Souvenir Shopping (Self Guided), Amsterdam

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Tea Bar
  • Parkarma / Mesimu
  • Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room
  • Puccini Bomboni
  • Magna Plaza
  • De Bierkoning
  • De Bijenkorf
  • De Klompenboer/Wooden Shoe Factory
Tea Bar

1) Tea Bar

Tea Bar is a charming shop on Haarlemmerdijk, a wonderful shopping street close to the central train station in Amsterdam. At Tea Bar you can fill bags with their many tasty tea blends, or mix to create your own. They also sell a variety of tea accessories and tasty snacks.

With more than 60 kinds of tea displayed in transparent containers along the shop wall, there is plenty to choose from. The fresh mixtures are lovely to see and smell, with dried flowers and fruits sprinkled throughout the blends. Take your time to explore their offerings and fill a few bags with your favorites. Add a heart or robot shaped strainer for the perfect gift for a tea drinker.

Follow your senses to choose the best blends or the friendly shop owners will help you find teas to please your gift recipients. Popular tea blends include Oudhollandse appeltaart (Dutch apple pie), Choco Chanel (nutty chocolate), and Mangolicious. Tea Bar also carries the more typical black, green, rooibos and white teas. After making your purchase, upstairs there is a quiet little nook where you can sit and sip a cup of tea with a cookie or cake.

Hours: Monday 11:00-18:00, Tuesday-Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.
Parkarma / Mesimu

2) Parkarma / Mesimu

Mesimu is a label of colorful handmade wallets and bags started by Dutch couple Indy and Erik in 2004. They began selling their unique t-shirts and handbags at the crafts market in Amsterdam. In 2009, the couple relocated with their two small children to Thailand, where they opened a workshop to assemble their limited edition creations in a fair and ethical way.

A wonderful gift for friends or family, the wallets are made of Japanese cotton fabric and come in various colors and prints. There is one front zipper pocket and the wallet has a zip close, making it very secure. The inside of the wallet is a contrasting fabric and contains another zipper pocket and five clear plastic credit card slots.

Parkarma on Haarlemmerstraat has many styles of these charming and unique bags and wallets in their shop. There is sure to be something for nearly everyone on your gift list.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30-18:00, Sunday 12:00-17:30.
Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room

3) Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room

It is absolutely a fun experience to taste some of the finest Dutch cheeses, and the Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room offers exactly that. The traditional aging process of Reypenaer cheeses is unique in the Netherlands. Since the artisan cheeses are matured in an entirely natural way, this process leads to a distinctive and rich taste with its mouth-watering aroma.

In the nice and cozy basement of the shop, you will compare the different cheeses and learn the processes to get different flavors, all under the guidance of a cheese expert. Each session lasts approximately one hour, with plenty of cheese and wine provided. All in all, a good opportunity to learn more about how to really taste and describe cheeses, and how to pair them with wine (the addition of wine changes their flavor). After the tasting, you will definitely want to take something home!

Shop Opening Hours:
Mon: 12–6pm, Tue-Sat: 10am–6pm; Sun: 11am–6pm
Cheese tasting sessions require a reservation
Puccini Bomboni

4) Puccini Bomboni

Amsterdam chocolatier Puccini Bomboni creates handmade bonbons in delectable flavors such as lavender, drambuie, vanilla poppyseed, and as far-reaching as marzipan currant to black pepper. Entering the elegant shop, the visitor is struck by the deep cocoa scent permeating the air and the beautiful, large truffles arranged artfully on the table, lauded as some of the best in the world.

The chocolate delights are handmade on-site and do not contain added preservatives. Each bonbon is made using sustainable chocolate (an important buzz-phrase these days) and only the finest natural ingredients. Choose a selection of bonbons to be packaged in a cellophane bag or pretty purple box. A perfect gift for those chocoholics!

Be sure to purchase the chocolates shortly before you return home as they only keep for 7 days. That is, if they even make it to the recipient before you devour them yourself.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 9am–7pm, Sun, Mon: 11am–7pm
Magna Plaza

5) Magna Plaza

Magna Plaza is an elegant 19th century building, currently housing one of the few shopping malls in Amsterdam, located directly behind the Queen's Palace on Dam square. Built in 1895–1899, the building features a mix of Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance styles, and has been a rijksmonument – a listed national heritage site (one of the Top 100) of the Netherlands – since July 9, 1974. The brick exterior is heavily and variedly decorated with dimension stone, including window and door framings. Across the roof edges there are a large number of dormers, each with their own crow-stepped gable. Due to the pear-shaped crowns on top of the towers, the building is colloquially referred to as “Perenburg” (English: pearburg).
De Bierkoning

6) De Bierkoning

Mention Dutch beer and most people think of Heineken, a huge brand that is ubiquitous worldwide. As tasty as Heineken is, there are many other beers brewed in the Netherlands that are even more delicious!

A one-stop-shop for local and specialty beers, De Bierkoning is a charming beer shop/kingdom located in the center of the city that has been in place for many, many years. Spread over three floors, the shop carries a mindblowing selection of more than 1,000 Dutch and international brews and is nearly guaranteed to have whatever you may be looking for, as well as things you aren't likely to find again (cocoa beer, perhaps?).

The choice and selection of beer glasses and other accessories (mats, openers and the like) is outstanding, too. Prices are reasonable and the friendly staff can give some good advice on up-and-coming beers and those to look out for.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am–7pm; Sun: 12–7pm
De Bijenkorf

7) De Bijenkorf

De Bijenkorf (literally, "The Beehive") right on the Dam Square offers a really excellent range of Dutch merchandise that includes the souvenir goods for the folk back home (postcards, tea towels, mugs, t-shirts, etc.) as well as things you might purchase to remind you of your visit on a daily basis, such as kitchenware and other useful household items, which are quite different and very attractive. One of the first department stores in Europe, the classic building is beautiful outside and in; a cultural attraction in itself.

If you decide to visit, make your way to the top floor and you will find a delightful dining spot – part restaurant, part cafeteria – which is all fun and beautifully presented, with a nice view over the city.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am–9pm; Sun, Mon: 11am–9pm
De Klompenboer/Wooden Shoe Factory

8) De Klompenboer/Wooden Shoe Factory

When people think of Holland they often imagine windmills and wooden shoes. So why not bring home some custom clogs for your friends and family? De Klompenboer is a shop located in a former metro station that sells clogs in every shape and size, and a variety of colors and patterns. They also have a demonstration of clog painting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can find wooden clogs all over Amsterdam, but at De Klompenboer you can ask to have a custom design or name painted on the shoes.

Perhaps the 'klompen' are not so practical or comfortable to wear around town, but it is possible to put them to other use. Maybe a custom decorated clog could be used as a paperweight, as they are a bit heavy. Or a wooden shoe could be planted with a small plant, the flowers peeking from the heel. So charming! Numbers could be painted on the shoes and they could be hung on a wall to be used for a house address. Just use your imagination to turn something found in nearly every tourist shop in the Netherlands into something unique for your friends and family back at home.

Monday-Sunday 10:00-18:00

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