Amsterdam

From tiny boutiques rife with antique kimonos to mega stores filled with insanely cool accessories, the world's largest city is a shopping destination like no other.

van ravenstein

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.
Keizersgracht 359, 31-20-639-00-67, van-ravenstein.nl for more information

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

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

eastern dockland stores

If you want to see—and shop—the most offbeat part of town, head to this developing waterfront area, which consists of man-made islands dotted with a handful of stores in old shipping warehouses.

sissy-boy homeland

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.
KNSM-Laan 19, 31-20-419-15-59

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Accessories, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique
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