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Amsterdam is no fashion capital like Paris or Duesseldorf. It is more of a place to hunt for bargains and feel comfortable in what ever you wear. Prices are relatively low, compared with other European capitals and has a wide selection to offer. Most shops close at 18:00 and on Thursday nights most shops are open until 21:00.

Shopping in Amsterdam
The Nine Streets

The Nine Streets - De Negen Straatjes - is in the heart of Amsterdam's canal district and is one of the city's most delightful shopping areas. Just two minutes walk from the Royal Palace in the Dam Square these picturesque streets straddle the 17th Century canals from the Singel to the Prinsengracht. Spend a fabulous day wandering from one to the next exploring the designer boutiques, art galleries, jewellers, gift shops, fashion shops, specialist businesses and there are plenty of great bars, cafes and restaurants to refresh you along the way.

Bloemenmarkt

The Bloemenmarkt or flowermarket at the Singel has a wide selection of flowers, plants and herbs for home, garden or balcony. It is nice to look around and check out the great selection. You might consider picking up a sack of seeds to grow those wonderfull Dutch flowers at home. This is really a nice site to just walk past. You don't have to buy flowers to enjoy them. You can also just sit on one of the terracces and just marvel the colors for a while. Just beautiful colors all around you! Buy bulbs in the season only, so from july till christmas. Loose bulbs are better than packed bulbs.

Ilana Fashion Designer

Ilana is a fashion designer who opened her lovely boutique in April 2005 in The Jordaan, well known for it's creative shops. Just two minutes walk from the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank house. Ilana's collections are unique, by sourcing natural chic fabrics in small quantities she ensures exclusivity. Each design is made by Ilana and if the fabric is available she can make an item from the collection to measure. The stock is ever changing so there's always something inspirational to find here, day and evening wear. Come and meet Ilana and view the designs.
Opening Hours: Monday 13.00-18.00 Tues/Weds/Fri 11.00-18.00 Sat 11.00-17.00

Albert Cuyp Market

The Albert Cuypmarket has more then 400 stalls selling local and exotic foodstuffs, spices and teas, clothing new and second hand and thousands of different odds and ends. You can wander around, sampling the offerings, or look at the public. On this market you notice how international Amsterdam is. People from half of all countries shop and sell here. The market runs daily between van Woustraat and de Ferdinand Bol (not on sunday). You can get there with tram 16,24,25 or 4 from Central Station. The market is within walking distance from Leidseplein.

Diamonds

Though no longer the Diamond capital of the world, Amsterdam is still one of the major centers for Diamond cutting. The largest diamond ever discovered, the Star of Africa, was cut in Amsterdam and even if your budget doesn't allow for the picking a gem or two, it is still interesting to visit in the Amsterdam Diamond Center near Dam Square.

Rita's Place

Amsterdam's only specialist boutique and salon for dogs with plenty of gifts for the owners too from the world's finest umbrella's Foxs's to English antique furniture, specialising in bespoke leather collar and leads sets crafted by the Queen's Master Saddler. Quirky and unusal toys, elegant dog beds and the whole place is filled with tastleful gifts and glamourous dogs for your friends and family.

Wijnwinkel Quinta

The Wijnwinkel Quinta (wine shop) is of course not a reason to visit Amsterdam, but once you are already here and you like for example portwine, well, then you should not miss this little shop. Vintage and Tawnies back till the 40s - a great choice!
The house brand is Quinta do Castelhino, The 10 year aged tawny is really remarkable.


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