Top Choice Books in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

American Book Center

This excellent three-storey shop is the biggest source of English-language books in Amsterdam. Its greatest strengths are in the artsy ground-floor department, but on the upper floors there's fiction and oodles of s…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Condomerie Het Gulden Vlies

Perfectly positioned for the Red Light District, this boutique sells condoms in every imaginable size, colour, flavour and design (horned devils, marijuana leaves, Delftware tiles…), along with lubricants and saucy …
Top Choice Homewares in Western Canal Ring

Frozen Fountain

The city's best-known showcase of furniture and interior design. Prices are not cheap, but the daring designs are offbeat and very memorable (designer pen-knives, kitchen gadgets and that birthday gift for the impos…
Top Choice Homewares in Jordaan & the West

Moooi Gallery

Founded by Marcel Wanders, this is Dutch design at its most over-the-top, from the life-sized black horse lamp to the 'blow away vase' (a whimsical twist on the classic delft vase) and the 'killing of the piggy bank…
Top Choice Market in Zwolle


The market occupies most of the former Melkmarkt, Oude Vismarkt and the star-shaped centre. Fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, clothes – anything goes. In summer, crowds surge and it becomes a party.
Top Choice Homewares in De Pijp


Named after the Dutch dish of boiled and mashed vegies, 'Hotchpotch' was founded by four young guys with a mission to give young entrepreneurs the chance to sell their work. As a result, this concept store is an ins…
Clothing in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Laundry Industry

Hip, urban types head here for well-cut, well-designed women's and men's clothes by this Dutch design house. Shoes, jewellery and designer knick-knacks are also for sale. There's a coffee bar for sustenance.
Antiques in Southern Canal Ring

Eduard Kramer

Specialising in antique Dutch tiles, this tiny store is also crammed with lots of other interesting stuff – silver candlesticks, crystal decanters, jewellery and pocket watches.
Music in Southern Canal Ring


Spread over several buildings, this rambling shop has Amsterdam's best selection of new and secondhand CDs and vinyl in every imaginable genre, from pop to classical, dance to world music and much more. It's often c…
Department Store in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

De Bijenkorf

The city's most fashionable department store is in the highest-profile location, facing the Royal Palace. Design-conscious shoppers will enjoy the well-chosen clothing, toys, household accessories and books. It's a …