From vintage treasures to designer labels, Amsterdam offers an endless choice of places to get your boutique retail fix. The undisputed shopping capital of the Netherlands, the hugely popular tourist city is home to an incredibly diverse mix of trendy, antique and modern shopping opportunities – and everything in between – with plenty of affordable stores to be found among the mix.
Far from being concentrated in one district, Amsterdam’s best shopping spots are dotted throughout the city. If you’re planning a trip here and would like to pick up some boutique bargains during your stay, we’ve done some research and picked out 7 of the best affordable boutique shops that Amsterdam has to offer.
Bon Bon Boutique
Founded in 2008, BonBon Boutique has grown rapidly since opening in 2008, when it began as a one-woman operation, and today prides itself on being not just a commercial endeavour but one that promotes creativity, diversity and a healthy work life balance for all connected to it. As for what you’ll find inside, the store is home to an impressive selection of handmade jewellery, all of which is created in their next door studio, with its minimalistic necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings featuring high quality materials such as gold filled and sterling silver, mixed with natural stones or glass.
LOCATION Rosmarijnsteeg 8 HOURS Mon-Sat 11am-6.30pm Sun 12pm-6pm
Situated in Amsterdam’s quaint, picturesque canal-district area of de Negen Straatjes (The 9 Streets) that’s dotted with vintage & designer boutiques, Ancecdote features a wide range of timeless women’s clothing in high-quality fabrics, with a focus on stylish knits. Designs waver between casual and office wear, with modern, casual cuts and silhouettes imbued with a classic sense of style. Prices can rise steeply depending on the item, but there’s plenty to be had here that won’t break the bank.
LOCATION Wolvenstraat 15 HOURS Tues-Weds @ Fri-Sat 10am-6pm Thurs 10am-7pm Sun-Mon 12pm-6pm
Housed within a bright white-painted store in the bohemian Amsterdam Pijp district, Cottoncake is a popular concept boutique where you can peruse an eclectic variety of clothing, jewellery, cosmetics & homewares. The store also has a charming on-site café serving up a range of drinks and light dishes that provides the perfect place to kick back and relax after indulging in some retail therapy.
LOCATION Eerste van der Helststraat 76HS HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-6.30pm Sat 10am-6pm Sun 11am-6pm
Hip Boutique sits on The De Clercqstraat, a popular shopping street in Amsterdam-West. It prides itself on its affordability, offering a select mix of women’s fashion brands for often impressively low prices, all designed to make every inner fashionista’s heart skip a beat. There’s an excellent mix of basics, seasonal must-haves and eye-catching items, with something to suit every budget and taste.
LOCATION De Clercqstraat 69 HOURS Tues-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-5pm Closed Sun-Mon
The Shirt Shop
Established in 1996 and situated a stone’s throw from Amsterdam’s famous floating Flower Market, this independent men’s boutique is renowned for its collection of quirky shirts and tops in vibrant novelty prints. With its items spread across showroom-style displays, including eye-catching window dressing, the store prides itself on eschewing global brands and instead cherry-picking its stock from small-scale clothing makers across Europe.
LOCATION Reguliersdwarsstraat 64 HOURS Mon-Sun 1pm-7pm
Catwalk Junkie Brand Store
Catwalk Junkie’s vivid, high-quality clothing collections can be found in hundreds of stores worldwide, but in Amsterdam the brand has its own dedicated boutique located in the city’s bustling The 9 streets district. Here, fashion-lovers can scour the rails for radiant eye-catchers, all made from top-notch materials that will give your clothing aesthetic a distinctive edge.
LOCATION Prinsengracht 419 HOURS Mon-Fri 11am-6pm sat 10am-6pm Sun 12pm-6pm
Rumors Vintage & Design
This chic boutique on the buzzing shopping avenue of Haarlemmerstraat is a fashion hotspot for anyone with a predilection for affordable vintage clothing. Featuring a broad, curated selection of dresses, blouses, suits, shoes, jackets and jewellery, the items here span the generations, from the roaring 1920s through the colourful ‘60s to the pearl-laden jewellery tastes of the ‘80s and ‘90s. The store also has a dedicated gentlemen’s department.
LOCATION Haarlemmerstraat 99 HOURS Mon-Sun 11am-7pm
By Paul Joseph