Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Amsterdam (Self Guided)

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 Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: Daniel
Tea Bar

1) Tea Bar

What to buy here: wide variety of local and international tea blends. Price: €3-5 for 100g.

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

What to buy here: Handmade Wallet by Dutch designer Mesimu. Price: €15-19. These colorful handmade wallets and bags are a creation of Mesimu, a label 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.
Klevering Centraal

3) Klevering Centraal

What to buy here: Dutch Design Chair - Momo Chair. Price: €19.95. A foldable chair made of cardboard that can hold a weight of more than 400 pounds? Yes indeed! The Dutch Design Chair is a clever concept with innovative construction.

This chair, also sold as the Momo Chair, is made of folded cardboard packed flat that you quickly and easily assemble yourself. And it is 100% recyclable too! The product is manufactured in the Netherlands.

The stool comes in many patterns including tree stump, world map, pebble, old wood, Delft pottery, sunflowers and polka dots. The stool measures 30x30x34 centimeters and can be used as a chair, a stool, a bedside table, or even carried to the park for a picnic! The more colorful patterns are perfect for a child's room. The box would easily fit in standard luggage, or carry it on the plane with the cleverly designed packaging. Simple to assemble and lightweight to move around the house for many uses, this stool makes a very versatile gift.

Hours: Monday 12:00-19:00, Tuesday-Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00
Het Grote Avontuur

4) Het Grote Avontuur

What to buy here: Dutch Birthday Calendar. Price: €24.50.

The 'verjaardagskalender' or birthday calendar is a commonplace sight in homes all over the Netherlands. This is a little different from your typical calendar in that its sole purpose is recording the birthdays of friends and family. It is usable year after year since it only shows the month and date, but no weekdays or years.

Another odd thing about these calendars is that they are usually found hanging by the toilet, presumably so that the owner of the calendar can be sure to peruse it daily and not miss congratulating someone on their special day.

This particular birthday calendar humorously depicts regional costumes from different towns or areas in the Netherlands. A charming gift that is certain to be useful to the recipient! But be sure not to write your own birthdate into the calendar, as this is considered quite rude to the Dutch. If you don't find yourself on someone's 'verjaardagskalendar', it means that you are not quite important enough to have made the cut. Perhaps dropping a not-so-subtle hint along with the gift would be more appropriate.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00-18:00, Sunday 12:00-17:00
Reypenaer Kaas Proeflokaal

5) Reypenaer Kaas Proeflokaal

What to buy here: Guillotine Cheese Slicer. Price: €24.

Have you ever tasted Dutch Gouda cheese, also known as 'Goudse kaas'? A yellow Dutch cheese made from cow's milk, Gouda is popular worldwide and eaten regularly throughout the Netherlands. Several varieties of Gouda cheese exist, including 'Jong' (young) and 'Belegen' (aged). The young cheeses are creamier and softer, while the aged versions are harder and have a sharper flavor.

Wyngaard is a Dutch family with a century of cheese making experience. At their shop in the charming center of Amsterdam, visitors can purchase their excellent cheeses. Sample the cheese in the boutique or get more in depth with a tasting course led by an expert, pairing the cheeses with port, wine and liqueurs.

Unique slicers in the style of guillotines are used to precisely cut the cheeses in the Reypenaer tasting room. The slicer is a wonderful gift for a cheese connoisseur or someone who enjoys entertaining. These guillotines can be used with Gouda cheese as well as other aged cheese such as Pecorino Romano.

Hours: Sunday, Monday 12:00-18:00, Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-18:00, Tasting workshops: Wednesday-Sunday 11:00-17:00
Puccini Bomboni

6) Puccini Bomboni

What to buy here: handmade chocolate delights. Price: €2-3 each.

Lauded as the best chocolates in the world, local Amsterdam chocolatier Puccini Bomboni creates handmade bonbons in delectable flavors such as lavender, drambuie, vanilla poppyseed, pepper, and plum. 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.

The chocolate delights are handmade on site, and do not contain added preservatives. 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.

Hours: Monday 12:00-18:00, Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-18:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00

7) Artika

What to buy here: Dutch design hangers and hooks. Price: €10.

These adorable animal head hooks were created by young product designer Jorine Oosterhoff, who was born in The Hague and studied in the Netherlands at the School of Art and Design in Arnhem. She says that she wanted to become a product designer to create art that can be utilized. Her coat hangers are the perfect combination of whimsy and functionality.

The animal head coat hooks come in several variations and colors - rabbit, horse, deer, pig, cow, and duck heads in white, black, green, blue, silver, or red. Something for everyone! These hooks would be fun in a child's room or could add an eye-catching detail to a minimalist decor. Not just for coats, the hooks could also be used for oven mitts in the kitchen or towels in the bath.

