Shopping in Amsterdam

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    Shopping in Amsterdam
    Department Stores
    Amsterdam has been for centuries a centre of commerce and trade, with lots of squares attracting merchants to sell their goods. Nowadays, thanks to the lack of cars in the main areas, it is an ideal city for shopping, and it even enables clients to compare prices within a short distance before deciding the final purchase. Most of the department stores and malls are located around Dam Square, a relevant point in Holland`s capital.

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    De Bijenkorf
    The offer provided at De Bijenkorf, a traditional store with lots of locations throughout the Netherlands, is ample. With a spirit similar to that found at Harrods in London or Bloomingdale in New York, this megastore presents a really wide range of clothing for men, women and kids, along with wedding lists, a diamond point and streetwear at the fifth floor. All sorts of gastronomy options can be found, either at the department`s restaurant, La Ruche, or at Café B. Jewellery, cosmetics, shoes, accessories and house ware are also available, while three wineries add sophistication to the general atmosphere.

    De Bijenkorf is also quite famous due its history. Established originally in 1870, when Philip Goudsmit opened his first shop of buttons and sewing supplies at Nieuwendjik street, it was moved to Dam Square around 1912, and years later, in 1957, it was turned into a modern building by designer Marcel Breuer. The department store was granted the title Koninklijke - Royal, because its past is considered inseparably linked with the history of the country: not only did its staff resist the German occupation during the Second World War, but the structure survived two fires and remained open during the wars.
    Dam 1
    Phone: +31 (0)900 0919
    Tram 4, 9, 16, 24, 25. Open from 11am to 7pm on Monday; between 9.30am and 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday; from 9.30am to 9pm on Friday and Thursday; on Saturday, between 9.30am and 6pm; and on Sunday, from noon to 6pm.
    Credit Cards: AmEx, DC, MC, V.

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    Hema
    This chain that guarantees good quality at low prices is owned by De Bijenkorf: it means Hollandsche Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam, and it was created in 1926. Nowadays this retail organization has shops in Holland, Belgium and Germany, and Amsterdam holds ten of them. The variety of products on sale goes from clothes to household items, stationery and other accessories; there is a photo service and a special gift shop. As regards gastronomy, at Hema you will also find pastries, bread, gourmet dishes and exquisite wines.turkeyarena.com
    Kalvertoren, Kalverstraat 212
    Phone: +31 (0)20 422 8988
    Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 20. Open 11am to 6.30pm on Monday; 9.30am to 6.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; on Thursday, from 9.30am to 9pm; and on Sunday, between noon and 6.30pm.
    Other locations in Amsterdam are:
    Ferdinand Bolstraat 93A
    Phone: +31 (0)20 676 3222
    Buikslotermeerplein 197
    Phone: +31 (0)20 637 2323
    Slotermeer, Winkelcentrum 40-45
    Phone: +31 (0)20 613 6060
    Nieuwendijk 174-6
    Phone: +31 (0)20 623 4176

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    Maison de Bonneterie
    The most sophisticated designer stores are located within this traditional, luxurious building that was built in 1913 to host the Bonneterie, as it is usually called. Founded originally by Joseph Cohen and Rosa Wittgenstein in 1889, it worked at first as a hosiery, but soon it began selling all sort of clothing for men and women. Nowadays it comprises different boutiques, and some of the labels present are Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Max Mara, Strenesse, Dolce & Gabanna, Hugo Boss and Replay. Even if you don`t feel (turkeyarena.com) like shopping, the building is an attraction in itself, due to its interior, decorates in Louis XVI style: some of its maginificent features are the staircase, the glass cupola and the immense lamps.
    Rokin 140-142
    Phone: +31 (0)20 531 3400
    Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 20, 24, 25. Open from 11 am to 5.30pm on Monday; from 10am to 5.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday; from 10am to 9pm on Thursday; between 10am and 6.30pm on Friday and Saturday; and from noon to 5pm on Sunday.
    Credit Cards: AmEx, DC, MC, V.

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    Metz & Co.
    This luxurious store is the oldest in Amsterdam: in 1740, Mozes Samuels, a young merchant, moved to Amsterdam and began a textiles business, which would develop into today`s department store. Design objects, perfumes, gifts, clothing, accessories, kitchenware and furniture are some of the items on sale at this shop responsible for introducing modern design in the country. Leather goods, shoes and wedding lists are also available. As regards restaurants, the top-floor one, M|Café, is pretty famous in the city among business people, but is also capable of captivating tourists because of the marvellous view of the city from there.
    Leidsestraat 34-36
    Phone: +31 (0)20 520 7020
    Tram 1, 2, 5, 20. Open from 11am to 6pm on Mon; between 9.30am and 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday; and from noon to 5pm on Sunday. (Notice that it is one of the few shops in Amsterdam closing early on Thursdays)
    Credit Cards: AmEx, DC, MC, V.

