A Stylists Guide | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

The shopping in Amsterdam is just so good. You’ll find small independent boutiques dotting nearly every street and I made it my mission to try and pop in as many as I could. It was an easy task, considering their creative window displays and eye catching merchandise were continually luring me inside. Hands down, my favorite shop was de Weldaad. Their selection of antiques, home furnishings, accessories, and textiles were so beautifully curated. I loved the gentle wash of their soft muted color palette and worn wood surfaces displayed throughout the store. It was such a relaxing environment to browse. I seriously wanted to dump everything out of my luggage just so I could pack it up with their wares. Instead, I brought home candles and pillow covers. Sigh.

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping
Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Raw Materials is another lovely shop for home decor and furnishings. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the neighborhood. You’ll find plenty of inspiration and probably a few treasures to take home. I loved their chunky knit blankets, unique glassware, and walls filled with black and white botanical framed art. They ship to the US which is always a plus when you’re traveling light.
I’m thinking about making a pendant like the one below for the alcove in my master bath. They were around 650 euros so I passed on buying one. Hence the possible diy in my future. They seem simple enough to make. Famous first words of every diy project. I’ll keep you posted, or maybe you know a source and can spare me the trouble?

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Before arriving in Amsterdam I had heard good things about Anna + Nina. They carry quite a bit of jewelry and clothing with a fresh mix of home accessories…think candles, art, mirrors, pottery and ceramics. The shop has an upbeat youthful vibe that I really enjoyed. It’s a great place to buy gifts for teens or college students.

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

The glowing pierced metal pendant lights at Zenza were mesmerizing. They had them hanging all over the shop in a variety of metals – gold, silver, copper – every one just as beautiful as the next. I bought some pretty wooden spoons, tiny basil soaps nestled in bamboo dishes, and a few other souvenir trinkets here.

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Dille & Kamille was a lot of fun to wander through. It reminds me a bit of Crate & Barrel or Williams Sonoma. There were hundreds of wooden kitchen tools, dishes galore, and a cute garden section. In the back of the store they have a coffee bar and tea atelier with a large selection of both to choose from. I love to bring tea home from my travels, especially signature proprietary blends. Every cup reminds me of my visit.

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

There are a few great places to pick up a fresh groceries, a quick cappuccino or bite to eat, and stock up on decadent chocolate bars to stow away in your suitcase. My two favorites were Stach and Marqt both with multiple locations throughout the city. Statch had the cutest window displays!

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping
Marqt was sort of similar to our Whole Foods but on a smaller scale. Here we picked up delicious alpine yogurt, fresh fruit, croissants and the most beautiful hard candies – as souvenirs because they were too pretty to eat. Definitely the place to buy groceries and healthy snacks for your rental apartment or hotel room.

Heather Bullard | Amsterdam Shopping

And a few other noteworthy shops:

Six and Sons – Loved this concept store with handmade leather goods, vintage and new wares.
Shop de Ville – Colorful, fun, friendly place with quirky gifts and unique toys. A happy shop!
Droog Amsterdam – Well curated mix of beautiful books, ceramics and decor.
Restored – Design shop with handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories and apothecary.
Sukha Amsterdam – Probably my second favorite! Fabulous, clever displays, gorgeous pottery, linens, sweaters & scarves. Again, all the things.

I hope you find my list useful the next time you find yourself in Amsterdam. Due to my profession, I’ve earned a black belt in shopping, and next to Paris, it’s my favorite European city to spend an afternoon browsing inspiring shops. I loved their simple Scandinavian design influences and unique selection of products I’ve yet to see here in the US. Maybe someone will start importing…anyone? I’ll be your first customer!


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15 Comments

  • Tracy

    I’m drooling. So glad you’re back.
    Tracy
    Houston, Tx

    February 28, 2018 at 4:41 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      I know how you feel, I’m still drooling. We traveled very light and I had to leave behind so many treasures. sigh.

      February 28, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply
  • Mary Melber

    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos…what a dream to shop in a different country

    March 1, 2018 at 1:22 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      I find it inspiring to see what types of design and decor are trending in other countries. I’ve noticed their design aesthetic tends to be much simpler than here in the US…in a very refreshing way.
      Thanks for stopping by today, Mary! 🙂

      March 1, 2018 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    That looks so fun! You have me thinking of make a lantern too. What was the frame/cage made of ?
    🙂

    March 2, 2018 at 10:07 am Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      It was a flat metal band – about 1/2 to 3/4″ wide. Hope you figure out how to make one! They’re simplicity is so beautiful.

      March 2, 2018 at 11:59 am Reply
  • connie

    Hello Heather, oh my this has been a treat; your blog is amazing. I can imagine riding my bike along the canals and shopping in some of those lovely shops. We have never had a budget for travel, so I do mine through blogging. Thank you for this charming tour. I enjoyed every minute of my visit. Oh, I found you through Brandi of Don’t Disturb My Groove. She is enjoying the lovely oranges you sent and took some beautiful photos of them:)
    Again, happy to meet you,
    Connie 🙂

    March 2, 2018 at 11:46 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Hi Connie, nice to meet you! Years ago, when traveling was out of my budget, I would read travel magazines and books and dream of one day going to those far away places. Then blogging came along and provided an extra dose of armchair traveling. I feel very fortunate to be able to visit some of those countries now and never once take it for granted. So happy you were able to “come along” with me on this trip! 🙂

      March 3, 2018 at 8:07 am Reply
  • Michael

    Thanks for highlighting our independent stores. I live a few doors up from Droog. A local’s tip is if you get to the tea room say 11am before the lunch rush you get the place all to your self. Our little street , Staalstraat is full of lovely independents so do drop by next time your in town.

    March 5, 2018 at 3:24 pm Reply
    • Heather Bullard

      Good to know, thanks! Your city is amazing!

      March 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm Reply
  • Catherine

    Hi Heather – On 3/2, Studio McGee featured an image on their blog that included the lantern from Raw Materials in it. There were 2 featured in a kitchen design by Louise Walsh. Maybe the link will help you track it down stateside. It’s a great statement piece.

    March 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    Ahhhh, Amsterdam. 💙 another favourite Dutch city is Maastricht. It’s small, vibrant with lovely shops and amazing cafes.

    April 3, 2018 at 11:26 pm Reply
  • Petra Matthew

    Hi Heather, I am Dutch and de Weldaad is one of my favorite stores too. The Haarlemmerstraat where you were has lots of nice shops indeed. May I give you a tip for maybe another time when you visit Holland? In Zaandam, which is about half an our from Amsterdam, there is a huge store with only interior stuff and it is just wonderfull. You can spent hours there and there is also a restaurant that serves good lunches. It is the place to be for an interiorjunkie. By the way, I am not working there, nor do I own shares! It is called Loods 5.

    April 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm Reply
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