Shopping In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for its antiques, diamonds and books. Shopping is a treat in the colorful and vibrant markets of Amsterdam. Shopping can be done from 1pm to 6pm on Mondays and 9am to 6pm from Tuesday till Friday. Supermarkets like the Albert Heijn stays open till late at night around 9 or 10pm. Shops close early on Saturdays.

Mostly Roads in Amsterdam are closed for cars, therefore, it is fun to shop in the markets or even window shop without the annoyance of crowded streets and rush traffic.

Amsterdam has numerous shopping corridors in the city, thus making it very enjoyable to shop. Kalvarstraat, is a whole one kilometer stretch of shops, and is stormed by students, tourists and excursionists.
Nieuwedijk shopping area is near to the central station and is popular for sportswear, clothing, gift shops and music shops. Alongside the Kalvarstraat and the Nieuwedijk are the shopping areas of Rokin and Damrak. Damrak is populated with hotels, restaurants and currency converter offices. This is first stop place for tourists.

At the far end of Kalverstraat, in the area of Muntplein, one can find all the beautiful flowers of Amsterdam, ranging from Tulips, which are Amsterdam’s recognition, narcissus and flowers in the flower market.After Muntplein, comes the Regulier Breestraat, which contains gift shops, restaurants and fast food chains.

P.C. Hoofstraat, is the luxurious shopping area, with expensive shops and designer products. Here one can find all popular designer brands ranging from Gucci, Cartier, Tommy Hillfiger and costly Ogre shops. The rich and the famous frequent these shopping areas, as well as those, who like to spend more on and have luxurious vacations.Amsterdam also has great departmental stores and shopping malls, where all sorts of goods can be purchased which come from all corners of the world. The best variety can be found in “The Bee Hive” which is situated in the Dam square. Most of the shopping malls and departmental stores in Amsterdam are situated near to the Dam Square.

Markets are lively in Amsterdam, with generalized markets to specialized markets containing general goods to food and antiques and books. All the markets are at a walking distance from the city center, which makes it convenient and pleasurable to shop around.
Apart from a great many other things, Amsterdam is also famous for its book stores. Amsterdam has an amazing collection of unique books at the books shops. The books stores house wonderful collections of books from around the world. Spuiplein is the place where all the fine book stores are located. The largest book store in Amsterdam is the Scheltema is located in a building with four main floors wholly dedicated to books, most of which are in English.

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