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    Vroom & Dreesmann
    V&D is the largest chain in Amsterdam, offering all sorts of goods at a reasonable price. With middle class buyers as a target, the many stores of this label throughout the country have toiletries, cosmetics, leather goods watches and clothing on sale, as well as home electric appliances, kitchen utensils, furniture, china, stationary, suitcases and camping equipment, books, videotapes and CD´s. One of the shops favourite among tourists is Le Marché, a bakery located on the ground floor: here the fresh bread is quite famous, baked on the spot, and there are also ready-made quiches and sandwiches ideal for a brief stop between tours.
    In Amsterdam you will find two locations:
    Buikslotermeerplein 123 (Amsterdam Noord)
    Phone: 0900-2358363
    Open on Monday from 11am to 6pm; between 9.30am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; from 9.30am to 9pm on Thursday; and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday.
    Kalverstraat 203
    Phone: 0900-2358363
    Tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 20, 24, 25. Open from 11am to 6.30pm on Monday; between 10am and 6.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; from 10am to 9pm on Thursday; and from noon to 6pm on Sunday.
    Credit Cards: AmEx, MC, V.

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    Supermarkets

    Supermarkets in Amsterdam are some of the most crowded places in the city on Saturday afternoons, so you`d better buy everything you need during the morning or choose some other day. With a big chain such as Albert Heijn with more that 40 locations in the city, you will always find somewhere to get groceries or other basics near your lodging. However, there are certain rules you should bear in mind before visiting a supermarket: in the first place, they do not accept credit cards, so be sure to have your cash at hand once you get to the register; fruit and vegetables are weighed by the customer, so once you have placed the bag on the scale, press the picture of the item you are taking, then the 'BON' button and you will get the receipt; finally, if you happen to own a shopping bag, bring it along as it is considered nature-friendly and otherwise they will charge you for the plastic bags.

    Albert Heijn
    Albert Heijn is a popular name in Amsterdam, as it represents the largest supermarket chain in the country, with over 40 shops in the city. Usually known as the 'Food Plaza', one of the branches is located behind Dam Square: this store is one of the favourite among tourists, as it presents extended hours in comparison to other shops in Amsterdam. Here you will find every item you need as regards household goods, though you should bear in mind that the prices may be a bit more expensive than in other shops in the city.
    Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 226
    Phone: +31 (0)20 421 8344
    Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24, 25. In general they are open daily from 8am to 10pm, though not all the stores open on Sundays.
    No Credit Cards are accepted.
    Some of the locations in Amsterdam are:
    Van Baerlestraat 33A
    Phone: +31 (0)20 662 0416
    Haarlemmerdijk 1
    Phone: +31 (0)20 625 6931
    Kinkerstraat 89 (closed on Sunday; the rest of the days, it opens from 8am to 9pm)
    Phone: +31 (0)20 618 0088
    Koningsplein 4-6,
    Phone: +31 (0)20 624 5721
    Nieuwmarkt 18 (on Sunday it opens from 10am to 9pm; the rest of the days, it opens from 8am to 9pm)
    Phone: +31 (0)20 623 2461
    Overtoom 454 (closed on Sunday; the rest of the days, it opens from 8am to 9pm)
    Phone: +31 (0)20 618 3065
    Vijzelstraat 113
    Phone: +31 (0)20 625 9405
    Jodenbreestraat 21
    Phone: +31 (0)20 624 1249
    Westerstraat 79-87 (closed on Sundays)
    Phone: +31 (0)20 623 6852

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    Dirk van den Broek
    The stores owned by the Dirk chain, as it is usually called, are known as the most affordable in Amsterdam: even though you may not find the variety and luxury as in Albert Heijn, this could be the best choice for a lower budget.
    Marie Heinekenplein 25
    Phone: +31 (0)20 673 9393
    Tram 16, 24, 25. Open from 8am to 9pm between Monday and Friday; and from 8am to 8pm on Saturday; closed on Sunday.
    No Credit Cards are accepted.
    Some branches in Amsterdam are:
    Bilderdijkstraat 126
    Phone: +31 (0)20 612 2658
    2e Nassaustraat 23
    Phone: +31 (0)20 686 0132
    Belgiëplein 106
    Phone. +31 (0)20 6154776

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    Hema
    This department store also owns a supermarket, though you may not find weekly basics. However, picnic ingredients or cheap snacks are available after you have go through the fashion offers displayed along the store.
    Kalvertoren, Kalverstraat 212 (turkeyarena.com)
    Phone: +31 (0)20 422 8988
    Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 20. Open 11am to 6.30pm on Monday; 9.30am to 6.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; on Thursday, from 9.30am to 9pm; and on Sunday, between noon and 6.30pm.
    No Credit Cards are accepted.

