Welkom (Dutch for welcome) my dear readers as we rock a pair of wooden clogs, eat some fabulous Gouda cheese, plant some beyond beautiful tulip bulbs, and fit as many Dutch stereotypes into this post about 25 of the best souvenirs in Amsterdam as humanly possible.
I kid, I kid.
Because in all seriousness, there is so much more to one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands than windmills, tulip fields, the Red Light District, and legalized Marijuana.
I’m sure some of you out there will make the very first stop of your Amsterdam 3 day itinerary at an authentic, Dutch coffeeshop (AKA an establishment that legally sells Cannabis).
No judgment here though since that is 100% your prerogative.
But, putting all talk of Dutch coffeeshops aside, if you’re looking to take a thin slice of Amsterdam home with you then you have come to the right place.
Because let’s be honest:
Amsterdam is beyond awesome, which is why you obviously NEED to bring some of those sweet, sweet Amsterdam vibes home with you.
I kind of sort of have to confess that hi, my name is Girl with the Passport, and I have a not-so-little shopping addiction that isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
Which is why:
I am overly qualified when it comes to writing this post about 25 of the best Dutch souvenirs out there.
Just take a brief look at my monthly credit card statement and you’ll understand why I say that.
Now, time for some full disclosure.
Because although you will see some cliche AF items on here, don’t preemptively judge me and immediately throw the proverbial book at me in disgust.
No, for real!
Just keep reading and I pinkie promise that you’ll find a ton of super unique, totally surprising mementos on this hella awesome list of the best souvenirs from Amsterdam.
If you’re ready to embrace the shopaholic within, then let’s forego the idle chit chat and swan dive into this epic post about some of the absolute best Amsterdam souvenirs out there.
Because as Madonna once said:
“‘Cause we are living in a material world and I am a material girl.”
Yup, that quote really was about as deep as a mud puddle. LOL.
Since I am incapable of making it rain money, there’s a high chance that this post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
***Looking for one of the best hotels in Amsterdam? Then definitely check out Hotel Okura or Citizen M Amsterdam (if you’re looking for luxury), Hotel Van Gogh (if you’re looking for a mid-range hotel), or the Pulitzer (for a lovely boutique hotel). But hotels in Amsterdam tend to be pricy and fill up fast so book your hotel room WAY in advance!***
1. Wooden Dutch Clogs
Okay my friends:
I think it’s time to get about as real as humnaly possible.
Because the truth is:
You will NOT find any Amsterdam locals joyfully frolicking through tulip fields while wearing an ultra-snazzy pair of windmill and Amsterdam quote emblazoned clogs.
Yeah, sorry but that just ain’t gonna happen. However:
Even though many city residents have long since ditched their clogs for a chic pair of boots or an uber-comfy pair of sneakers, these iconic wooden shoes are still a total must when comes to Amsterdam souvenirs since, well, there really is nothing quite as quintessentially Dutch as a pair of wooden clogs.
Which makes sense when you realize that clogs, or “Klompen”, have actually been worn in the Netherlands since medieval times, when locals used them to keep their feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer since they are great at absorbing excess perspiration.
Clogs also provided Amsterdamers of old with some much needed foot support and an extra layer of protection when walking through the sometimes not-so-clean and not-so-well paved streets of Amsterdam.
If you want to procure a little piece of Dutch history for yourself, then stop by De Klompenboer and pick up a pair of custom made clogs!
Because this store is currently home to the largest selection of traditional, handcrafted clogs in Amsterdam and offers customized painting services that guests can use to obtain clogs with truly one of a kind designs (If you have time, you can also take a day trip to Zaanse Schans. Located less than an hour outside of Amsterdam, this Zaandam neighborhood is the perfect place to see a wealth of historic windmills and distinctive green homes that make this feel like a charming, 18th-century village. You can also stop by the Zaans Museum and see a selection of regional costumes, model windmills, and experience interactive exhibits on chocolate making and clog carving).
If you’re interested:
You can also stop by on either a Tuesday or Thursday for a live, clog painting demonstration, where you can see exactly how traditional, Dutch clogs are made.
If you’re searching for some traditional Dutch souvenirs, then this is the place to go,
Are full size, wooden clogs the most practical Amsterdam souvenir on the planet?
No, but it’s also not like you actually have to wear them.
You can always just use them as a decorative piece inside your home; a bit of memorabilia that serves as a beautiful reminder of your very first trip to Amsterdam.
***PSST, if you can’t wait until you go to Amsterdam to get your very own pair of Dutch clogs, then you can always order some from Amazon right now. Because of course, Amazon definitely sells them, along with almost anything else that you can imagine.***
Price: Between €10.00 and €25.00 a pair.
2. Get Some Bon Bons from Sweet Carambole
Artisinal chocolate is a huge part of the local food scene in Amsterdam.
If you walk along one of the city’s many picturesque canals, you’ll immediately be bombarded by shop windows full of vibrant, chocolate bonbon displays that come in every color, shape, and variety imaginable.
Not all chocolates are created equally.
If you dare to step inside a random chocolate shop or two, you’ll quickly be rewarded with beyond beautiful bonbons that are sadly, mediocre at best.
A scenario that is an absolute travesty since I for one think there’s really nothing worse than a piece of chocolate that is just not worth its high-calorie content.
