Whats to tell? Holland has the best second hand shops I have ever seen! got all my souveniers in them for about €20, and they were all really cool toys and gadgets that can be used again, instead of some stupid tshirt that your little sis will grow out of 10 minutes after your plane has touched down.
also got some gorgeous clothes for myself: about €15!! brilliant!
What to pay: no more than €20: you wont be able to carry anymore!
Opening hours Banks & most Shops:
Opening hours most shops:
- Mondays usually from 1 pm to 6 pm (department stores often from 11 am)
- Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm
- Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm
- Sunday opening hours: from 12 noon to 5 pm in the city centre (not all shops are opened)
- Late night shopping: every Thursday until 9 pm in the city centre
- Additional late night shopping due to St Nicholas and Christmas on 1, 4, 20, 22 December 2006. Shops and department stores are opened until 9 pm. On 5 and 24 December, shops and department stores close at 5 pm.
Opening hours banks:
Banks have varied opening hours. Use the following hours as a guideline:
- Mondays from 1 pm to 5 pm
- Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
- Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
- Border exchange offices (located on the main stations) are opened in weekends.
Opening hours cafés and restaurants:
Most cafés and restaurants are opened until 1 am. Some are opened until 3 am in the weekend.
What to buy: Presale national bus and tram cards.
National ‘strippenkaarten’ (bus and tram cards) are available in every bus or tram in Amsterdam, but not on the subway. However, it is cheaper to buy your ‘strippenkaart’ in advance at:
- the tourist information offices of the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board
- various offices of the GVB (public transport company) Amsterdam and train stations
- tobacco shops, newspaper shopsRelated to:
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easyInternetCafé BRAVO: Gone: Internet Café & CD shop!
There was a reason why 2 shops were combined; this is my original text:
A combined shop due to the high rental prices at certain top locations.
The CD section is an outlet store for the well-known Free Record shop chain.
Unfortunally in 2006 the location was taking over by the Kruidvat Pharmacy; so much for music and Internet!Related to:
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Toilet tip: Toilet tip
Well as you can see by my many toilet tips – I have a fascination with toilets & in Holland the diversity is astonishing. Public toilets on the whole are not free & I believe there is even a charge to use the Big Mac’s throne.
At central station it was 50c & 40c at Magna Plaza but then again the toilets here are very clean.
De Winkel van Nijntje: Miffy Shop
Miffy is created by Dick Bruna & has worldwide fame, this shop houses merchandise of this cute rabbit. The Dick Bruna house museum is in Utrecht not to be missed if you are a big fan. In Dutch Miffy is call Nijntje which is how a child might say konijn (rabbit). The shop has all sorts of goodies like car window sun shields, sandpit kit, cups, plates, baby stuff etc. I purchased a miffy backpack & A beach ball for my niece
What to pay: Reasonable & varied prices
Just an average grocery type shop selling average groceries but this is the first time I have seen mushrooms on sale in Amsterdam that you can actually share with your whole family!! This was a shop in the Jordaan, the residential area of Amsterdam so it's not surprising really.
What to buy: Grocery items - but I was amazed at the variety of mushrooms on sale here - and not one of them is hallucinogenic!
What to pay: a few Euro.
Maison de Bonneterie: Luxury Shopping Heaven
Since the place sells everything from homewares to hats, I suppose I could have called it a department store. However, it does not feel like one.
But even if it were, it would have been a department store along the lines of Selfridges or Harrods in London - this is the place (or one of the places) where you would go in Amsterdam if you wanted a silk bedspread or a Gucci bag.
Ajax souvenir shop: All footie fans come to shop here
Full of excellent fooball gifts from shirts to balls,to key rings to pencils.
What to buy: Football shirts seemed good value
What to pay: They might`ve been having a sale on,they were 35 Euros for an adult size shirt.
Most anywhere on Queensday: A flea marketer's dream
For the person who enjoys yard sales and flea markets, there is one day here that is an experience of a life time.. Queensday!
It would appear that people are not allowed to have yard sales, expect for Queensday. So they hold on to everything for that one day.
Like at home you need to be out early, not only to get the best pickings, but before the real partying starts and it becomes to congested.
What to buy: Of course there are a lot of the normal stuff like clothing and toys, however I found a few antiques and lots of vintage items. Best of all prices are very negotiable.
What to pay: As a rule, I paid 50 to 75% less than local shops that were selling the same types of items.Related to:
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Bakken met Passie: Best bread
Just next to Albert Cuypmarkt, this bakery offers the best bread in town. They are a bit more expensive than the supermarkets (what do you except), but definitely worth it. Great variety of bread and good service. They also have cafeteria attached.
What to buy: Bread, bread and bread. Ooh, and maybe some chocolate cake :-)
What to pay: Breads: 3-6 euros depending on the size
Shopping in general is great
In general, (Ill add the correct adresses) Amsterdam is a great place to shop.
What to buy: Well, Ill speak for myself, being an Irish person, travelling to Amsterdam with great clothes - very stylish, very 'good', hardwearing, very very very reasonably priced. Also shoes, cds, etc etc, and of course for me, the flower market - wow, the bulbs here produce mega flowers, and the cactus plants too, and again greatly priced comparitvley to Ireland. I think they feed the plants watered cannabis resin, and probably put some hemp in the clothes...and of course there is sex for sale, hash for sale, lingerie, toys etc etc, and now my description is going down the toilet.
In Amsterdam, you can also buy clogs and healthy tulips.
What to pay: very resaonable comparing to Irish prices.Related to:
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Van Gigh museum has a store at the entrance. People usually end up buying lotta from here but I founf the place a lil expensive.
What to buy: They sell all usual stuff. Books, T-Shirts(with Gogh paintings), etc etc
Try other places first .. probably museumplein
smart store: you can buy everything in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is famous for its sex and drugs. And it is true you can buy about everything here. This shop is specialized in psychedelic herbs and products.
Never tried it, but if you want the shop is here.....
Bad Grrrrrrrls Who "Window Shop!"
Still headed towards the Van Gogh museum, we came across this interesting "window display" as we DETOURED through the Red Light District.
We were on the lookout for a *Midget Pole Dancer* for our pal, Yubert........but came across THIS!
Ooooh! We LOVE Champagne!
ikea: up there on my agenda...
Walked many miles, asking for directions... Finally i see a familiar blue and yellow pattern!
Its been a favourite with me for a while now- ikea. For its design, and the value for money. Functional and sleek, its exactly what i`m always on the look out for...
What to buy: My favourite sections are always the lamps, clocks etc. Also these are usually things i can carry all the way home!
Also, remember to pick up the latest ikea catalogue! (Was in dutch here, but who cares!:P)
What to pay: Its always great value for money... It dosent costs me more than what i`d pay in Delhi for something somewhat similar.Related to:
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