If you feel the need to buy Christmas decorations or anything else associated with Christmas while you are in Amsterdam, this shop is the place to do it! You can buy absolutely anything here from inexpensive decorations, cards, gifts to the more elaborate ornaments and nativity scenes etc etc. Please check the website, and have the sound on!! It's fabulous and gives lots of detailed info.
Even if you visit in the height of summer, you won't be able to resist buying something here and wishing it was Christmas. It is a magical place and specialises in Delft Blue.
What to buy: ANYTHING to do with Christmas!!
What to pay: from a couple of Euro to a couple of hundred!!
This tiny shop behind the flower market sells all kinds of Christmas decorations all year round from the traditional to the modern. There are delft ornaments & wooden replicas of dutch houses. There is a countdown board to Christmas & worth a visit to get you in the Christmas spirit. Open 10am - 6pm daily
Update 2008 - Sadly this shop appears to have closed
What to buy: Christmas ornaments
I always wanted to own an authentic Delftware piece, tin glazed. I decided to buy a tulip vase from one of the shops in the city that sells authentic pieces.
They had a lot of other nice things, but they were pricey. If you want the real deal, be prepared to pay for it.
My tulip vase is relatively small, round and it holds 7 tulips. I paid 280 Euros for it. It was the only souvenir that I really wanted to get from Amsterdam and I am very glad I had the chance to get it. It looks beautiful on the table!
What to buy: authentic Delftware pieces
What to pay: the cheapest piece starts at about $50 Euros and the prices go up to more than 2000 Euros. you can also buy a small Christmas ornament for about $40 Euros, but I decided to pass on it and stick to the tulip vase purchase only.
The Royal Delft shop sells the original Delftware porcelain made by the Delft factory.
Also pottery made by the Tichelaar factory at Makkum is for sale.
Mo-Sa: 9:30AM - 6PM
Su: 11AM - 6PM
Like the blue ceramic delftware? This is the place to buy it. They sell new and old (antique) pieces.
This is not your real souvenir delftware windmill shop, but more like plates and cups.
The Royal Delftware is not cheap though......
What to buy: Be sure it is the real stuff, whether you buy it here or anywhere else.
There is only one genuine Royal Delft factory - De Porceleyne Fles in Delft, Holland. Their factory mark, see the picture, does not show the word Royal.
All Delftware from this factory is handpainted, without the use of stencils.
The English word "Royal" is not protected under Dutch law, so many imitators name the word royal on their porselain.
But it is simple:
If it says Royal Delft on the item, it's not genuine. Look for the mark.