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.

naturel

True to its name, this boutique favors timelessly chic clothing-striped lawn shirtdresses, cashmere wrap cardigans, cropped trenches—exclusively in muted tones. We hadn't heard of most of the lines, and found ourselves loving Rue Blanche, a Belgian label with a distinct '50s sensibility, and understated Dutch brand No Man's Land.
Utrechtsestraat 20, 31-20-639-17-95

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

spoiled

Upscale street wear, an alternative newsstand, and an in-store hair salon make this spot stand out among the endless pot-paraphernalia shops on touristy Leidsestraat. You'll have to hike up a staircase to reach most of the clothing, which comes from names like Adidas, Original Penguin, and Fred Perry. Also look for custom low-rider bikes and a music section.
Leidsestraat 27, 31-20-626-38-18 spoiled.nl for more information

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

the old centre

There's more to this debauched neck of the woods than brothels and hashish bars—namely, a collection of esoteric and highly inventive up market shops.

bis

This row of same-named stores consists of a vintage clothing outpost known for its affordable dresses, a recently opened shoe annex, and a dead-stock military-gear store loaded with sailor-stripe jerseys and wool navy caps. Hit all three in one swoop, and note that the best of the bunch is the footwear store, which is filled with an incredible stockpile of knee-high boots from the '70s and '80s-all sourced in southern Holland, and most priced less than $60 per pair. St. Antoniebreestraat 25, 31-20-620-34-67
St. Antoniebreestraat 25, 31-20-620-34-67

Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage, Shoes, Accessories
Type of Store: Consignment/ Resale

droog@home

For the past dozen years, this Dutch design firm has collaborated with young designers to produce clever, brilliantly functional products that have become modern-day classics, like Tejo Remy's milk-bottle pendant lamps and Marcel Wanders' iconic chair made of knotted, epoxied rope. Droog's newly relocated store is part gallery, part retailer—and unbelievably cool.
Staalstraat 7B, 31_20-523-50-59, droogdesign.nl for more information

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

laundry industry

Three branches of this feminine Dutch clothing chain dot the center of town; the most atmospheric faces one of the city's original canals and has echoes of an old steamer ship. While creaky wood floors and oversize portholes paired with dainty, eyelet-edged camisoles and fluted chiffon skirts may seem like an odd combination, somehow it all works.
Spui 1, 31-20-420-25-54; plus other locations laundryindustry.com for more information

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

open-it's a shop

Most shops in town tend to shutter by 6 pm, but this off-the-beaten-path spot, which only sells pieces by local labels, keeps far later hours—and sometimes stays open until 9.
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 291, 31-20-528-69-63 openshopamsterdam.com for more information

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

WonderWood

This is one of those stores that makes you feel happy the minute you walk in. Everything here is made of wood, from a hope chest inlaid with silhouettes of circus performers to a stunning collection of vintage plywood chairs. Be sure to take a minute to stop and glance up at the ceiling: The hand painted flourishes on the rafters date from 1565.
Rusland 3, 31_20-625-37-38, wonderwood.nl for more information

Products: Furniture, Gifts/Design
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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