Jorine Oosterhoff has also designed similar products for this line including animal head magnets and doorstops. Purchase one or several as a creative gift for that animal lover in your life.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00-17:00
De Bierkoning

8) De Bierkoning

What to buy here: Local Dutch Beers. Price: €1.50-7.00 each.

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! There are more than 50 breweries in the Netherlands, serving up all kinds of delightful beers.

Brouwerij 't IJ is one of these brewers, and they are located right in Amsterdam next to a windmill. Their beer is organic and delicious. Another local Amsterdam brewer is Brouwerij de Prael, located in the center close to the central train station. Just a 15-minute train ride west of Amsterdam is the charming town of Haarlem, where Jopen beer is brewed in a converted church. Jopen makes at least eight varieties of beer including one or two seasonal beers. You can visit any of these breweries to taste their products and purchase bottles to take home. These beers can be quite difficult if not impossible to find outside of the Netherlands. What a fantastic gift!

A one-stop-shop for local and specialty beers, De Bierkoning is a charming beer shop/kingdom located in the center of the city. Their shop carries a mindblowing selection of beers and is nearly guaranteed to have whatever you may be looking for. Buy a few local beers to take home with you or have the shop ship them for you. Proost!

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sunday: 1:00–6:00 pm.
De Bijenkorf

9) De Bijenkorf

What to buy here: Pip Studio Bathrobe. Price: €99.95.

Pip Studio is a home decor line based in Amsterdam with the motto: ‘Happy products for happy people'. The colorful products created by the eponymous designer are developing quite a following worldwide. Pip Studio sells bedding, bath towels, tableware, stationery, and bags all in a characteristic bright flowery style.

Pip's bathrobes are made of luxuriously soft 100% cotton velour. The warm hooded robes come in a variety of floral prints and are sized from XXS to XL. They would make a fantastic gift for someone who loves to lounge around the house in cozy comfort.

Designer Pip says her palette is influenced by the beautiful but mundane things she sees in the world around her: flowers, antiques, and her pet Lovebird, Tjommy. The Pip Studio logo is in fact a girl with a bird atop her head.

In Amsterdam the Pip Studio products can be found exclusively at De Bijenkorf, an upscale department store located in the center of the city at Dam Square. They carry a full range of Pip items including all colors of the cozy bathrobes.

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10:00-19:00, Thursday, Friday 10:00-21:00, Saturday 9:30-19:00, Sunday 11:00-19:00
De Klompenboer/Wooden Shoe Factory

10) De Klompenboer/Wooden Shoe Factory

What to buy here: Dutch Custom Clogs. Price: €10-25.

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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Travel Distance: 2.7 km

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Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Amsterdam's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the I Amsterdam City Card, Amsterdam City Pass, Amsterdam City Pass Plus, or Amsterdam Pass (by Stromma).

A city pass combines all or multiple Amsterdam' top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Amsterdam hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Hotel TwentySeven, Swissôtel Amsterdam.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Amsterdam, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Amsterdam typically costs from around US$25 up to US$40 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat calling at all of Amsterdam's major attractions, museums and shopping centers. En route, you can listen in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages and get on and off at any of the stops along the way as often as you like.

- Discover Amsterdam with the taste of beer on a relaxing 75-minute canal cruise gliding past beautiful bridges, buildings and houseboats, calling at the former Heineken brewery for an ultimate cultural experience and a free pint to enjoy.

- Pedal your way around Amsterdam's quirky quarters and picturesque waterways on a guided city bike tour. In the course of 3 hours you will visit the city's eclectic sights stopping at the most notable of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Take a morning walk around Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide for an insider view of Holland's most fascinating city. This tour will take you along Amsterdam's enchanting canals to its must-see attractions away from tourist crowds. A complete overview of Amsterdam from the ground up!

- Treat yourself to some of the best Dutch and international delicacies Amsterdam has to offer on a 3-hour food journey across the city visiting, among other locations, a typical local market, beer garden, and a family-run restaurant.

- Step back in time to the dark years of the German occupation of Holland during World War II on a 2-hour historical walking tour of Amsterdam. Feel what it was like, learn the story of Anne Frank, visit the Jewish Quarter and other memorable places.

- Visit the infamous Red Light District, once the most dangerous part of Amsterdam, now synonymous with the city itself. See how the area has transformed, over the years, from the dark “gutter” with shady dens of vice to the lively district with welcoming pubs and restaurants.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Amsterdam, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Giethoorn, Bruges, Zaanse Schans, Keukenhof, and Holland’s countryside. For as little as US$50+ to US$180+ per person you will get a chance to discover “Venice of The Netherlands” and the Garden of Europe, visit one of the most captivating cities in Belgium, explore the charming Dutch villages with eye-catching windmills and picturesque canals, acquaint yourself with the traditional Dutch crafts (clog- and cheese making), taste the local pancakes and cheeses, and so much more! For any of these tours you may be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Amsterdam, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan to the destination of your choice and back again.