de Bijenkorf is a high class shopping centre in the heart of Amsterdam. It sits on Dam square, six stories high and full of an exclusive selection of high-end fashion, household appliances, select furnishings, among various other fashion and household related products. Within de Bijenkorf, there is also a café that is a nice setting from which to appreciate the ambiance that de Bijenkorf creates with its natural sunlight and its stunning personal taste reflected in each store and illuminating the building.
The Kalvertoren is a shopping centre that offers convenient access to basic necessities at Hema and V&D (a centre in itself, as described below), as well as some moderate fashion options like Hugo Boss and Levi’s. The Kalvortoren is also conveniently situated in the centre of a great shopping area with entrances directly located on the Kalverstraat, Heiligeweg, and the Singel.
V&D (Vroom and Dreesman)
V&D is a department store that aims to provide moderate prices and moderate quality for a wide range of consumers’ needs. They sell clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, houseware, fashion accessories, cosmetics, and more. V&D is best known for their restaurant and take away food store, La Place, which is also moderately priced, and is certainly the most worthy aspect of the establishment.
A popular, extremely useful and entertaining department store in Amsterdam is Hema. You can expect to find what you need at Hema, since they sell nearly everything that you generally find in most households. What’s amazing is how frequently you encounter items throughout Amsterdam households that are identifiably Hema-esque; this is because much of Hema design is actually adorable – and it’s not expensive. Hema is a decidedly unique department store as they only sell their own brand!