Amsterdam guide - Shopping & Dinning
Amsterdam offers endless opportunities for shopping and eating. With haute cuisine restaurants and small boutiques that follow the latest fashion trends, Amsterdam is a shoppers wonderland. Some shoppers will wander around second hand markets to find cheap brand clothing and antiques. Others will visit one of Amsterdam’s big shopping malls or small elite boutiques. People that are into gastronomy will be more than happy in Amsterdam. Restaurants with dishes from all over the world blend flavors and cultures into a wonderful dining experience. Whether you are looking for a cheap but good dish or for haute cuisine prepared by internationally known chef’s, Amsterdam is the right city for you.
Besides the shops and restaurants, Amsterdam is especially famous for its vibrant nightlife. Tourist from all over the world come to see the world’s best DJ Armin van Buuren or world’s second best DJ Tiësto. Clubs can be found everywhere, just as small bars and café’s are well represented on the street scene.
Below we have selected some great restaurants and shops, as well as one of Europe’s best clubs and café’s.
If you like shopping or if you just like to visit the interesting shops, the biggest Amsterdam department store, De Bijenkorf is a good choice. When visiting De Bijenkorf, do not just expect to fulfill your needs; rather enjoy the store’s selection and its taste. Here is the big, six floors high department store like a feast - full of light, surprising with interesting objects, shinning with modern design, a mixture of intelligence and fun. Address: Dam 1, Amsterdam.
Directly behind the Queens Palace on the Dam square you may find an elegant 19th century building, now one of the many shopping malls in Amsterdam – Magna Plaza. This is the place to shop for exclusive designer clothing and fashion accessories.
This is a shopping center that spreads over three levels, is located on the shopping street of the Netherlands - the Kalverstraat.It a little bit more down to earth than Magna Plaza. Still a very good place to expand your wardrobe, with Dockers, Hugo Boss, Marlboro, Levi’s and Timberland but you can also find your daily necessities at the Hema or V&D. Entrance is from Kalverstraat, Heiligeweg and Singel streets.
This Bookstore and Tea-house, is an ideal retreat for anyone who desires a spiritual experience. Located between the busy streets of Red Light District and the Dam, Himalaya creates an ambience described as an Oasis by its many happy customers.
Address: Warmoesstraat 56, Amsterdam.
In Amsterdam Old-South, the pottery shop Blond is located. Two blond ladies designed the pottery that currently is famous all around the world. This small shop is where it all started for the brand. The colorful designs are both recognizable and original.
Address: Gerard Doustraat 69, Amsterdam.
Jeweler ‘t Sieraad
Located on the Spiegelgracht, this jeweler is owned by three goldsmiths. Everyone is welcome to design their own jewel or choose one of the already existing jewels. Customers are welcomed in the jeweler and can also get a tour trough the old goldsmith workshop.
Address: Weteringdwarsstraat 8c, Amsterdam.
The Hema is one of the oldest store chains of the Netherlands. All the products sold are produced by the company itself, which is remarkable seen the wide assortment. The most famous product is the HEMA Sausage, a smoked sausage which can be eaten on bread or with a stew. The chain has multiple stores in Amsterdam.
Address: Nieuwendijk 174-176, Amsterdam.
Suit Supply offers Italian handmade shirts, suits, ties and jackets. The personnel will take your size and assist you in buying a fantastic handmade piece of clothing.
Address: Willemsparkweg 39-41, Amsterdam.
This shop sells trendy sunglasses and handmade shirts and accessories. The alternative clothing and products create a special atmosphere that makes this a unique shop in its kind.
Address: Huidenstraat 7, Amsterdam.
Arti Choc Chocolaterie
In the expensive Amsterdam South neighborhood, the Arti Choc Chocolaterie is situated. Bonbons and truffles in all shapes and sizes can be found here. All handmade chocolate products with different tastes is what makes this shop delicious.
Address: Koninginneweg 141, Amsterdam.
Waterlooplein Flea Market
Waterlooplein Flea market is a big outdoor bazaar, best for the second hand clothing and full of general bric-a-brac. Traditionally oldest and most interesting market of Amsterdam, Waterlooplein has been during the last decennia’s connected with the youth culture.
