Souvenir Shopping Part 2, 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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Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: Daniel
Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje

1) Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje

What to buy here: Dutch Licorice. Price: €1 per gram.

The Dutch have the highest per capita consumption of licorice in the world - they really love their 'drop' (licorice). There are many styles of 'drop' in every grocery store and candy shop in Amsterdam. Sweet, honey, salty, hard, chewy, minty - who knew licorice could be so complicated?

You can buy 'drop' in many stores in Amsterdam but Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje is like a step back in time. In this old-style candy shop, the proprietor fills paper triangle bags with a variety of whatever candies you choose from the large glass jars lining the shelves. Even if you do not usually like licorice, you must try this local favorite, especially the flavored and salty varieties. This sweet shop also has a large range of gummy candies, chocolates, and sugar-free sweets.

If you cannot make it to Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje, try the Jamin candy shop chain with locations all over Amsterdam. Fill your bags with sweet delights and try to save some for your loved ones back home.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-18:30, Sunday 12:00-17:00
Kitsch Kitchen

2) Kitsch Kitchen

What to buy here: Dutch-Kitsch Bicycle Seat Cover. Price: €7-10.

Do you have a friend or family member who likes to ride a bicycle? Well, you are in luck! Since Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-loving European cities, there is an abundance of bike related items available to purchase all over town.

A bicycle seat cover is a decorative and very useful item to have. Sold in almost every conceivable pattern and color, a seat cover can add flair to your bicycle. In addition, the waterproof cover keeps your saddle clean and dry. Children love that it makes their bicycle cool and different.

Kitsch Kitchen is a wonderfully bright and colorful shop with a variety of items ranging from umbrellas to kitchen supplies. The store is quite famous for their items made from kaleidoscope oilcloth fabrics. Their bicycle seat covers are flowery and fun, and you can purchase matching bicycle panniers or handbags as well. Fantastic seat covers are also made by Dutch company BikeCap, and can be found around town at bicycle shops and other boutiques. Their Holland themed covers in Delftware, windmill, and cow patterns are quite charming.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-18:00, Sunday 12:00-17:00
Raw Materials

3) Raw Materials

What to buy here: Cowboys Belts by Dutch fashion brand Cowboys Belt, that was founded in Amsterdam in 1980 in an old hospital building. The idea was to create rugged, high quality leather belts for men and women. This brand has become a leading trendsetter in belts, and now also makes handbags and jackets.

Cowboys Belt is a collection that aims to convey personality and individuality. Nearly all of their belts are handmade and produced in the Netherlands. Some are simple leather, distressed by agitation in a concrete mixer. Other versions are decorated with metal studs and grommets.

One of these distinctive belts would be a fabulous gift for that fashion-conscious guy or girl. A long skinny studded belt would look terrific over a floral dress or cardigan, while the thick distressed leather belts would be great with a pair of jeans. A collection of Cowboys Belts can be found at the trendy home decor store Raw Materials and at several clothing boutiques in the center of Amsterdam.

Price: €20-30

Hours: Monday 12:00-18:00, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-19:00
La Savonnerie

4) La Savonnerie

What to buy here: Handmade Soaps. Price: €3.50-10.

La Savonnerie is a little sweet-smelling shop that makes their own soaps in a rainbow of more than 50 colors and scents. Most of the soaps are printed with the name of the shop and 'Amsterdam', which makes an ideal and affordable gift from your travels. The soaps can even be imprinted with a personal message or a name for a customized present. Sets like their tulip shaped soaps are also a wonderful memento of the iconic flower of the Netherlands.

The owner mills the soaps in the French style, hence the name of the shop. She uses all natural ingredients and scented oils to create the floral and fruity varieties. Some favorite scents are strawberry, orange, and eucalyptus. Watch the soaps being made in the rear of the shop, or at their sister store Nilsen Cadeau & Zo near the museum square.

The shop also carries other European bath products and accessories that you could combine with the handmade soaps for a luxurious gift package.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-18:00
G-Star Store

5) G-Star Store

What to buy here: Dutch designer jeans. Price: €100-170.

Nearly everyone wears jeans nowadays, so what better gift from your trip to Amsterdam than a pair of Dutch designer jeans? G-Star RAW, commonly called G-Star, is a Dutch designer clothing company that specializes in denim and urban street wear. G-Star clothing is very popular with young people in Amsterdam, across Europe, and worldwide.

G-Star is known for innovative and edgy style in the world of jeans since they pioneered the use of raw untreated denim in 1996. Their stylish designs include funky details like leather and zippers, as well as complex seams. Of course, designer denim is known to be quite pricey and G-Star is no exception. Their jeans cost about €100-170, but perhaps you will get lucky and visit Amsterdam during a sale. Check out their huge flagship store in the swanky area near the museum square and pick up a pair of G-Star jeans for that stylish person back home. G-Star can also be found at many clothing boutiques around Amsterdam, including the large department store, De Bijenkorf.

