Kick off your tour with a stop at Sissy-Boy Homeland, one of the largest branches of the popular Dutch Sissy-Boy clothing chain, which is beloved for its broken-in cargos, earthy leather sandals, and printed gauze tunics.
Next, visit neighbor Keet in huis for loads of kid-themed trinkets that appeal equally to adults
Nearby, 90 Square Meters devotes its cube-ish space to graffiti murals and his-and-hers urban-style clothing, most of which dangles from suspended steel chains.
Wind up at the appropriately named Extra Small, a pod like retailer that stocks the most popular picks from lines like Paul Smith Women and D&G—exclusively in petite sizes.
Home and gift items that are affordable—even given the brutish strength of the euro—make this corner shop worth seeking out (there is a second location on Haarlemmerstraat).
Well-preserved relics from the '80s dominate at this subterranean branch of Amsterdam-based European vintage chainlet Episode. A good chunk of the stock consists of reworked secondhand pieces, including piped nylon track jackets, paint-splatter-print skirts, and denim vests that have been tailored to suit a modern-day aesthetic.
We kept hearing that this was the single best vintage shop in Amsterdam; upon visiting we were pleasantly surprised to learn that there are in fact two Laura Dols outposts across the street from each other. The main store sells '40s, '50s, and '60s dresses; the newer spot has coats, additional clothing, and a not-to-be-missed back section dedicated to (quite reasonably priced) old French floral-print bed linens.
Every few months—and often without much advance notice—this boutique completely reinvents itself. One season it might stock only limited-edition T-shirts (and artfully frame them with masking tape on the walls); the next, it could be dedicated to accessories by small designers. This fall, look for Miauw to bring in an international lineup of labels including Karen Walker, Preen, and Gaspard Yurkievich.
Scattered-about Persian rugs, accessory-filled nooks, and a wall-size collage of vintage fashion photos give this neighborhood favorite the intimate feel of a designer's studio. It's the perfect chilled-out place to browse for laid-back labels like A.P.C. and Arnhem-based Humanoid.
If you're heavily into Belgian designers—or just want to educate yourself—stop by this sleek, surprisingly unpretentious temple to high design. It has more pickings from Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, and Ann Demeulemeester than we've ever seen in one place, plus a broad range of pieces from local heroes Viktor & Rolf.