In general, shops are open till 6pm and closed on Sundays. Thursday is the late night shopping day and most shops are open until 9pm. Some supermarkets stay open until 8 or 10 pm. However, on Sundays, you can shop in the city center, Kalverstraat, Damrak, Leidsestraat, and near the Noorderkerk.
Shopping Streets / Areas
A very well known and most crowded shopping area is Nieuwedijk-Kalverstraat, about 1 km long full of shops. Begin your shopping experience from the Nieuwedijk close to Central Station and follow it till the end of Kalverstraat. Both streets are basically dedicated to clothing, sportswear, music, perfume and gift shops, fast food restaurant and ice cream salon.
♦ P. C. Hoofstraat
P.C. Hooftstraat (Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat) London’s Bond Street in Amsterdam; infamous for luxury shopping. On this road you will find the haute couture boutiques: Cartier, Gucci, Edgar Vos, Tommy Hillfinger and the very impressive Oger shop are all located here.
Utrechtsestraat is another picturesque shopping street. You’ll find huge American apparel here. Both sides of the streets are full of clothing shops, electronics, music, restaurants and coffee corners, bars, pastry shop etc.
There’s more mainstream shopping also at the Leidsestraat. Shops are ranging from shoes, fashion and clothing, books, sunglasses and many more. It is a perfect spot for Sunday shopping. All the shops will be open until 18:00, guaranteed.
Haarlemmerstraat was selected as one of the cosiest shopping street in the Netherlands. This busy shopping is close to the Central Station and hosts a variety of shops and cafes.
Department Stores and Malls
Amsterdam has great department stores and shopping malls. They offer unique choice of products. De Bijenkorf (The Bee Hive) and Magna Plaza are two great shopping malls in Amsterdam located on the Dam square. Mall shopping offers the opportunity to find every thing in one umbrella, compare prices and make the best buy. Another popular shopping mall is Kalvertoren (on the Kalverstraat).
♦ Flower Market
At the end of the Kalverstraat on the Muntplein there is the flower market where you will find many sorts of flowers and their seeds, plants for home decoration, tulips and tulip bulbs. You may like to take some tulip bulbs to your home and grow them. It’s a beauty when they bloom.
♦ Albert Cuypmarkt
Amsterdam’s largest and busiest market.
Open: Monday – Saturday 9.30 am till 5.00 pm
Custom Free/ Duty Free / Tax Free Shopping
If you wish to get tax back of your shopping bill, ask the shop keeper the invoice and the form to claim tax at the airport. Minimum shopping required is €50.00. Citizens of EU countries are not entitled to claim tax.