When you visit a place, it’s always nice to bring a piece of that place back home with you. For many, doing some shopping is a hugely enjoyable part of any trip, and a key way to truly experience a new city or country.
Shopping in Amsterdam can be a lot of fun. While the cost of living in the Netherlands is relatively high, making some products more expensive than they would be at home (particularly if your money is in dollars), some items in particular are Dutch specialties; they’re worth taking a look at.
Good Dutch Deals and Souvenirs
Unless you live in a city with a particularly high cost of living, you’ll find many things in Amsterdam to be rather expensive. There are, however, some pricey items you can buy there cheaper than at home. One of these items is diamonds. If looking for diamond jewelry, Amsterdam is a great place to shop, as the Dutch control a large corner of the diamond market. Also look for Dutch specialties, such as deftware, crystal, old-fashioned clocks, and objects made of pewter.
Most of these items are a bit on the pricey side, and many are rather heavy to pack in a suitcase, so you’ll probably want to shop for them in moderation.
Unless you have a ton of money to spend, you probably don’t want to use up all your vacation funds on souvenirs for friends and family. Some inexpensive but typically Dutch items to bring home are chocolate, flower bulbs, and cheese.
Store Hours and Taxes
You’ll find that the opening hours of most shops in Amsterdam vary from day to day. Most shops are open on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 or 10:00am to about 6:00pm. On Saturdays stores are open only until 5:00pm, and on Thursdays, they’re open until 9:00pm. You’ll also find that taxes are always included in the item price you won’t have to calculate 13.5% extra for each purchase.
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