"De Bijenkorf" literally translates to "the beehive" and is one of Amsterdam's largest department stores, spread over six levels. From humble beginnings in 1870, the company now has a dozen outlets across the country. The historic building it lies in is an architectural marvel in itself and features an array of merchandise. On sale are clothing and apparel by international designers and high-end labels, branded cosmetics, exquisite jewelry and trendy shoes. Also on offer are furniture, kitchen appliances and home decor. Books, stationery, music and toys make their way on the fourth floor. Despite the upscale prices, every shopper will find something of interest at this state-of-the-art shopping complex. Please check the website for hours of operation.
This is a natural cosmetic and well-being store selling well-known brands such as Weleda, Laverna and Dr. Hauschka. Even though the store is quite small, there are tons of products to view, ranging from eye shadows and oils to toothpaste and vitamins. On some days, it is possible to request 'on site' therapy, such as acupuncture or kinesiology, and the information regarding this can be found on their website. The assistants have a lot of specialist advice concerning the products and are willing to answer any questions you may have. There are also a wide range of products available on their web site.
If you want to lay your lands on some beautiful rare European antiques, Prinsheerlijk Antinques is the place to be. One of the biggest wholesalers and retailers in the antique circuit of the city, the store stocks everything from furniture and paintings to statues, mirrors, lanterns and other artifacts. There are new pieces coming in everyday at Prinsheerlijk and the artifacts can also be modified according to your preference. For vintage art lovers, this place is a must visit.
If ever you happen to be strapped for time and have a truck-load of shopping to be done, head to HEMA. This department store houses all your essential needs right from clothing to getting your photographs produced at their photo shop. HEMA can also be your one-stop paradise for office utilities, garden tools, baby care, bakery and home decor. For every man, woman and child alike, HEMA is a dream come true.
Whether you're looking for interesting furniture and decor options for your new home, or simply going for a makeover, Villa Arena is your one-stop shop. Established in 2001, the gigantic center is one of the largest such specialty shopping destinations in the country. The center boasts a cutting edge contemporary design, and houses more than 70 stores to fulfill pretty much all of your furniture and home decor needs. A green space capsule-like structure hanging mid-air in the center, houses the choicest food options for shoppers. There's a large supervised play area and plenty of options for children to have fun while the parents shop in peace. Check website for more.
The Kalvertoren is located in the heart of the city, on Amsterdam's most commercial street, the Kalverstraat. However, its address is not actually on Kalverstraat, as this shopping center has multiple entrances. In 1998, the shopping center tower won the prestigious annual European Shopping Center Award that is presented by the ICSC, the International Council of Shopping Centers. There are more than thirty exclusive stores here, spread over three floors, such as Mango, DKNY, Timberland, Hugo Boss, Levi's, Kipling and Replay. The big glass and steel tower has a staircase, an escalator and an elevator, ferrying customers to the top. There, you will have an amazing view of Amsterdam's inner city. Besides many exclusive shops, it is also home to two department stores, various cafes, and a nice restaurant.
Magna Plaza is situated behind the Koninklijk Paleis on Dam Square. This former main post office, built in Neo-Gothic style according to a design by C.H. Peters in 1898, would feel at home in a fairytale. Inside, it has a large dome-shaped top, beautiful colonnades and decorated sculptures. Because of its interior, facade, and historical value, it belongs to the top 100 buildings on the National Heritage list. There are more than forty exclusive shops and two restaurants inside. The atmosphere in Magna Plaza can be characterized as unique and relaxed. Worth mentioning separately are the small cheese and delicatessen shops on the ground floor, the shoe shiner and the live classical music often played on weekends.
Spread across the three levels of the Urban Outfitters store at Amsterdam, you will find an eclectic collection of clothing, accessories, vinyl records, books, stationery, furniture, home décor, skateboards and other random knick knacks. With its trendy décor and creative wares, the store is an embodiment of the hipster lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a piece of clothing to set you apart from the crowd, or a cool gift that is sure to please, Urban Outfitters is the place for you. Browse through their collection and discover one of their treasures, or play a game at the Super Nintendo set up in one corner.
A one stop shop for all outdoor sports enthusiasts, The Old Man is a stark contrast to its name. Beaming with energy, vibrancy and liveliness, the sports shop stocks everything from snow and wake boards to sporting apparel and accessories. The store also houses a smoking goods section featuring a fine collection of elegant pipes and containers. For hikers and bag packers, there is an array of functional tool kits that are high on both aesthetics and utility value. The collectors' knives deserve more than just a fleeting glance. All in all, if a rough and tough journey filled with loads of adventure sports is on your mind, The Old Man is waiting for you.
Move over Harry Potter, all wizardly aspirations shall come true at Fantasyshop Chimera. There are porcelain fairies, goblins, owls, elves, dragons and unicorns all ready to cast a magical spell. Learn about alchemy, explore the mystery behind the Chimera art, keep an angel as a good luck charm or rub the oil lamb for wish fulfilment. You can also lay your hands on some occult stones, jewelery and get your horoscope here. There is awe, amazement and smiles all around the store. Don't forget to try the wishing well and do have a chat with the crystal ball gazer. The only trouble here is dragging the kids back home. Do note from mid-July till to end of August the opening hours differ.