Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter is renowned as a cultural hotspot. The area is home to a wealth of attractions, such the Rijksmuseum national museum and the Concertgebouw concert hall, as well as some of the finest creative fashion designers in the Netherlands. PC Hooftstraat is one of the city’s most exclusive shopping streets, offering the best luxury shops and boutiques. World-class stores such as Prada, Jimmy Choo and Dior can all be found here, while those looking to invest in watches and jewellery should make a beeline for Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Stretching across the city centre, Kalverstraat is one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam. The pedestrianised road is lined with department stores, making this a must-visit shopping destination for the discerning visitor. Popular high-street brands include H&M, Zara and Esprit. Located a short walk from the Kalverstraat, de Bijenkorf is the one of the city’s largest premium department stores and a real must-see. Shop for leading fashion brands, from Louis Vuitton to Gucci, or explore the range of luxury cosmetics.
For unique, affordable gifts, head over to Leidsestraat. Home to independent boutiques and souvenir shops, Leidsestraat provides the perfect opportunity to discover local brands. Cheese & More sells a variety of top quality and traditionally prepared cheeses, ideal for a gift or a snack on the go. The area is also home to a number of shoe stores, including Camper and Timberland, while for top accessories Michael Kors, Sunglass Hut and Hugo Boss are bound to impress.
Spiegelkwartier, the city’s antiques district, has been at the heart of the Dutch antiques trade for over 80 years. More than 100 dealers have galleries here, making this is the perfect place to visit for those who collect antiques or modern art, and non-collectors will also appreciate the quality and choice available here. For a short history of glassware, head to antique glassware specialist Peter Korf de Gidts Antiquair, which offers lectures on the subject. Whatever you are looking for, Spiegelkwartier is a great place to while away an afternoon looking for unique finds.
Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk
Quieter than PC Hooftstraat, Haarlemmerstraat and its extension, the Haarlemmerdijk, are superb shopping destinations. Offering independent boutiques as well as speciality stores and cool bars, the area has become a must-visit for the discerning shopper. Home to concept stores and unique boutiques, the street is the perfect place to find a special gift or invest in Dutch design. One of the highlights of the street is Nukuhiva, a unisex urban store specialising in fair trade and recycled materials. Gourmets will also discover much to enjoy, with various speciality food stores and impressive restaurants lining the route – the ideal way to refuel after shopping.