Looking for a supermarket in Amsterdam?
In this handy guide we’ll take a look at 10 Dutch supermarket brands present in Amsterdam. From market leaders Albert Heijn and Jumbo, various discount supermarkets, express stores and a high-end organic supermarket.
We’ll also start with a few Dutch supermarket tips to get your bearings and save you some money. So grab your trolley and let’s go shopping…
Supermarket Shopping Tips in the Netherlands
Firstly you should know that “supermarket” in Dutch is supermarkt. Simple really!
Now, the Netherlands is a small and compact country so you will not find large out-of-town supermarkets or hypermarkets. Most shoppers arrive on foot or by bike – so Dutch supermarkets tend to be small to medium size stores in the heart of residential areas.
Supermarket prices – Want to know the approximate cost of various food and drink products for sale? See our Dutch supermarket price guide with English-Dutch translations for everyday items.
Payment – The total price of your shopping bill will be rounded up or down to the nearest 5 cents. Dutch supermarkets accept cash (notes of €100 or less) and debit cards. Credit cards are slowly becoming more widely accepted.
Discounts – Most supermarkets regularly offer special offers in store. In addition fresh items close to their use-by dates will be marked down by sticker, generally 35% of 50% off the original price.
Bags – Dutch supermarkets do not offer free plastic bags, although you can take the flimsy fruit/veg polythene bags for free. Strong plastic bags are available for sale (from around €0.35) but it’s better to bring your own bag.
Bottle deposits – If you buy glass beer bottles or large plastic water/soft drink bottles you have to pay a refundable deposit (statiegeld) of €0.10 or €0.25 respectively. Beer crates are charged at €1.50. The empties can be returned to a special machine at any supermarket – put all the bottles in then press the button to get a refund receipt which can be used at the checkout.
Peak hours – Supermarkets in the Netherlands can get very busy in the early evenings and on Saturday mornings with long queues forming at the checkout. Try to avoid peak times if at all possible!
Organic – Most supermarkets will sell a limited range of organic (bio) products in store. Amsterdam has a good number of dedicated organic stores – see Ekoplaza below or check our organic shopping guide to Amsterdam
Freebies – Some supermarkets offer customers free filter coffee or tea in store. You may also sometimes find samples of cheese and cold-cut meats.
Check the receipt – There can be the occasional discrepancy between marked prices and what goes through at the till. If you spot an error against you then go to the till or service desk and ask for the price difference to be refunded.
By shopping at one of the Amsterdam markets you can sometimes find cheaper prices for fruit/veg and other items than in supermarkets.
Supermarket Brands in the Netherlands
Albert Heijn (AH) is the premium supermarket chain in the Netherlands, run by the multinational Ahold group. It has dozens of store locations in Amsterdam.
The stores are reasonably well presented and Albert Heijn focuses on quality products, both name brands and own label.
Most stores are open daily, the larger ones between 0800 and 2200. Online purchase is also available.
Our experience with some Albert Heijn stores however, is that at times they don’t open enough tills up which means queues can be a bit long.
If you are coming to live in the Netherlands then you should probably get an Albert Heijn Bonus card – simply ask for one in store.
Presented at check-out, the card gets you Bonus discounts on selected items highlighted every week, running Monday to Sundays. It can either be used anonymously or you can register online for more personal offers.
Some selected Albert Heijn store locations in Amsterdam centre:
AH Store Address – Nearest Point(s) of Interest
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 226 (Dam Square/Magna Plaza)
Prins Hendrikkade 20 (Central Station)
Koningsplein 4 (Flower market/Spui)
Van Baerlestraat 33a (Museumplein/Concertgebouw)
Oosterdokskade 65 (Central Station/OBA central library)
Westermarkt 21 (Anne Frank House/Westerkerk)
Jodenbreestraat 21 (Rembrandt house)
Stadhouderskade 101 (Heineken Experience/Albert Cuyp market)
Oostelijke Handelskade 1065 (Java/KNSM Islands)
Nieuwmarkt 18 (Nieuwmarkt)
Frederiksplein 1 (Frederiksplein/Utrechtsestraat)
Haarlemmerdijk 1 (Haarlemmerdijk/Brouwersgracht)
Westerstraat 79 (Noordermarkt)
Elandsgracht 13A (Jordaan/Prinsengracht)
Overtoom 116 (Leidseplein/Vondelpark)
Vijzelstraat 113 (FOAM/Stadsarchief)
Sarphatistraat 141k / 670 (Artis Zoo/Plantage)
Cornelis Troostplein 11 (De Pijp)
Scheldeplein 5 (RAI convention center)
Aankomstpassage 36 (Schiphol airport Plaza)
There are also smaller Albert Heijn To Go stores (express-style) located at Schiphol airport and at the main stations in Amsterdam – Central, Amstel, RAI, Sloterdijk, Zuid and Bijlmer-ArenA. There are also AH To Go stores in central Amsterdam on Damrak, Nieuwendijk and Reguliersbreestraat (between Muntplein and Rembrandtplein). Note that prices for products tend to be higher than at the normal stores.
Albert Heijn XL is an expanded version of the standard supermarket store. One can be found at Gelderlandplein 47 (in Buitenveldert, a southern suburb not far from Amsterdam Zuid station). There are also XL stores in the outer suburbs of Osdorp and Diemen.
