The Haarlemmerstraat is a great shopping street stretching to the West (towards the city of Haarlem) from the Central Station area.
Original is was constructed as a dike and many of the side streets to the South still are great lookoffs.
There are numerous smaller shops and some small hotels/hostels here.
Also you will find your local Supermarket (AH) and a small post office.
You end up at the Haarlemmerpoort, an impressive gate towards Haarlem.
What to buy: There are a lot of nice-to-have oriental stuff shops, but also some very old local Dutch brick-a-brack style shops and reform shops.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
All across Amsterdam
What to buy: Well from my childhood I have always been very fond of dolls, soft toys etc. And now that I have a daughter, I have more excuses to buy them, even though she does not much like playing with them, and I end up being their proud possessor. So all across Amsterdam, I was always looking at the unique dolls and toys from the window glasses. they were very different and worth buying. Here are some photos.
What to pay: No idea. I didn't buy. Shops were closed
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.
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!
A different kind of smoking altogether. Amsterdam is a favourite destination for the tourists that come here to smoke grass.
Personally I get really tired of people asking only after two things in Amsterdam: the red light districht and coffeeshops. As if there isn't much more to Amsterdam than that.
Nor is it a symbol of what some see as a degenerate society. Just a fact of life, which exists in all countries in more or less public or hidden ways.
What to buy: Don't know. There are numerous Amsterdam guides that concentrate on coffeeshops.
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?
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.
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!
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 shops
If you are interested in buying some crazy stuffs like mushrooms (Dried), check out this shop in the flower market. This shop is located on the same street of the flower market but on the other side. there are couple of souvinier shops, its in between one of them. I just did a window shopping there and there were whole bunch of guys enquiring about these stuffs!!!
What to buy: Mushrooms & Energy tablets?
What to pay: Not sure
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