That is not the case at Sweet Cramabole, which is an online chocolate boutique where owner, Rita, hand crafts some of the best bonbons that I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.
Not only are these vibrant, beyond beautiful bonbons total works of art, but they also come in a variety of ever-changing, seasonal flavors that demonstrate her total mastery of chocolate making,
Try a box filled with eight of her most delectable truffles, and you’ll immediately be catapulted into a whole new stratosphere of flavor, where no less than three different, high-quality, organic ingredients intertwine to create the stuff that foodie dreams are made of.
What are you waiting for? Order a box of her exquisite truffles today and enjoy a unique array of colors, aromas, and ingredients that make her specialty bonbons truly something to remember.
She uses no less than bean-to-bar chocolate from Hoja Verde in all of her wickedly wonderful creations.
Umm, need I say more?
Just be prepared though because her flavors are all strong and totally surprising.
But, I swear, I mean that in the best possible way.
Oh, and if you don’t feel like ordering her chocolates online and having them hand-delivered to you (FYI, these chocolates are pretty delicate and she doesn’t want them to get broken), then you can always pick up a box at either the Cacao Museum or at the Chocolátl premium chocolate shop.
***Another fantastic artisan, chocolatier in Amsterdam is Puccini Bomboni. Known for creating some of the finest chocolates in the world, this shop sells an amazing selection of homemade bonbons that include exquisite flavors like Vanilla Poppyseed, Fig Marzipan, Ginger, Marzipan Currant, and more! So, step inside this whimsical chocolate wonderland and watch in awe as their preservative-free chocolates are made right before your eyes. Because in all seriousness, I DARE you not to take a beautiful, purple box full of their signature chocolates home with you. I mean, the smell of the store alone will generate more drool than you thought humanly possible. That being said though, these chocolates do only have a shelf life of about week. Therefore, try and eat them ASAP, like right after you purchase them. Not that I think you’ll have any problem doing this. Instead, I think your biggest problem will be trying NOT to buy out the entire store.***
3. A Replica of a Dutch Windmill
When you fantasize about the enchanting beauty of Amsterdam:
I bet one of the first things that comes to mind is the quaint charm of an ancient, Dutch windmill.
I totally get it since a historic windmill standing proudly amidst a sea of multi-colored tulip fields is the stuff that Instagram dreams are made of.
Even though you can absolutely visit one of the country’s 1,200 remaining, tradtional windmills, most of which are used as eiher gristmills or polder mills (If you want to visit one for yourself, then check out places like Kinderdijk, Zaanse Schans, and Schiedam, which is home to the tallest windmill in the world), why not take this immortal piece of Amsterdam nostalgia home with you?
Because with shelves full of windmill figurines, windmill keywchains, windmill magnets, windmill t-shirts, and windmill encrusted mugs, many of the best souvenir shops in Amsterdam willl be overflowing with anything and everything windmill-inspired.
Many Amsterdam souvenir shops are totally overpirced and are, quite frankly, not worth your time.
If you’re looking for windmill gear that sin’t overpriced AF, then go where all the locals go and get all of your Amsterdam souvvenirs from Albert Cuypstraat.
This is a beyond awesome local market where you’ll find just about any souvenir that you can possibly imagine and all at a fraction of the price that you’d pay at a store in central Amsterdam.
Want to be even more of a total walking cliche?
Then visit Amsterdam’s very own Primark and purchase something from their reasonably priced collection of Amsterdam themed merchandise, which features a selection of clothing, handbags, and umbrellas that all have the word “Amsterdam” plastered on them..
You betcha! But hey, sometimes you’ve gotta embrace the tourist within and take a super mainstream Amsterdam souvenir home with you.
***Want a windmill replica but not planning on visiting Amsterdam any time soon? Then check out this awesome wooden dutch windmill, 3-D Puzzle! It’s the perfect way to pass time, especially if you’re stuck at home, while fondly remembering one of Europe’s most amaizng cities!***
Address: Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 BD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed Sundays).
How to Get There: Take the tram to De Pijp and walk to the market from there.
Price: Varies by vendor.
4. Tulip Bulbs
Amsterdam and tulips kind of go together like peanut butter and jelly.
A total match made in heaven.
Which is why you should definitely consider adding some tulip bulbs to your ever-growing list of best things to buy in Amsterdam.
Like with any other species of flower out there, tulips are seasonal.
Avoid buying them in the spring and try to purchase them sometime between mid-August and September instead, when the bulbs are at their best.
In an ideal world, you would take a day trip to Keukenhof, in the town of Lisse, and order some tulip bulbs from one of the largest flower gardens in the world. Like 32 hectares and 7 million tulips level big (FYI, this garden is only open seasonally, between mid-March and mid-May).
If you do order flowers here, be forewarned because you won’t actually be able to take them home with you.
Keukenhof will ship the flowers directly to you in Autumn when the bulbs are at their finest. A situation that I personally think it is a total win-win since you won’t actually have to worry about stuffing your suitcase full of tulip bulbs.
We do not live in a perfect world.
If you find yourself unable to visit Keukenhof, then head on over to Bloemenmarkt instead.
Because it is here, at this iconic floating flower market, that you’ll find vendors selling a variety of fresh tulips, tulip bulbs, and various other Dutch-inspired souvenirs.
