Amsterdam

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Shopping might not be the first activity you think of when you think of Amsterdam, but you'll enjoy window shopping the city's boutiques. Besides looking for souvenirs (wooden clogs, anyone?), Amsterdam's best bets are in unique design pieces, antiques, and diamonds. Visitors looking to take a home a piece of Holland might consider a piece of traditional Delft pottery.

Shopping in Amsterdam

Albert Cuyp Market

With thousands of visitors every day checking out over three hundred stalls selling everything from food to home accessories, the Albert Cuypmarkt is the busiest outdoor market in Europe. Visit for the basement bargains and the tasty Dutch street food.

Albert Cuypstraat, www.albertcuypmarkt.nl/ac_english.html
Tags: family | shopping | great value | art | things to do | culture

Bloemenmarkt

Thousands of herbs, plants, bulbs, and flowers can be browsed – and bought – at this floating flower market catering to gardeners since the mid-1800’s. A word to the wise: only bulbs pre-approved for export can be sent to North America so ask before you buy.

Singel between Koningsplein and Vijzelstraat,
Tags: family | shopping | things to do | market

De Kaaskamer

For visiting and local gourmands, “the Cheese Room” is a place of pilgrimage. Learn the difference between Belegen and Oude Amsterdam as part of a crash course on Dutch cheese; leave with a souvenir wedge from over 200 tasty varieties.

Runstraat 7, 011-31-20-623-3483
Tags: shopping | moderate | things to do | culinary

Droog @ Home

This gallery and boutique is a temple of iconic, contemporary Dutch design. Quirky, playful furniture and home accessories – all for sale – form the bulk of the collection. Rotating exhibitions provide an added draw for design and art fans.

Staalstraat 7B, 011-31-20-523-5059, www.droogdesign.nl
Tags: shopping | expensive | trendy

Frozen Fountain

This landmark Dutch design store maintains its edge by maintaining strong relationships with both local and non-Dutch designers. If you can’t carry home the furniture, go for kitchen equipment and housewares.

Prinsengracht 645, 011-31-20-622-9375
Tags: shopping | design | designer | home

Gassan Diamonds

If you’re looking for a diamond, you’ve come to the right place – Amsterdam has 24 diamond-cutting shops. Before you whip out your wallet, head to Gassan Diamonds where free, informative factory tours bring the industry to life and educate buyers on the basics of diamond buying. The company is also known for their soft sales pitches.

Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173 – 175, 011-31-20-622-5333, www.gassandiamonds.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | classic

Magna Plaza

The city’s grand former post office has been transformed into a fantastical shopping space with an atrium and Neo-Gothic arcades housing a mixture of local designers and global brands.

Nieuwzijds Voorburgwal 182, 011-31-20-626-9199, www.magnaplaza.nl
Tags: shopping | moderate | editor pick | shopping mall | designer | home

Negen Straatjes

Laid out like a tic-tac-toe board in the center of the Western Canals, these “nine alleys” feature eclectic displays selling everything from art books to designer shoes, men’s and women’s fashions, vintage clothing, housewares and antiques. There’s even a shop that specializes in toothbrushes.

, www.de9straatjes.nl
Tags: shopping | things to do | market | designer

News Photo

Part museum and part art gallery, News Photo takes the latest images from headlines and blows them up big – magnetic walls allow for instantaneous exhibition. If you like what you see, print out a version to take home.

Haarlemmerstraat 24-26, 011-31-20-330-8400, www.newsphoto.nl
Tags: shopping | art | things to do | gallery

PC Hooftstraat

Amsterdam’s answer to Rodeo Drive, this street between the Vondelpark and Museumplein is named for a revered Dutch poet and playwright. Its designer boutiques are the chic place to buy everything from eyeglasses to kitchenware.

PC Hooftstraat, www.pchooftstraat.nl
Tags: shopping | expensive | designer

Puccini Bomboni

This artisan chocolate maker does an excellent rendition of traditional flavors like Gianduja and milk-almond, but it’s the unconventional choices like tamarind, lemon grass, and tea that attracts gourmands.

Staalstraat 17, 011-31-20-626-5474, www.puccinibomboni.com
Tags: shopping | moderate | culinary

Utrecht

Let the Domtoren (cathedral tower, the nation’s tallest) be your landmark in this art-filled, historic city. The museum of the Catharijneconvent, with Christian art and iconography in a medieval monastery, is fine and refined, and the Oudegracht (Old Canal) is one of the prettiest in this nation of pretty canals.

25 miles southeast of Amsterdam, www.holland.com/utrechtprov/gb
Tags: family | shopping | art | day trip

Van Gogh Museum Shop

The gift shop of the world famous museum offers numerous posters and reproductions as well as stationery, cards, and an astonishing array of affordable souvenirs celebrating Holland’s most famous artist (with all respect to Rembrandt).

Paulus Potterstraat 7, 011-31-20-570-5200, www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Tags: family | budget | shopping | art | souvenirs

Waterlooplein Flea Market

The most frequent and frequented market takes place on Waterlooplein, near the Stopera (City Hall), with some 300 stalls specializing in vintage clothing, used books and, well, you never quite know what treasure will turn up.

Waterlooplein, near the Stopera (city hall),
Tags: budget | shopping | things to do | flea market

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