Shopping District: Palace Quarter
Visit the Palace Quarter
This is the oldest part of the city. Walking through The Palace Quarter is like a little history lesson itself dating all the way back to 1500 when Amsterdam was nothing more but a little fishing village. Go on a tour of the most famous landmarks in the Palace District and enjoy the collection of bars, shops and restaurants along the way. This is where you will find famous chains, cute local stores, Dutch delicacies and unique souvenir shops all mixed up with high-end and more affordable area’s and shops.
You might be taken back by the amount of people in this area, but please don’t skip it. With the St. Nikolaaskerk, the World War 2 monument, The Nes, The Old Church and the Damstraatjes are too fun to pass up on! Take a look beyond the masses and discover the magic of the oldest shopping district in the city.
A Day of shopping in the Palace Quarter
Lets start at the shores of ‘t IJ, here you have an amazing view of Amsterdam North and the Amsterdam Eye Museum. Besides that the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ is also situated here and and you can eat great fish at Zouthaven.
After that visit the beautiful Amsterdam Central Station, in the station you’ll find various shops and around the station you find famous steak restaurant Loetje and various canal cruises. From here it is only a short walk to the Damrak where the hustle and bustle of the city starts. Here you’ll find De Beurs van Berlage, De Bijenkorf a luxurious warehouse, Body Worlds and The Sex Museum. The Damrak takes you to the dam with Madam Tussauds, the Palace and the WO2 monuments. Behind the Royal Palace you will find the indoor shopping center Magna Plaza and at the Rokin you will find Gassan Diamonds, the most famous Dutch jewelry and watch shop. Lastly don’t forget to visit Athenaeum Spui, the most well-known book store in Amsterdam known for its impressive collection of international (designer) magazines and artistic books.
The Palace Quarter is a great place to combine shopping and culture in Amsterdam. Check out our selection of shops and things to do right here on this page.