A day in Amsterdam: the best shopping and dining spots

Amsterdam is an all-time favorite for many a fan of shopping. Big brands, international chains, local designers and the vintage shops: all of them go side by side in Amsterdam!


The city’s main shopping streets happen to be Leidsestraat and Kalverstraat, both are lined with major international stores, fast food chains, fashion brands etc. You can easily spend a whole day here without ever getting bored.

If you are like an “alternative shopper”, then head to Nine Streets or the Jordaan district. There, you will find unique jewellery shops, home decoration storesas well as quirky boutiques, as well as the vintage shops and cozy restaurants.

Amsterdam is also home of too many open-air markets where you’ll find a variety of reasonable souvenirs and jewels, vintage goods or even dress. Marketplaces worth visiting comprise the flea market of the Waterloo Square as well as the Albert Cuypmarkt.

Still haven’t seen enough? Stroll atthe P.C. Hooftstraat, the fanciest shopping street of Amsterdam lined with expensive boutiques. Amsterdam is undoubtedly the commercial capital of the Netherlands, which offers a wide range of options for buyers of all tastes, from large shopping centers to exclusive antique boutiques or vintage stores.

The nine streets (De StraatjesNegen)

Located in the heart of the historic canal district of the city, this area called StraatjetNeges, or the nine narrow streets, was built during the seventeenth century. The nine streets cross the main canals between Leidsestraat and the Jordaan neighborhood and are full of restaurants, cafes, art galleries, jewelers, boutiques and vintage shops. With a wide range of styles, trends and prices, this area is a true paradise for all buyers. The streets that connect the three main channels: Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht are the areas where you can find a lot of interesting and fun shops.

Restaurant in Amsterdam

After shopping in Amsterdam you will again be mesmerized with the cafes and restaurants.

Café De Jaren – When the sun is out, you can enjoy a meal or a drink out on the canal terrace. The bright and roomy café offers low-cost dishes such as salmon, lasagne and ramen noodles. It even has a refreshing salad buffet.

Sumo – All you can have are sushi and the Japanese food wait at the Sumo restaurant. restaurant chain has 3branchesin Amsterdam, which are often fully booked, so make sure you book your table in advance!

If you are interested in flowers or plants, or want to take a snapshot of the famous Dutch tulips, visit the Flower Market or Bloemenmarkt, the only floating flower market in the world. All these options you can make use of now and that also within the budget that you have. This is surely a very important aspect of the whole process.