As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent my spring break travelling to Amsterdam and Prague. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Amsterdam has some wonderful fashion! (and that Prague, well…doesn´t!)
Amsterdam is a great city for vintage shops and small boutiques, which I think are some shopping experiences that Madrid lacks. The Tribunal-Alonso Martinez-Chueca area is up and coming in that sense, lately a few select vintage shops are popping up, but it´s still no where Amsterdam in that sense.
One of the best areas to shop in boutiques is called the¨Nine Streets¨. This area is outside of the Red Light District and the main center, near the Anne Frank House. This was my favorite part of town (it´s called the Jordaan area) as it was not ´seedy´at all and had some amazing little shops and restaurants. The only downside was that it was fairly expensive.
You can find more information here on the NINE STREETS.
One of my favorite shops below (please excuse the less than perfect pictures) was De Maagd De Leeuw. I was obsessed with these clutches in which the handles double as ´rings´. This shop can be found in the Nine Streets, more specifically on Hartenstraat 32.
A great area for vintage shops is just walking from the red light district, more specifically on Kloveniersburgwal with Nieuwe Hoogstraat you can find several little vintage shops, there is a used english bookstore around the corner, and more fun little boutiques. As these are more vintage and second hand, obviously the prices are cheaper.
If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam, make sure to head to these areas for a unique shopping experience.