Amsterdam has it all as far as shopping is concerned from the big brands to hip little boutiques. A recent survey of the Best Cities to Shop in Europe, placed Amsterdam in a respectable 8th place. For standard international fashion like H&M and Footlocker take a stroll down the pedestrian Kalverstraat. If you can afford such names as Vuitton, Bulgari and Chanel then drive your Ferrari over to P.C. Hooftsraat in the Museum Quarter. Antique lovers will find a whole street lined with shops selling old maps, books, Delft tiles, furniture and art at Nieuwe Spiegelstraat leading up to the Rijksmuseum and shoppers who prefer small, yet trendy boutiques, family-run delicatessens and a generally fun street devoid of international chains should walk the length of the Haarlemmerstraat and Haarlemmerdijk. You can also find all kinds of interesting exotic sauces, spices and kitchenware in Chinatown near the Nieuwmarkt and funky interior design elements on Overtoom in West.
If you're a resident of a non-EU member state, you're eligible to take advantage of tax free shopping while visiting the Netherlands.
Lounge 2/Departures, Gate E, ABN AMRO, Counter 1
Departures 3/Landside, behind check-in desk 22
Lounge 3/Non-Schengen Area, departures 3 Airside
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