Amsterdam

What to buy in Amsterdam

07 Dec 2016

Don’t settle for a snow globe with a wind mill or a cheesy t-shirt. Here’s a list of our favourite Amsterdam souvenirs.


What to buy in Amsterdam

Ajax memorabilia - Back in its heyday, when Ajax, the local football club, was among Europe's elite teams, loads of merchandise was produced and that tradition hasn't subsided. Ajax souvenirs can be found at shops throughout the city and, of course, at the World of Ajax Tour in Zuidoost.

Birthday calendar - What? A calendar with all the birthdays of friends and family filled in, and all that hanging on a wall in the toilet? The Dutch are crazy like that. If you want to adopt this weird custom you can buy all sorts of themed calendars in almost every tourist shop near the Dam or Rokin.

Cheese - If you don't include French, Danish or Tibetan yak cheese, there is indeed no cheese like Dutch cheese. For the best big chunks of Gouda, goat or sheep cheese go to Cheese & More on Leidsestraat. For gourmet cheese try Reypenaer (Singel 182). Our personal favourite would have to be Oude Amsterdam Kas (Old Amsterdam Cheese) sold at all local cheese shops.

Clogs & Wooden shoes - It's a typical tourist thing to do. Buy a pair of uncomfortable wooden shoes that you'll put away in a dark closet as soon as you're back home. But if you really want a pair, try Otten & Zn in De Pijp.

Delftware - The factory in Delft isn't exactly close to Amsterdam, but Delfts Blauw (blue porcelain) is sold everywhere in Amsterdam. Find a tourist shop and go wild with the little cute statues. We particularly like the Christmas ornaments at Jorrit Heinen (Prinsengracht 440) and Rinascimento (Prinsengracht 170).

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Over a year ago
vero
amsterdam
I would recommend to buy local handcraft. V@Amsterdam which is an Amsterdam based company, designs and sells beautiful pillow covers made by women disadvantaged on the employment market. They deliver world-wide. The houses on the pillows are all cut by hand and sewed on the pillow with a sewing machine. For an experienced worker it takes about 4 hours to make one small pillow. They are soft and very high quality. Check the website: www.vatamsterdam.com
Over a year ago
monique
new York,
Thank you. I appreciate your advice
Over a year ago
john
michigan,
terrible advice
Over a year ago
AMELA HAJDAREVIC STRUTINSKI
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA,
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL WRITTEN, THIS IS VERY HELPFUL, I WAS 2 TIMES IN AMSTERDAM BUT DID NOT BUY ANY LISTED ABOVE, NOW I KNOW WHAT TO BUY (I WASN'T WELL PREPARED.
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