Great supermarket with health and eco food, and much more! They have a lot of take away goodies! Nice spot! Organic fruits and vegetables, fish caught with fishing lines, meat from free-range cattle and likewise for their poultry selection. They have a great assortment and variety of wines, beers and alcohol free lemonades and soda’s. For 18 hours a day they have fresh bread and pastries, there’s a cheese corner with all the cheeses of Europe. And a fantastic automatic orange press for your day to day vitamin C!
The dried sausages from Brandt & Levie are a must and go perfectly with a good glass of freshly poured lager beer. And one of my all time favorites are the chunks of chocolate with hazelnuts, peanuts, raisins or flakes, when I visit the shop I have to have these! The “Overtoom”, the name of the street, is becoming more attractive. It used to be a traffic – jammed road. Now you can go there for fun, food and shopping.
Holland is a real flower country. Nor surprisingly you will find many opportunities to buy some nice flowers. Not only at the Flower market or at a florist. There are many flower stands at street corners.
What to buy: Flowers
Ever since the French government decided to up the tax on tobacco products I have given up on going to Calais for my, roughly quarterly, visits to pick up my tobacco, opting instead for Amsterdam - well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!
If I'm only there for a 24 hour trip then I usually have to scour several shops to pick up my 3 Kg (ish) quota but Hartman's usually manages to provide the bulk, keeping a reasonable stock of most common tobaccos ( and some less common ones ).
This little dark wood-panelled haven is everything that a tobacconist should be, the aroma of the cigars and loose tobacco permeating its very fabric. The glass-fronted shelves and wooden drawers contain everything possible us nicotine addicts could ever desire, add to this a cheerful guy serving it's always a pleasure to part with my couple of hundred Euros in the 2 minutes it takes the transaction, smiles all round!
What to buy: Gauloises Tabac a Rouler
What to pay: At 5 Euros for 50g - do I care about the French economy?
Wooden floors, records in cardboard boxes on said floors, more records stacked on the said cardboard boxes. That's just the lower layers, there are more layers of record to head height on the tables. Best thing to do is ask 'where do I find x' and the shop keep will direct you.
Last visted Jan 2013
What to pay: The full price for each, no discount for multiple purchases, Bah!
I raided the shop for HC filth and got some beauts!
Pretty much cleaned the place out.
Shop mostly full of dino and prog rock.
What to buy: me? I'm just in Amsterdam lookin' for old & second hand vinyl records, guv.
What to pay: Ye pay the price!
The shop is in the center of Amsterdam, on the Rozengracht. Close to the Anne Frank House and the canals. The shop is special because all the furniture and accessories are old, re-used or made from recycled materials like wood or iron. It's edgy, industrial, ethnic and raw, just like the name. They change their interior every week and the styling is amazing! You should go see if you're a fan of interior decorating and really nice and special stuff, no one else has.
What to buy: Special interior products from different countries all over the world
What to pay: Medium prizes, not very low, not very high, but worth it because it's all authentic!
this shop is on the opposite of central station in amsterdam. they buy and sell used videogames, dvd's, records, cd's, music dvd's and posters. everything is used but in excellent condition. everything that can be tested, is tested, to make sure it works/plays perfect. the music styles are : house, techno, drum&bass, hardcore, breakbeat, rap, r&b, swingbeat, 80's, disco, italo, electro, synthpop, wave, pop, soul, jazz, funk and also many japanese pop and r&b music (cd's and music dvd's).
What to pay: from really cheap (0,50 euro) to very expensive. most records and cd's are between 3 and 12 euro each.
This replaces an earlier store that featured lots of airplane models. There is a partial fuselage that can be visited and is fun for children. Not as much KLM merchandise as I had hoped for. Found a repro camera bag in old KLM livery that made me happy, however.
What to buy: Plane-related books, gifts, models and accessories.
What to pay: 10 Euros +
What to buy:
Wooden tulips are one of the things I've bought during my trip to Amsterdam. The wooden tulips were available in many colours. I found a shop along Damrak, it's on the left side if you're walking towards the Central Station. This shop sold wooden tulips for a quite a reasonable price...1.50 euro per piece and 12.50 euro for 10 pieces. They look gorgeous arranged naturally in a white plain vase.
Other souvenir shops sell wooden tulips too. Prices are almost the same. However, avoid buying them at the airport...it's expensive.
I love coming here browsing the racks, book department, cd´s, interior things etc.
I know someone who starts to moan when I mention that I have been here again! "Oh no not more handbags!". He is right tho, I always looks at the handbags but they are so expensive!!
It also houses several bars and a restaurant. The pastries to go with the coffee are delicious!! You can buy them too at the bakery at the groundfloor.
Last year major rebuilding and decoration has taken place in this shop. I have yet to get used to it but i am sure i will.
The 5th floor is rebuilt again. The self catering restaurant is located here now. They have coffee and stuff, sushi bar, hotmeals and sandwiches.
From the 5th floor you can catch a glimpse of the roof from the Beurs van Berlage and see the Central station.
What to buy: Buy whatever you like.
What to pay: Its not a discount store! During sales they can have good bargains.
This is not a "regular" shopping but one the main attractions in Amsterdam is the coffee shops.
A lot of tourist come to Amsterdam because one special option , To smoke Week with no fear of getting busted by the police.
Soft drugs are allowed here in those special places called coffee shops.
What to buy: I don't smoke so i can't recommend but there are many options with nice names like white widow , k2 , purple haze and many more.
Again - i Don't know the difference because i don't smoke.
What to buy:
Schiphol Airport has 2 great flower shops in the Departure/Transit area. It is not too late! You can get some seriously great flowers (add water) for loved ones back home. Unlike cut flowers, they will not die and put you back in the dog house after 3 days. You can even get Tulips in bowls that you can grow in your house. Fantastic! Well priced and easy to transport. The bowls are ceramic with Dutch artwork and scenes. An excellent gift.
…And you can reserve Duty Free goods on-line before you arrive! Check out the website below!
Once in a while someone asks for a camping shop in Amsterdam. Today i saw one and actually remembered it. Because its not the kind of shop i go to when i go shopping in Amsterdam.
Bever sells all kinds of camping gear, backpacks, gaz, clothing, pans, shoes,books you name it. If you have forgotten something this is the place to get it.
What to buy: Whatever you might need at that moment.
Women's sexy clothing is their speciality from viewing the window-----WOW! According to the website they also have toys, movies, condoms and much more----not really a RLD store, more of a main stream Fredericks kind of thing......
What to buy: bras, panties
What to pay: average
This is a great store, I usually stop in once each time I come to A'Dam---they have tons of vintage toys, games, dolls and much more---I collect Alice in Wonderland, James Bond, and a few other things and almost always find something in here to fill a void in my collections!
What to buy: toys and figures
What to pay: average
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