A day in Amsterdam: the best shopping and dining spots

Amsterdam is an all-time favourite for many a fan of shopping. Big brands, local designers, international chains and vintage shops: they all go hand in hand in Amsterdam! And the same very much goes for the city’s food scene, which is multicultural, varied and well worth a visit.

There is a special atmosphere in the Dutch capital (and the rest of the country) on 27 April. This is when our northern neighbours all celebrate Koningsdag, King Willem-Alexander's birthday. Everyone has the day off, puts on an orange outfit and parties all day!


The city’s main shopping streets are Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat, both of which are lined with the biggest international stores, fashion brands, fast food chains etc. You can easily spend a whole day here without ever getting bored.

If you’re more of an “alternative shopper”, head to the Nine Streets or Jordaan district. Here, you’ll find unique home decoration stores, jewellery shops and quirky boutiques, as well as vintage shops and cosy restaurants.

Amsterdam’s also home to many open-air markets, where you’ll find a variety of affordable souvenirs and trinkets, vintage goods or even clothing. Markets worth visiting include the flea market at Waterloo Square and the Albert Cuypmarkt.

Still haven’t seen enough? Stroll along the P.C. Hooftstraat, Amsterdam’s fanciest shopping street lined with expensive boutiques.


Van Speyk – Set in a building dating back to 1659, the Van Speyk brasserie-style restaurant combines traditional Dutch dishes and classic French cuisine. Traditional Dutch beef stew, mussels or grilled rack of lamb? Take your pick from the extensive menu.

Café De Jaren – When the sun is out, you can enjoy a meal or a drink out on the canal-side terrace. This bright and spacious café features inexpensive dishes such as lasagne, salmon and ramen noodles, and it even has a refreshing salad buffet.

Foodhallen – Just like in many big cities, Amsterdam is home to an indoor market with trendy stalls offering flavours from all over the world. Foodhallen is the ideal place if you are travelling with a group and everyone is in the mood for something different. Order at the stall of your liking and enjoy it together afterwards.

Sumo – All-you-can-eat sushi and Japanese food await at the Sumo sushi & grill restaurant. This Dutch Japanese restaurant chain has 3 Amsterdam branches, which are often fully booked… so make sure you book your table in advance!