Staalstraat 7b, Oude Zijde, 020.523.5059
The Draw: Head straight to the source to shop for Dutch design classics at Droog’s eponymous—and famous—retail and exhibition space.
The Scene: The products in Droog Design’s collection are instantly recognizable icons of the modern design movement, and this space is the best place to shop for a uniquely Dutch contemporary classic. Those with deep pockets drop in and shell out for whimsical beauties such as Tejo Remy’s “Chest of Drawers,” Joris Laarman’s stunning “Heat Wave Radiator,” or Marcel Wanders’ “Knotted Chair.” Those on a budget also have plenty of options—the Droog brand stretches from napkins to T-shirts to birdhouses, all perfectly stylish of course.
Hot Tip: An ever-growing event schedule features one-off art installations, dinners, lectures, and even temporary concept hotels; check Droog’s website for upcoming events long before arriving in Amsterdam to make sure you get in on the action.
Keet in Huis
KNSMlaan 297, Eastern Harbour, 020.419.5958
The Draw: Reasoning that good style shouldn’t be confined to the domain of adults, the owners of Keet in Huis offer design-inspired children’s lifestyle items to Amsterdam’s most style savvy.
The Scene: Industrial chic meets kinder-cool, where fashion-conscious expectant parents, those with kids in tow, and others merely looking for the perfect gift browse gorgeous collections of clothing, toys, and accessories culled from Dutch and European boutique brands. Downstairs, mock-ups of babies’ and children’s rooms complete with boutique-chic furniture inspire jet-setters to rethink the concept of children’s spaces.
Hot Tip: Keep it local: Clothing brands Imps & Elfs, Bengh, and Zootjes represent the best of Europe’s children’s fashions, while powerhouse furniture-designer Piet Hein Eek’s baby-room pieces are instant family heirlooms.
Runstraat 7, Jordaan, 020.623-3483
The Draw: Shopping and noshing from an astonishing array of Amsterdam’s famous cheeses.
The Scene: De Kaaskamer (“Cheese Room”) exudes Old World charm, attracting discerning locals and visiting gourmands alike. Staff ushers patrons through the world of Dutch cheeses (and other European delicacies), offering advice and samples intended to steer hungry browsers toward delicious discoveries. In-the-know locals drop by at lunchtime to purchase sandwiches assembled from the on-hand gourmet ingredients.
Hot Tip: Ask for your Gouda like a local: It’s pronounced “howda.” Or better yet, opt for a lesser-known variety. Oud Amsterdam (Old Amsterdam) is a wonderful locally produced option, while the difficult-to-find Ramaker, made from the milk of one grass-fed cow, has earthy flavor in abundance.