Since 1915, the Hajenius House has been one of the best-known cigar houses in Europe and boasts of a stately location on the Rokin. Along with cigars, Hajenius also offers a stylish room, a special cigar try-out tool and private lockers where specialists can store their expensive cigars under controlled conditions. The beautiful art-deco interiors of the historic building create a perfect ambiance for cigar enthusiasts to admire the store's premium collection.
Housed right next to the one-time Heineken brewery, The Albert Cuyp market is the busiest and the largest in Amsterdam. Open six days a week, local shoppers make a daily routine out of browsing the ample stalls. It's not just fresh local produce, though. You can find just about anything at Albert Cuyp, from a new pair of casual shoes to some bolts of fabric to create your own market-ready item. The market's vendors are as diverse as their products, meaning you can find exotic spices and souvenirs from all around the world.
The Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt) is located in the heart of the city, near Kalverstraat, Leidsestraat and the Munttoren en Muntplein. Have a look inside the shops floating on barges on the Singel Canal; they sell everything from seeds and bulbs to unique flowers. Don't be surprised if you find floral items in colors you have never seen before; flowers like black tulips and purple roses are very common here. This is a great place to visit, even if you don't plan to make a purchase and a charming spot if you have arrived with someone special. If you want to take these products out of the country, be sure that they have export certificates.
Indulge your sweet tooth with the heavenly chocolates on offer at this specialty boutique located in Jordaan. Established in 2010, the expansive boutique delights with an enticing display of artisan chocolate bars and other creations by well-known chocolatiers. Taking things further, the boutique conducts regular chocolate tasting sessions for enthusiasts. Apart from chocolate, the store also offers premium coffee and tea. A must-visit for chocolate lovers.
Concerto has been around for 50 years and prides itself on its knowledgeable staff and excellent selection of new and used music, ranging from classical to techno, flamenco and blues. Five different shops are linked under one roof: dance, pop, jazz/world music, classical music and second-hand CDs and LPs. Music lovers, collectors and everyone in between will find the relaxed atmosphere the ideal setting in which to browse and listen to music.
If you often find yourself going the extra mile to hunt for unique stuff that stands out from the crowd, The Otherist is just the store for you. Step into the little store on Leliegracht to discover a treasure trove of uniquely handmade products ranging from the quirky to the bizarre. From crockery and home decor to fashion accessories and insect specimens, the store's collection offers quite a lot. Of special note is the collection of funky jewelry, perfect to make a unique style statement. The store's collection is updated often, so you'll find newer delights with every visit.
Mark Raven captures Amsterdam in all of its glory through his celebrated sketches, drawings, and prints. From hauntingly beautiful windmills to charming canals, Mark Raven's art is stunning and at times whimsical. Stop by to shop for art or pick up a souvenir in the form of t-shirts and posters.
Since its establishment in 1993, Nic Nic Design, Antique and Curiosa has been satisfying every collector's craving. Nestled in the heart of Amsterdam, this small store stocks many antiques and accessories, ranging from lamps, glasses, ceramics to furniture and gifts. Some are rare, others are kitsch, beautiful, funny or unique. The shop has many colorful options; you are sure to find something to suit your liking. Call ahead for more details.
Architectura & Natura is really three bookshops in one, contained inside two buildings in the heart of the city. Located on the ground floor of the building is a wealth of literature on architecture, landscape and natural history. This place has been around for sixty years and is an absolute must for lovers of the subject. On the second floor of the building, one finds the antiquarian bookseller Opbouw. This store specializes in twentieth century art and architecture. A bit further down Leliegracht (number 36), there is Hieronymus Bosch, a shop with a special focus on Medieval and Renaissance art. The variety here makes it well worth a visit.,
Selling perhaps the best souvenir to take back home, Kaashandel Arxhoek offers wheels of cheese straight from farmhouses in the countryside. Cheese making is described by the Arxhoek family as an art form and at their little store, tourists as well as locals purchase matured cheeses made in the most traditional of methods. The family and store takes pride in the assortment and will be happy to educate untrained palates on the variety that they house.
Dating back to 1679, Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal & Liquor Store has been serving a variery of gins and liquors. Tucked away on a side alley, the small tasting room and liquor store is full of distilled beverages in its 17th-century ambiance. Considered to be among the oldest bars in Amsterdam, its vintage tasting room replete with antique bottles and period furnishing is a fabulous place to sip on age old Dutch liqueurs, genevers and draft beers. You can buy these artisan genevers and brandies from their store. They also give guided tours of the distillery and get a glimpse of how these liqueurs are crafted.