Made In Amsterdam Shopping Tour: A Super Local Souvenir Tour
Don’t buy another pair of clog slippers! Uncover more authentic Amsterdam souvenirs on this shopping tour that takes you to a t-shirt shop, a portrait studio, and a store selling artistic pieces from recycled materials. You’ll have a spending allowance of EUR 55 included in the tour price, and if you don’t spend it all, it won’t be wasted — anything saved from your bank will go to help cancer and diabetes research.
Shopping Tour of Amsterdam Highlights
- Discover three unique shops selling locally designed items in the heart of Amsterdam
- Chat with shop owners about their work and learn the stories behind their businesses
- Shop for cool craft pieces, get an artistic portrait taken, and/or buy a sustainable t-shirt from a local entrepreneur
- Learn about the history of manufacturing and commerce in Amsterdam
- Score three vouchers (total value EUR 55) to use on anything that catches your eye at the stops, with any money remaining on your vouchers going to cancer and diabetes research
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, three vouchers (one for each shop) with total value of EUR 55. Any remaining money not spent with your vouchers will be donated to Amsterdam Locals, a company that supports diabetes and cancer research.
Exclusions: Food and drinks, any additional costs for items purchased above the set retail vouchers, and tips/gratuities for your guide. Note that as children under age 12 are free to join this tour, they will not be given vouchers.
- Duration: 2 hours
- Meeting point: De Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 25, 1012 GX Amsterdam, Pays-Bas. View on Google Maps.
- Starting time: 2.00 PM
- Ending point: Universe on a t-shirt, Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 14 (near Anne Frank House).
- Full Itinerary
Discover the city centre of Amsterdam on a shopping tour that shows you three uniquely local shops that are worth your browsing time! But this is more than just a shop till you drop experience. You won’t just hunt for locally produced goods, you get to speak directly with the shop owners and learn the stories behind their unique, fun, and responsible products. Every stop on this two-hour Amsterdam shopping tour offers a historical connection, a responsible focus, and authentic local inspiration.
You’re also given a voucher for each shop so that you can bring home a souvenir from each place, on us! The vouchers range between EUR 15 and 25 each, giving you a total of EUR 55 to spend on whatever catches your eye. You might pick up a locally produced craft item, a portrait photograph, or maybe a handmade t-shirt. Note that Urban Adventures receives no commission off any sales made on this tour, so you can be sure all the money from your vouchers is going back to local, independent artists. Don’t want to spend it all? You can also put your vouchers to a good cause, as any remaining money not spent with your vouchers will be donated to Amsterdam Locals, a company that supports diabetes and cancer research.
The first shop we visit is in the Red Light District, a neighbourhood under transformation and with hundreds of years of history as a commercial hub. Today, the district is a shopping gem, and we walk through the tiny streets and meet a few entrepreneurs who have decided to invest in this colourful area. We make our way to a local store that produces items made from waste — their main material being salvaged and recycled bicycle parts. This shop is run in partnership with a social reinsertion project set up by the Dutch government for refugees and prisoners, and the owners work with various institutions to sell goods created by disadvantaged locals. These artists are paid per piece, and the program is a stepping stone to help them rebuild their lives in the local community.
We then cross the Dam Square to meet our second shop owner, for a novelty gift with historic flair. Located behind the New Church in the heart of the city, we find a portrait photography studio that has been named one of the top tourist attractions by local newspaper poll — but it’s definitely not a tourist trap! Many of the local shop owners in the area have photos of themselves, dressed in costumes, taken at this portrait studio. There’s also a lot of local tradition in portrait art — the Dutch were one of the leaders in portraits, and you discover how important this art form is to local culture.
Finally, we finish things off in the Jordaan area, meeting our last merchant. We visit a small company that sells responsibly made and locally designed/printed t-shirts. The shirts are from organic materials, and the shop operates on a small, local scale, thereby avoiding the constraints that come with being a bigger manufacturing company. The Dutch have a clouded — if not outright hostile — history when it comes to the production of goods, and we discuss this, as well as how the Dutch are being proactive in the 21st century with respect to fair trade.
Your shopping tour in Amsterdam ends here, but before you go, feel free to ask your guide for any other tips on where to shop, eat, drink and discover local life while you’re in Amsterdam.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and three vouchers (one for each shop) with total value of EUR 55. Any remaining money not spent with your vouchers will be donated to Amsterdam Locals, a company that supports diabetes and cancer research.
Exclusions: Food and drinks, any additional costs for items purchased above the set retail vouchers, tips/gratuities for your guide. Note that as children under age 12 are free to join this tour, they will not be given vouchers.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children aged 11 and under are permitted to join this tour free of charge, however they will not be given vouchers for the shops.