Amsterdam: A Shopper’s Haven
Shopper’s Haven: When it comes to culture, Amsterdam really does have it all. The city has an incredibly colorful history, one that is showcased throughout a number of tourist attractions, including museums, The Dungeons and Anne Frank’s house. Of course, Amsterdam also has one of the most varied offerings when it comes to shopping, and you’ll need to stay for more than just a weekend to see it all.
Shopping in Amsterdam
At home, the local shopping centre might not have much in the way of variety, but variety is exactly what you’ll get if taking a shopping trip to Amsterdam. All of the recognisable brands are catered for, so if you’re sesrching for a new wardrobe, you can find retailers such as H&M, Forever 21 and River Island. Complementing the new look with a full makeover is also possible, with specialist brands like MAC making their presence known on the architecturally stunning high streets that skirt the canals of this beautiful city.
Outside of the recognisable brands, there are a whole host of boutique and independent stores, selling everything from clothes and scents, to accessories and homeware, pottery and art. These retailers can be found in incredible spaces occupying historic buildings, on market stalls, or in quaint little shops tucked away down the tight, winding streets of the city.
Or perhaps it’s authentic Dutch souvenirs and produce you’re after; if so, there are many street markets regularly taking place in the city. With 12 outdoor markets running daily, additional weekly markets, plus seasonal offerings, there’s always something going on. For an unforgettable experience, make sure to hit the Christmas markets in Dam Square during the Winter months.
Where to Stay
One of the best things about holidaying in Amsterdam is how easily you can traverse the city, both quickly and affordably. The tram system is extensive, or you can hire a bicycle to nip around the streets. However, if being close to the sumptuous restaurants and bustling shops is more your thing, then there are plenty of hotels and hostels available within the heart of the city.
Dam Square, Museumplein and Leidseplein are all prominent hubs of culture and city life. If you’re looking for a comfortable and affordable hotel in the latter, then Hostel Leidseplein is an ideal choice. With easy access to the Amsterdam shopping experience, and both comfortable and affordable, you’ll have the perfect base from which to hit the shops and explore the city.