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Though every shopaholic is well aware of the fact that their appetite for shopping is almost insatiable; however, Kalverstraat does quite a good job when it comes to pleasing even the most discerning of shoppers. With one whole kilometre dedicated to shopping, Kalverstraat is not only the busiest shopping street in Amsterdam, but also one of the most expensive streets in the world with respect to rent prices.
Things To Buy
Whether you are looking for authentic Dutch souvenirs to take home, or simply a pair of trendy shoes, Kalverstraat is the destination for you. The street starts at Dam Square and concludes next to the Munttoren tower. Kalverstraat is home to an assortment of souvenir shops, boutiques, as well as huge departmental stores that house a variety of items, suited to check everything off your shopping list.
Food and Drink
You will not only find all sorts of clothing, gift items, perfumes, bags, shoes, sportswear and stores of all the mainstream brands here, but also have plenty of options to satisfy your taste buds after a tiring day of shopping with its collection of fast food restaurants, ice cream parlours and places for coffee.
You should also pay a visit to the Kalvertoren shopping center, which is a modern mall with three levels devoted to shopping. The Kalvertoren building is home to around 45 stores along with various eateries and cafes to refresh your senses with a cup of tea or coffee.
History of Kalverstraat
Kalverstraat's dates back 600 years, when it was first established as a calves market. It used to be the centre for livestock trading and people would go there to buy cows and oxen. However, six centuries later the street does not have anything that would help you trace it back to its cattle trading days.
Best time to visit Kalverstraat
It is advisable to visit Kalverstraat during regular shop opening hours which are 9:00/10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays; and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Thursdays is shopping evening in Amsterdam with shops staying open until 9.00 p.m.