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City Overview

Amsterdam is by far the largest shopping city in the Netherlands. The capital serves the local population and in addition millions of day trippers and foreign tourists annually. Amsterdam has welcomed many newcomers in the last few years, also during the crisis. Among the newcomers are & Other Stories, Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Snipes, Forever 21 and Sostrene Grene. High streets in the inner city are Kalverstraat, Heiligeweg, Nieuwendijk and Leidsestraat. Kalverstraat is the busiest high street in the Netherlands and shows the highest rental levels in the country. Inner-city shopping centres include Magna Plaza (6,500 sq m GLA) and Kalvertoren (11,500 sq m GLA). The latter is currently being renovated. The traditional role of Dutch department stores as anchor retailers has been taken over by fashion chains such as Primark, H&M, Zara and The Sting. Newcomer department store Hudson's Bay (and also formula Saks Off 5th) however will open its doors in Amsterdam Centre in 2017. Apart from the high streets, Amsterdam offers several niche retail locations, such as Haarlemmerstraat, the area of 'Negen Straatjes' and Utrechtsestraat. Just outside the city centre, in district South, luxury shopping street P.C. Hooftstraat accommodates high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Michael Kors. Larger shopping centres are located outside the city centre. Major traditional shopping centres are Boven 't IJ (34,500 sq m) in Amsterdam North, Osdorpplein (29,000 sq m) in the west of the city and Amsterdamse Poort (28,500 sq m) in Amsterdam Southeast. Villa Arena (>89,000 sq m), also in Amsterdam Southeast, offers over 70 home furnishing stores and is one of the largest home furnishing concentrations in the Netherlands. Neighbouring town Amstelveen offers a large shopping centre, Stadshart Amstelveen (36,000 sq m). It is popular in the region thanks to a broad supply of shops and a good accessibility.

Things to do



Kalverstraat, Leidsestraat, Magna Plaza, De Bijenkorf, the 'Negen Straatjes' area, P.C. Hooftstraat, Haarlemmerstraat, Utrechtsestraat.


Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage aan de Amstel, Anne Frank House, Heineken Brewery, de Hallen.

And be seen


Area the 'Negen Straatjes', Zeedijk (Nieuwmarkt), neighbourhood De Pijp (Amsterdam South)


Jimmy Woo, Odeon, Hotel Arena, Café De Kroon, Café Schiller, Alto Jazz Cafe.

Be Merry

Cinema Tuschinski, Melkweg, Paradiso, Stadsschouwburg, Het Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ/BIM Huis, Muziektheater Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome.

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