Dirk van den Broek
A popular budget supermarket chain with 16 stores in greater Amsterdam. They tend to be a bit cheaper than Albert Heijn on branded items. Store presentation is slightly more basic. Its stores also open on Sundays.
Dirk in Amsterdam
Warmoesstraat 157-163 (Dam Square/Red-Light District)
Marie Heinekenplein 25 (Heineken Brewery/De Pijp)
2e Hugo de Grootstraat 45
2e Nassaustraat 23 (Westerpark)
Bilderdijkstraat 126 (Foodhallen)
Mercatorplein 6-13 (Rembrandt Park)
Bos en Lommerplein 1
Europaboulevard 19 (RAI convention center)
Meeuwenlaan 76 (Amsterdam Noord/EYE Film)
Pretoriusstraat 9 (Oost Amsterdam)
Tussenmeer 1A (Osdporp)
Kostverlorenhof 80-86 (Amstelveen)
This is a large family-run supermarket chain from the south of the Netherlands which has been expanding into the major Randstad cities. The stores have a reasonable quality feel with both branded and own brand items for sale. Prices are a little lower than Albert Heijn.
Jumbo is renowned for excellent customer service/pricing policies. For example, if you find any discrepancy between the store price and till price you get that item for free. Also, any fresh product on its sell-by date is given for free. They also manage checkout queues well. The stores are open daily.
Jumbo in Amsterdam
Westerstraat 98-102 (Jordaan)
1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 49H (Vondelpark/Leidseplein)
Stadhouderskade 93 (Heineken Brewery)
Ferdinand Bolstraat 89B (De Pijp)
Oostelijke Handelskade 1005 (Java/KNSM Islands)
Baarsjesweg 303-305 (Vondelpark/Rembrandt Park)
Hendrik Jacobszstraat 9 (Amsterdam Oud-Zuid)
Jumbo also has a few stores around the satellite suburbs/towns of Amsterdam including Amstelveen, Diemen, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost and Ouderkerk-aan-de-Amstel.
Short for Vordeel Markt, this is another discount supermarket chain with a reasonable presence in north Holland. Prices are on par with the Dirk.
VOMAR in Amsterdam
Cornelis Vermuydenstraat 2
Gulden Winckelplantsoen 13-17
Lambertus Zijlplein 119
Ekoplaza is the main organic supermarket chain in the Netherlands with a wide selection of organic (bio) products. Obviously prices are a little higher than standard supermarkets (this is organic after all) though the quality is very good. Online purchase is available.
You can find good value items on sale weekly (offers run Wednesday to Tuesday).
Ekoplaza is one of the leaders in the Dutch supermarket retail sector in reducing its reliance on plastic packaging.
Ekoplaza in Amsterdam
Waterlooplein 131 (Rembrandt House/Waterlooplein)
Haarlemmerdijk 164 (near Westerpark)
Elandsgracht 118 (Jordaan)
Weteringschans 133-137 (Weteringsplein/Museumplein)
1e Van Swindenstraat 30-32 (Oost)
J.P. Heijestraat 105-109 (off Kinkerstraat)
Scheldestraat 53 (Rivierenbuurt)
Marathonweg 24 (near Olympic Stadium)
A.J. Ernststraat 665 (Buitenveldert)
Osdorpplein 743 (Osdorp)
ALDI & Lidl
These are the discount supermarket concepts from Germany with very low prices. Store presentation is distinctly no-frills but quality of the products can be good for the price paid. Lidl stores are open daily; only some Aldi stores are open on Sundays.
ALDI in Amsterdam
Nieuwe Weteringstraat 24-28 (Weteringplein)
Admiraal de Ruijterweg 56c
Waterlandplein 26 (Amsterdam North)
Plein ’40 – ’45 12
Osdorper Ban 90
Lidl in Amsterdam
Hemonylaan 25 (near Albert Cuyp market)
Tweede Helmersstraat 29 (near Leidseplein)
Eerste van Swindenstraat 52a (Amsterdam Oost)
Baarsjesweg 306-309 (Vondelpark/Rembrandt Park)
August Allebeplein 61 (Rembrandt Park)
Sara Burgerhartstraat 80
Tussen Meer 319 (Osdorp)
SPAR has a number of franchise stores around Amsterdam. These are either SPAR City stores (small express/local types) or SPAR University stores on or near university campuses.
SPAR in Amsterdam
Rapenburg 91 (Maritime Museum)
Nieuwe Kerkstraat 65 (Magere Brug)
Wibautstraat 3 C (Hoogeschool van Amsterdam)
Kinkerstraat 252H-254H (Food Hallen)
Orlyplein 147 (Sloterdijk)
Carolina Macgillavrylaan 3192 (Amsterdam Science Park)
De Boelelaan 1081-1087 (VU University)
Johan van Hasseltweg 73 (Amsterdam Noord)
There are a number of other mid-range Dutch supermarket chains with a small presence in Amsterdam.
Coop has 3 stores in Amsterdam – at Eerste Jan Steenstraat 53 (a side street off Ferdinand Bol straat in De Pijp), at Niersstraat 16 (Rivierenbuurt) and Dijkgraafplein 409 (Osdorp). It also has a couple of stores in Amstelveen.
PLUS has stores at Boomgaardlaan 100 and Bezaanjachtplein 291 (both Amsterdam North) and Dorpsplein 10 (Duivendrecht).
For more info on shopping in the Netherlands check out our guide to Dutch Chain Stores