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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Hortus Botanicus

    Botanical Gardens
    A haven of peace in the middle of the city: the Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Originally planted in 1638 as a herb garden, today it contains more than 4000 plant varieties from seven different climate zones, including a 300-year-old fern. You can enjoy delicious coffee, sandwiches, salads, cakes and pastries in the pretty Orangery, the Garden’s museum cafe. All the food is prepared using organic ingredients.
    Plantage Middenlaan 2a
    1018 DD Amsterdam
    +31 20 625 90 21
    dehortus.nl
  • Nemo

    Research – hands on!
    The Nemo lets visitors experience science up close and personal. Young and old alike will learn something new around every corner here, and can carry out experiments in the lab, build a dam or generate energy from the wind or sun. Workshops and demonstrations take place on a daily basis. The rooftop provides a relaxing setting to take a break from the interactive museum and enjoy the sun.
    Oosterdok 2
    1011 VX Amsterdam
    +31 20 531 32 33
    e-nemo.nl
  • Westergasfabriek

    Cultural stronghold
    The grounds of the former gasworks is a booming multi-purpose culture venue. Today, the impressive industrial buildings provide a home for young creative minds, innovative companies and trendy restaurants and cafés. And where culture goes, exciting festivals are sure to follow. In the evenings, visitors can enjoy terrific exhibitions in the old halls or dance the night away at one of the numerous concerts staged here.
    Haarlemmerweg 8E
    1014 BE Amsterdam
    +31 20 586 07 10
    westergasfabriek.nl
  • Noordermarkt

    Flea market
    The northwest of the city is home to what is probably its best market. Lovers of second-hand and flea markets will always find plenty to make them happy here. Burberry macs, Panama hats and old prints are just some of the treasures that can be found among the antiques, books, household goods, kitsch and clothing. It will certainly guarantee a brilliant start to the week. Oh, and on Saturdays there’s an organic farmers’ market with lots of treats.
    Opening hours: Mondays from 7.30 to 13.00, Saturdays from 9.00 to 17.00
    Between Prinsengracht and Westerstraat
    1015 MV Amsterdam
    noordermarkt-amsterdam.nl
  • Negen Straatjes

    Shopping in the Nine Streets
    The nine narrow streets or alleys («Negen Straatjes») that link the Prinsengracht, the Keizersgracht and the Herengracht between Raadhuisstraat and Leidsegracht are full of fabulous shops and boutiques that will delight shoppers. Velour is well worth a mention. The Swedish label has everything that is required for elegant nonchalance. Lovers of the vintage look will be able to pick up some great bargains in Episode, and at Laura Dols you will be overwhelmed by the beautiful vintage accessories and glamorous dresses of the 50s and 60s. In addition to the many worthwhile shops, cafés and boutiques, fans of labels such as Closed, Filippa K and Scotch & Soda will find plenty to keep them happy.
  • Droog Design

    Shop, gallery and hotel
    The designer label Droog is to be found at the heart of Amsterdam. The internationally renowned design collective develops and produces innovative objects, lamps, furniture and accessories that are available from the Amsterdam shop or online. It is home to a café, a beauty salon, a concept store and a hotel; the latter can only accommodate two guests at a time because it has only «The only and only bedroom».
    Staalstraat 7b
    1011 JJ Amsterdam
    +31 20 523 50 59
    droog.com
  • 290 square meters

    More than a shop
    Owner Ido has created an amazing place of discoveries in this former strong room. It’s just around the corner from the Waterlooplein flea market, and you will be amazed by the excellent selection of shoes, clothing, bags and books. There’s something for everyone: special Nike designs, clothing by Surface to Air, Parisian streetwear by Bleu de Paname, and bags by the Japanese label Porter.
    Houtkopersdwarsstraat 3
    1011 NK Amsterdam
    +31 20 419 25 25
    290sqm.com
  • Magna Plaza

    Terrific architecture
    This Gothic-style building turns heads because it is simply an amazing sight. The former Post Office building has been converted to a shoppers' paradise today. Many famous brands, together with a few unique boutiques, have made this place their home. Anything can be found here, including jewellery, clothes and home decorations. The fantastic architecture also makes the Magna Plaza a must-see for shopophobics.
    Nieuwezyds Voorburgwal 182
    1012 SJ Amsterdam
    +31 20 221 5970
    magnaplaza.com
  • De Kaaskamer

