Amsterdam is a great place for shopping, especially for antiques, books, diamonds, and curiosities. You have to adjust your Amsterdam shopping according to the weekend, so that you can start right after the shops open up at 1 pm on Mondays till 6pm, and from 9/10 am to 6pm from Tuesday to Friday. Enjoying night shopping, say until 9 pm, is also available but on Thursdays in most shops. But everyone closes on Saturdays at 5pm to catch some hours of the week end! Some supermarkets are an exception to the timing schedule and stay opened until 8 or 10 pm. Cars are banned to enter many roads in the city center, the thing which is in favor for pleasant shopping! But don’t get me wrong, you will still find busses, trams, taxis and bicycles, so watch out!
Let’s start at Nieuwedijk-Kalverstraat which is a pedestrian area of about 1 km, and full of shops, this is the area for your shopping in Amsterdam! There is nearly no traffic there, only a constant stream of tourists, students, scholars, excursionists and locals! You’ll find there mainly clothes (more specifically sportswear), music and gift shops with that special Amsterdam vibe. Let’s go to the famous Dam square, the most important square in the center of Amsterdam, where you can find Nieuwedijk-Kalverstraat road. More shoes, clothing, bags, gift shops, cards, perfume, and the usual coffee shop, local and worldwide famous fast food chains (some of them have more than one branch in the very same road!) and ice cream salon!