11/2/11

Amsterdam shopping guide

Alright now, I've been promising this for ages but here it is! A few tips on where to go when you're visiting Amsterdam. It's not complete yet so I guess I'll be updating this post from time to time.

Markets


The best tip I can give you is to go to the IJ-Hallen market. Every first saturday and sunday of the month there is a huge fleamarket (about 500-700 stalls) at the NDSM-docks. It's brilliant. Anyone can sell there so you never know what gems you'll find.



Another good tip is to go to Noordermarkt on mondaymornings. It's not far from the central station and it's a big market with lots of cheap vintage clothes. Average prices for dresses vary from about 5€ to 20€ depending on the seller. There are giant heaps of clothes that you have to dig through, but you can find some amazing stuff here. Make sure you get there early! Around 9:00 is a good time.
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Waterlooplein has a market from 9.00 to 17.00 every day except Sunday. It's part vintage clothes and shoes, but it also has secondhand paintings, camera's, books, bikes, instruments, furniture, kitschy stuff etc, and there are some stalls that sell new products.





Vintage shops

On Wolvenstraat you'll find a shop called Laura Dols. They sell mostly evening wear, wedding dresses, purses, hats, shoes and other pretty luxury accessories. Sequins, lace, tulle & glitter heaven.







Episode has two locations, one at Berenstraat and one at Waterlooplein. I don't really love shopping here cause they're generally a bit overpriced because they select their items by what's on trend right now and the clothing is often altered. Dresses go from about 25€ to 45€. It's hard to find real gems here but it can never hurt to have a look!

The same goes for Zipper, which has two locations: one at Huidenstraat and one at Nieuwe Hoogstraat (near Waterlooplein). In the area around Waterlooplein (Jodenbreestraat and the beginning of Nieuwe Hoogstraat) you will find some more little vintage shops.

Also near Waterlooplein, at Staalstraat, you'll find Retro en Chic 1953. Love the style of this shop.

Located at the beginning of Haarlemmerstraat (near the central station) there's a vintage boutique called Wini. They have some pretty dresses and jewelry.
The rest of Haarlemmerstraat is also worth checking out, there are a lot of little boutiques with cool unique stuff, like Restored, a shop that sells a lot of things from independent designers. Anything from jewelry, clothing and things for your home.

Kalverstraat is usually a street you want to avoid, but Swedish chain Monki opened up a store there that's worth checking out. Other than that you'll find Zara, River Island and about half a dozen H&M's on this street.

Food

Wok To Walk. "I'll have the rice with tofu and curry-coconutsauce" is among my most-used phrases. Starting from 5€ you get a lovely orange box full of stir-fried goodness. Several locations.
Maoz. Chain of falafel-restaurants. You get falafel in a pita and you can choose from a wide variety of sauces and salads to add (and add and add some more) to that. Several locations.
Hardrock Café. Daniel and I go here all the time. Cheap, cheerful, friendly staff, cool music, free refills on soda, best fries in the world and good vegetarian options (you can replace the meat with a veggie patty on any burger). Located near Leidseplein. You nearly always have to wait for a table, anywhere from 10 minutes to a whopping 1,5 hour, but you get one of those pagers so you can hang around town while you wait.
Coffee Company is kind of our Starbucks, a cozy hipster hangout and they make a good soy latte and they play nice music.

37 comments:

Agnes in Wonderland said...

Oh yeah! I have to try it sometime :)

Lino said...

dit zijn zo'n beetje al mijn lievelings winkels. ((:
super leuke blog.

Kitsune-kun said...

I am so. jealous. of where you live. this sounds amazing!

Sepia Toned Vignettes said...

I wish I was visiting Amsterdam just so I could go shopping at the markets! They look fantastic :)

Michaela said...

So cool I love it!! I want to live in Amsterdam too :-)

xoxo Michaela

Aaren said...

wow this makes me want to go to amsterdam even more, i have a good friend that lives there i really need to go visit her soon! the food..the clothes...enough said! haha

Natálie said...

Woe it's wonderful!!

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THIS.IS.WHAT.I.DO said...

WOW,i would be there for hours going through all that haha HEAVEN :)

kate xo

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Nikki said...

Superhandig! zeker de tips over de marktjes vind in super ^^ heb nu helemaal zin om de trein naar Amsterdam te nemen! x

Just a lazy morning said...

so great!!xoxo

Phara said...

Zo'n leuke post! Lang geleden dat ik nog eens naar de Noordermarkt ben geweest, echt fijn daar.
Ik vind de I love vintage boutique ook wel tof, mss een tip om er nog bij te voegen :)
X

Laura @ The World Looks Red said...

Bedankt! Ah maar I Love Vintage vind ik echt héél duur. Maar ze hebben er wel mooie dingen.

Joy said...

Great guide! Thanks! Will bookmark and save for the future ;)

Jo said...

Wow, it honestly looks amazing! (Especially the pile of vintage clothing at the market!) I can't wait to get over there!

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claire said...

I want to go to Amsterdam so bad right now :( shame I'm all the way over in Australia! x

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herecomesthesun said...

Incredible! I wish we had markets and stores like that in New Zealand but we just don't, it's not quite the same. You're so lucky.

herecomesthesun said...

Incredible! I wish we had markets and stores like that in New Zealand but we just don't, it's not quite the same. You're so lucky.

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Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Ik hou van Amsterdam!
Leuke shopping guide ;)

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soldoutforever said...

great post, :)

and indeed that are the most prettiest vintage stores of Amsterdam!!

xx

amy said...

I am so jealous. These markets look beautiful. I wish I had somewhere close to me like this! You are lucky x




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Stef / Diversions said...

Awesome guide :) Can't wait to go to Amsterdam again. Last time Retro en Chic broke my heart ;) (darn expensive but so pretty!)

Eugénie Baby said...

Magical tour!Thanks!
:)
Eugénie

CottonCandy said...

you have an amazing blog :)
follow each other ?

thecheckeredmind said...

that camera stall looks AMAZING!

la-marcheuse said...

Thanks a lot ! I'm really glad you answered me :) Maybe we will meet one day, trying to find a treasure in a shop !
Have a nice evening, Béa

Cherry said...

thank you for this guide, it makes us want to visit this city!

xx

ohlalajepenseatoi said...

Your posts are so interesting!! xoxo
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Sarah said...

ik hou van vintage voor altijd :)
x
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augustalolita said...

these places look amazing!! love vintage goodies <3

lies said...

wat een leuke post! een paar winkeltjes kende ik nog niet. en op die foto's met die floppy hoed lijk je echt een beetje op zoeey deschanel :)
ik vind je blog echt leuk!

Eline said...

goede tips!

Laura said...

Ik ben al een aantal keer naar Amsterdam geweest, maar als ik nog eens ga (misschien deze zomer), print ik je tips zeker uit (en ga ik ze eens uittesten), Laura ;)

Kristina said...

super shopping guide! such much market and vintage shopping, I am loving it!

Lindsay Ann said...

wow! this looks like an amazing time!!

rougeimaginaire said...

I'm so in love with Monki. Such a shame that I didn't know it yet when I visited Stockholm last year. But luckily, they also have a webshop :)

ilsieom said...

I hope I get to visit Amsterdam some time soon.. :) lovely post, thanks for sharing!