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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.
If you happen to be in Amsterdam, this market is a must-visit. From antiques and jewelry to local produce, there's a lot to shop for. On Mondays it transforms into a flea-market, while Saturdays are reserved for organic foods. Stock up on your provisions for the month or find some little treasure to take home as a souvenir. Feel free to bargain with the locals, who offer some really reasonable prices, and while here, make your way to Café Winkel for their famous pies.
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.
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.