This is just a brief bit about shopping in general, and not anything store-specific. We didn't really do a lot of it while there, choosing instead to see some of the main attractions and as much of the city as we could by foot, tram, and with a canal boat tour.
If in the Dam Square area, there is a supermarket directly behind the Royal Palace on the next street over, one in the Albert Heijn store chain. While not nearly as large or with the vast selection of a typical U.S. grocery store, we found all the basic things we were looking for to stock up for our apartment stay. One block further on in this direction from the square is the Magna Plaza, a beautiful structure that's considered a mall, I guess, with a variety of stores, mostly clothing. There's a large department store, De Bijenkorf, on the corner of the street between the Majestic restaurant and the main Dam Square tram stops.
There's an abundance of shops selling everything from souvenirs to clothes to you-name-it down most any street you walk anywhere near Dam Square, and in other popular areas of the city such as the Leidseplein.
What to pay: We found prices at the Albert Heijn supermarket to be very comparable to U.S. ones when taken at face value of Euros, but more expensive by a fair bit considering the poor 1-to-1.3 or so conversion rate of Euros-to-dollars at the time of our visit. From what we saw of clothing prices, mainly at the Magna Plaza, they looked to be pretty expensive.
We came here for the architecture but this former post office has been converted to a multi-level, high-end shopping mecca where you can drop a pile of euros if you have them to spare. Shops offer men's and women's fashion, cosmetics, souvenirs, toys, housewares, jewelry and other odds and ends. It's right across the street from the Nieuwekerk, Royal Palace and Dam Square. Hours vary so see the website (link provided is in English).
The Magna Plaza just minutes from 'Dam Square' is a modern shopping centre set on 3 floors,selling everything dedicated to fashion,beauty,health,media,entertainment,speciality foods,souveniers and more.There are also a few cafe's and a restaurant on site.
The mall is a must visit even for those not here to shop,the turreted ,neo gothic landmark is a real head turner.Architect 'Cornelis Henrik Peters' built this bonafide monument to be the central post office of Amsterdam,it now counts itself as one of the top 100 Dutch UNESCO monuments thanks to its eclectic architecture ,which has been dubbed post office gothic.Since the building has been converted to a shopping mall in 1990 it has attracted millions of visitors from both the Netherlands and abroad.
Opening hours:mon-11am till 7pm,tue,wed,fri,sat-10am till 7pm,sun and holidays-12 till 7pm.
What to buy: Clothes,Dvds,C.D's,food,furniture,souveniers,beauty products,health products etc.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy.
This is the first shopping mall in Amsterdam (opened in 1992).
It was originally a head post office building. This original post office was built on this spot in 1748. It was closed in 1854, demolished, and then in 1899 architect C.P. Peters built in Neo Gothic style the building you see today.
There are abt 40 shops with restaurants spread out over four floors.
Magna Plaza is a high quality shopping mall open 7 days a week.
What to buy: There is a mix of all kind products from jewellery to interior decoration, from casual to classic clothing, from children's clothing to educational toys.
What to pay: More than avarage
I believe this is the Magna Plaza. I thought this was a church or another important building. I later found out this was a Department Store but I never found out the name of this place. It is a very large department store.
What to buy: I am sure you can find everything here.
This is the first shopping mall in Amsterdam. It was originally a post office building. The original post office was built on this spot in 1748. It was closed in 1854, demolished, and then in this new building was erected in 1899. Restored in the 1990s and turned into a shopping mall, it's now a mix of over 40 trendy stores including international stores such as Virgin Records.
It is a shopping mall at a walking distance from Dam. Nothing unusual - just a regular place. You can also get yourself an aqua massage at one of the shops here here as my wife decided to get.
What to buy: You get everything everywhere now! Yes they sell cheese in souvenir packs. The shop is on the left as soon as you enter.
It is located downtown, very close to the Dam. The building is very nice. There is a lot of variety inside the mall.
What to pay: Some prices are high as this shopping centre is downtown and many tourists go, but you still can catch a good "SALE".
Magna Plaza is a small Mall with quality shops of all kind. The building was the old Main Post Office.
This magnificent neo-Gothic shopping center is located behind the Palace next to Dam square. It is the main shopping center in the old city.
This Renaissance building was designed by Peters at the end of the 19th century.
For some time this was the General Post Office, but in 1990 it was turned into the shopping mall.