Kalverstraat

most popular shopping street in the Netherlands

Kalverstraat is a busy shopping street in Amsterdam. It runs from Dam Square to Muntplein square.

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It's history goes back to the 14th century when this part was transformed into a cow market. While walking through this street you will pass numerous boutiques, shoe shops, large department stores, perfumes and special gifts & souvenirs.

Kalverstraat - which means 'calf street' - begins on Dam Square. If you walk from Amsterdam Central Station and take Nieuwendijk Street, you have about 2.5 kilometers of shopping fun before you arrive at Muntplein.

In the street are mainly international and national retail chains for high street fashion, shoes and bags, like H&M, Zara, Lady Sting, Björn Borg, Levi jeans, Esprit, Sissy Boy, Nike, Mexx.

Almost at the end, near Muntplein, you will find the newer Kalverpassage , a modern mall built out of historical buildings that provides 3 levels of shopping. Hema, Costes (Dutch fashion house), Saks OFF 5TH, and The North Face (outdoor sports store) all have a branch here.

Opening hours

The shops are open every day from 10:00 to 19:00 and sometimes even longer. On Thursdays during late-night shopping (koopavond) most shops are open until 21:00.

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Kalverstraat in 1954

Photo: Kees Scherer

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