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.
"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.
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.
Patisserie Holtkamp Amsterdam is an Amsterdam tradition when it comes to baked goods and pastries; Dutch people reserve birthday cakes from Holtkamp for loved ones. Of course, the prices are somewhat high, but the flavor is more than worth the penny paid. Chocolate flavors are brought out with complementary liquors and molded into artistic creations. Fruit tarts feature fresh sweet and tart flavors that are as visually attractive as they are delicious. For those who prefer snacks above sweets, Holtkamp also has a quick turnover rate for their quiches and ragouts. Their croquettes are famous, and if you don't know what that is, all the more reason to try one from a shop whose recipe is famous!
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.
Capsicum Natuurstoffen located on Oude Hoogstraat in the old city center, is a home for products made from natural fibers. The shop has served customers since 1980 and has become a popular tourist destination to buy bed spreads, cushion covers, curtains and kimonos and Kurtas. Remember to check the hand-woven silk scarves and mattresses. The light weight 100 per cent cotton Kimonos is the best thing to wear on a beach. The Indian Kurtas (long shirt made from cotton) are made by hand with delicate embroidery and is the store's specialty. Besides the readymade products you can also buy cotton and silk fabrics, like Autumn cotton, Batik cotton, Cannur cotton and Dupion Silk.
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.
Located in Amsterdam's chic and picturesque Jordaan area, LouLou is a clothing boutique with a retro, 1960s feel, perfectly suited to the famous Nine Streets in which it resides. The store itself is compact and carries clothing lines for both winter and summer as well as a range of handmade accessories to suit any season. Elegant and classy, LouLou's clothes are a good choice for a girl looking to make an impression. And it's not just clothes and accessories you can buy here.