Amsterdam is full of beautiful things. And because The Netherlands has such a long history of artistry and woodworking, it has become one of the best places in all of Europe to buy antiques. There are several places throughout the city with a large selection of antique items, so if you’re on the hunt, there’s no shortage of places to look.
Niewe Spiegelstraat and Spiegelgracht Street make up the main antiques area of Amsterdam, located between the Rijksmuseum and the Golden Bend in the Museumplein neighborhood. And even though Niewe Spiegelstraat and Spiegelgracht covers an area of about four blocks, it is known as one of the finest places in Europe to look for antiques. This is a great place to shop for antique furniture from now-unoccupied Dutch homes, along with tapestries, old Dutch clocks, and spiegels (little mirrors) that the street is named for.
Noordermarkt is another great place to look for Dutch antiques. Noordermarkt is located in the Jordaan quarter of the city, and every Monday they put on a huge flea market. This is the perfect place to buy antiques if you like to hunt for them you may have to pick through a lot of junk to find something good. The Monday flea market is overflowing with funky old clothes, records, and fabrics but it’s also a great place to find antiques, as long as you have some knowledge of antiques and know what you’re looking for.
P.C. Hooftstraat (or P.C.Hooft) refers to the street call Pieter Cornelisz Hoofstraat a sort of small Beverley Hill Blvd. in the middle of Amsterdam. This is where the rich of Amsterdam shop, and along this street you’ll find plenty of great antique stores.
If you’re really interested in Amsterdam antiques, you may want to consider visiting pAn Amsterdam’s annual art and antique fair. It takes place in November, and admission is 12.50.