Started in ye olde 1862:
This market currently sits along the Singel River, between Muntplein and Koningsplein. and is the best place to purchase fresh tulip bulbs in Amsterdam.
Is it touristy beyond belief?
Hell to the yeah.
It doesn’t really matter since the prices are good and the selection is awesome, at least, as long as you’re not looking for a fresh bouquet of flowers.
Because unfortunately, many of the shops here just don’t sell them anymore.
Womp, womp, womp.
Address: Singel, between Muntplein and Koningsplein, Southern Canal Belt in Amsterdam
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5.30 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Koningsplein Station and walk to the market from here.
Price: Around €5.79 each.
5. Lot Sixty One Coffee
Anyone who knows me knows that I love coffee almost as much as I love breathing, with breathing winning out slightly only because it’s essential to my imminent survival.
Given my perpetual love affair with what I fondly refer to as the “nectar of the Gods”, it should come as a surprise to exactly NO ONE that coffee made in on this list of things to buy from Amsterdam.
I wholeheartedly assure you that this isn’t just any old coffee.
This is premium coffee from none other than Lot Sixty One.
This industrial chic, hipster inspired, Kinkerstraat coffee shop is run by two Australians who actually roast their very own beans, on-site, in the lower level of a former school building.
When you’re drooling over the beautiful smell of fresh coffee hanging in the air, you’ll be admiring the black and white tiled floors, reclaimed wood countertops, and industrial coffee equipment that all make this a totally chill AF place to hang out.
Let’s be honest. You’re not really here for the ambiance, even though it is kind of sort of awesome. Instead, you’re here for the ridiculously tasty blends of coffee, which are tailor-made for coffee enthusiasts of every variety.
You are forbidden from leaving this fine, coffee making establishment without first grabbing a bag of their single-origin, Fivr, Bombora, or Zimbala Espresso.
Actually, you know what?
Feel free to procure a bag after you’ve snagged a seat outside, basked in the sun, and sipped on one of their exceptionally flavorful lattes.
You really should pair that latte with a slice of lemon cake or banana bread since I pigged out on both while I was here and regret nothing.
Address: Kinkerstraat 112, 1053 ED Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Ten Katestraat Station and walk to the coffee shop from here.
Price: A bag of coffee will cost anywhere between€5.00 and €13.00.
6. Gouda Cheese from Reypenaer Proeflokaal
Just in case you aren’t in the know:
Cheese is kind of a big deal in Amsterdam.
Walk through the streets of Amsterdam for just five minutes and you’ll quickly discover a dizzying array of cheesemongers who are all vying for your hard-earned dollars.
And their cheese of choice?
None other than Dutch Gouda, a mild, yellow cheese that is made of cow’s milk and that first originated in the Netherlands.
In terms of flavor profile:
Think of it as lying somewhere between a strong cheddar and a hardy parmesan. And depending on your personal flavor preferences, you can opt for a younger cheese, which is usually creamier and has a milder flavor, or an older cheese, which is usually harder and has a stronger flavor.
The absolute best place to savor all this beyond awesome, cheesy flavor is Reypenaer Proeflokaal, a family-owned, canalside, cheese tasting room that is a total must when in Amsterdam.
Definitely make reservations though, especially if you’re keen to do a proper cheese tasting since this place is far from a secret and tastings are limited to twenty people at a time.
I pinkie promise that this experience is totally worth it since, during your hour tasting, you’ll receive a selection of between six and seven Danish cheeses, all of which are perfectly complemented by a delicious sample of wine.
You’ll learn all about each variety of cheese offered, discover how they are made, receive a handy piece of paper where you can detail your experience (You can write down things like the cheese names, the flavors you taste, the smell/age of the cheese, etc.), and even procure a discount for any cheese that you purchase from their accompanying shop.
Which is why it’s super easy to add some delicious, Gouda cheese to your list of best souvenirs in Amsterdam.
And all for just €17.50 per person!
A pretty sweet deal if I do say so myself.
You could always just skip the tasting altogether and head straight for their shop, where you can purchase some Reypenaer (aged 1 year), Reypenaer V.S.O.P (aged 2 years), or Reypenaer X.O. (aged 2 1/2 to 3 years) cheeses to take home with you.
Because all of these cheeses are tasty beyond belief and really do make the perfect souvenir from Amsterdam.
Address: Singel 182, 1015 AJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
7. Tea from Tea in the City
Ain’t no party like a tea party!
Am I right?
Of course, I am!
And any tea party held at Tea in the City will be extra special since their upstairs tea room and bakery is light and bright and filled with chic, modern decor.
Sprinkle in some beyond adorable teacups and saucers that are overflowing with only the best, Betjeman & Barton Collection teas, and you have one of the best tea experiences in all of Amsterdam.
If you have the time, then definitely book a Cupcake Making Class, a Tea-tasting Masterclass (€19.50 per person), or an Afternoon Tea experience (€24.95 per person) in their cozy upstairs tea room, where you’ll be taken on a luxurious, tea-inspired journey through some of the finest teas in the world.
Copious amounts of scones, sandwiches, and cupcakes are also included.
Since tea here is considered to be more of a lifestyle than an actual beverage, you really need to embrace your inner tea monger and buy ALL THE TEA from their quaint little, first-floor shop.
How can you possibly resist the magnetic pull of all these cozy shelves, which are filled to maximum capacity with the cutest little tins of tea that you ever did see?
