Dam square is the main square in town, it is where you'll find the Royal Palace, and coming from Central Station is easily reached walking straight over the Damrak. On Damrak you find the usual tourist related shops and main food-chains. Not really the best first impression for a city as old as Amsterdam. But the good news is that the street is slowly changing, to give it some more grandeur. Over the summer of 2014 some big fashion chains will open it's doors, like 'Zara' and one of my favourites '&Other stories'
Read a summery of my favourite shops and locations and scroll down for more detailed info, links to blogposts, pictures and opening hours of the specific locations... I am still working on adding more detailed info, so check back for more soon.What to do and see in this area ...
At Damrak 49 you will find Restaurant Stock where they serve breakfast, sandwiches and soup all day. Hotel Exchange is part of the concept. A hotel with a special love of fashion. Students of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute dressed the rooms like models on the catwalk. The result: a hotel where architecture meets fashion. Fashion related Concept store Options didn’t made it and had to close it doors… a restaurant still part of the same concept will open soon and Options has continued as a small online store.
On Dam square you will find the largest store of all called Bijenkorf a famous and recently modernised store with everything you can think off. There is a floor filled with lamps and mostly contemporary design and kitchen tools. But also many clothing brands, books parfum and many many more things. On one of the other corners of Dam you will find H&M with on the third floor the only and tiny H&M Home store in the Netherlands.
Around the Dam square you will find the main shopping areas with all the brands you will probably also find in your own hometown. Main shopping streets are Nieuwendijk & Kalverstraat connected by Dam square.
New in this area is Dille&Kamille. Dille & Kamille offers all essential basics for your home, garden and kitchen. Just about everything they sell is functional and designed of natural materials.
At Spui square you will find 2 large bookstores The ABC (American book centre and Waterstones (UK Bookstore). Brand new is HAY where you will find almost all products of this well known Danish brand.
Just behind the Spui on Singel 391 you’ll find Zafra-Amsterdam a tiny beautiful restored store in a 16th century canal house. Filled with local designer items from all the big world cities.
Exchange and Stock Damrak 49
H&M Home Dam
HAY Nieuwezijds voorburgwal 326/close to Spui
Zafra Amsterdam Singel 391 Design, home accessories, and coffee-Tea corner /close to spui