak) you will find loads of shops, selling the usual touristy things: t-shirts, fridge magnets, umbrellas, postcards, badly conditioned Droste chocolate, wooden shoes, and so on. You name it, you will find it there, although prices are for tourists and quality seems to be bad.
Traditional shopping hours are Tuesday to Friday 0900 or 1000 –1800 and Saturday 0900–1700. However, some shops now stay open later, particularly on Thursday. Generally, the shops are closed all day on Sunday and on Monday morning. There is a 20% sales tax on luxury goods and 5% on other items.
Pricey, designer shopping is clustered around the "P.C. Hoofdstraat" and casual clothes and shoes shopping runs down the "Kalverstraat" and the "Leidsestraat". "de Bijenkorf " on the "Dam" is the nicest department store in Amsterdam and nearby "Magna Plaza" is an upscale urban mall open 7 days until 7:00pm.
What to buy: Amsterdam has much to offer the avid shopper. On the one hand, there are international fashion labels, books, arts and antiques, while on the other, there are local specialities to buy, such as tulip bulbs, chocolates, cumin cheese, stoneware bottles of jenever (Dutch gin), blue Delft china and diamonds.
De Bierkoning is a shop that concentrates on one thing: BEER!
There are at least 950 different beer brands on stock and 300 beer-glasses of all kind.
Mo: 1PM - 7PM
Tu-Fr: 11AM - 7PM
Sa: 11AM - 6PM
Su: 1PM - 6PM
What to buy: BEER!
What to pay: If you spend more than 10 Euro's you can get a free beer bottle opener.
Probably nothing new, but for germans it´s really worth to combine a trip to Amsterdam with some hours of shopping, as well on sunday. The special offers are a lot cheaper than in Germany.
What to buy: For example shoes, clothes etc. as well as suitcases or things like that.
What to pay: shoes for example between 10 and 40 Euro, good quality.
I'm not labling this as a Sex Shop because in spite of the fact that it sells.....shall we call them "toys", it also sells cards, knick knacks, hats 'n boas, etc. We acted like kids and dressed up and posed and took photos until we were asked to kindly stop by the store clerk.
The main street of Damrak leads from Dam Square to Centraal Station. It'll take ten minutes to walk at a slow pace and along the way you will have an option on several things. The boats luring people for boat tours, the sex museum, the new Vodka Museum a few doors away, several hotels, shops selling mostly tourist tack. All this and more... don't forget to dodge the traffic which should all be going toward the station as its a one-way street.
't Japanse Winkeltje is a nice shop with many Japanese items, like kimono's, rice paper etc on sale.
The building also house the Japanese Cultural Center.
There are several workshops and language courses.
Open Shop is located in the heart of Amsterdam "Centrum", near the Dam. It sells clothing made by Dutch designers Each day a designer is in the shop to help you with your purchases. Prices are very affordable for unique pieces.
They also sell a lot of fair trade clothing.
What to buy: Their dresses are great, and the handmade "Wolboots" are amazing. The accessories are a lot of fun as well.
What to pay: Dresses are about €60-€100 euro's, tops are about €30-€50 euro's and they have a wide range of accessories that are cute and sometimes even hilarious. Great for presents as well. These accessories are also very affordable (€5,00 for a cute ring with Pac Man on it and €32,50 for a necklace with a bird in a cage)
They have great high heeled shoes by label Iron Fist (€65-€99) and handmade leather bags (€60-€200).
The shop sells various type of souvenirs. I can't remember all, but for sure you can get fridge magnet, small ceramic bell, miniature windmills, clogs (wooden and ceramic), t-shirts, wooden tulips and so many other good looking souvenirs.
What to pay: Well, I can't remember all the prices. However, a few things I've bought there: a pack of 10 ceramic clogs was 6.50 euro, small ceramic bells were sold at 1 euro per piece and medium size ceramic clog was 2.50 euro per piece. I think the souvenirs sold here at a very reasonable price and the quality is good too.
Hogendoorn & Kaufman is a shop with crockery, glass, crystal and china fo sale.
Top brands like Fabergé, Meissen and Lomonosov and Delft & Makkum Pottery are available.
Both classic and modern designs for sale.
What to pay: Top prices
....but also very expensive!!
Just when you get out of the central station and you across the street to get the center, if you take the parallel street to the right way, untill reach the dome square you have thousand of shops for an unforgettable buy!
What to buy: ...t-shirts, leather jackets, clothes of every taste, weed, magic mushrooms..depend of your choices!
Things to buy in Amsterdam: Chocolate, T-shirts, wooden shoes, french fries with mayo (yummy!), heineken beer, funky boots and shoes.
What to pay: I found clothing to be a bit pricey compared to back home in Canada, escpecially when factoring the exchange rate.
Saw this in the window of one of the shops near the Damrak. Wouldn't it be fun to travel with this? Not only would you spot it on the conveyor belt in a heartbeat but imagine the looks you'll get!