Because, no joke:
This place is like a souvenir hunter’s dream and is fully stocked with anything that a tea lover could need.
Have your credit card at the ready and prepare to wander through a tea filled nirvana of Betjeman and Barton teas, tea mugs, cupcake making kits, teacups, teapots, tablecloths, napkins, biscuit tins, cake stands, and more!
If you’re not entirely sure what tea to get, then just ask any one of their friendly staff members, all of whom will be more than happy to assist you.
My fave tea blends are the Morning Kick and the Royal Breakfast since they both contain strong flavors that provide the perfect morning pick me up for a distinctly anti-morning person like me,
Address: Beethovenstraat 23-H, 1077 HM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm and on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed Sundays and Mondays).
How to Get There: Take the tram to Gerrit v.d. Veenstraat station and walk to the tea shop from there.
Price: 150 grams of loose tea will cost around €9.15.
If you’re in search of some beyond delicious Stroopwafels that you can actually take home with you, then look no further than your local grocery store. Because these delectable, Dutch desserts are quite literally, everywhere.
And spoiler alert? They are all totally delicious.
Even though, I am exceptionally partial to the bags and tins full of cookies over at Van Wonderen Stroopwafels. With the chocolate and coconut Stroopwafel being my personal, all-time fave.
If you do decide to shop here though:
Be sure to pack your cookies extra carefully since they are incredibly crumbly and prone to breakage when being stowed away in your suitcase.
I guess that really is how the cookie crumbles (Sorry, but I had to throw that wicked awful pun in there. It was just way too easy)!
Address: Leidsestraat 12, 1017 PA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Rokin Station and walk to the shop from there.
Price: €6.00 for a medium cookie and they are exceptionally sweet, so be prepared.
9. Get Some Vintage Books at Boekenmarkt Op Het Spui
Tucked away inside a small square at the heart of Amsterdam, is the Boekenmarkt.
It’s a charming, local, outdoor, book market that sits in front of the well-known Beguinage, in the Spui.
For over twenty-five years:
This market has played host to twenty-five different booksellers from across the Netherlands, all of whom specialize in selling a variety of different old, rare, second hand, and out-of-print books.
If you or someone you love is in search of a rare book, a vintage map, an old postcard, an antique periodical, or a historic poster of some kind, then this is the place to be when souvenir shopping in Amsterdam.
Because contrary to popular belief:
Many of the items here aren’t actually in Dutch and come in a variety of different languages like English, French, German, etc.
What if you’ve scoured the shelves and just can’t seem to find what you’re looking for?
Then no problem!
Just ask one of the expert booksellers here for help since they have more merchandise than they can possibly display inside a single, market stall.
Which is one of the many reasons why any bibliophile, or bibliophile in training, should haul ass here. Like ASAP.
It’s not even like you actually have to buy anything, You could always just meader through the exquisite stacks of books here and marvel at the literary majesty all around you.
I flipping hate licorice. Yeah, don’t ask me why but the flavor just totally grosses me out.
I couldn’t exactly create a list about some of the best things to buy from Amsterdam without at least mentioning licorice.
Because believe it or not:
The Dutch people are actually the highest per capita consumers of licorice in the entire WORLD!
So yeah, clearly they love their licorice (AKA “drop” to locals).
And although you could easily procure some authentic Dutch licorice from almost any grocery store that you walk into, where’s the fun in that?
Because for a real, old timey, candy buying experience, head to Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje.
Just walk inside this Jordan neighborhood shop and you’ll be totally gobsmacked (Get it? Cuz it’s a candy shop?) by the number of candies that line the walls before you, all of which are held in vintage, glass jars that look like something straight out of the roaring twenties.
And if you look a little closer:
You’ll also notice that many of the chocolates, gummies, caramels, and licorice on sale here, are actually traditional brands of candy that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
If you have a saber tooth tiger size sweet tooth, like this chick right here, then take a trip back to yesteryear and ask Mariska, the owner, to give you a brown paper bag full of candy.
Because she has been running this shop since 2002, in honor of her grandmother, and will be more than happy to help you in any way possible.
***And if you just can’t wait to get your licorice fix, then head on over to Amazon and order some Dutch licorice right now!***
Address: Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat 2, 1015 SC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Marnixplein Station and walk to the candy shop from there.
Price: €1.40 per gram and they only accept cash.
11. Nijntje Knuffel Merchandise (AKA Miffy the Rabbit)
Created in 1955 by Dutch writer and artist Dick Bruna:
Miffy The Rabbit, first known as Nijntje, was originally inspired by a rabbit that the author saw hopping around the garden during a family vacation.
The name “Nijntje” itself is an abbrevaition of the Dutch word “konijntje” which means little rabbit.
Since then though:
Miffy has become the beloved main character of more than 120 children’s books, which have sold 80 million copies worldwide.
Before you HOP (yup, love me a lame pun) on over to your local toy store, do realize that most Miffy books are no longer then twelve pages.
As a result:
Miffy themed toys and books are typically only recommended for children between the ages of four and eight.
Don’t run out and get a Miffy stuffed animal for the ten year old in your life because, yeah, they probably won’t be super appreciative.
If there are several little Miffy lovers in your life, then by all means stop by De Winkel van Nijntje, a Miffy themed toy shop, and pick up some super snazzy Amsterdam souvenirs for the kids in your life.
