Practical Life in Amsterdam

Shopping in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is a shopping nirvana with a wide range of stores catering to different audiences, tastes and budgets. The only drawback is that most shops close by 6 in the evening. Shops are open till 9pm on Thursdays and on Sunday from 10 -17:00.

The commercial areas in Amsterdam are:

  • Nieuwedijk- Kalverstraat: the main shopping artery crammed with shops, big and small selling everything from books to clothes
  • Leidsestraat: another vibrant street which ends in the Leidseplein, a lively square to people watch once you're done with your shopping
  • PC Hooftstraat: home to some of the most expensive brands, this is the place to go to if you've got exclusive taste
  • The Nine streets is an interesting area to stroll through. It has a unique blend of shops you will not find elsewhere - there's the tooth brush shop, the candle shop, a shop that sells everything from the 1920's, another that sells only things from the 50's and 60's!

Super and Hypermarkets

  • Albert Heijn
  • Super de Boer
  • C1000
  • Jumbo
  • Lidl
  • Spar
  • Aldi


  • Bijenkorf Shopping Centre
  • V&D Shopping Centre
  • Hema
  • Magna Plaza Shopping Centre
  • Maison de Bonneterie
  • Amsterdam Diamond Centre

For the night owls, there are night shops (avondwinkels) that can be found in major cities, usually opening from 4pm to 1 or 2am. In general, shops shut a little earlier on Saturday.

Update 29/02/2008


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