This article looks at some must visit shopping venues in Amsterdam located near my apartments Amsterdam block. Because Amsterdam is quite a compact city it is quite easy to visit more than one of these venues on the same day or combine it with another activity.
to gain a real feel of just how multicultural Amsterdam really is a visit to Albert Cuypmarkt is essential. You will discover goods from Surinam, Morroco and Indonesia. Cheese is a particular speciality along with with fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Try the fast food such as herring sandwiches and stroopwafels. There are also plenty of clothes and bric a brac stalls. The market can be found between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Van Woustraat, the web address is www.albertcuypmarkt.nl. It is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. You need a 16 or 24 tram.
This is a block of nine streets full of tiny shops. Each shop specialises in something different making it a fantastic half day trip and who knows what you will return with. It is set out on a grid iron pattern bounded by Prisengracht to the west and the Singel to the east. Many shops in the 9 streets are shut on Mondays and quite a few are also closed on Tuesday, so it is best to avoid visiting on these days. You need trams 1,2, or 5.
Named after a typical Dutch dish of boiled and mashed vegetables (Hotchpotch) it was founded by four young men who wanted to give youthful entrepreneurs a place to sell their wares. You will find designer furniture and furnishings, art, houseware and clothing. The address is Van Woustraat 4 and the web address is www.hutspotamsterdam.com. It is open noon till 7pm Mondays, 10 am to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday and Noon till 6pm on Sundays. Numbers 4 and 2 are the trams you need.