    Shoes
    Once you have acquired the traditional wooden clogs that are typical of the Nederland's` culture, Amsterdam provides a variety of shops selling shoes, for different tastes and budgets. The most sophisticated styles are available at stores on Leidsestraat or Kalverstraat, while bargains can be found at Waterlooplein, or Noordermarkt on Mondays, where you can buy second-hand shoes.

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    Big Shoe
    This is a special store as regards shoes, for it only offers large sizes. At this canal side shop, fashionable items are available either for women or men who find it difficult to get a size that pleases them.
    Leliegracht 12
    Phone: +31 (0)20 6226645
    Tram 13, 14, 17, 20. Open from 10am to 6pm on Wednesday and Friday; from 10am to 9pm on Thursday; and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.
    Credit Cards: AmEx, DC, MC, V.

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    Free Lance Shoes
    If you want to get shoes that practically nobody else will sport, visit the original Free Lance store, where the decorations and imaginative façade will already show you that creativity is the main theme. This store is owned by two French designers who combine classic and modern styles to create unique pieces.
    Rokin 86
    Phone: +31 (0)20 420 3205
    Tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 20, 24, 25. Open from 1 to 6pm on Monday; from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; from 10am to 9pm on Thursday; and from noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
    Credit Cards: AmEx, DC, MC, V.

    Kenneth Cole
    The worldwide known Kenneth Cole shops offer sophisticated shoes for both men and women in a conservative style; however, you may also find bags and gifts such as wallets and agendas. Boots for winter time and trekking ware from Timberland and Doc Martens are also available. Prices may be a bit high, but there are bargains to be made the most of during season sales. (turkeyarena.com)
    Leidsestraat 20
    Phone: +31 (0)20 627 6012
    Tram 1, 2, 5. Open from noon to 6pm on Monday; from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; between 10am and 9pm on Thursday; and from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.
    Credit Cards: AmEx, MC, V.

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    Seventy Five
    If you are looking for trainers to tour around Amsterdam but still want to be fashionable, one of the best places is Seventy five, with labels like Nike, Puma, Converse, Acupuncture, and Diesel, among others. They also display new brands and original creations.
    Nieuwe Hoogstraat 24
    Phone: +31 (0)20 626 4611
    Tram 4, 9, 14/Metro Nieuwmarkt. Open from noon to 6pm on Monday; and from 10am to 6pm between Tuesday and Saturday.
    Credit Cards: MC, V.
    Other branches in the city are:
    Haarlemmerdijk 55 C
    Phone: +31 (0)20 330 6328
    Van Woustraat 14
    Phone:+31 (0)20 379 5335

    Shoe Baloo
    It began as a funky shop selling cowboy boots, as far back as 1976, but nowadays its four stores in Amsterdam display the best of chic shoe industry: Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Botticelli, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo and Prada are some of the exclusive labels.
    Koningsplein 7
    Phone: +31 (0)20 626 7993
    Tram 1, 2, 5. Open from noon to 6pm on Monday; between 10am and 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; from 10am to 9pm on Thursday; and from noon to 5pm on Sunday.
    Credit Cards: AmEx, DC, MC, V.
    There is also another nice store on PC Hooftstraat 80
    Phone: +31 (0)20 671 2210

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    Health & Beauty

    Body Shop
    Every products related to wellbeing can be obtained at this internationally known store, where the usual assortment of shampoos, make up, lotions and soaps can be found. Fragrances and items for baby or skin care are also on sale, as well as gift-wrapping and refill services.
    Kalverstraat 157-9
    Phone: +31 (0)20 623 9789
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    Tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 20, 24, 25. Open from 11am to 6pm on Monday; from 9.30am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; between 9.30am and 9pm on Thursday; from 10am to 6pm on Saturday; and from noon to 5pm on Sunday.
    Credit Cards: AmEx, DC, MC, V.
    Branches:
    Kinkerstraat 251
    Phone: +31 (0)20 412 2358
    Nieuwenzijds Voorburgwal 182
    Phone: +31 (0)20 489 0837

    The Natural Health Company
    This store offers every item necessary for relaxing in your hotel or taking back home: homeopathy and sports items are on display, featuring an ample variety of oils and treatment products from labels such as Neal's Yard, Kiehl's and Weleda. Rare herbs are also available: among the offer, Celestial Seasonings teas, Solgar Vitamins and bee pollen in capsule form can be obtained
    Vijzelstraat 1
    Phone: +31 (0)20 624 4533
    Tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 20, 24, 25. Open from 9.30am to 6pm between Monday and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; between 9.30am and 9pm on Thursday; and from 1 to 6pm on Sunday.
    Credit Cards: AmEx, DC, MC, V.
     
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