Or for yourself if you’re a total kid at heart.
***Per usual, Amazon sells a ton of different Miffy merchandise. So, if you want the beyond adorbs stuffed animal pictured above, then head on over to Amazon and make all your Miffy dreams come true.***
Address: Scheldestraat 61, 1078 GH Amsterdam
Hours: Open Monday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Europaplein Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Most stuffed animals here will cost around €10.00.
12. Stationery from De Posthumuswinkel
Dating all the way back to 1865:
This elegant, speciality boutique in the heart of Amsterdam sells a variety of different premium, stationary items that are sure to staisfy all of your letter writing needs.
Super snazzy things like rubber stamps, posh AF stationery, wax seals, monogramed envelopes, letterheads, and more.
If you’ plan on attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry next semester, then mosey on over here because they have a bohemoth collection of wax seals and feather dip pens that you can use to write all of your owl delivered letters.
They also carry a wealth of different blind stamps, ready-made paint stamps, and hobby stamps (think uber luxe brands like Impression Obsession, Magenta, Cat’s on Appletrees and Hero Arts), as well as a series of stamp pads that come in every color imaginable.
And if you’re feeling extra fancy:
You can even order yourself a fantastic, custom made stamp to take home with you.
You know that all of their products have to be next level legit since this store joined the Court supplier’s board of Queen Wilhelmina in 1920.
Yeah, this shop is royally approved and well worth a trip..or two…or ten.
Enjoy all the uber-vinatge feels here as you stroll through one of the most historic retailers in Amsterdam and walk out with a slightly immaciated feeling wallet.
Address: St. Luciënsteeg 23-25, 1012 PM Amsterdam
Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Rokin Station and walk to the market from here
Price: Take the tram to Amsterdam, Dam and walk to the shop from there.
13. Dutch Genever
Lest you think I’ve started speaking in tongues:
Address: Paulus Potterstraat 12 14 16, 1071 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open daily from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with extended hours until 9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Rijksmuseum Station and walk to the Bols Distillery from there.
Price: The Bols Genever Experience will cost €16 (including one cocktail) per person while a bottle of Bols Genever Original will cost €29.50.
14. Shop for Vintage Delftware at Kramer Kunst & Antiek
In case you’re not in the know:
Delftware, AKA Delft pottery AKA Delft Blue, is a catch-all term that is used to describe this distinctly Dutch style of tin-glazed earthenware.
Typically done in a signature blue and white color palette:
This brand of pottery first originated in none other than, you guessed it, the city of Delft.
Since then though:
This style of ceramics has become so popular that it now can be found throughout the Netherlands, in a variety of different colors and styles.
From bowls to cups to tiles to chopping boards, Amsterdam really does have all the Delftware that you could possibly want.
And although tourist hotspots like The Rijksmuseum Museum Shop and the area around the Munttoren both have a wealth of pottery for you to choose from, these places tend to be quite crowded and can feel overly touristy at best.
For a slightly more genuine shopping experience, visit Kramer Kunst & Antiek instead.
Because as an official dealer of De Porceleyne Fles (aka authentic, Royal Delft porcelain):
This quaint, family-owned antique shop is brimming over with an eclectic assortment of Delftware, vintage glassware, traditional jewelry, beard man jars, and seventeenth-century still lifes, all of which would make perfect Amsterdam souvenirs for any super savvy antique collectors out there.
And as if this shop wasn’t cool enough already:
It’s also home to the largest collection of Dutch tiles, manufactured any time between the1600s and today, in all fo Amsterdam.
Stop by today and pick up some Delftwate to call your own.
Just do yourself a favor and watch you spend.
Because this place is a high-end antique retailer that prices their merchandise accordingly (read, this store ain’t for the thrifty).
Which is why:
You definitely won’t be channeling your inner Macklemore and doing a bit of hardcore thrift shopping while you’re here.
Address: Prinsengracht 807, 1017 KA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open Monday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Prinsengracht Station and walk to the shop from there.
Price: It varies by piece.
15. A handbag from the Museum of Bags
Did you know that Amsterdam actually has its very own Museum of Bags?
Yup, shocking but totally true. Plus:
This institution is also ranked as one of the top ten fashion museums in the entire world; a fact that makes a whole lot more sense when you realize that this museum is home to more than 5,000 different bags, purses, and other fashion-related accessories.
And added bonus?
Many of the historic artifacts displayed here date all the way back to the sixteenth century, with permanent collection highlights including a leather handbag with a turtle cover that is inlaid with mother of pearl (Germany, 1810-1820), a Goatskin bag with an iron handle (France, 1500-1599), and a leather handbag with a wooden plate (The United Kingdom, 1880-1890).
I promise though:
The bags on display here are infinitely more beautiful than they sound.
After traveling through time and experiencing transformative changes to the fashion industry, you’ll clearly need a high-profile handbag of your very own.
And that’s exactly what the Museum of Bags gift shop is for!
Because not gonna lie:
This store is without a doubt, one of the best museum shops in all of Amsterdam, if not the world.
Just look around this stunning store and you’ll quickly be dazzled by a beyond varied array of authentic Dutch bags, wallets, clutches, purses, fashion accessories, gifts books, and more.
These aren’t just ordinary, run of the mill bags that have been created by generic AF designers.
