From October 19th to the 23rd, annual Dutch music conference Amsterdam Dance Event will present 1,000 events at over 200 venues, bringing hundreds of international and local artists to the city for a multitude of performances and panels. From Awakenings’ 25th anniversary celebrations at Gashouder and Ziggodome with Adam Beyer, ANNA and Pan-Pot, to Honey Dijon’s Back 2 Black party at De Kromhouthal with Floorplan, Kerri Chandler, Suze Ijo and TSHA, there’s something for everyone headed to the city — whatever their purpose.
While it’s largely famed for its coffee shops and clubs, there’s a host of high-quality streetwear and designer outlets scattered across the city, as well as some of the best spots for digging vinyl, buying books, and picking up vintage clothing. If you manage to get some time away from the dancefloor, we’ve compiled a selection of some of Amsterdam’s best shopping spots to check out.
After a recent relocation, the flagship Amsterdam home of the Dutch streetwear and sneaker boutique, founded by Edson Sabajo and Guillaume Schmidt in 2004, is now located on Zeedijk. They’re also long-time partners of Dekmantel, dropping their Best of Patta x Dekmantel collection this August.
Also located in the city’s Red Light District, “store of friendship” Zeedijk60 is the collaborative multi-store experience from Bonne Suits, The New Originals, SMIB and Secluded Clothing. There’s occasional exhibitions and album release parties in-store, too
A multi-discipline showroom combining product, design, art and technology — reflecting lifestyle. There’s a shop floor and gallery that incorporates exhibitions from local and international artists, and adidas, Puma and Nike have all hosted launches here
Founded in 2015 by Saskia van Hofwegen and Dian Iskandar out of the need for female representation in the Amsterdam streetwear market, Maha stocks the very best in streetwear brands — think Arc’teryx, Engineered Garments, Stüssy and Vans — for the gals
A classic vintage shopping store close to Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, stocking garments from the ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as from designers like Burberry, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Celiné
A short walk from the Rijksmusueum, Record Palace is famous for its selection of jazz, and has a strong collection of local ‘60s sound Nederbeat, plus large import selections from Japan and India.
A favourite among some of the world’s best DJs, Mary Go Wild stocks an array of house, techno, hardcore, trance and more, and will host a series of events across this year’s ADE.
Straddling the worlds of uncovering lost gems and supporting new talent, record store and label Rush Hour has become as integral across the world as it is in its home city of Amsterdam.
Inconspicuously tucked away, The Book Exchange Amsterdam features three floors crammed with second-hand books in English relating to every genre you can think of, including music and its history.
A 3,000-strong collection of everything from Chicago house, Detroit techno, and deep house, to UK tech-house, garage, and drum & bass.
Located in the heart of the Red Light District, this store features a heavy stock of Italo, synth-pop and electro, as well as disco, Balearic, garage and ambient sounds. They’re also hosting a sold-out ADE event, with Alexander Robotnick, I-F, Loud-E and Bárbara Boeing