Am I ready for the Herring Days? Amsterdam offers some of the best shopping of any European city with high fashion, designer brand stores and places with lots of choice and variety. But what makes shopping in Amsterdam really special are the many areas with unique and special stores offering things you cannot find anywhere else Like ckassic art, century old antiques vintage clothes and custom items made by craftsmen So we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of our ten favorite shopping areas. Amsterdam Zuid, or Amsterdam South is the wealthiest and most upscale area of the city So, it’s no doubt that here you will find luxury shopping to match The best place to start is Beethovenstraat where most of the stores are concentrated Take tram 5 or 24 from Centraal Station Near the Museum Quarter is the P.C. Hooftstraat the city’s most exclusive shopping street where most of the designers have their flagship stores That’s why it’s number nine on our list. Gucci, Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Hermes and many more are all here Trams 2 and 5 from Centraal Station will get you here Tip: If you walk south just two more blocks you will come across a unique, hidden cluster of more shops on the Cornelis Schuytstraat In the city center, you will find a convenient selection of department, chain and name brand stores The Bijenkorf department store on Dam Square is the biggest and best in the country Just behind Dam Square is Magna Plaza a three-story, upscale, indoor mall. Running south from Dam Square is the Kalverstraat with the biggest selection of chain stores such as H&M, Levi’s, Foot Locker, Esprit and Jack & Jones Heading west towards Leidseplein there are blocks and blocks of shops on the Leidsestraat such as Diesel, Scotch & Soda, Matinique and Abercrombie & Fitch Nestled between Rembrandtplein and the Rijksmuseum is one of the most interesting shopping streets in the city A treasure hunter’s paradise, the Spiegelkwartier is a historical neighborhood, specializing in selling fine arts and antiques With over 70 shops, with ceramics, paintings, jewelry and fashion, and ranging from classical and vintage to modern, there is something for every taste Probably the biggest shopping, hidden secret in the city is right in the Red Light District Running east from Dam Square on a series of streets are clusters of small, unique stores selling everything from fantasy related gifts and Asian imports to handmade hats and rock & roll clothes Definitely check these out before you check out the women in the windows. The Utrechtsestraat runs south from Rembrandtplein to Frederiksplein This street has the perfect combination of upscale fashion, designer furniture, retro records, trendy restaurants and some of the best coffee and chocolates in the city Take tram 4 from Centraal Station De Pijp is a popular neighborhood just south of the Heinekin Brewery. The Albert Cuyp Street Market is also here and behind it is the Gerard Douplein ground zero for the best shopping in De Pijp with concept stores and small designer boutiques Oh, no! How is this not super cute? Add in some of the trendiest cafes, best burgers and breakfasts in town and you have the perfect day out. Take tram 24 from Centraal Station Number 3. Haarlemmerstraat & Haarlemmerdijk These two joined streets form the northern border on the northwest part of the city center Like the Utrechtsestraat, there is a wonderful mix of shops here Designer chic, retro, vintage fashion, modern housewares Finnish imports, chocolates, Iberian ham, teas, pastries, deli food and more Located on a hashtag grid of small streets between bridges over tree-lined canals makes it the prettiest shopping area of the city The shops have upscale, brand names, vintage fashion and hipster appeal. And their old-time looking storefronts are a delight to enter and explore With its combination of uniqueness, convenience and picturesque setting, the Nine Streets takes number two on our list And our number one shopping area pick? Is the Jordaan. This picturesque and popular Amsterdam neighborhood is filled with quirky shops that have a artsy, homecrafted feel Four main shopping streets form the area that lies on the western edge of the city center The Elandsgracht, here on the southern border Going North, the Rozengracht, with many home furnishing stores And the Westerstraat and Lindengracht But what makes this area truly special are the art galleries and novelty stores hidden away on the smaller, quieter streets Tram 14 from the Dam. Taking your time and finding that one special, out of the way store is very Amsterdam. We’ve already made many videos of the places on our list If you’d like to see those videos, just check out the links below. And if you liked this video, please give us a “like” And for more Amsterdam travel videos, be sure to subscribe. I’m Gessell for Amsterdam Calling Happy shopping and I’ll see you next time. Hey everybody. Amsterdam Calling is now on Patreon. To support us, just click the big “P”