Shopping in Amsterdam

European stores chains

One of the most known and cheap chains in Europe is Primark. It is originally an English store, but it spread fast in many countries in Europe and became a chain for huge department stores, which are known for their medium-cheap prices. Today you can find Primart stores in England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherland and more.

Another big fashion chain in Europe is C&A, which was founded in the Netherlands at 1841. Today the chain has over 1500 stores all over Europe: Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Italy, Romania, Croatia, Denmark and more. Around 200 branches are for children only, but most of the branches includes fashion, clothing and accessories for all the family: women's men's, boys and girls.



A "smaller" chain (but everything is relatively...) is the successful and classic Promod. The chain was founded in France in the 70's, originally as a boutique that serves women. The boutique turned into men's and women's clothing in France and from here to all of Europe. Today in 50 countries in and outside of Europe, you can find over 1060 stores: France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Romania and even China, USA, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. The stores are suited mostly for those whom are looking for good quality in reasonable prices.

Another chain which established itself as suited for younger people, students and fans of the elegant sports look. The chain A.P.C was founded in late 80's and today is scattered around many countries in Europe like the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Germany, and Spain and even opened a branch in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
As stated the shop in very popular among students over the world and offers mostly new casual clothing.
Worthwhile shopping in European countries:
Beyond the big European chains, in many countries in Europe you will find unique stores, worthwhile sales, markets and local chains worth visiting.



Shopping in Amsterdam

Like other countries in Europe, in Amsterdam you can also find shopping streets, shopping centers and markets. During the sales season in the winter and in the summer different stores offer discounts of 50 % and even more, so during the sales seasons is the more worthwhile time for shopping.
The central Dam square is a starting point for main shopping streets, like Nieuwendijk St and Kalverstraat St. There you will find known brand stores together with local stores, clothing stores, shoes, music, books, accessories, housewares and of course - Amsterdam's famous coffee shops.
Near Dam square you will find also Magna Plaza, it has many stores and coffee shops. Even if you are not a shopping fan, the structure itself is considered very impressive and unique so it's worth touring in it or at least looking at it from the outside. /



The department store Debijenkorf is also located near Dam square. It's a more prestigious store and it is considered a pilgrimage site for shopping fans in the city. It's recommended going up to the top floor of the store, it will provide you with a fabulous view point over the city. /
Those looking for a more authentic and modest shopping experience, it's recommended to arrive to Albert Cuyp market. It's an old market and very known in the city, it offers many products in lower prices comparing to the bigger stores in the city. The market has many stands of fashion accessories and clothing alongside food stands, fruits, chocolate and cheese. The market is open every day except for Sunday's. The market is a 30 minutes’ walk from Dam square.


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