    Cheese
    You’ll find the best products from all the cheese countries here. The stacks of all the different varieties go right up to the ceiling. The Dutch are represented by varieties such as the organic cheese Blue de Wolvega, a blue from Friesland, and the farmhouse cheese with coriander and fenugreek seeds from Gelderland. And it's easy to choose varieties or individual packages from the online shop.
    Runstraat 7
    1016 GJ Amsterdam
    +31 20 623 34 83
    kaaskamer.nl
  • De Bijenkorf

    Holland’s Harrods
    The name translates as «beehive», and it’s a good description of the level of activity here. Exclusive labels such as Acne, Chloé, Marc Jacobs and J Brand are displayed in here, in the flagship store of the chain that was founded in 1870. With a shop area of over 20,000 m², De Bijenkorf is the biggest department store in Amsterdam.
    Dam 1
    1012 JS Amsterdam
    +31 20 800 08 18
    debijenkorf.nl
  • SPRMARKT

    Concept Store
    The 450 m² SPRMRKT is the ultimate of the many exciting concept stores that Amsterdam has to offer. As you might guess from the name, it was once a supermarket. For over 10 years now, it has been the place to find luxurious fashions by popular designers.
    Rozengracht 191
    1016 LZ Amsterdam
    +31 20 330 56 01
    sprmrkt.nl
  • Puccini Bomboni

    Chocolates
    The tiny chocolate works of art on display stretch as far as the eye can see. These amazing handmade chocolates (they contain no preservatives) make visitors melt as soon as they set on eyes on them. Whether Melk amandel (almond milk), Vanille maanzaad (poppy seed milk) or Sereh (lemongrass), every single one is worth a tiny sin – and a touch of rock ‘n’ roll for the taste buds.
    Singel 184
    1016 AA Amsterdam

    +31 20 427 83 41
    puccinibomboni.com
  • Foam

    Museum of Photography
    Foam has everything on and about contemporary photography. The changing exhibitions are of works by world-famous photographers, but Foam is also a platform for young artists. Affordable prints, fashions, gifts, music and books can be purchased from the museum’s gallery and Shop&Foam (Vijzelstraat 78).
    Keizergracht 609
    1017 DS Amsterdam
    +31 20 551 65 00
    foam.org
  • Stedelijk Museum

    Modern art
    The museum was extensively refurbished and extended in autumn 2012. The architects Benthem Crouwel gave the building a futuristic white extension. The Stedelijk Museum contains over 90,000 works of art, and specialises in modern and contemporary art. And if you’ve still got room for more museums, the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are only a short walk away.
    Entrance: Museumplein 10
    1071 DJ Amsterdam
    +31 20 573 29 11
    stedelijk.nl
  • Eye Film Institute

    For cinema lovers
    A paradise for film lovers: over 12,000 m² exhibition area, four differently laid out auditoria, a restaurant, and several changing exhibitions every year. This is just the place for cinema and film lovers. Eye has set itself the goal of preserving the legacy of film culture, and promoting the Dutch film industry both at home and abroad.
    IJpromenade 1
    1031 KT Amsterdam
    +31 20 589 14 00
    eyefilm.nl
  • Rijksmuseum

    Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen
    The Rijks is the largest museum in the Netherlands. Behind its Gothic walls lies a collection of world-famous works from Dutch artists, such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Steen, as well as oriental art, sculptures and other items. Top of the list for all art lovers!
    Museumstraat 1
    1071 XX Amsterdam
    +31 900 0745
    rijksmuseum.nl
  • Van Gogh Museum

    19th century
    Nowhere else in the world will you find as many works by Vincent van Gogh under one roof as in Amsterdam. The world’s largest collection comprises 200 paintings and 524 drawings and watercolours by the Dutch artist. The ones of his time in Arles are particularly impressive: «I’m going like a painting locomotive» he wrote there. Don’t let the queue outside the museum put you off. It’s well worth the wait. And if you’ve still got room for more museums, the Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum are only a short walk away.
    Museumplein 6
    1071 DJ Amsterdam
    +31 20 570 52 00
    vangoghmuseum.nl

LOCAL TIP

If you find the canal trips in Amsterdam too downmarket, you should try the boat tours in one of the smaller places in the surrounding districts: ’s-Hertogenbosch, Dordrecht, Amersfoort, or Utrecht. All these cities can be reached easily and quickly by train from Amsterdam.

Edwin
Utrecht
Bahnhof Amsterdam Centraal
Stationsplein
1012 AB Amsterdam
9292.nl