These are elegant, high-quality bags that were designed by a talented pool of Dutch and international designers, like Gianni Chiarinni, Rocco Barocco, Hester van Eeghen and Marck & Mo.
As you explore this store, expect to find wonderfully innovative designs with minimalist motifs that are anything but conventional.
Sprinkle in some incredibly helpful staff, whose only aim is to assist you in finding the bag of your dreams, and you really have one of the best places to shop in Amsterdam.
If you’re looking to add some exquisite, one of a kind, designer bags to your list of best souvenirs in Amsterdam, then, by golly, you’ve come to the right place.
Address: Herengracht 573 1017 CD Amsterdam
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to either Rembrandtplein station or Muntplein station and walk to the museum from there.
Price: Designer handbags here can range in price from €150.00 to €500.00 while a single adult ticket to the museum is €10.00.
16. Dutch Craft Beer
When you think of beer in Amsterdam, I bet one of the first brands that comes to mind is Heineken.
And while Heineken is okay:
There are literally tons of other fantastic, independent breweries that can be fond throughout the city.
There is a veritable sea of local beer makers that are indigenous to Amsterdam and Amsterdam alone.
Fine purveyors of alcohol that have their very own tasting rooms where you can stop, sample some delicious brews, and learn more about how their beer is made.
Address: Funenkade 7, 1018 AL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: The bar is open daily from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Pontanusstraat Station and walk to the brewery from there.
Price: Around €2.79 per beer.
17. Handmade Soap
So even though Amsterdam isn’t typically known for it’s fine, handmade soaps, it totally should be!
Because since 1996:
La Savonnerie has been producing a colorful array of wonderfully odiferous handmade soaps and accompanying knitted towels, that have been sold inside a small specialty shop in Jordan’s famous, Nine Streets shopping area.
Quad-milled in the traditional Frech -style:
These amazing soaps are all made using certified, sustainable palm oil and come in more than seventy different fragrances, with unscented options available for anyone with extra sensitive skin.
All of their products actually come with the word “Amsterdam” stamped on them, an additional little flourish that really makes these bars of soap extra special.
If you want, you can also get a special, personalized message imprinted on your bar of soap.
Just because you really are that awesome.
And if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of soaps that lay before you:
Then just try one of their best selling rose, lilac or citrus-scented soaps since they will all leave you feeling like you’re living the luxe life, just minus the annoyingly high price tag.
Pair any of these items with La Savonnerie’s signature soap dishes, shower gels, organic scented candles, or hand towels and you have an authentic, uber-chic, Amsterdam themed gift that everyone will love.
Address: Prinsengracht 294, 1016 HJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Westermark Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Scented bars of soap will cost €4.00.
18. Pick Up Some Vincent Van Gogh inspired swag from the Van Gogh Museum
No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a trip to the Van Gogh Museum.
And Spoiler Alert:
You MUST book your tickets online and in advance if you actually want to visit because they will not accept walk-in guests.
Not surprisingly, this beautiful museum is dedicated to the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh, a prolific, post-Impressionist, Dutch painter who was, and is, easily one of the most influential figures in the Western art world.
Creating more than 2,100 works of art in his lifetime (1853-1890):
This museum now showcases the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works in the world, including immortal pieces like The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, and Shoes.
And while there are works from his contemporaries on display here:
Van Gogh was, is and always will be the real draw here.
If you want to take a little bit of Vinnie Vin home with you, then stop by the museum shop and pursue through the various Van Gogh inspired books, prints, jewelry, clothing, and home decor items that they have for sale here.
Because from Monopoly games to Starry Night bedspreads to Almond Blossom chic rolling suitcases, this shop really does have anything and everything that a Vincent Van Gogh lover could want.
That being said though:
My favie fave items are still, without a doubt, theÂ Van Gogh Almond Blossom Necklace, (€22.95), the Van Gogh Irises Umbrella (€19.95), and the Van Gogh Sunflowers Shoulder Bag (€34.95).
Which is why:
You should really stop by the museum, embrace your love for all things Vincent Van Gogh, and add one of these enchanting, Vincent Van Gogh inspired items to your list of best Amsterdam souvenirs.
Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, with extended hours until 9:00 pm on Friday evenings.
How to Get There: Take the tram to either Van Baerlestraat or Museumplein stations and walk to the museum from there.
Price: Tickets to the Van Gogh Museum are €19.00 per person, with most items in the gift shop costing anywhere between €10.00 and €200.00.
***Wanna pay homage to Amsterdam’s other immortal artist? Then stop byÂ The Rembrandt House Museum and add some Rembrandt inspired gear to your ever-growing list on things to buy in Amsterdam.***
19. Pancake Mix from PANCAKES Amsterdam
Before I ate my way through Amsterdam, I had absolutely no idea what Dutch pancakes were or that they were an actual “thing” in the Netherlands.
Since then, this ignorant American has since seen the tremendous error of her ways and is now currently totally obsessed with the Dutch pancake scene in Amsterdam (I currently need an extra stretchy pair of elastic waist pants to help support my growing food baby).
Just in case you’re about as clueless as I was once, Pannekoeken, or Dutch pancakes in English, are typically large, frying pan size pancakes that are thinner than their American brethren but not quite as thin as a French crepe,
Dutch pancakes can be served with either sweet or savory toppings (or both at the same time if you really wanna go balls to the wall level crazy), including cheese, ham, chocolate, fruit, vegetables, etc.
