When walking across the Nieuwendijk you discover straight away how diverse the stores can be in Amsterdam. Passing clothing stores, leather stores, smart shops and bars every 10 feet has something different to offer. You wouldn’t make it to the Dam before noon if you visited them all. At the Dam itself the most popular store has to be the Bijenkorf mall.
While it’s not feasible to name all of the shops at the Nieuwendijk, here’s a short list of what the street has to offer.
The Body Shop
Jack & Jones
Free Record Shop
Find out more about the Nieuwendijk here.
Magna Plaza, right behind the Dam, definitely deserves a spot on your shopping list. This former post office is build in Neo-gothic style and even if you have no intention of shopping, going up with the elevator is still worth the view.
Shops at Magna Plaza in Amsterdam include brands like:
Dolce & Gabbana
Passing Magna Plaza and returning to the Dam you get to the Kalverstraat. As with the Nieuwendijk, also here the number of stores can be overwhelming. Music stores, book stores and of course many clothing shops fill the street.
Among the rest of the shops you find:
Take a brake from shopping by moving to the top floor of the Kalver Tower for a cup of coffee and a great view of Amsterdam.
The “Nine streets” are a welcome change of scenery from the more crowded shopping streets.
These cosy streets offer many unique little stores that you won’t find elsewhere. From the Prinsengracht to the Singel the streets run parallel and in extension of one another so you’ll find a nice store whichever direction you choose.
Looking for inspiration? Learn more about the Nine Little Streets!
From the Kalverstraat you take a turn right almost at the end to get to the Leidsestraat (ending at the Leidseplein). Passing the famous Flower Market first, you are now very much in the centre of Amsterdam. Clothing shops, brand shops and many little tourist shops await you from cheap to luxurious.
Some examples of what you find here are:
Metz & Co
The Leidsestraat is furthermore known for the many restaurants in the various side streets. The closer you get to Leidseplein, the more this is the case.
If you’re looking for really classy brand shops, check out the P.C. Hooftstraat. Coming from the Leidseplein you pass the Vondel Park towards Museum Square turn the second street to the right.
One long street, named after Pieter Cornelisz Hooft, filled with brand shops like Chanel, Hugo Boss and the Nespresso shop that make for a fun (albeit a bit expensive) shopping afternoon.
Overview of brand shops at the P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam:
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