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10 essential shopping spots at Amsterdam Dance Event 2022

We look at some of the best records shops and clothing and book stores to check out during the industry’s annual Amsterdam Dance Event

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.

Zeedijk 93 & 67, 1012 AT & 1012 AS

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.

1012 BA

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

Concrete Store
Spuistraat 250, 1012 VW Amsterdam

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

Vijzelstraat 129, 1017 HJ

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

Rumors Vintage & Design
Haarlemmerstraat 99, 1013 EM

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

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Record Palace
Weteringschans 33-A, 1017 RV

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.

Mary Go Wild
Zeedijk 44, 1012 BA Amsterdam

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.

Rush Hour
Spuistraat 110, 1012 VA Amsterdam

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.

The Book Exchange Amsterdam
Kloveniersburgwal 58, 1012 CX

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.

Killacutz Records
Nieuwe Nieuwstraat 21-hs, 1012 NG

A 3,000-strong collection of everything from Chicago house, Detroit techno, and deep house, to UK tech-house, garage, and drum & bass. 

Bordello a Paragi
Oudezijds Kolk 71, 1012 AL

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

Amy Fielding is DJ Mag's digital staff writer and fashion editor. Follow her on Twitter @amybfielding