While De Bijenkorf is Amsterdam’s premier department store, and probably the first one you’ll want to see on your Amsterdam holiday, it’s not the oldest department store in the city. That honour goes to Amsterdam’s famous Metz & Co. Department Store.
Though the present location of Metz & Co. as it exists today officially opened in 1891 (a full twenty years after De Bijenkorf), this famous Amsterdam department store can trace its beginnings back to 1740, when it began as a small textile shop owned by Mozes Samuels. From 1815 through the 19th century, Metz & Co. was the premier textile company in Amsterdam, until it was purchased by Liberty’s of London during the 1980’s. Today, both the building and the company are Amsterdam landmarks, and a visit to Metz & Co. is a great way to spend a few quiet hours shopping in Amsterdam.
While you’ll probably find the prices at Metz & Co. rather expensive, it can still be a great place to buy unique gifts and souvenirs to bring home. If you don’t mind spending a little extra, this can also be a great place to pick up interesting glassware and kitchen items or high-quality designer clothing. Don’t feel like shopping (or can’t afford the hefty price tag)? Simply drop by and take the elevator to the upper floor. Through the wide windows in the top floor of Metz & Co. are some of the most incredible views in Amsterdam. On a clear day, you can easily see past the sparkling canals and green private courtyards into the far distance of the city.
Want to spend some time enjoying the view the skyline views? Stop by the MCafe. This rooftop cafe lies under the clear cupola of Metz. & Co.’s upper floor, and lets you look over the city while enjoying a snack or a cappuccino. But don’t be late… the restaurant closes at 6:00pm.