Shopping Europe: Amsterdam

The first stop on our shopping excursion was Amsterdam.  This was my fist time in Amsterdam and of course I found it extremely charming and I probably would have enjoyed it a little more had it not been cold and extremely windy.  Here are some lovely photos of our time there and a little guide that could help you on a future trip to Amsterdam.  

Keep reading to find out all about the shopping.

We arrived at the crack of dawn on Friday morning and hit the shops early.  We stayed at a very nice hotel called NH City Center, as you can infer from the name, it was very centrally located.  Our first stop was just down the street, the major department store, de Bijenkorf.  This was one of my favorite stores we shopped in the whole trip.  They had a great handbag section, which is what we were shopping for, but they also had an awesome shoe department, and carried a lot of amazing brands, like Maje and Reiss.  This is where I found my fabulous white, fringe boots.

After a stop at the department store, we continued on right outside the back door of our hotel to The Nine Streets.  This area is filled with boutiques, both mid and high-end and vintage shops.

Day two we spent at the Albert Cuyp Market.  This market was less flea market and more permanent sidewalk sale/street fair.  Each shop on this street also has a booth outside selling additional goods.  Despite the fact that almost half the vendors were selling cheese, flowers or the most delicious waffels we have ever tried, we had a lot of success here.  

This sweet little store called Noor and was bursting with cute dresses, lacey shorts and some great accessories.

And sometimes you're lucky enough that shopping is your job...

The street behind the market called Gerard Doustraat also had some really cute boutiques.   There is another year-round market called Waterlooplein that I was bummed we didn't make it to.

A short walk from the market is the Heineken Experience.  The Heineken Experience is a self-guided, interactive tour in the beautiful building where the beer was originally brewed

Up (or maybe down) the street from Heineken, this hot-pink-lace-painted sign caught my eye and we wandered into one of the cutest shops I have ever seen, sweetly named, All The Luck in The World.

Sunday we hit Kalverstraat, a pedestrian-only street with tons of chain stores like H&M and Zara and also European stores that haven't made it to this side of the pond, like River Island and Accessorize.  I had never shopped Bershka before, but had some luck there and bought a few summer goodies.   We also made a stop at the high-end street, Hooftstraat. Prices are not cheap, but with lots of great brands and boutiques, it's definitely worth the trip.  

Stay tuned for more shopping adventures in Stockholm and Copenhagen.