Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands, is a major tourist destination. Known for its liberal and laid back lifestyle, the city is a treasure trove of museums, art galleries and 17th century canals. In fact, in 2010, the city’s canals received UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status. While the city’s most popular sites include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, The Anne Frank House, Rembrandt House and the infamous de Wallen area, there are many lesser-known places, such as the Amsterdam Tulip Museum, a secret attic church and the Museum of Bags and Purses, which are a must-see. However, it is the shopping areas in the city that may end up keeping most people occupied, leaving little time to see the attractions that the city has to offer.
The city boasts of a diverse range of shopping places, right from antiques, second-hand items, luxury items to trendy good, you can find them all in Amsterdam. The different shopping districts of the city make it worthwhile to hunt for cheap flights to Amsterdam. The money that you save on purchasing your ticket can be used to splurge on shopping!
Perhaps, the most popular and well-known shopping street that offers a unique shopping experience is the De Negen Straatjes, or The Nine Little Streets. Located in the Central Canal Ring area, this is the ideal place to look for designer boutiques and vintage shops. If your quest for cheap tickets to Amsterdam was to spend the saved money on doing some trendy shopping then head to Utrechtsestraat. This street lies in the Eastern Canal area. It is a long street that runs over multiple canals and is popular for its boutiques and specialty stores. Here you can buy household linen, silverware, bath accessories and good quality clothing, mostly casual.
There are many of us who love to wear designer clothes, but can hardly afford them. If you are among the lucky few, who managed to get one of those cheap flight deals, you may actually enjoy spending the save money at Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat. This street is in the Museum Quarter of Amsterdam and boasts of high-end retailers, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. You can also shop for luxury jewelry from Chopard and Cartier here. Designer shoe lovers will love this street, as it is home to the only Christian Louboutin retailer in the entire city.
De Jordaan is a labyrinth of tiny streets where you can find galleries, Bohemian-style shops, studios belonging to artists, second-hand stores and small boutiques. In this area, Haarlemmerstraat is the street to buy good quality clothing without making a dent on your bank balance. The street also has many places to eat, so after shopping, you can sit down and relax those tired feet and nourish your body. The many wares of this street make it worth the time spent on finding affordable air flights to the city.
The city is an antique lover’s paradise, though this is a fact most visitors are unaware of. There is an entire area dedicated to antiques and work by local artists. This area is quite close to Rijksmuseum and is known as Spiegelgracht and Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. Here you can shop for art, books, Delftware and furniture. You can also visit the many art galleries lining the Kerkstraat to pick work from local artists. In case you are planning to visit the city, there are many reasonably priced flights to Amsterdam.