The Kalvertoren is a small mall in Amsterdam's main shopping street, the Kalverstraat.
From the small tower restaurant you have a nice view over the city.
Mo: 11AM - 6.30PM
Tu, We & Fr: 10AM - 6.30PM
Th: 10AM - 9PM
Sa: 10AM - 6PM
Su: 12AM - 6PM
What to buy: The following stores are in the Mall:
Hennes & Mauritz
Original Levi's Store
Rivièra Maison Country Intériors
Tommy Hilfiger Denims
The main shopping street in Amsterdam is called Kalverstraat. It starts at Dam Square and continues for miles. You'll find all sorts of shops here, ranging from department stores to boutiques. Whatever you want, you can get it here. A pair of Levi's? The new Michael Jackson album? A nice Rolex? And there are also loads of places to eat here. But don't expect anything too fancy.
Oh and expect crowds.
If you’re in the mood for a little shopping visit the Kalverstraat, an outdoor shopping center/street about ten blocks long.
What to buy: Here you’ll find everything from the latest fashionable shoes to toothpaste and more. The people-watching alone is worth the visit.
Kalverstraat is the longest shopping street in Amsterdam. It starts at Dam sqaure and goes all the way to Muntplein. Although its not my favourite shopping street I always start here when shopping. There are so many shops it's terrible ;-) My favorites are Esprit and Mexx, as well as many others. If you turn right at Heiligeweg, you'll find some more exclusive shops, and even more when you continue on Leidsestraat, which will lead you to Leidseplein.
Avoid the street like the plague on Saturday and Sunday. The street is so crowded, it's not much fun then. I prefer shopping on Tuesday morning, when there is hardly anyone.
The street dates from end of 14th century and was originally an old highway. Farmers drove their cattle along the road to a market at the Dam. Eventually the cattle market outgrew the Dam and was moved to the highway, which was renamed "Kalverstraat," or "Street of Calves".
Now it is Amsterdam's busiest shopping street with many shops, boutiques and department stores offering a variety of goods and food. Since September 1997 it has a modern shopping mall - De Kalvertoren. Cafe on the top of the tower has one of the best views in Amsterdam.
What to pay: It is up to you, from abt. EUR 5.- for some present to hundreds or even thousands of Euros for clothing or Jewellery.
Traditionally, shops and markets are closed all day Sunday and Monday mornings. Normal shopping hours are 09:00 or 10:00 to 18:00 (17:00 on Saturday) although some are now beginning to stay open later in the evenings and about half of the shops on the main shopping streets are even open on Sundays. There is late-night shopping on Thursdays until 21:00, when most shops on the main streets are open.
The main shopping areas are the Leidsestraat between the Leidseplein and Spui, and the Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk, leading from the Munt Tower via the Dam to near the Central Station. There are large stores near the Munt Tower (V&D and Hema), and at the Dam (Bijenkorf and Magna Plaza). There is a large supermarket behind the Palace at the Dam, open until 22:00, even Sundays.
The Jordaan and the streets around it contain many small interesting individual shops. The PC Hooftstraat and district, near the museums, contains many of the more chic shops.
There is an interesting daily clothes and second-hand market around the City Hall and Opera (trams 9, 14, 51 to Waterlooplein there is a busy cosmopolitan food and clothes market in the Albert Cuypstraat (trams 4, 6, 10 and 16. The flower market on the Singel (between the top of the Leidsestraat and the Munt Tower) is not to be missed (trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 14, 16, 24, 25.
Buying food in supermarkets is straightforward, with one exception: buy the milk in blue cartons. The red cartons are buttermilk (karnemelk), which is probably not what you want.
The two shopping streets Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk are a shoppers paradise. But go during the week if possible, Saturday is insanely busy, it's impossible to enjoy the shops when you're getting pushed and shoved along the street! It's a like a sea of people and you can't but go with the flow. Shops are open sunday 11-5 as well.
Also forget shopping on Damrak and Rokin, there's nothing there but expensive tourist traps. They're normally listed as two main shopping streets as well but I wouldn't bother- I was really dissappointed.
This isn't just one shop! This is a street full of shops!
At the entry to Kalverstraat there is my favourite music shop "Fame" where you can buy all the Cd's and DvD's that you've ever dreamt of (not exactly true, I wanted to buy some Indian movies but couldn't find many there). What follows is a colorful street full of shops and full of people. Running paralel to Kalverstraat, there is Rokin Street - wider and less crowded with some very posh shops where you can buy (or do the window shopping) very expensive jewellery, watches etc - not for my budget anyway!
At the end of Kalverstraat there is a flower market with impressive tulips, narcissus as well as other kinds of flowers and bulbs.
What to buy: Anything you want.
What to pay: Lots or nothing if you just like window shopping but temptations are very strong here!
Kalverstraat is THE 'straat' to shop!
They have stores like: H&M, Cool Cat/WonderWoman, River Island (beautiful female clothes!!), VeroModa, Only, Apropo, Lush, Levi's, The Body Shop, Bazar (coolest souvenir shop) and different shoe stores, bakery and ofcourse Mcdonalds :-P. And much much more!
Kalverstraat in one of the biggest shopping streets in Amsterdam , with many expensive stores and famous brand names.
The street starts in Dam square and after 700-800 meters ends near Munttoren.
The street is one of the busiest shopping streets in Amsterdam and very crowded.
What to buy: You will find almost anything , from shoes to kids games , from jewelry to books.
From the Dam-square a street is running away just right from the Royal Palace. This is the Kalverstreet and it is completely pedestrian area. Left and right there are various shops and it is always busy here. However, buying anything in Amsterdam is often also being a thief from your own wallet. Prices here are often 150% from other towns and especially the countryside. Okay, the productrange may be wider here and certain fashion is discounted a lot.
By the way, shoppingevenings are in The Netherlands for larger towns on Thursdays ad the rest on Fridays.
Kalverstraat is a pedestrianised high street with all the big name brand stores. I personally don't enjoy shopping here it is crowded and one clothes shop stocks almost the same as the next clothes shop. But having everything in one place does make life easier.
If you need to take a break visit De Pappegaai church Kalverstraat 58.
2TheLoo is a shop with everything you need for your smallest room in the house; yes, the toilet. It opened February 17, 2011.
One big advantage: You may visit the loo in this shop.
2014 update: The Kalverstraat proved to be a too much expensive locations for a business like this; so the shop closed. The nearest one is at Amstelveen; too far to walk.
No, not A shop, I want to talk about shopping areas!
Amsterdam has a new brilliant SHOPPING CENTRE: KALVERTOREN , situated in the KALVERSTRAAT close to the MUNT.
Here you'll find over 30 exclusive stores on 3 floors....
The HIGHLIGHT is an amazing view of the historical innercity of AMSTERDAM from the big tower, constructed from glass and steel in the very centre....
Tired after shopping? Have a drink or treat yourself to a lovely light lunch on a nice terrace or a fine restaurant.
Make your shopping spreee an exciting trip of discovering....
THE KALVERTOREN SHOPPING CENTRE IS OPEN 7 DAYS PER WEEK, on weekdays till 7PM and on Thursdays till 9PM
Kalverstraat is Amsterdam's main shopping street. It is long and narrow. Very narrow!!
You'll notice that people don't just meander around the street - because of its narrowness, people walk at the sides of the street - like the "links stehen, rechts gehen" tradition in Germany.
What to buy: Many of the top European stores are here, like Esprit, Vero Moda, Waterstones etc
What to pay: As much as you like!