On Saturdays there is an organic market on the Noordermarkt. For a flea market you should visit Waterlooplein, opened every day. A typical Dutch market is “de Albert Cuyp”. From vegetables to oysters, from toys to clothes. And of course the Flower Market on Singel, at walking distance from De Lastage.
De Kalvertoren can be found in one of the longest shopping streets in the Netherlands, de “Kalverstraat”. It is not large but it has a nice variety of stores. From H&M to Guess, from Hilfiger to Replay.
Magna Plaza is situated behind The Royal Palace on Dam Square. A shopping mall filled with boutiques. You can find several brands like “Lacoste”, “Laundry Industry” (Dutch design) and “Björn Borg”.
De Bijenkorf can be found on Dam Square. Not so much a mall, but more a large department store. From high-end brands to their own house brand. The Ground Floor also offers you cosmetics from all the big brands. Chanel, La Prairie and Dior are just a few of the names you will find there. Worth taking a look if you’re in for some shopping.
De Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, commonly known as “De PC” is a street filled with most of the big fashion designers. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Cartier are just a few. This is the street where you go to “see and be seen”.
De 9 Straatjes means “the 9 little streets”. A very popular part of the Jordaan area. No (famous) designer brands here. All small shops and boutiques. The lunchrooms and bars you find over here are also mostly visited by locals rather than tourists.
Marqt can be found on the Utrechtsestraat 17. Right on the corner of the Rembrandt Square. At Marqt they sell “real” food. No supplements. Made with respect for the product itself. From a wide variety of worldly cheeses to very fresh fish to be picked out from the counter. Should you decide to do some shopping at Marqt, please note that they do not accept cash.
Close by, at the Rembrandt Square you will find CLUB ESCAPE. The most visited venue in the country, with different DJ’s and VJ’s very weekend. In that same genre are CLUB AIR (Amstelstraat 24) and STUDIO 80 (a little bit more underground), also on Rembrandt Square.
CLUB TROUW is a club in the former office building of a Dutch newspaper called Trouw. A very nice underground atmosphere with DJ’s from all over the world. Serious house music, techno and minimal are the words to describe Trouw. Ages from 21-40. You can find Trouw on Wibautstraat 127.
JIMMY WOO is right in the center of Amsterdam, around the corner of Leidseplein. After a day of shopping at “De PC”, this is where you go to “see and be seen” at night. You can find “De Jimmy” at Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18.
Various venues in the Leidseplein area: PARADISO is a venue with a very wide variety of artists and visitors. On March 30th, 1968 ‘Cosmic Relaxation Center Paradiso’ opened its doors. The goal was to offer an open place for creative talent. From this day, the church building on Weteringschans was a place that attracted youngsters, audiences and artists from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. In the 40 years that followed, Paradiso has become a pop podium,
a club and a cultural center in one. Just a few names that have played in Paradiso: Al Green, Grace Jones, Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes, Kings of Leon, etc…
SUGAR FACTORY is a small intimate club, mostly known for their party “Wicked Jazz Sounds”. Combine House music with live jazz-artists and that’s exactly what you get… Wicked Jazz Sounds…
DE MELKWEG, literally translated “The Milky Way”. This is one of the most famous venues for pop music. In The Netherlands but also abroad. From Noel Gallagher and INXS to DJ Carl Cox and such…
If you are into jazz music here are some suggestions where you might go; JAZZ CAFE ALTO in the Korte Leidsedwarstraat 115. RESTAURANT DAUPHINE near the Amstelstation, only on Fridays. Casablanca on Zeedijk 24-26 for jazz and karaoke.