That being said though:
A piping hot, Dutch pancake isn’t exactly the easiest thing to carry through Customs.
Which is why:
Luckily for you, the pancake geniuses over at PANCAKES Amsterdam now sell their amazing, super-secret pancake mix to their forever famished customers.
And just in case you were wondering:
Yes, PANCAKES Amsterdam really is a totally legit, super delicious pancake house in Amsterdam that that now serves up some of the best pancakes in the city.
Started in 2007:
This pancake house puts a new spin on classic pancakes with their innovative recipes, high-quality pancakes, and delicious, locally sourced ingredients,
When you purchase one of their traditional or gluten-free pancake mixes, you’ll enjoy a delicious, carbohydrate-laden combination of freshly milled wheat, buckwheat, and white flours.
You’ll also discover their unique, PANCAKES Amsterdam pancake recipe written out for you, right on the exterior of the bag.
You can quickly and easily create authentic, Dutch-style pancakes right at home.
Feel free to grab this awesome Amsterdam souvenir, from any one of their six different restaurants, and spread the pancake love today.
Address: Spui 8, 1012 WZ Amsterdam (There are also five other locations in Amsterdam)
Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Rokin station and walk to the restaurant from there.
Price: A bag will cost you around €8.00.
20. The Amsterdam Gumshoe
Wanna look fly like a G-6 and help rid Amsterdam of liter?
Then meet Amsterdam Gumshoe, your latest and greatest fashion obsession.
Because if you’re into fashion and sustainability, then this is the perfect Amsterdam souvenir for you!
Especially since this aptly named shoe is really and truly made entirely out of recycled chewing gum!
Okay, in truth:
Just the soles of the shoes are actually made out of chewing gum that was found on the streets of Amsterdam.
It’s a super cool concept and a great when to turn liter into a super stylish sneaker that you might actually want to wear.
And trust me:
You’ll definitely want to wear these sneakers.
Not only are they snazzy AF, but they’re also incredibly comfortable, come in pink and black, and even have an outline of Amsterdam’s city center on the bottom of the shoe!
A beautiful, eco-friendly, totally unique Amsterdam souvenir that will make the perfect addition to any wardrobe.
This environmentally friendly, fashion project totally encapsulates the true spirit of the city.
If you want your pair of gumshoes, you’re going to have to wait a little while since they are completely sold out.
My handy friend the internet tells me that a brand-spanking new collection will be coming out this year.
Stay tuned and get the latest, 411 on all things gumshoe here.
21. Droog Home Decor Products
Started in Amsterdam in the 1990s:
Droog was cofounded by author, Renny Ramakers, and has quickly become one of the most prominent names within the modern design industry.
Renowned for their innovative, modernist style, home decor:
Droog is a conceptual design company that seeks to change your everyday experience of life, with a series of quirky, almost playful, design concepts
Through its use of prefabricated materials, Droog is able to create a wealth of exquisite furniture, accessories, and lighting fixtures that will all force you to rethink your world and the way you interact with it.
And since their headquarters are currently located in Amsterdam:
No trip to the city would be really complete without a stop at their flagship store, where you can shop for iconic, Droog products that have been created by design legends like Marcel Wanders, Tejo rely, and Jurgen Bey.
Even if you don’t actually feel like buying anything here, you can always just stop by the store, admire some of their incredible designs, and relax in their on-site cafe.
Because, real talk:
The food at this eatery is delicious, the decor is exquisite, and the space overlooks their enchanting, Fairy Tale Garden.
So yeah, what’s not to love?
And if you’re really wild about their designs:
You can even take an organized tour through their facility and learn all about Droog’s brand history, design philosophy, iconic designs, and their unique spaces.
Because each of these tours will typically last around 40 minutes, includes a maximum of 12 people, and will cost €65 per tour, not person.
Become one with their ultra-modern designs and prepare to be Droog-ified
Address: Staalstraat 7-A, 1011 JJ Amsterdam
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Mondays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the Metro to Waterlooplein Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: You can get a dish mop for as little as € 8.50 and a chair for as much as €10,000.00. So yeah, how much you spend on souvenirs here really just depends on your budget.
22. Specialty Condoms from Condomerie
Safe sex is the best kind of sex!
Am I right?
Of course I am!
Which is why you need to visit the world’s very first condom specialty store, AKA Condomerie.
Appropriately located right near Amsterdam’s famed Red Light District:
This quirky shop was first opened in 1987, by Marijke Vilijn, Ricky Jansen and Theodoor van Bove, as a fun way to promote safe sex and to encourage a more open discussion about contraceptives.
As a result:
This store now sells a wide variety of contraceptives, lubricants, and hygiene products that customers can enjoy.
Take a stroll through this colorful (in every sense of the word) store, admire their funky window displays, and shop for any type of condom imaginable.
Because from vegan condoms to latex free condoms to colorful condoms to flavored condoms, this store definitely has the perfect condom for you.
You kind of sort of need to swing by the shop that puts the fun back in funny.
You can even enjoy a giggle or two as you shop for one of the more, dare I say it, INTRIGUING mementos that you’ll find on this list of the best souvenirs in Amsterdam (perfect for people like me who have a totally warped sick sense of humor).
Address: Warmoesstraat 141, 1012 JB Amsterdam
Hours: Open daily from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Amsterdam Dam Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: A box of condoms here will cost anywhere between €5.00 and €15.00.
