Shopping in Holland


The best thing about shopping in Holland is that the major shopping places are located beside or just near most tourist attractions thereby offering visitors more opportunities for sight-seeing. Most shops in Holland are only open on Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Some shops will be open on Sundays but only from 12 noon until 5 p.m. Check out what Holland has to offer to shopaholics or even those who are just looking to bring home a memorabilia – from open air markets to the trendiest shopping malls, there’s something for everyone.

Jewellery. In Amsterdam you will find a number of reputable jewelry shops – the city is famed for being one of the world’s most important diamond centers. If you can afford to buy or just in the city to marvel at the craftsmanship, check out shops such as the Gassan Diamonds, Van Moppes Diamonds, Stoeltie Diamonds and Coster Diamonds. 

Art, Antiques and Souvenir Items. Delft is famous for its blue and white pottery, porcelain and ceramics. Head out to the factories where you can get better prices for the souvenirs. If you’re in Amsterdam and in the lookout for old prints, rare books or art pieces that you can take home, check out the rows of art galleries and antique shops along the Nieuwe Spiegelgracht Canal. You will surely not miss the open air and weekend street markets all over Holland where anything and everything can be found – from antique books, vinyl records, local handicrafts and fresh farm produce.

Fashion. Amsterdam certainly cannot compare to the likes of Paris, Milan or New York but there are still designer wear and luxury items that can be found. Amsterdam boasts of the Pieter Cornelisz Hoofstraat which is called by the locals as the “Dutch Fifth Avenue.” Famous luxury brands such as Chanel, Chopard, Hermes and Cartier can be found in this shopping mecca. Be sure to check out Netherlands’ oldest shopping mall in The Hague, De Passage for its many luxury and speciality shops.