Hours: Monday 12:00-19:00, Tuesday-Wednesday 10:00-19:00, Thursday 10:00-21:00, Friday-Saturday 10:00-19:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00
House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience

6) House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience

What to buy here: Genever (also called Jenever) is the traditional liquor of the Netherlands, from which gin evolved. Some tasters say the flavor of this spirit is similar to white whiskey. It is very good for mixing into cocktails, in fact many classic British gin cocktail recipes originally called for genever. Oude (old) genever is the traditional style, with a malty botanical flavor. Jonge (young) genever is a newer recipe with a cleaner taste, more similar to vodka. A bottle of genever from Amsterdam would be a really fun gift for the cocktail or spirits lover.

There are several genever distilleries in Amsterdam, each with their own secret recipes. Bols, the world's oldest distilled liquor brand, has been based in Amsterdam since 1585. Visitors can take a tour through the House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience to learn about the spirit, sample a cocktail in the Mirror Bar, and then browse for gifts in their shop. This is the only shop in the world where you can buy all flavors of the Bols liqueurs, but you can find this and other brands of genever in stores around Amsterdam.

Price: €10-25

Hours: Monday-Thursday 12:00-18:30, Friday 12:00-22:00, Saturday 12:00-20:00
Van Gogh Museum Shop

7) Van Gogh Museum Shop

What to buy here: Van Gogh Memory Game. Price: €16.50.

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter. He was quite prolific, producing more than 2,000 artworks in ten years time, including 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches. The Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum has created a fun and educational memory game featuring paintings and sketches by Van Gogh. Each card comes with a description and explanation of the paintings and sketches on the other side.

This game is no ordinary matching game, as the two cards to be paired are not exactly the same but share a similar theme. One pair might be the sketch and the other the resulting painting, or perhaps two self-portraits, or maybe two paintings of flowers in vases. Together the images tell a story about Van Gogh. The artworks are all from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This game would be a wonderful gift for an art lover, combining entertainment with an education about Van Gogh's art and life.
Blond Amsterdam

8) Blond Amsterdam

What to buy here: Breakfast Set by local designer Blond Amsterdam. Price: €20.

Ten years ago, blonde girlfriends Femque and Janneke started a popular home decor line called Blond Amsterdam. Cute colorful hand painted pottery, fabrics, and stationary can be found in their flagship shop and also in other department stores and boutiques around Amsterdam. Their designs, like this boxed breakfast set, make a great girly gift for your sisters, mom or grandma.

This breakfast set includes two plates, two bowls, two large mugs, and two small cups - all packaged in a cute dotted gift box. Choose among several patterns: their signature cartoon style, adorable drawings of breakfast foods, or colorful dots and stripes. Their ceramics also come in a fun blue pattern “Delfts Blond” based on traditional Dutch Delftware.

In addition to their selection of charming patterns, Blond Amsterdam takes custom orders, and will paint a name or image of your choice on their pottery with Dutch girly flair.

Hours: Monday 12:00-18:00, Tuesday-Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.
De Winkel van Nijntje

9) De Winkel van Nijntje

What to buy here: a Nijntje Knuffel (bunny rabbit). Price: €15 and up.

Nijntje is a famous cartoon rabbit from a series of 1950s children's books by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Bruna has written more than 100 books, which have now been translated into 40 different languages. The name Nijntje comes from a child's mispronunciation of the Dutch 'konijntje' or bunny rabbit, but Nijntje is usually known as 'Miffy' in the translated versions. Some people believe Hello Kitty is a copy of Nijntje.

A wonderful Dutch souvenir for a child is a Nijntje knuffel or 'stuffed animal', which also means 'hug' in Dutch. How sweet! Combine a knuffel with a book about one of Nijntje's adventures. The small format books each contain 16 pages, and are recommended for children aged 4 to 8. Most of the books have a short story about Nijntje's adventures but a few have only drawings without text. Knuffels featuring Nijntje in various outfits can be found in many shops in Amsterdam, including De Winkel van Nijntje, a store solely dedicated to the cute baby bunny.

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

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Amsterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Center Museums Walk

Old Center Museums Walk

Amsterdam is home to more than 50 museums and galleries reflecting the city's cultural diversity and appealing to a wide range of visitors. This self-guided tour is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the most attractive museums located in Amsterdam's Old Center, such as the Maritime Museum and the NEMO science center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Churches Walking Tour

Churches Walking Tour

Amsterdam's numerous churches are an unique example of architectural diversity. Whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in the architectural and historic aspects, Amsterdam will not disappoint. Take this tour to visit the most important religious sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Museum Quarter Walk

Museum Quarter Walk

The museums of Amsterdam are among the main tourist attractions of the city. Some of its museums are quite small, but nevertheless important, and some, like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are world famous and should not be missed. This tour gives you an opportunity to visit Amsterdam's most renowned museums and learn more about history, art and even the world of diamonds.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Old Center Gay Nightlife

Old Center Gay Nightlife

Amsterdam is second to none when it comes to tolerance and respect for individual uniqueness. This intimate city is an iconic gay destination and offers a wide range of gay bars and clubs. Follow this tour to visit some of the best rated gay venues in Amsterdam's Old Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

The Western Canal Belt is one of the most scenic parts of Amsterdam, it is where the web of historic canals is most tranquil. Various attractions are found here, from tiny shops and cafes to churches, museums and galleries. Take this tour and see the best sites of the Western Canal Belt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Amsterdam for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Amsterdam has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

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.