The best shopping malls in Amsterdam are excellent for finding some of Europe’s most famous brands, as well as excellent bargains on chic products. While most tourists come to the Dutch capital for scenic boat rides through the canals, art museums, and vibrant nightlife, the city is also a great shopping destination.

    You can shop for upmarket fashion at one of Europe’s oldest department stores, browse home décor at a vibrant lifestyle mall, and enjoy global cuisine in a Neo-Gothic retail centre. Read on to find out more about Amsterdam’s finest shopping malls and where to find them.



    An upmarket shopping mall in the city’s poshest district

    Kalverpassage is a grand, 3-floor mall in Kalverstraat, one of the most upscale shopping streets of Amsterdam. The Sting, Costes, and The North Face each have a store here, and so does the famous Dutch department store Hema.

    Food-wise, Calf & Bloom is a fine lunchroom based on the 2nd floor of Kalverpassage. Another popular spot is Blue Amsterdam, a glass-fronted restaurant at the top of the mall. Here, you can enjoy sandwiches, burgers and salads with panoramic views of central Amsterdam.

    Locatie: Kalverstraat 212-220, 1012 PD Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Openingstijden: Monday from 11 am to 6.30 pm, Tuesday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 6.30 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from noon to 6.30 pm



    A 1-floor shopping mall in Amsterdam-Zuid

    Gelderlandplein has only 1 floor, but you can still find an impressive collection of boutiques in this shopping mall. It contains more than 90 businesses, including clothing stores, supermarkets, toy stores, delis, pharmacies, and department stores. There’s a free bus service that travels between the mall and several locations in Buitenveldert and Zuidas.

    Gelderlandplein also has 9 restaurants and bars, so you can easily spend the entire day indoors during rainy days. This mall is in Amsterdam-Zuid, in the southern part of Amsterdam. It’s surrounded by many natural spaces, including Het Amsterdamse Bos, Gijsbrecht Aemstelpark, and Amstelpark.

    Locatie: Van Leijenberghlaan 43, 1082 GC Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Openingstijden: Monday from noon to 7 pm, Tuesday–Friday from 9.30 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm


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    De Bijenkorf

    Shop for high-end fashion and accessories at Amsterdam’s flagship store

    De Bijenkorf (The Beehive) is one of the longest-established and most iconic department stores in the Netherlands. Its flagship store in Amsterdam dates back to 1870, occupying a 21,000-square-metre complex on Dam Square.

    Here, you can find plenty of luxury brands from all over the world. Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Hermès, Longchamp, Michael Kors, Gucci, Chanel, and Kenzo all have a branch in De Bijenkorf. After shopping, you can explore the nearby Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, and the National War Monument.

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    Locatie: Dam 1, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Openingstijden: Monday from 11 am to 8 pm, Tuesday–Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +31 (0)20 808 9333


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    Magna Plaza

    A neo-Gothic shopping mall near Dam Square

    Magna Plaza is just a short walk from the De Bijenkorf department store on Dam Square. This shopping mall occupies a 19th-century building that was initially used as Amsterdam’s main post office. This neo-Gothic structure, which has high ceilings and imposing arches, was transformed into a modern shopping mall in 1992.

    You can find branches of Mango, Swarovski, America Today, and Lacoste, as well as stores selling Dutch specialities like cheese, tulip bulbs, and wooden clogs. A highlight for hungry shoppers is The Food Department, located on the 2nd floor of Magna Plaza. The 1,100-square-metre food hall offers a wide range of dishes, including sushi, dim sum, tacos, and chicken wings.

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    Locatie: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182I, 1012 SJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Openingstijden: Monday–Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday–Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm


    De Beurspassage

    Check out wonderful art along this compact shopping street

    De Beurspassage is a shopping alley connecting the Damrak and Nieuwendijk in Amsterdam. It was named after the Beurs van Berlage, a former commodity market that's now a national monument. This shopping district is characterised by its painted ceilings and mosaic floors. This project, called Amsterdamse Oersoep, is the city’s largest mosaic artwork.

