Many Europeans visit Holland each year in search of some original Dutch food and fashion. Amsterdam is particularly popular and is easy to reach by train from most major European cities. Amsterdam is set up especially for tourists with specifically designated shopping and dining clusters. If you are planning to visit Amsterdam for the purpose of shopping then you will want to make sure that your Amsterdam city centre hotel is close to one of these locations.
The Nines Street
The Nines Street is a specially designated shopping and dining zone just a short distance from the Central Train Station. It is quite easy to walk to this area though a taxi may be more suitable f you carrying extra luggage. There are also numerous hotels located here with lovely city life views that will be sure to please you and your travel partners.
Some of the best clothing stores in Amsterdam are located in The Nines Street cluster. There is everything from vintage wear to trendy fashion boutiques. You will also find numerous accessories stores and tourist trinket shops selling the latest trend in national symbolism.
Cafes and restaurants line the streets. Sidewalk patios are often packed on sunny days when the weather offers the perfect excuse for enjoying the cheery Amsterdam atmosphere. Because The Nines Street is so close to the Central Train Station, it is often the first place day tourists stop off. As such, the area is always bristling with excitement and fun.
Rembrandtplein is one of the oldest town squares in Amsterdam as it was originally constructed as a parking location for horses and wagons just outside the inner city walls. It is named after the famous artist Rembrandt van Rijn to recognize the contribution that he has made to the country’s national image.
Rembrandtplein is located in the east of the city amidst the famous eastern canal system. You can take a tram to the plaza then hop into a canal water taxi to visit various other hotspots throughout the city. Rembrandtplein is also the starting point for the city walking tour. When you arrive, look for the nearest tourist authority and purchase your audio commentary and canal map to join the journey.
As for shopping and dining, Rembrandtplein caters mainly to tourists. As such, the prices are slightly elevated and food may be less authentic than elsewhere. That said, it is one of the best places to dine at night if you are looking to have a good time. At night, the plaza turns into a virtual disco world with music and the smell of alcohol seeping out of every corner.
Utrechsestraat is probably one of the most celebrated shopping districts in Amsterdam as both tourists and locals frequent it. Utrechsestraat is easy to get to by water taxi from Rembrandtplein as it is also conveniently located in the eastern canal system.
The street is a shopping mecca with plenty of trendy boutiques to send your head into a spin. Shopping in Europe is a tireless activity with so many interesting styles at decent, low cost prices to choose from. There is also a fair share of high-end fashion stores at Utrechsestraat, but the best idea is to simply explore and see what you can find.
Quaint cafes and hip bars also make this a favourite place for tourists and locals. At night, the shops close down and the nightlife comes alive. Utrechsestraat is much quieter than Rembrandtplein as well as more charming and authentic. It is a great place for young couples and groups of friends.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Amsterdam City Centre Hotel content.