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Amsterdam is a haven for shoppers particularly if your tastes run to rummaging around markets and looking for that priceless artefact buried amongst the junk. Of course all the expected chain stores and designer boutiques are here but don’t just head for them make sure when you leave your city hotel in Amsterdam you search out the more interesting shopping opportunities.
Antiques or Junk?
IJ Hallen in the north of Amsterdam is a massive flea market. Check the internet for opening days but be sure to visit if you have the rummaging bug. Take the free ferry across the IJ to the market where there is a small admission fee but it’s worth it for the chance to delve into the hordes of objects on sale. Antique furniture sits alongside paintings and battered guitars. You never know you might find that missing Van Gogh!
If you like shopping to be more sedate but still like to find a second hand bargain head for Spiegelgracht and Nieuwe Spiegelstraat which are in the city centre near the Rijksmuseum. Here you will find many antique shops and art galleries and it’s a good place to buy Delft pottery or ceramics. If your city hotel in Amsterdam is central you won’t have far to carry your purchases.
For Lovers of Fashion For the fashionista vintage and contemporary shopping opportunities abound. There are great vintage shops scattered around the city where you can find wonderful bags, shoes or outfits from by gone days. If you’ve got cash to spare and a desire to spend it high end fashion can be found along Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat; this is where you’ll find the likes of Gucci, Cartier et al. At the other end of the spectrum the Waterlooplein Markt will give you a good choice of amusing T-shirts and you may be lucky enough to grab a bargain from an up and coming designer before they make it.
For Food Lovers
Foodies will delight in the food markets in Amsterdam. One that is well worth a mention is the Albert Cuyp Markt which offers fare from all the corners of the earth and is an evocative mixture of foods that you will not be able to resist. The mini fridge in your city hotel in Amsterdam will soon be full to the brim with your finds. For traditional Dutch food the market to visit is Noordermarkt where farmers from all over the Netherlands sell their organic produce at reasonable prices.
Wherever you turn in Amsterdam you will be spoilt for choice for opportunities to spend your money.
write by Alvar