The main shopping areas of Amsterdam are situated in the centre. If you walk from Leidseplein into the direction of Centraal Station you will pass by Amsterdam's most commercial streets. Note that it can be very busy here during the weekends.
Amsterdam has several distinct shopping areas and shopping streets, many of which have their own themes or specialities. See list from 1 to 10 below.
The most famous shopping street in the Netherlands. Once a very nice and decent street, but nowadays the street is avoided by the locals. The street has now been taken over by young shoppers. All the major retail chains are here and it can be very crowdy, especially during weekends. The offering is rather one-sided with sneaker shops, mobile phone companies, souvenir shops, cheap retail chains and fast food restaurants dominating the street.
2. PC Hooftstraat
Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Cartier all have their Amsterdam flagship stores here. There are also some Dutch brands, such as Oger, Schaap en Citroen for diamonds and jewelry, and Rivièra Maison for designer goods for the home.
The area between Dam Square and Muntplein is a great shopping destination with large department stores (Uniqlo and H&M) as well as the renowned Hajenius where you can buy exclusive cigars.
Leidsestraat runs from Koningsplein to Leidseplein. Head to Koningsplein - with on your left the Amsterdam Flower Market (known as Bloemensingel) - and start walking south by following the tramway rail. The first part of the street is known for its many shoe shops. After having crossed the 3 bridges of Amsterdam's main canals you will finally arrive at Leidseplein where you will find the Apple Store housed in the historic Hirsch Building (Hirschgebouw).
Elegant street near Rembrandtplein with many stylish boutiques, interior design stores and gift shops, as well as a choice of restaurants, bars and great Amsterdam brown cafes. You can also visit the renowned crowded record store (Concerto, Utrechtsestraat 35) where music lovers can browse through the wide range of new and used CDs, LPs and DVDs in all conceivable genres.
6. The 9 Streets
This is the most trendy shopping area at the moment, full of quirky boutiques selling everything from vintage to high end fashion. The nine streets - that make up 'De 9 Straatjes' are located between Singel and Prinsengracht - contain many small interesting individual shops, many specializing in just one line - candles, scented oils, beads or buttons.
Whether you want hip fashion, unique gifts, spiritual candles or one-off handmade jewellery, 'The Nine Streets' is a great place to explore. Buy a nice French dress at De Maagd & De Leeuw (Hartenstraat 32). Stock up on the latest urban streetwear, boots and shoes on Hartenstraat, check out artworks from talented contemporary paintings at Carré d'Artistes (Wolvenstraat 1) or just window shop around the stores. Don't miss Floral Street, Monmouth Street, St Martin's Courtyard, Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials and picture-pretty Neal's Yard for a true taste of Amsterdam's most distinctive shopping area.
7. Nieuwe Spiegelstraat
This is the place to go if you're looking for antiques or modern art. Between Rijksmuseum and Herengracht, you will find the historic Spiegelkwartier neighborhood with its typical old Dutch houses. This area has been the heart of the national art and antiques trade for 80 years and has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There are few places in the world where you will find such an amazing choice of art and antiques: paintings, ceramics, glassware, jewelry, furniture, books and Art Deco.
8. Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk
A long, trendy shopping street, stretching from east to west towards Centraal Station. You will find here all kinds of nice little shops (235 in total), that are different from the standard shops that are located all over the world, with everything from shoes, independent labels and second-hand clothes to speciality food products, interior design items and Dutch collectables. There are also nice cafes and restaurants.
9. Cornelis Schuytstraat
In posh Oud-Zuid's Cornelis Schuytstraat you'll find an eclectic mix of chic boutiques, unique labels, designer shops and high-street staples, alongside a vast array of cafes and restaurants.Popular with Dutch celebrities who live in this classy residential area
10. Arena Boulevard
If you're a fan of shopping malls, don't miss Arena Boulevard in southeast Amsterdam, which boasts large stores and entertainment centres. There's also a cinema, hotels, several bars and restaurants, and Villa ArenA with 80 interior shops all under one roof! Take metro 51 from Centraal Station to get there within half an hour.