Keep reading! Even if you aren’t looking an Amsterdam gift for the kids in your life, the suggestions below may very well appeal to big kids too.
Syrup waffles are sold around the world in Starbucks, but trust me, those don’t compare to the real deal. If you’re looking for some to take home you could do worse than supermarket Albert Heijn where you’ll find a really good variety of flavours in tins for easy transport, but for something more handmade check out all our favourite places here – many market stroopwafel vendors will also sell bags of broken bits which would make an amazing gift for a Dutch-style banoffee pie or cheesecake base!
For football lovers, another option is to check out our very favourite store COPA . Here you’ll find the coolest football merch around and a large number of retro Dutch football jackets and shirts as well as some Ajax specials (see more below in the kids’ section!)
If you’re in Amsterdam in November/December you’ll be hitting peak “Sinterklaas” season. A little like Santa Claus, Sint brings foodie treats for young ones along with other gifts and the city is full of delights at this time of year. Chocolate initials are particularly wonderful. You’ll find everything from fun aand affordable at stores like HEMA , to mid-price versions at shops like Jamin or go more upmarket Dow proxy but high-quality chocolate at shops like Puccini Bomboni and Van Soest .
Whilst we’re on the subject of chocolate, there’s one Dutch brand that’s been making waves around the world and there’s nowhere better to get it (and much of their other fabulous merchandise) than their showcase stores in Amsterdam. There’s so much to say about Tony’s Chocolonely that we’ve written a whole post about it here . Fill your suitcase and feel good.
One of the most typically Dutch specialities is Deft Blue pottery however 99% of what you’ll find now are cheap reproductions made in China. If you’re after something more authentic, take your time (and your wallet!) and browse the gorgeous antique stores in the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. Alternatively, for more modern but truly beautiful pieces look out for Blauw Bloesem designed by Debbie Wijskamp. Inspired by old crockery and pottery these textured pieces are stunning and I for one would be delighted to receive one. Look out for them in the disappointingly touristy Heinen Delfts Blauw stores around the city.
For visitors exploring the foodie area De Pijp, there are lots of cheesy treasures to discover. As well as vendors at the Albert Cuyp Market, those in the know head to Le Salonard – a lovely deli offering cheese and wine in which the owner will delight in sharing the provenance of what is on offer over one his legendary sandwiches or brownies.
I wasn’t sure whether to create a separate section for kids’ food or whether to leave these treats in the main list but suffice to say that I know some VERY big kids who still enjoy all of these options.
It’s hard to recommend physical stores selling Amsterdam Art that goes beyond the tat however its always worth a look at the iAmsterdam store in Central Station; in local markets like the Sunday Market and at places like the Maker Market in De Hallen. Other quality stores include Entrepot Holland ; Art Unlimited and Spiegel . Online look for designers like Studio Ellessi or the gorgeous papercuts done by Famille Summer Belle – one of which graces our very own wall.
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