Shopping

Top Choice Shopping Centre in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Loods 6

This isn't a shopping centre of the mall variety, but rather a string of shops in a 1900-built former Royal Dutch Steam Company (KNSM) customs warehouse and passenger terminal. Noteworthy shops include children's we…
Top Choice Market in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Waterlooplein Flea Market

Covering the square once known as Vlooienburg (Flea Town), the Waterlooplein Flea Market draws bargain hunters seeking everything from antique knick-knacks to designer knock-offs. The street market started in 1880 w…
Top Choice Design in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Droog

Droog means 'dry' in Dutch, and this slick local design house's products are strong on dry wit. You'll find all kinds of smart items you never knew you needed, such as super-powerful suction cups. Also here is a gal…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Vondelpark & the Old South

Local Goods Store

As the name implies, everything at this concept shop inside De Hallen is created by Dutch designers. Look for Woody skateboards, I Made Gin gin production kits, Carhusa purses and handbags, Timbies wooden bow ties, …
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 Food & Drinks in Rotterdam

Markthal Rotterdam

The Netherlands' inaugural indoor food market hit international headlines when it opened in 2014 due to its extraordinary inverted-U-shaped design, with glass-walled apartments arcing over the food hall's 40m-high f…
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 De Pijp

Hutspot

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…
Top Choice Books in Vondelpark & the Old South

Pied à Terre

The galleried, sky-lit interior of Europe's largest travel bookshop feels like a Renaissance centre of learning. If it's travel or outdoor-related, it's likely here: gorgeous globes, travel guides in multiple langua…
Top Choice Market in Haarlem

Grote Markt

Haarlem is at its liveliest during its regular Monday and, especially, Saturday market, when its namesake square fills with stalls selling fresh produce, cheese, preserves, spices, nuts and ready-to-eat Dutch and in…