Amsterdam has a wide variety of shopping opportunities for visitors and locals alike.
The main shopping street in Amsterdam is Kalverstraat which is pedestrianised and runs from Dam Square down to Muntplein - here you will find a variety of Dutch and international chains. Tourist / souvenir shops are generally located on the (tacky) Damrak strip and Dam Square area.
Other main shopping streets are Leidsestraat, Ferdinand Bol straat, Nieuwendijk and van Wou straat. For luxury shopping head to the area around P.C. Hooftstraat between Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark in the Museum Quarter. For antique shopping go to Nieuwe Spiegelstraat between Leidsestraat and Vijzelstraat, south of Keizersgracht.
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Where Amsterdam really excels is the large number of independent shops spread all over the city. Explore the 9 straatjes and Jordaan areas around the canals, take a stroll down Haarlemmerdijk (west of Central station) or Utrechtsestraat (near Rembrantplein). More quirky stores can be found in the De Pijp area which also has Albert Cuypmarkt, Amsterdam's main street market. There is a large flea market at Waterlooplein just east of the centre and the world famous Flower Market is on Singel running from Muntplein to Leidsestraat.
Don't forget, if you live outside the EU you can get a VAT refund at Schiphol airport for purchases over 50 euros.