Dutch fashion has always been at the forefront of European style, partly due to the high number of world-leading designers and retailers working inside Amsterdam. To prepare fashion vigilant travellers for their next trip to the city, Culture Trip has put together the following guide to Amsterdam’s most stylish stores, restaurants and attractions.
Where to Shop
Amid fierce competition, Van Ravenstein is likely the most reputable fashion destination inside Amsterdam’s Negen Straatjes neighbourhood. The store curates a large selection of clothing, jewellery and footwear by promising international brands – including Japanese and Belgian designers – and their collections are always on the cutting edge of fashion.
IJhallen flea market takes places every month inside two massive, former shipping warehouses in Amsterdam-Noord. The sheer number of items on sale at IJhallen is always astounding and the market is an absolute haven for vintage fashion lovers.
Thanks to their enduring popularity, Episode recently launched several stores outside of the Netherlands and is quickly becoming an international brand. The stores exclusively sell secondhand items, but makes sure to stock clothing that is currently trending. As there are four Episodes in the city, finding awesome vintage clothing in Amsterdam is never difficult.
The beautiful, neo-classical building on the northern side of Dam Square is actually the largest department store in Amsterdam. Called de Bijenkorf, this multi-stored retail giant contains hundred of designer brand stores, such as Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Alexander McQueen. Besides clothing, de Bijenkorf also sells exclusive lifestyle and healthcare products.
Where to Eat
Thanks to its impressive retail collection, barber salon and lunchroom, it is exceptionally easy to spend an entire afternoon inside Hotspot. This department store in de Pijp is renowned for its impressive range of urban lifestyle essentials and has a large, open plan café on its first floor, which makes a mean spinach tortilla.
The Scandinavian Embassy
Although the Scandinavian Embassy has always been ahead of the game when it comes to fashion, food and coffee, they recently began releasing their own seasonal clothing lines under the title SE: Wardrobe (formed by Dominika). These sharp, engaging designs are available from their flagship location in de Pijp, which also features an exceptional trendy coffee bar and a classy restaurant.
What to See
Known in English as the Museum of Bags and Purses, the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje has one of the largest collections of historic, iconic and contemporary bags in the world, including several ridiculously famous items such as Madonna’s green Versace handbag and Judith Leiber’s Cupcake. The musuem regularly organises temporary exhibitions that focus on an specific aspect of their collection’s cultural impact and heritage.
ByAMFI: The Statement Store
Amsterdam’s famed fashion school AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) has a small showroom on Spuiplein. This statement store exclusively presents designs from the school’s students, alumni or teachers and always regularly features interesting, modern clothing lines. As the store is a platform for innovative designs, most of its collections are exceptionally exclusive and rarely appear anywhere else.