When it comes to shopping Amsterdam has its share of famous international brands, as well as a great selection of smaller independent shops.
You might find it useful to also get acquainted with some of the major Dutch chains - which you will find in and around the centre of Amsterdam and all over the Netherlands.
At the Dam branch the ground floor has various high-end fashion label stores such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Burberry and Gucci. On the lower floors you will generally find perfumes, cosmetics, jewellery, watches, designer clothes and shoes. On the upper floors you find household and electrical items, luggage, stationary, books, CDs and DVDs.
Bijenkorf usually has quite creative window displays at ground level in Amsterdam, particularly over the Christmas period.
Bijenkorf is an aspirational store for the Dutch middle classes and prices are on the higher side. Watch out for Drie Dwaze Dagen - a big 3 day sale held every autumn when prices are reduced. On the fifth floor they have a self-service restaurant Bijenkorf Kitchen.
Larger HEMA stores have a small food section selling fruit and veg, meat, fish, bread, cheese, wines etc. Some stores include a café selling sandwiches, salads, hot meals, cakes and drinks. A cheap breakfast from €2 is available between 9 and 10am; or go for the vieruurtje (coffee and cake offer) after 4pm. They also have takeaway outlets famous for their rookworst smoked sausages.
There are 20 locations in Amsterdam including Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk, Ferdinand Bol Straat and Kinkerstraat. There are a small HEMA stores at Central Station and Schiphol airport plus a HEMA Beauty cosmetics store also on Kalverstraat. You will find HEMA shops all over the Netherlands.
HEMA are also branching out internationally with stores in Europe and the UK.
V&D Amsterdam was located at Kalverstraat / Rokin near Muntplein. V&D could be found in most major towns and cities of the Netherlands.
There are numerous Blokker stores in Amsterdam including at Kalverstraat, Ferdinand Bolstraat, Ceintuurbaan, Kinkerstraat, Bilderdijkstraat and Jodenbreestraat. Blokker stores are undegoing a restyling.
C&A Amsterdam is located on Damrak / Nieuwendijk.
Holland & Barrett
Holland & Barrett holds regular sales on items such as buy one get one free.
8 stores in central Amsterdam including Kalverstraat (2 stores), Nieuwendijk, Leidsestraat, Utrechtsestraat, Kinkerstraat, Ferdinand Bolstraat and van Woustraat. It has shop locations all over the Netherlands.
Chemists: Etos and Kruidvat
Just outside of central Amsterdam you will find Kijkshop stores at Bilderdijkstraat, Ferdinand Bolstraat and Kamerlingh Onneslaan.
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