Souvenir Shopping Part 1 (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 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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