What to buy: I always bring souvenirs from my trips : magnet for the refrigerator ans special plats for wall in my kitchen. In Holland so many interesting souvenirs and possible buy many for yourself and of course friends.
Where can you buy a typical Dutch souvenir best?
In general the Flower Market area offers the most for reasonable prices. From tulips bulps to clog-like slippers.
The Waterlooplein has some very good T-shirt offers and other crazy stuff at low prices. Also for postcards this is the place to buy those.
If you have time enough visit the Albert Cuyp street market for the lowest priced items, including caps with Amsterdam written on them.
If you have no time enough, you can limit your shopping to the transfer area of the Schiphol Airport, but at price.
What to buy: Souvenirs
What to pay: Up to Euro 10,--
It's a souvenir shop, just like others. Plenty of souvenirs sold here. Prices are not much different from others. However, I've looked for a nice t-shirts elsewhere but I was disappointed...they were either too expensive or not that nice looking. This shop however, has a quite good designs of t-shirts. I bought a few for myself and my little brother. The t-shirts I've bought were around 10-12 euro. The quality is not bad at all. I've been wearing the t-shirt till today (26th Dis 2011), the colour and shape are still the same. People say it's a bit risky buying a 10 euro t-shirt...it usually go out of shape after the wash, but I was lucky to get a good 10 euro t-shirt :)
The shop sells various type of souvenirs. I can't remember all, but for sure you can get fridge magnet, small ceramic bell, miniature windmills, clogs (wooden and ceramic), t-shirts, wooden tulips and so many other good looking souvenirs.
What to pay: Well, I can't remember all the prices. However, a few things I've bought there: a pack of 10 ceramic clogs was 6.50 euro, small ceramic bells were sold at 1 euro per piece and medium size ceramic clog was 2.50 euro per piece. I think the souvenirs sold here at a very reasonable price and the quality is good too.
Amsterdam has lots to offer in their SOUVENIR SHOPS. You will find everything from wooden shoes (klompen), cheeses, windmills, Delft Blue ceramic items, souvenir t-shirts, towels and table cloths. Over the years, I have a nice little collection of real and fake Delft Blue items which I display in my China cabinet. Also have tons of souvenir Dutch spoons.
The Heineken The City shop has 250 Heineken merchandise products. The interior of the shop is rather green, the colour Heineken uses for its beer bottles.
Mo: Noon - 6PM
Tu-Sa: 10AM - 6PM
What to buy: Heineken stuff.
I have not seen the benefit of clogs for tourists---maybe to hang on their wall for a bit until relocating to the closet? There are plenty of cool items to buy in the Netherlands (Jenever, cheese, art) that clogs for tourists should be discontinued...in my opinion.....
Dutch ceramic tiles make good souvenirs to bring home for others or yourself. We have seen attractive ones in only a few countries in our travels, but the Dutch Blue figured ones are the most appealing and are seen in souvenir shops all over the Netherlands. The less expensive ones are very thin and must be backed and mounted for display. The heavier (thicker) ones can be incorporated into tile walls like those seen on our sink’s splash-board which sport two Dutch and one Portuguese tile in a blue Belgian tilw border bought commercially at home. We have these memories every day.
We didn't do a whole lot of shopping but couldn't resist stopping when we saw some goofy hats for my niece and nephew, David is modeling the lovely hat with the orange braids, my nephew got one with a giant beer mug on top, 3.95E each at Helemaal van Haren, Nieuwendijk 213-215.
We also couldn't resist picking up some cookies for the plane ride home at Hema, Nieuwendijk 174-176. The Roomboter stroopwafels looked light and airy but when we picked them up they weighed a ton thanks to the sugary, caramel middle. Those cookies were awesome as were the koggetjes, a thin buttery sugary cookie. I was too busy eating them to take a picture but if you find yourself in Amsterdam and have a sweet tooth, I'd highly recommend trying both of these!
During my short stay at Amsterdam, found out that some of the shops near the flower market are cheaper than the souvenir shops at Damrak & Dam Square, since these are the most frequently visited by the tourist. May be you check first & compare and then buy.
What to buy: Souvnier things!!!
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