    Apart from its aesthetics, De Beurspassage has several chain stores and hole-in-the-wall stalls serving coffee and snacks. You’ll find clothing stores like Primark and the Amsterdam Cheese Company at the end of this narrow shopping street. Van der Linden is a superb pitstop for a pastry or hot drink when exploring Amsterdam.


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    Winkelcentrum Plein ‘40-’45

    A modern mall in Slotermeer-Noordoost

    Winkelcentrum Plein ‘40-’45 is a contemporary shopping mall in Slotermeer-Noordoost, about 2.5 km northwest of Rembrandt Park. It has about 40 stores specialising in fashion, gifts, food, and daily necessities. Check out department stores like HEMA, Blokker, and Xenos for a wide range of home décor, electronics, and accessories.

    The mall also has plenty of eateries – enjoy outdoor dining at Cafe Plein’ 40-’45 or grab a quick meal at Halal Fried Chicken. If you’re using public transport, Amsterdam Sloterdijk is the closest train station to Winkelcentrum Plein’ 40-’45.

    Locatie: Monday from noon to 6 pm, Tuesday–Wednesday and Friday from 9.30 am to 6 pm, Thursday from 9.30 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9.30 am to 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm

    Telefoonnummer: Joop van Weezelhof, 1063 MK Amsterdam, Netherlands


    Amsterdamse Poort

    One of Amsterdam’s largest malls

    The Amsterdamse Poort has over 160 shops under its roofs, from food outlets to one-of-a-kind clothing. This shopping complex truly is a representation of Amsterdam’s multicultural character. Africa Beauty Couture specialises in vivid dresses, while La Belezza Tropical sells party and evening wear for men, women, and kids.

    Amsterdamse Poort also has jewellers, pharmacies, cosmetic outlets, and appliance stores. Food-wise, you can find bakeries, cosy coffee bars, fast food restaurants, and a colourful sweets shop. The mall is in the Bijlmer neighbourhood, about 5.5 km southeast of Amstelpark.

    Locatie: Bijlmerdreef 101, 1102 BP Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Openingstijden: Monday from noon to 6 pm, Tuesday–Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Sundays)


    Winkelcentrum Brazilië

    Shop at one of the city’s most scenic malls

    Winkelcentrum Brazilië borders the IJhaven in the Eastern Docklands, near Amsterdam’s city centre. This waterfront shopping mall has 23 shops, including the Jumbo and Albert Heijn supermarkets, Gall & Gall, and Bruna Bookstore.

    Winkelcentrum Brazilië has many local restaurants if you want to experience the city’s dining scene. Enjoy a classic Dutch breakfast at Anne & Max, freshly baked goods at Bakkerij Kees Gutter, and coffee at the adjoining Barmhartig Koffie. Other than the fun stuff, Winkelcentrum Brazilië also hosts a fitness centre and a pharmacy

    Locatie: Oostelijke Handelskade 1065, 1019 BW Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Openingstijden: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm



    Shopping underneath Amsterdam’s central train station

    The IJpassage is located within the Amsterdam Centraal railway station, which is a prominent sight on its own. This underground shopping alley, which connects the city with the IJ bay, has contemporary fashion boutiques like the Daily Paper Centraal and Mango Amsterdam Centraal.

    You can explore a variety of stores before your train journey. You can shop for a wide range of Dutch cheeses at Cheese & More by Henri Willig or souvenirs at the iAmsterdam Store. The IJpassage also has a bookstore and several eateries selling Dutch snacks and light meals. MacBike Bike Rental is part of the shopping street as well – great if you’re planning to cycle in Amsterdam.

    Locatie: Stationsplein 39, 1012 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands


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    Woonmall Villa ArenA

    A great place for finding inspiration for your home

    Woonmall Villa ArenA has 55 stores under its roof, all of which focus on home design and décor. Some sections in the mall are dedicated to individual rooms, such as the bedroom, bathroom and living room. You can browse furniture and home appliances from mostly European brands.

    The mall also offers a free kids’ club, a kids’ cinema, and a playground with trampolines and slides. You can find Woonmall Villa ArenA in the Amsterdam-Zuidoost district, near the Johan Cruijff ArenA stadium.

    Locatie: De Entree 1, 1101 BH Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Openingstijden: Monday from 1 pm to 5.30 pm, Tuesday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

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