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RIKA

Dutch women have a very distinctive style and no one encapsulates that better than Ulrika Lundgren. Her cult line, RIKA, consistently churns out timeless classics with surprising twists. Everything is functional and easy-going while remaining feminine with a bit of rock ‘n’ roll edge. Visit the boutique nestled among De 9 Straatjes on the Oude Spiegelstraat before popping into L’Etoile de Saint Honoré for a set of vintage LV luggage that would make Wes Anderson drool.

Droog

What began as a conceptual-design company has become a bit of an empire. With a sleek one-room hotel, an airy café and adjacent garden, you just might want to move in. In the shop, you’ll notice that everything is both beautiful and useful, with each product designed to enhance daily life. Nothing here is superfluous. Expect design products from labels like Dirk van der Kooij as well as clothes from fashion labels like Afriek and Uli Rapp.

Hutspot

A veritable treasure trove, Hutspot is a stylish concept store that combines a showroom for clothing, jewellery, art and furniture with an open workspace. Hutspot’s owners have an incredible eye, unearthing cool up-and-coming brands and designers – there’s always something new to see. Live music at the weekends and an elegant, industrial space ensure that no one leaves with buyer’s remorse.

Skins

Nothing to do with the TV series about teenage angst, and everything to do with flawless skin. Exclusively stocking iconic brands not available anywhere else in the Netherlands, Skins is paradise if you know your Aesop from your Eve Lom. There’s a dizzying selection of scents too, including first of its kind, Molecule 01, which morphs in essence depending on the host.

Nine Streets

A destination in its own right, the Nine Streets area is home to some of Amsterdam’s best-loved boutiques. This is where fashion-forward Instagram influencers head to pose on bridges, but it’s also where savvy locals come to seek out unique, stylish gems. From vintage to high end to quirky, there’s a shop for everyone here, so set aside plenty of time to explore.

  • Wolvenstraat 9
    1016 EM

byAMFI

Run by students from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, byAMFI sells unique pieces made by current students, teachers and alumni. It’s a chance to sniff out up-and-coming talent, and an opportunity to channel inimitable Dutch cool. Look out for the snazzy statement eveninwear which should be labelled under the category, “only for the brave”.

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  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam
    AMFI-Amsterdam Fashion Institute
    Mauritskade 11
    1091 GC

Episode

Amsterdam isn’t short on vintage shops – Episode alone has four stores – but its recent global expansion to cities including Paris and Copenhagen is testament to the quality of what they source here. Collections change with the season, so there’s always something on trend to be found if you do enough digging, and there’s a huge range of to-die-for leather jackets laying in wait. Eyes are likely to be bigger than your suitcase, so leave space if you can.

Rush Hour

This legendary record store underwent a slick makeover, and the result is the antithesis of most vinyl shops; glossy, bright and with plenty of space to do some serious crate digging. Come with a tune selection already in mind, or throw yourself into the unknown of sections beguilingly entitled “sublime frequencies” and “Turkish psych”. A music lover’s dream.

Albert Cuyp Market

Europe’s largest market, Albert Cuyp, snakes through De Pijp’s streets for over a mile every Monday to Saturday. Unsurprisingly, it’s quite a chaotic affair, with locals and tourists jostling for space in front of myriad stalls, but there are some treats to be found if you’ve the patience to unearth them – and if not, plenty of cafés where you can take a rest. Primarily though, come here to sample local delicacies like cheese, herring and stroopwaffel – you’re not allowed to leave Amsterdam until you’re hooked on warm caramel syrup.

RIKA

Droog

Hutspot

Skins

Nine Streets

byAMFI

Episode

Rush Hour

Albert Cuyp Market

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