amsterdam shopping guide

the jordann

Mazelike and tree-lined, Amsterdam's most romantic quarter has some seriously good shopping, from charmingly itsy antique spots to theater-size spaces brimming with promising labels.

baobab

Blanketed with tapestries and lined with cases displaying exquisite jewelry from Madagascar to Mumbai, Baobab goes beyond your run-of-the-mill importer. Everything has a detail that makes it extra special, whether it's a necklace fringed with bits of snake vertebrae or an ikat scarf dyed in an especially vibrant color combination.
Elandsgracht 105, 31-20-626-83-98 , baobab.nl for more information

Products: Linens, Bags, Jewelry, Accessories, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

diversi

Pint-size Diversi stocks only a handful of lines, but all of them share a trend-immune, less-is-more aesthetic. Standouts include Rützou (known for its flattering, flowy shapes and subtle flourishes, like pintucks and tiny ruffles), and Ellen Truyen (a Dutch designer who makes urbane, flat-as-an-envelope leather bags with interchangeable shoulder straps).
Leliedwarsstraat 6, 31-20-625-07-73

Products: Bags, Jewelry, Accessories, Linens, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

liens & linnen

This is the kind of store you'd expect to stumble across in a South of France seaside town, not on a residential Amsterdam street. The interior is effortlessly simple, with unadorned fixtures and white tile floors, allowing attention to focus on the bright, beachy merchandise: Moroccan tooled-leather slippers, scarf-print skirts, piles of embroidered Indian pouches, and mismatched glass bead necklaces.
Prinsenstraat 11, 31_20-423-4544, liensenlinnen.nl for more information

Products: Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Accessories, Books/Stationery, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

margriet channings

A rack packed with the latest from Paul Smith Women, Cacharel, and other feminine, retro-influenced brands dominates the length of one side of this spare store, with the rest of the natural-light-flooded space left open and uncluttered. Representing the Netherlands are owner Margriet Nannings' own signature Liberty-print cotton blouses and sherbet-hued twinsets, along with necklaces made from assorted strung-together baubles from Gem Kingdom, a local jewelry line.
Prinsenstraat 8, 31-20-620-76-72

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

noordermarkt

When it comes to antique markets, Amsterdam's claim to fame is this Mondays-only affair, conveniently located within walking distance of the city center. From 9-ish am to about 2 in the afternoon weekly, a mix of locals and tourists descends on a canalside cobblestone square to scour card tables heaped with collectibles, including mounted antelope skulls, art deco ashtrays, and curvy plastic telephones, all from a hybrid of eras.
On Prinsengracht at Noordermarkt, no phone.

Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage, Accessories, Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linens, Outdoor, Tabletop
Type of Store: Consignment/Resale

sprmrkt

This supersize boutique sells vintage Scandinavian furniture, endless pendant lamps, and one of the most inspired selections of clothing in Amsterdam—all in a raw, sky lit space that has the look of a decommissioned airplane hangar. Color is not part of the equation here: Nearly everything in the store comes in black, white, or gray, from the Escape chiffon tops to the mid-century hanging lamps and modular leather couches.
Rozengracht 191-193, 31-20-330-56-01, sprmrkt.nl for more information

Products: Women's Clothing, Bags, Accessories, Antiques, Decorative/Lighting, Furniture
Type of Store: Boutique