Amsterdam Sights

Opening hours

Shops closed on Sunday and Monday morning

Traditionally, shops and markets are closed all day Sunday and Monday mornings. Normal shopping hours are 09:00 or 10:00 to 18:00 (17:00 on Saturday) although some are now beginning to stay open later in the evenings and a majority of the shops on the main shopping streets are open on Sundays.

Late-night shopping on Thursday

There is late-night shopping (koopavond) on Thursdays until 21:00, when most shops on the main streets are open.

Shops open 24 hours a day

As of 2016 opening restrictions for shops in Amsterdam Centrum (city centre, with the exception of the Red Light District) will be lifted for a two-year experiment. Shop owners can then decide for themselves when they are open.

The current rule is that stores between 22:00 and 6:00 in the morning should be closed, except for night shops.


Grocery stores even have longer opening hours than normal shops. In Central Amsterdam, they are usually opened from 8:00 to 22:00 every day of the week. Check out where the best supermarkets are

Shopping route

The popular Must-see Shopping route winds through the city centre and takes you along the main (and busiest) shopping streets of Amsterdam.

Albert Heijn, Blokker, de Bijenkorf, Hema

are typical stores in Amsterdam