The number of tourists that visit Amsterdam for a day of shopping is a good indicator that Amsterdam has something to offer for every taste.
From the Central Station to the Museum Square you first walk down the Nieuwendijk after which you run into the Magna Plaza at the Dam Square. If you continue down the Kalverstraat, take a detour via the Spui to the 9 little streets. Not done shopping? The Leidse Straat still has plenty to offer. For an exclusive ending to your shopping trip, walk down the P.C. Hooftstraat.
Each of these shopping streets has its own unique offering which makes it so diverse to shop around Amsterdam for a day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amsterdam shops - 9 little streets shops
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.
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.