Address: Waterlooplein, Amsterdam
This is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of interest of Amsterdam - in all seasons. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats. You will find there all sorts of tulips, narcissus and other bulbs and flowers. The bulbs are ready for export, so you can enjoy them at home too.
Address: Singel, Amsterdam.
Albert Cuyp Market
The market began trading in 1904, now over 300 stalls are lining both sides of the Albert Cuyp street in the neighbourhood of De Pijp. Stalls sell everything from fruit, vegetables, cheese, fish and spices to clothes, cosmetics and bedding. The prices are among the cheapest in Amsterdam. The market gets very crowded especially on a sunny day and Saturdays.
Address: Albert Kuypstraat, Amsterdam.
This unusual restaurant, which also functions as a nightclub, is something of a novelty. Its menu changes weekly, depending on the chef's interests, and the interior also shifts to match the cuisine. Five-course menus are set, and a la carte options aren't available.
Address: Jonge Roelensteeg 21, Amsterdam.
'Haute cuisine' doesn't come much higher than this, and not just because of its location on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura, but also for its two Michelin stars (the only restaurant in Amsterdam to have such an accolade). Delights on the menu — which changes four times a year — include such mouthwatering delights as marbré of foie gras and stewed veal cheek with chutney of Cévennes onions, and vanilla and sweetbreads lacquered with Pedro Ximénez sherry, Hmm.
Address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, Amsterdam.
Although it's a little out of the center of town (to the west of Centraal Station), this unique restaurant is well worth the extra effort for both the food and its unique location in an old ferry dating from 1927 which ran back and forth across the harbor. Beautifully renovated, with wooden floors and an industrial ambience, diners can enjoy sublime French cuisine and fine wines within this spacious boat — or on its outdoor terrace in summer — with views across the harbor.
Address: Haparandadam 50, Amsterdam.
Vegetarians and vegans will revel in this restaurant's creative food, and novices to meatless dining will be surprised at the range and quality of the various dishes. The charm of the place is evident in its cozy interior, slightly bohemian ambiance, and outdoor, canal side terrace. Soups, salads, sandwiches and quiche are standard fare, and special menus are also available.
Address: Prinsengracht 60- 62, Amsterdam.
Fashioned from a circa-1926 greenhouse, this delightful establishment promises airy, romantic dining. Surrounded by its own gardens, De Kas grows many of its ingredients just beyond its doorstep. Supplemented by local meats and seafood, the organic menu is a daily, prix-fixe event consisting of several appetizers, an entrée, and a sweet. Lunch is two courses, and chef's table dinners can be arranged for folks who want a first-hand look at the kitchen's workings. Patio dining is sublime during warm-weather months.
Address: Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, Amsterdam
The Sugar Factory
The Sugar Factory is the perfect place to dive into dance, live music, live art, poetry, theater and cabaret . The Factory is located next to the Leidse plein, the centre of Amsterdam night life, and this club is an absolute must for everyone who loves art and disco until dawn.
Address: Lijnbaansgracht 238, Amsterdam
his former church building a short distance from the busy Leidseplein nightlife centre plays host to one of the most popular alternative music venues and nightclubs in Amsterdam. Paradiso has stood in this spot since 1968, when the 'Cosmic Relaxation Center Paradiso' opened its doors. Originally started as a collective of creatives, over the years the music scene took hold here and now Paradiso Amsterdam regularly offers concerts from world famous international bands as well as smaller gigs from indie bands and local artists.
Melkweg is perhaps the most well known Amsterdam club and music venue. The large building is former milking factory, giving the venue its name, which means The Milky Way in English. Melkweg is operated by a not for profit organisation of artists under the same name and has been since the group discovered the abandoned dairy factory in 1970
Stadsschouwburg (city theater)
Entering the square the conspicuous neo-renaissance architecture of the Municipal Theater can’t be missed. Even more so because of the street musicians that take advantage of the great acoustics of the arcade in front of the building. The Municipal Theater is the home of the theater group Toneelgroep Amsterdam, one of the most influential theater companies in the Netherlands.