With everything from multi-level department stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques, antiques to contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam offers something for everyone.

Amsterdam's best shopping areas and colorful open-air markets are as diverse as the goods they sell, inspiring even the most cultivated shopper.

The Leidsestraat, Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk and Damrak

The Leidsestraat, Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk and Damrak are the classis shopping routes of Amsterdam city center. Here the department stores, boutiques and souvernir shops are located. The two main shopping streets in Amsterdam's city centre are the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. The Leidsestraat offers the more exclusive shops such as Filippa K, Karen Millen, Paul Warmer and Shoebaloo. The Kalverstraat offers the shops you would expect in a large city such as H&M, Mexx, Zara and Miss Sixty.

The Nine Streets ('De 9 Straatjes')

Between Leidsestraat and Raadhuisstraat there is an area known as De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets), named after the nine side streets connecting the main canals. Together these picturesque streets offer a scope of unique shops, great restaurants, cafés, art galleries, jewellers, boutiques and vintage stores. With an exceptional array of styles, trends and prices, the area is truly a shopper's paradise.

The Museum District

The Museum District shopping area consist of the PC Hooftstraat, the Van Baerlestraat and the Willems Parkweg. The district is home to many of Amsterdam's luxury boutiques and designer stores. The P.C. Hooftstraat is known as Amsterdam's most upscale and exclusive shopping street. Here the more exclusive shops, international fashion houses, boutiques, jewellers and exclusive shoe shops are located.

The Haarlemmerdijk

The Haarlemmerdijk is a busy and lively street with fantastic shopping possibilities. The street is filled with shops all the way to Central Station. It is a lively strip offering you a great diversity in shops, restaurants, cafés and places of entertainment. You will find everything from shoes, independent labels and second-hand clothes to food, interior design and Dutch collectables.

The Beethovenstraat

The Beethovenstraat is located outside the city center, near the business district Zuid-As, Rai and WTC. It is therefore less crowded than other areas. Shoppers will find exclusive fashion, perfumeries and delicacies, as well as typical neighbourhood stores.

Markets

Amsterdam's markets are some of Europe's most popular and most varied. The most well known markets are the flower market, the Albert Cuypmarket, the 'Waterlooplein' flea market and the Noordermarket. They offer an old-world charm, and are ideal for finding fun souvenirs and gifts to take home.

Diamonds

Amsterdam is also known as a center of the diamond trade. A visit to Gassan Diamonds provides a unique opportunity to purchase world-class diamonds for yourself or your loved ones. Or to take a guided tour of the diamond workshops, which let you see diamonds being cut and polished as they have been for centuries. For more information on Gassan Diamonds and the tours, visit www.gassandiamonds.com. For our packages including a tour of the Gassan Diamonds workshops, see our Special offers.

Antiques

If you're interested in antiques, the Spiegelkwartier is the place to be. Following the construction of the Rijksmuseum in 1900, the Spiegelkwartier emerged into Amsterdam's centre for antiques and curiosa. Shops in this area sell impressive collections of paintings, ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, coins, books and Art Deco items.

Shopping hours

The regular shopping hours are:

Monday 		13.00 - 18.00 hrs
Tuesday 	09.30 - 18.00 hrs
Wednesday 	09.30 - 18.00 hrs
Thursday 	09.30 - 21.00 hrs
Friday 		09.30 - 18.00 hrs
Saturday 	09.30 - 17.00 hrs
Sunday 		12.00 - 17.00 hrs

Please note that the shopping hours can differ per neighbourhood.