23. Accessories for your Bike
Believe it or not:
Amsterdammers are probably THE most bike obsessed people that I have ever met.
Literally everywhere you turn you’ll find bikes, bikes, and, oh yeah, more bikes.
Bikes, and their associated accessories, are an integral part of everyday life in this city.
Because regardless of where someone is going:
Chances are that they’re probably riding a bike to get there.
If you really want to shop like a local and purchase a truly authentic, Amsterdam souvenir, then a bike seat cover, or any other bike related accessory, is definitely the way to go.
Locals use their bikes on the reg, which is why they kind of want to snazz their beloved two wheeled friends up a bit, with a little extra bling.
I can’t really blame them since well, I mean, who doesn’t want to unofficially pimp their ride?
Even though you can purchase bike related products in just about any store in Amsterdam, I highly recommend heading over to HEMA and purusing through their extensive collection of water resistant bike seat covers, bike bells, anti-slip bike handles, and bike helmets.
Because these are all high-quality products, with distinctive Dutch designs, that are available at incredibly low prices.
I mean, no joke:
You can get a bicycle seat cover from HEMA for just €3.00!
It actually looks nice (not grody beyond belief) and like something you might actually want to put on your bicycle.
But wait. Timeout.
What if you don’t actually have a bike of your very own?
Never fear because HEMA has way more to offer you than just bike accessories.
Especially since this is an iconic Dutch homeware brand that is known for producing a wide array of reasonably priced, domestic items.
If you’re not a bike loving fool, then you can always stock on something from their line of books or from their supremely unique stationary collection.
Because trust me:
HEMA is a great place to shop for chic, Dutch designs, but without the excessively high prices that you’ll find when shopping for the best souvenirs in Amsterdam, at places like Droog.
Address: HEMA at Nieuwendijk 174-176, 1012 MT Amsterdam
Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Nieuwezijds Kolk station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Between €3.00 and €10.00 for any bike accessory.
24. Van Stapele Chocolate Cookies
Are you ready to add the best cookies of your life to your list of awesome Amsterdam souvenirs?
Bold statement I know but these Valrhona chocolate cookies are the stuff that foodie dreams are made of.
Which makes sense since this vintage style bakery basically serves these tiny thin slices of heaven and nothing else.
It kind of feels like they achieved perfection, accepted it, and are now totally content with the fact that their life mission is complete.
But wait, because it gets better!
See, all of their cookies are actually made to order.
Regardless of how long you have to wait in line (and yes, it could be a while since this place is popular) you’ll still receive a warm, moist, and super delicious cookie, right out of the oven.
And when you finally do break it open:
You’ll discover some rich, gooey, white chocolatey goodness in the center that delicately oozes out all over the place.
I need a moment while I wipe the drool from my keyboard.
Because all of the cookies here are freshly made, once they’re gone, they’re gone.
You should definitely try and arrive as early as possible (read, right when they open) so that you can walk away with your little piece of cookie heaven.
Arriving early also means that you get to avoid the hordes of cookie lovers who flock here.
So yeah, it’s a total win, win situation really.
Even though these cookies are best enjoyed right when you order them, you can still keep them fresh, for up to four days, in one of the store’s charming little tin gift boxes.
You could always place your cookies in the freezer and keep them fresh for up to two months.
Not that I could ever wait that long to eat these cookies, but you know what I mean.
And when you’re finally ready to devour them:
Jost pop them in the oven for between two and four minutes, at 200°C (or 400°F), and, BOOM, you now have fresh, warm, chocolate cookie taste, but from the comfort of your own home.
Just another one of those beyond awesome, super delicious things to buy in Amsterdam.
Address: Heisteeg 4, 1012 WC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Spui station and walk to the bakery from there.
Price: €1.50 per cookie.
25. Jewelry from The Gathershop
Looking for some of the best souvenirs in Amsterdam?
Then visit The Gathershop, a small design studio in Amsterdam that sells a beautiful selection of handmade, fair trade products.
They believe in a more hands-on approach to design.
One that actually caters to the needs of real, live humans.
And the result?
Simple yet stunningly beautiful pieces that perfectly embody the Dutch approach to design.
All of their jewelry is super affordable and typically costs anywhere between €30.00 and €40.00 per piece.
Even if you’re not rolling like a total big shot, you can still afford to look like one while wearing one of their elegant designs.
Especially with immortal pieces like their sideway lines necklace (€39.00) and their long link gold bracelet (€36.00).
And even though I firmly believe that one can never own too much jewelry:
This shop also has a wealth of homeware, natural skincare, clothing, accessories, books, and stationary products for you too choose from.
Which is why:
You should still stop buy and turn some of their amazing merchandise into your very own Amsterdam souvenirs.
Address: Hannie Dankbaarpassage 19, 1053 RT Amsterdam
Hours: Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tram to Ten Katestraat Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Most of the pieces here cost between €30.00 and €40.00.
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Katja | placesandnotes
Saturday 11th of April 2020
These are some great recommendations! We are living in Germany at the moment and often cross the border over to NL, usually we end up buying cheese haha, but now I have some new ideas, thanks for sharing!
Wednesday 22nd of April 2020
Oh, fantastic! I am so glad to hear that. And nothing wrong with a buying some delicious cheese.