In Amsterdam city centre, between the Singel and the Prinsengracht, behind the Royal Palace are nine little streets dotted with interesting shops, galleries, places to eat, and the best vintage shops. For fabulous party dresses for the ladies and classic dinner jackets and morning suits for the gents I love Laura Dols. You can pick up a pair of gloves for 5E or an 80s ballroom dancing dress for 100E. For more daytime vintage outfits my favourite places are Zipper and Exota. Zipper offers some original synthetic sports wear as well as leather jackets and jeans with prices ranging from 10E to 100E and Exota does great floral dresses in the 50E price bracket.
A vintage shop with a branch in London, but the London shop is nothing compared to the one in Amsterdam, which focuses more on 70s and 80s fashion for a better price, even with respect to the poor exchange rate Brits have to face! Girls looking for sequins will find paradise and guys wanting some chic tapered trousers or a more casual flannel shirt will be equally as pleased.
A vintage shop I adore! They sell high end brands such as YSL, Dior but also normal vintage stuff. Lots of accessories (sunglasses, bags, boots, belts) and their own unique line called Jutka & Riska. I saw some other young designer stuff as well.
Jutka & Riska
Bilderdijkstraat 194, 1053 LE Amsterdam
+31 6 18486819
Google map: bit.ly/mpqEzF
Their other shops:
Jutka & Riska
Jutka & Riska
If you like vintage clothes and accessories, you’ll love Amsterdam. The best places to go for second-hand bits and pieces are:
Noordermarkt: on Mondays the Noordermarkt in the Jordaan, one of Amsterdam’s most authentic areas, is filled with stalls selling vintage clothes and accessories like bags, shoes, belts and jewellery from the sixties, seventies and eighties.
Noordermarkt; tram 6, 7 or 10
Waterlooplein: More vintage shopping at the Waterlooplein, a ten minute walk from the Rembrandtplein, bustling with merchants six days a week. Definitely the place to go when you’re looking for leather jackets, fur coats, jeans, or home ware from grandma’s era.
Waterlooplein; metro 51, 53, 54 or tram 9
Zipper: If you’re more into indoor than outdoor shopping, one of the best places for fashionable vintage is Zipper. The checked blouses and oversized baseball shirts are men’s favourites, women like everything at Zipper.
Zipper; Huidenstraat 7, 1016 ER Amsterdam (0031-20-6237302) and Nieuwe Hoogstraat 10, 1011 HE Amsterdam (20 623 70353)
Laura Dols: A no-go area for men, but women will love this shop. You’ll enjoy browsing the dresses and skirts they sell at Laura Dols. From the thirties all the way up to the eighties; if Marilyn Monroe were still alive, she would be shopping here.
Laura Dols; Wolvenstraat 6-7, 1016 EM Amsterdam (20 624 9066)
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